Unfreeze… (almost)

As of this moment we have been approved to have our HHGS picked up on May 18-20, but we still have to wait for confirmation from the moving company we’ve been assigned. So… we’ve told the boys we’re about 90% sure the movers will be here two weeks from today. (Today happens to be Hayden’s 19th birthday!!)

I spent Sunday prepping the office to be the “Do Not Pack” room. It’ll be in this room that we put our luggage, toiletries, clothing, school stuff that we still need, and any other items we simply can’t do without until the very last minute.


We will have a second set of movers come just before we check out of the house to pack anything we don’t actually want to take in our luggage.

The room is quite sad without our personal items making it homey but it’s still an operable office. (It’s also the ChapelNext HQ and someone loaned us a 60″ TV to use until we fly. The words will be so much easier to see.)

We got word that things will start opening back up here, slowly but surely. Our PX will allow people of any color group to receive their purchases curbside, any day they’re open. Our MWR Patch Library is opening by appointment only… guests have to reserve books from the Stuttgart branch ahead of time and the staff will pull them from the shelves. The guests will come in, scan their ID, grab their stack and head out the door. No perusing. Playgrounds around town are opening up this week but we haven’t heard if they’ll be doing this on post anytime soon. It’s a very fluid situation and it changes by the day.

I saw this floating around. I have no idea who wrote it or what our gas prices are because I haven’t checked in quite some time. We’ve been eating our gas budget, that’s for sure. (Meaning, spending more on groceries than usual because I’ve allowed the kids a few more treats: chicken nuggets from REWE are a new favorite; pizza every Friday night from Hunts Brothers at the Shoppette, etc.)

Just so I NEVER forget….. April 2, 2020

Gas price a mile from home was $1.45
School cancelled – yes cancelled
Self-distancing measures on the rise.
Tape on the floors at grocery stores and others to help distance shoppers (6ft) from each other.
Limited number of people inside stores, therefore, lineups outside the store doors.
Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed.
Parks, trails, entire cities locked up.
Entire sports seasons cancelled.
Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events – cancelled.
Weddings, family celebrations, holiday gatherings – cancelled.
No masses, churches are closed.
No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, now no more than 1 person outside your own family.
Don’t socialize with anyone outside of your home.
Children’s outdoor play parks are closed.
We are to distance from each other.
Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers.
Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill.
Panic buying sets in and we have no toilet paper, no disinfecting supplies, no paper towel no laundry soap, no hand sanitizer.
Shelves are bare.
Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE.
Government closes the border to all non-essential travel.
Fines are established for breaking the rules.
Stadiums and recreation facilities open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients.
Press conferences daily from the President. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths.
Government incentives to stay home.
Barely anyone on the roads.
People wearing masks and gloves outside.
Essential service workers are terrified to go to work.
Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families.

This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020.

Why, you ask, do I write this status?

One day it will show up in my memory feed, and it will be a yearly reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted.

We have so much!
Be thankful. Be grateful.
Be kind to each other – love one another – support everyone.

We are all one! ❤️

Copy and share.

Wondering what everything will look like post COVID-19. What will NYC look like going forward? The arts? Broadway? Musicals? Concerts? Church services? Children’s Church? Nurseries? I don’t want to be too naive and think it’ll all go back to the way it was, but I do want those things to resume. I’ll have to leave these questions in this family journal, our time capsule, of sorts, and will wait with the rest of humanity to learn the answers.

I’m feeling much better than I was when I wrote on Friday. In part to the news we got regarding the probability that our HHGs will ship sooner rather than later, but also because I took some much needed “me” time. I spent six hours working on my project and also because I was able to make progress on a couple major tasks… the office conversion and I went through all of Anna’s clothes and passed on to another mom what Anna won’t be able to use. My glass is indeed half-full and I think I can say I’m no longer in the “freeze” stage of processing what COVID has meant for our family.

Time will tell.


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"Yes, they're all mine." The answer to the question I hear most often.
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4 Responses to Unfreeze… (almost)

  1. Jean Hyatt says:

    I’m so glad you’re moving back to USA, It’s missing You Sweetie. We all have missed You and Our Great Grandchildren, Matt is a wonderful Son, Husband, Daddy, and a Great Grandson We’ve all missed You Matt & Jenny. I’m so glad you’re nearby to all of us, We Love You and Family

  2. Jean Hyatt says:

    I’m so glad you’re moving back to USA, It’s missing You Sweetie. We all have missed You and Our Great Grandchildren, Matt is a wonderful Son, Husband, Daddy, and a Great Grandson We’ve all missed You Matt & Jenny. I’m so glad you’re nearby to all of us, We Love You and Family

    • Jennifer says:

      While we have had a good time here and will miss many things about the European lifestyle, we are excited to be back in the US. Looking forward to seeing you!!!! 💕 I love you!!

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