The Sew Happy for Jesus sewing group at Twickenham made washable masks for Good Samaritan Hospice (48) and Moore’s Mill Fire and Rescue (8)
It's been a long couple of weeks for a lot of people. It has certainly been a long couple of weeks in my profession. So, skipping out on Friday morning prayer group for a second week in a row just wasn't an option. That said, we still wanted to honor and submit to what our government had asked us to do. So, we just scheduled a virtual prayer group meeting using video chat technology. It wasn't quite the same but for the most part I felt like I was able to share what I was dealing with got to hear what other people have been having to do. It definitely made another long day at work on Friday easier to deal with, knowing that my brothers were praying specifically for me as I prayed specifically for them. It was just refreshing that we were able to get together in spite of social distancing protocols.
I have been taking a 96-year-old woman to her hairdresser. She likes to go every Friday. She and her husband owned and ran the Dwarf restaurant here in HSV for years. Closed in 1985. She gave me a cup and saucer from the restaurant with their unique logo, for those of you old enough to remember.
Our sewing group is making fabric masks for first responders and medical personnel.
The son of long-time friends of ours was re-admitted to an addiction rehab center this week after a recent relapse. He cannot receive visitors because of the COVID-19 outbreak and he is very lonely. Terrible timing (as if there was ever a good time). He can receive packages so we prepared a package of some of his favorite snacks, a sports magazine, and a book of puzzles and sent it to him to help him get through this difficult time, made more difficult by the isolation caused by COVID-19.
We have a neighbor who is a widow that we have been reaching out to for sometime. Her lawn mower got stuck in her garage and we went down and pushed and pulled and helped her get through it until a repair person could fix the problem. She told us that she loved us! Truly answered prayers!
A couple across the street from us married four years ago today. She already had two little girls. We baked homemade waffles and potted a plant to take to them this morning to help their girls surprise them. A precious family who loves Jesus and loved being encouraged!
Some friends of ours needed more space with their college kids home and wanted to bring their mother here from out of town. So we cleaned out our camper and cleaned it up and took it to their house for their boys to sleep in and let anybody have some getaway time that needed to get out of the house. What a blessing to us, and every time we look out the window and see it gone we are reminded to pray for our friends who are loving their mother well.
We wanted to take advantage of the sunshine and do a little yard work. So we trimmed a lot of hedge and started mowing. While we were pulling the branches to the street our neighbors’ children ran over to help. At a distance we all worked together and then built a campfire and shared time together with our chairs spaced out. It was a beautiful afternoon with them! We talked about homeschooling and ways their family can be even stronger.
I have been very intentional about calling widows and shut-ins and just speaking a word of encouragement. It has been so well received and you can hear the loneliness leave their voices as we talk a while. Texting and calling are wonderful ways to let people know you were thinking about them!
We decided to go out for a curbside Chick-fil-A meal today to support Jay and Beth Monroe (Parkway Place Mall location). We decided to drop ice cream at the driveway of our grandchildren so they could all enjoy some of our birthday fun....at a distance!