The last update I gave covered Corona-Days 3-18. I was mentally prepared for this experience to last about a month and yet, here we are on day 50 of our stay-at-home order. We are starting to see things in the US open back up and are hearing rumors of some changes coming for us but as of now, we are still pretty much being asked to stay home. We are absolutely encouraged to get outside for exercise and we are utilizing the fields regularly, very grateful for the amazing weather we’ve had so far this spring. In fact, we’re eager for rain to knock down the insane pollen but I know that means a few days of being stuck inside and the heat of summer will be on us before we know it.
We, (the Hamricks in particular) are great. We are healthy, together, we have our own stuff, we have a good idea of when we can move. And yet, I’m very aware that we have to grieve. I read an article by Claire Wood last week that put my thoughts in words… it also broke the floodgates of tears and I had a good cry. There are things we are missing out on that, in a normal PCS season, help us processionals and transition. Last Sunday was supposed to have been our farewell from Chapel… and we can’t even see our chapel-friends, much less hug them! I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read When a PCS and a Pandemic Collide. It so adequately expresses my heart.
Day 18 – April 1: Yes, I realize it was April Fool’s Day but we don’t “do” April Fool’s here because that’s Matt’s birthday. We celebrated by eating at the Subway here on Kelley, and Matt and I ordered burgers from the fancy burger truck. When we got home we had cake and sang Happy Birthday.
I am not even joking when I tell you that I broke a tooth that evening (which required emergency care the next day!) and I broke my coffee pot. With my foot hurting like it did, I didn’t even want to ask, “Could this get any worse?!?” but that’s what was going through my mind.
Day 19 – April 2: I got my tooth repaired. I am so very thankful for Midwest Dentistry… I was the only patient in the building and I had not one but two dentists taking care of me!
Day 20 – April 3: I got to join in a zoom call to watch a friend promote to Major! Congratulations, CH Holsinger!!
Day 21 – April 4: Matt and I played Ticket to Ride online with Aimee and Cory and we started the kids’ Capsules.
Day 22 – April 5: Sundays are always fun because they ground us. We sort of know where we are in the week because of our altered church schedule. At 10:00 we go on our balconies to sing together. So thankful a family thought of this the very first week and we haven’t missed a Sunday. We come right inside to either watch CH Rice preach live or Matt does. We set up in the office and the kids stay in the living room to watch. Communion looks a little different when done online. Afterward we try to go for a family walk.
The above slideshow was from Easter. The video below is a combination of dates, with the latter two were from Easter.
Day 23 – April 6: One of my favorite foods in Europe is Flammkuchen. I had the best in Heidelberg during our first time in Germany, but when revisited the restaurant last year, it wasn’t nearly as good. Honestly the best I’ve ever had was at the biergarten at the Stuttgart airport – a fact that is quite surprising! While shopping at our local grocery store recently I found some and decided to give it a try. IT WAS INCREDIBLE! Bailey and I love them so I figured they needed to be documented in our family journal.
Our balcony has always been a valuable part of our house but now that all seven of us are home all the time, it’s become an invaluable retreat. Here you see Parker and Anna during reading time. (A parenting/homeschooling hint: Redshelf is a great resource for books if you find yourself needing one and not able to wait for a library copy or for Amazon to deliver. I read aloud to Parker but Bailey often has the website read the book to him. The audio isn’t as comfortable as an Audible book, but it’s sufficient.)Day 24 – April 7: Because of the color-coding organization we have going on here in Stuttgart, I can only go to the PX and commissary during two blocks of time each month. It really hasn’t been a big problem for me because I already shop on the economy regularly. I do sometimes have a hard time finding the exact herbs I need and ran across this in the freezer section of REWE. Good to know! Wish I had known it earlier!
Here’s our color-coded shopping calendar. GO TEAM BLUE!
That’s all I have time for now.
Jackson Academy has only two more weeks of official school before we’re out for summer! (The teens will have some assignments to finish up on their own, but… that’s on them.)
(Jackson Academy is our homeschool name… we chose that name because we started homeschooling while at Fort Jackson and were required to pick a name… had no intention of homeschooling all the way through but here we are!)