COVID-19 and Social Distancing: Q & A

It’s ironic that we are forced into living so isolated after last week’s post about the importance of F.E.L.L.O.W.S.H.I.P. Social distancing and COVID-19 is uncharted territory for most of us. In light of current events, we want to take a one week break from our Feasting On series and chat with you about how this current pandemic is affecting each of our families.

Hey there, Cassie here! I have been with my high-school sweetheart, Dave, since 2000. We have three children. Two biological daughters and one adopted son; Isabella, age 10. Abigail, age 9. Aidan, age 5. 

How is COVID-19 directly affecting your family and what does Social Distancing look like in your home?

Studies show that children are not highly impacted by this strain of corona-virus but, since I have two children with preexisting respiratory conditions, we are not taking any risks. A simple common cold often ends with our kids needing emergency breathing treatments. Therefore, we are following the CDC’s guidelines very carefully. This forced social distancing is a gift, of sorts, to our family. We are using this time to simply reconnect and enjoy one another in ways we haven’t had time to do lately. 

What does your day-to-day schedule look like now that everyone is home all day, every day?

I like routine. It keeps a sense of normalcy while helping the kids remember what is expected of them. When we first discovered that schools were closing indefinitely, we immediately created a schedule we could all agree on and commit to following. The sudden responsibility of homeschooling my 5th and 3rd and Pre-K children has not been (too) difficult; however, I must admit that this schedule is flexible and, some days, things just don’t go as planned… and that is okay!

How are you staying connected to your church and/or small group?

Our community group girls stay in constant communication through text messaging and Facebook. I use WhatsApp and Marco Polo on a daily basis with friends and family. Our worship team has connected through ZOOM. There are many great options out there for connecting regularly.

What Bible verse or Bible story do you find yourself clinging to during this pandemic?

I was recently reading about Jesus calming the storm in Mark 4 and Matthew 8. With only His words, He silenced the raging winds and waves reminding the disciples that He is in control of all things. The storm of COVID-19 has created winds of fear and anxiety. Waves of isolation and panic. But, friends, Jesus is in this storm.

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

Hey hey! It’s Becky now. My husband, Mark, and I have been married for 10 years and we have three beautiful daughters: Eve and Vera, both five, are twins, and Lia is three. 

How is COVID-19 directly affecting your family and what does Social Distancing look like in your home?

We are blessed with a healthy family and children with no health concerns. Still, we are being careful. Of course, we don’t want our children to get sick so we are staying home. When we need to go to the store, my husband and I go alone and then jump into disinfecting mode as soon as we get home. One of our main concerns right now is limiting our own threat to exposure so we don’t expose anyone else. 

What is something you do regularly to help you stay grounded and cope with the social distancing?

They say people fall into one of two categories: eat to live or live to eat. I suggest two more categories: move to live or live to move. I am definitely one of the “live to move” types; being cooped up is not something I do well. So, every morning, my girls and I start our school day by doing yoga. We take brain breaks every hour or so and we all dance to Koo Koo Kangaroo videos on YouTube. In the afternoons, we retreat to the basement or outside. Wherever we go, the girls are on their bikes or scooters and I am on my rollerblades or doing yard work. It does wonders for my overall outlook on things!

What is one thing this has taught you not to take for granted?

I was not one of the people hitting up grocery stores early on. When I’ve gone to the stores to glean what’s there, some of my weekly staple items have still been out of stock. I never knew people loved frozen broccoli so much! Before this, I definitely took for granted the fact that I could just run to the store anytime I wanted to and stuff would be there. I am looking forward to the return to normal, when I can build my grocery list, get everything on my list, and not think of it again for another week.

What Bible verse or Bible story do you find yourself clinging to during this pandemic?

There isn’t a particular verse or story that I’ve claimed for myself to deal with this, but there is a principal that I’ve clung to. It came from a mom whose kid suffers with health issues. She stated that if her need wasn’t so great then she wouldn’t be on her knees every morning, begging God to help them through the day. This is what I do. I start every day begging God to help me be a good teacher, protector, strategist, and caregiver. I can’t do this on my own.

Hi everyone, it’s Sara. My husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this year and our son recently turned 9.

How is this coronavirus directly affecting your family and what does social distancing look like in your home?

Our son has some health issues that cause him to be more susceptible to illness and more severely impacted by respiratory viruses. For those reasons, we are taking every precaution to keep him safe. We began quarantining a few days before our officials started recommending it, so we are about two weeks in. We aren’t going anywhere except for walks around our neighborhood, and we aren’t having visitors. Although we wish it was under better circumstances, we are loving the fact that my husband is working from home, instead of the frequent travel we are used to. We are embracing the family time!

What is something you do regularly to help you stay grounded and cope with the social distancing?

My son and I are somewhat used to being home for long stretches, because of his frequent illnesses. The big difference this time, is that everyone else is home, too. Because of that, we’ve been able to video chat with friends every day. It has really helped us feel less isolated and has kept me grounded, when my mind has a tendency to run to worst case scenarios and anxiety when I’m cut off from others. We are also taking time to create. Whether it’s art work or woodworking projects, keeping our hands busy and accomplishing something together is very uplifting.

How are you staying connected to your church and/or small group?

Our church has been streaming Sunday services as well as mid-week messages from our pastors. There is an active facebook group for members as well as a separate group for parents of children in the Sunday school program. They have done a great job of keeping us all connected! Our small group will be meeting through Zoom on a weekly basis, as well, to continue our bible study and to pray together.

What Bible verse or Bible story do you find yourself clinging to during this pandemic?

I sometimes struggle to find words to pray, when I’m going through difficult times. In those times, I’ve found it therapeutic and spiritually renewing to pray the scriptures. Psalm 61:2-3 is the cry of my heart during this time. “From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.”

We realize this is a difficult time most people and want you: the working parents, the unemployed, the isolated single child, the chronically ill, the lonely grandparent, the military wife, and so many more to remember that God sees you. God knows you. God loves you. God cares for you. And we are praying His peace over. 

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