Today marks 5 weeks of being at home without seeing family or friends in person.

5 weeks ago I didn’t know what to expect from this global pandemic. We were nervous, but hopes were high still! School was closed for a few weeks, but we thought we’d be back before the Spring flowers were blooming! My photography clients and I were having open discussions with words like “hopes” and “maybes” and “we’ll see” filling our conversations. Now, 5 weeks later, school is closed for the rest of the year, Spring weddings have been postponed, trips have been cancelled and there really isn’t an end in sight. Despite the light at the end of this tunnel feeling really dim right now, we are trying so hard to find and focus on the shining lights in this time of isolation!

For us it is CREATING & EXPLORING. I love to garden and now that the kids are all home with me, they have helped me plant the seeds for our starters and put together a little green house. We’ve made slime and flubber and mixed vinegar and baking soda. We’ve cooked and made HUGE messes! We’ve pet slugs and saved salamanders from the roadway. We’ve gone for jogs and hikes. We’ve visited with family, friends and neighbors on our TV and sang Happy Birthday over video chat. We’ve read and painted and jumped on our trampoline. And yes, we’ve fought and yelled and doors have slammed and breaks have been taken, but even those moments are helping us get through this odd time.

Grace. That is the one thing I remind myself daily to give myself and my family because we’re all stumbling through this right now, together. And it isn’t an easy thing to do, but we’re trying.

And while I wish I were getting ready for what should have been my first wedding of 2020 tomorrow, I am instead sitting here telling you that I am thinking of you. I am thinking of everyone who is in a similar position of upheaval and change and adjustment. My heart goes out to those who are alone and to those who are maybe not alone enough right now. To the healthcare workers and essential workers in grocery stores and post offices. To families that have been torn apart by this illness. I pray that soon this will be part of our history and we can be together again…in person. Be well, Kathleen

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