COVID-19: SPREAD THE LOVE

It almost feels as if time has stopped in the world around us with COVID-19! I know that at our house we can’t keep up with what day of the week it is, who has what class on what day and what time, we are lacking in the bedtime/morning routine, eating meals at odd times, and getting used to all of us being home together 24/7! We are all trying to find our place during this time and this blog is something I’ve talked about for years and TIME is no longer an excuse! I am using this creative outlet as a fun place that I hope you enjoy as well!

I read this article in the New York Times and thought it did a great job of explaining our economy and how shopping affects society as a whole. I understand that there are people who are sick, have lost jobs and are just feeling nervous and uncertain. I have also worked in retail for over 10 years and know very well that this is the first time stores have closed like this. Retailers are a large source of revenue for the economy and they employ a large number of people. I want to acknowledge all that is going on in the world. I also want to share all of the sales because if we have the means to shop, we are helping the retailers and benefitting ourselves as well! WIN-WIN!

Our kids were on spring break when COVID-19 got serious and schools were cancelled. We had a family meeting and discussed the upcoming changes with work and homeschooling. With Blake and Ellie being our only two at home, they can keep a pretty similar schedule. We came up with some daily guidelines to help all of us keep some routine. Here are a few that we felt were most important: exercise, online religion class, chores, school work, family meal, get outside, and SERVICE! Serving others has always been an important part of our family and there is no better time than now to do so! But, have also found service to be difficult as so many are keeping their “social distance”, us included. We had some cute friends leave something at our door last week and then run! We loved it and so we decided to create a free printable that others could use as well! Blake, our 18 year, is a talented artist and created a printable that the kids (or adults) can color, attach to a treat and drop to a friend or neighbor. Or, you can color the rainbow and hang in a front window for neighbors to see! We have loved having these around and they’ve given us an opportunity to reach out and do something for others and bring this world a little bit of happiness! We invite you to #SpreadTheLove with us!

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