Wearing tiny hats in celebration of my husband’s birthday
Our son staying an extra week before moving back to LA for online college
Taking my daughter and friend on a two week trip through Montana and Wyoming…hiking, kayaking, horseback riding and wandering through national parks (Glacier, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons) all while doing online school.
Visiting family we haven’t seen since February
Breathing fresh air and marveling at the fall colors
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.
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….
This is my teenage daughter. She had an idea to capture some photos during this time. I helped her to set up some studio lighting in our garage and took this shot of her as a test. She then invited friends over and had them write on their bodies how they are feeling. She only was able to get a few people in before the Shelter in Place order. I am so proud of her project and how it allows these teenagers to express some of their feelings about what they are experiencing. I hope these inspire you to find your voice in the midst of this crisis.
We are all experiencing loss to some degree. If you would like to read more about ambiguous loss, you can join the conversation here.
The world has changed. I was planning on flying to Italy for a photo show for the International Women’s Day, but instead jumped off the plane in Portugal skipping my flight to Rome. Things in Italy were escalating as the Covid-19 virus took hold. My show was cancelled along with the rest of my travel. I was supposed to continue on to India but instead booked a flight home to California. Now, like everyone else around the world, we are sheltered in place. We are figuring out how to work and do school online and take walks in remote places with just our family. We have taken up a family game of hacky sack in the evenings and have started eating ice cream sandwiches (uh oh). We pray for those that are hurting the most and try to help our neighbors. Thankfully we are all healthy and finding our way in this new reality. Peace to all.
Happy New Year! We had a really great 2019 full of new adventures, new friends and time with family. Here we go…walking into a new decade. I never want time to pass (it always makes me a little sad to say goodbye to now), but I know there are so many good things to come.