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Day 31–Food Restictions

    Freaking me out–one of the first times in a long time that I have lost my balance in this pandemic. The government here in our region has established designated times that were are allowed to go to the grocery store. They do it by the first letter of you last name. The first…

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Day 30–Friday is Crazy

Friday is so crazy. The kids are frazzled and ready for a weekend. I discovered I had 177 messages on a What’s App thread for Annie’s class and I had missed her whole school being transferred to a different online learning platform! But what I really missed was a bunch of Italians shouting their preferences…

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Day 28–Annoying Italians

As much as I love being here, there are some REALLY ANNOYING THINGS about the Italians. I love them as people but they have some frustrating ways. For example: 1. They don’t know how to stand in line. They create clusters and mobs, but never lines. Well now, with the COVID-19-grocery store restrictions, we are…

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Day 27–Mystery of Life

   Today was one of those days I got to begin with lots of prayer time. I had several hours to read the Scripture and have silence. It was really consoling. I actually prayed about how I do not want the quarantine to end: all the driving other people around, having meetings, doing s-t-u-f-f; the…

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Super Sunday

What a blessing it was to watch and participate virtually in a Mass offered and live-streamed by the Dominicans in California–my professor at the Angelicum recommended it and our family tuned in. The priest gave an outstanding homily.     I also spent 11 hours refilming and editing yet another version of the video podcast…

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Day 24–Fun Fun Fun

Day 24–Fun Fun Fun

   Such a fun Saturday! Lovely day. New groceries make for a happy party: s’mores, alcohol-free sparkling wine for kids, grilling outside. We are enjoying a clean house and happy times around the table together. #Ilovequarantine

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Day 23–Becoming a Podcaster

   As the kids did their schoolwork I worked on a video podcast for Mighty Is Her Call. I have been trying to pull this off for TWO WEEKS. It is much, much harder than it seems!! I wanted to share messages of encouragement for mothers struggling with all the things I too have been…

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Day 22–Peace

   Where does peace come from? In this epidemic-quarantine, I have come to believe that the first step toward peace is seeing a purpose for the crisis. For me, this is love, specifically in our family having this time to be together before the older ones leave for good. I have spent so many years pulling…

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Day 21–Change of Pace

    Being exactly three weeks into our stay-at-home mandate, I can say that I have officially adjusted to the new change of pace. I still have a wave of fear or disorientation about once a day. But most of the time, I have grown happily accustomed to the gentle slowness of our quarantined way…

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Day 20–Tuesday Teatime

Today we heard that the Italian quarantine for the whole country is being extended until May 5. . . that is. . . like. . . 40 more days or more. Cannot-compute! We made scones for our Tuesday Teatime! https://youtu.be/WuUMZz7HYvQ

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