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Friday, March 20, 2020

It's OK to feel sad, angry, worried, griefstricken...but let's not get stuck there. Then again, it's OK to be stuck, too. Right now, we all just need to give each other and ourselves a whole lot of grace.

I haven't blogged in like forever, but today I wrote a long letter to a friend in the States who uses the internet at the library. And the library is closed now due to COVID19 restrictions, so I'm actually going to mail it in an envelope with a stamp. Remember how that works? I'll include parts of that letter here, just to let you all know how I'm doing.

Dear K,

Wow, how quickly things change! I realized that the library is probably closed now and that you may not have received my email, so am sending the old-fashioned way.

Since that last epistle, I’ve been spending a lot of time learning the online teaching platform “Zoom” with workshops being offered by the language school and the English language teaching association. There is definitely a learning curve involved! I’ve taught a couple of online lessons so far and they went pretty well. My “guinea pigs” – a group of mostly former students who are unemployed – were appreciative and we had fun. Sharing hope.

(Me with me new tech stuff for teaching online from home)

I'm continuing to meet online with colleagues to practice, too. I did a telephone German lesson with my Pakistani friend on Tuesday which was less successful as a lesson, but I’m glad that we at least had some contact and can pray together. It must be very confusing for people who can’t read the news themselves and have to get information second-hand.

There is still unpacking to do. My apartment is shaping up nicely since the remodel – it will be great to have a hospitable place for visitors when they can come! I signed up to host the church open house (one family or person per month opens their home for a coffee klatsch) in September. By then...but only God knows!?

What else? I'm taking lots of walks! I’ll be done with my 2020 reading challenge much sooner than end of the year! Otherwise, I’ve been practicing “social-distancing” and only going out to the store when necessary. I wanted to go today but tomorrow will be soon enough. I’m so thankful for my redone kitchen and the larger fridge and freezer! I’m not hoarding, but it is good to be well-stocked and be able to take advantage of sales. We are also having the toilet paper/hand sanitizer issues like you do in the US.

(Field flowers from one of my multiple walks)

There will be new government announcements on Sunday, probably imposing curfews and more restrictions. Schools closed here in the state as of Tuesday. Our local church will be livestreaming starting this Sunday. (I watched 4 different livestreams last Sunday!) The Bible school is on lockdown. As you might imagine, my teaching trip to Togo has been postponed indefinitely. I don't want to say cancelled. I will get a voucher for further travel, so that’s good.

I was sad to read that the beaches in Naples, FL are closing. There are so many other things to be sad about right now, but somehow I took that announcement harder than many more serious ones!

I’m off for my first walk of the day now. “When my heart is overwhelmed, Lead me to the rock that is higher than I!” (Psalm 61:2)

Love, Michelle

Now I'm actually off for my second walk of the day, to take that letter and another card to the mailbox. I'd love to hear from you as well, Spark friends!

Be well, stay safe and wash your hands!
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    Great post! And your hair is so pretty emoticon
    460 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Glad you have a "plan" in place for getting through the days ahead. Sounds like you have a nice assortment of "options"!
    Take care! ~ Psalm 139
    460 days ago
  • JOANN25
    emoticon for your thoughts on coping with the virus, particularly not being able to be out among people.

    Take care of yourself.

    461 days ago
    Glad you are doing well, I am working from home which I have decided I don't care for. I do get to walk the dog more and I like that. Hang in there and stay healthy!
    461 days ago
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