Pandemic? Yes. Panic? No.

Updated: Mar 18, 2020

How are you holding up, friend?

Heard this the other day, and it made me laugh: "Whatever alcohol you bought to drink for the quarantine, it wasn't enough. You'll wish you had more." :)

This has never happened before.

This is uncharted territory.

Doomsday preppers everywhere are gloating.

As for my family, we are almost out of milk, and almost out of toilet paper. Seriously. Pretty soon we'll be down to using the mate-less socks at the bottom of the laundry basket. No worries--it's called reducing/reusing/recycling.

I talked to a woman at the grocery store the other day and she was really worried about whether she was buying the right things, what was going to happen, etc. I talked to her and made a few suggestions about things to pick up, like flour and yeast, not just a loaf of bread. Like a few protein bars or protein powder, or dry milk or other supplies that will last, and be a little more nutrient dense. Just a suggestion.

We are not used to having this level of disruption in our lives. On the global scale, we are pretty spoiled here in the US. We rarely have problems finding what we need. Our stores are restocked regularly, and if that fails, we normally can find stuff on Amazon and get it in a day or two. We balk at shipping dates that will take more than a few days. I do, anyway.

We want what we want and we want it right NOW.

Makes me think of this.

I think we can all be guilty of this. Hopefully not the bad egg ending, but you get what I mean.

Maybe this is a valuable lesson in learning needs versus wants.

Maybe this is a valuable lesson in learning about reaching out to our neighbors to check on them and make sure they have what they need.

Maybe this is a valuable lesson in setting aside the "busy" for a little while to focus on our families.

(Moms of littles, I am praying especially hard for you.)

A friend sent this meme:

And even though that is true, and are told to stay home for now, it still feels scary to a lot of families (Unless you are an introvert, and then this is probably heaven). I go back and forth between feeling like an introvert and enjoying this, and being an extrovert and feeling fenced in inside my house. With my family. Which I love. Just needing to remind myself....

Americans are people of action, and we don't like being told to sit and wait. Waiting is unsettling. Especially in a time when we REALLY don't like to (or have to) wait.

We don't know what the next days will bring.

Right now we face more questions than answers.

What we CAN be sure of is that we serve a God who will never leave us or forsake us. And often enough, he asks us to wait on him. And sometimes it sucks.

If you didn't know that, or you don't believe it, my schedule is freed up to chat! Drop me a message. I don't claim to have ALL of the answers, but I do know that all of the other answers follow this one: Jesus.

Stay calm and stay home, friends. And wash your hands.

xo, Ann Marie

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