May was spent at home. My husband grew a giant beard and my son tried to grow one too! My daughter choreographed a dance about how hard it is to be six feet apart from her friends. We got used to wearing masks and we watched my nephews wedding in Michigan over zoom. You can see the Six Feet Apart dance and video here…
June brought the Black Lives Matter protests to our community and more awareness of the struggles we are facing in our country. My husband spent the summer teaching online classes on ethics and race. In late June, we decided to take a trip to Montana to see family. We enjoyed the big sky, the beautiful mountains and we were able to visit Grandma Ella (94) from her porch while 6 ft apart.
See our trip here: https://youtu.be/3ycz7MAHWC8
Two weeks after we were in Montana Grandma Ella passed away. My husband led a wonderful funeral service for her in Hamilton, Montana. We were so grateful that we had been able to visit with her before she died.
At the end of July we decided to head up to Oregon. So after a COVID test, just to be safe, we headed to my Mom’s in Ashland. We enjoyed hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail and kayaking down the Rogue river. We continued up to Portland to deliver a photo show and saw cousins and friends along the way. We were really moved as we walked around downtown Portland and took in the BLM street art.
My daughter has one friend she is bubbling with as she begins her senior year online. We continue to get used to masks and social distancing as the school year begins. We are making the best of distance learning by spending time away in beautiful places like Lake Tahoe and soon to come, Montana and Wyoming. My son is starting his junior year online as well but he will be living with college friends in LA. We are keeping our spirits up despite the virus, the fires, the protests and the heatwaves. So many of our friends around the world are suffering. May God make a way for life to return to all of us and protect and sustain those who are most vulnerable during this time. The adventure continues….