Summertime in the Days of Covid

These are strange times indeed, and strange times sometimes call for strange measures. Here’s a look at our socially-distant summer adventures in the days of COVID-19.
social distancing

Carol Anne wields her social distancing aid, the pool noodle.

mother and child with mask

A.’s first Mother’s Day.

paparussandgrandbaby

Papa Russ loves his buddy.

summertime in covid
family covid times
outdoors is safer than indoors
broken tent

Broken tent, still safe.

outdoors
roses

Pharoah’s Roses

puppy drinking water

Otis getting a drink.

grandmama and baby C.
josh outside in summertime
raven the dog
little girl shooting

Bella girl learning to shoot.

baby boy outside with grandmama
kilgore fam
instant memories

Instant memories of a memorable summer.

polaroid photos mother and child
outside during the summer
    Imagine you get a call three days from now. It’s a family member who woke up with a cough and fever. With your heart in your throat, you think back to the event over the weekend — was everyone exposed? What about the one with asthma, was he exposed? What about our father, was he exposed? Did we make a choice that may cost us big time?
 
   …These are the thoughts I don’t want to think. If someone comes down sick, I want to feel confident that we took appropriate precautions to make sure there was no spread within the family. I want to be confident that we didn’t stick our toe over that line.
Our system may not be what you need and that’s ok. But I’m glad we have a system. We have a plan. And if that phone call comes in 3 days I won’t have to worry about the rest of us, just the one that is sick.
 
“POOL NOODLE RULES”
 
All visiting occurs outside. Every family member has a mask and a pool noodle. If you get any closer than pool noodle length to another family member (outside your immediate unit) without a mask, you get whacked with the pool noodle. Masks may be removed (for eating, drinking, etc) as long as you are >1 pool noodle away from anyone outside your immediate unit.
 
Additional stipulations:
Handwashing and masks are required at the food table. Please wipe designated bathroom with Clorox wipes if used.
Stay safe in these crazy days, friends! 

1SE 2019

A glimpse at our lives, one second at a time…

2019 Highlights:

Mr. Bob passed in February

C.A. & K Wedding

J.R. & A. Expecting

Israel Trip (our first!)

J.S. & M. Wedding

Caleb’s Arrival

This video was created using the 1SE app (paid version) and music from EpidemicSound.com

The waiting…

A Saturday, in October 2019…

Today is an important day.  A day of labor, and a day of dis-comfort.  A day of faith, hope, trust, and love.  A day of waiting and perfect timing.  A day before the day, when it’s not quite time for the birth day – no, not just yet.  We’ve waited for this day.  And we are ready for tomorrow.

A, you are so strong and so loved.

A’s Blessingway, 2019

Blessingway:  in Native American tradition [Navajo], a ceremony called a Blessingway created space for women to come together as a support circle for the expecting mother, and bless the way ahead for her. It is a gathering of the most trusted and cherished women in her life; those who will provide support and encouragement as she explores the challenges and joys that lie ahead as she approaches motherhood.

As the time comes close for sweet baby Caleb to arrive, we honored Autumn with some of her favorite things (henna and lattes!) and words of encouragement and love.  Never doubt the power of a woman, especially when surrounded by other women supporting her.

C.A. & K. 2019

“Once upon a time, there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

—Nicole Krauss, The History of Love 

“Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life.”

— Thomas Merton

Congratulations to Carol Anne & Kendall…  May your journey be filled with many magical days.

Wedding Photos by the incomparable Kristin Faye.

(bee) Showered

bee bridal shower

bee theme bridal shower

In September 2018, Dana and I teamed up to throw this shower for ‘Bride-to-Bee’ Carol Anne.  The wedding countdown is on!

“If I was a flower growing wild and free
All I’d want is you to be my sweet honey bee
And if I was a tree growing tall and green
All I’d want is you to shade me and be my leaves
All I want is you, will you be my bride?
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea…”
– lyrics by Barry Louis Polisar