We were sad to have to cancel our oldest son’s visit here and our usual get-togethers. But we were thankful to see videos of our grandson’s Easter egg hunting and Easter basket unpacking, and then we did a three-way FaceTime with all the family for his birthday. We’ve had a few socially distanced visits with everyone but our oldest, so we’re not as deprived as some. It’s all still not the same as normal, but it could be worse.
Like many of you, I’m caught between knowing we need to reopen businesses and fearing another wave of outbreaks when we do. Our state just released a three-phase plan starting tomorrow. I hope it goes well. My husband and I will probably keep doing what we’re doing and hang back for a bit since we’re in at-risk groups.
So many people have talked about having extra time. I don’t know where mine has gone, but it doesn’t feel like I’ve had any extra on my hands! I have listened to some free writing-related webinars, but other than that and making face masks for the family, I haven’t gotten much extra done.
One of the nicest things about April has been seeing nature come back to life with the lawns greening and flowers and trees blooming.
This birthday for my grandson was supposed to involve a big camp-out. That didn’t happen, but my husband set up his tent in the back yard for a few days. My son and grandson came over and got to explore it. It’s big enough that they were more than six feet from each other inside. We sat in lawn chairs while Timothy “mowed” the grass for us with his toy lawn mower. 🙂
He learned a knock-knock joke this month:
T- Knock knock
T- I’m not a poo!
🙂 He tried to voice-text it to me, but I didn’t get it til his mom wrote it out in a text.
The only card I made this month was for Timothy’s birthday. I started to incorporate camping since that was the theme for the rest of his birthday. But I had seen variations on this mowing idea on Pinterest and wanted to use it. One of Timothy’s favorite things is when Granddad comes over to mow, and Timothy has turned so many items into imaginary push and riding lawn mowers. So when I saw this idea, I knew I would do it for him some time.
My husband and I watched an interesting PBS production called The Windemere Children, about Jewish children and young people who were rescued from Nazi prison camps after WWII and taken to an estate in England. Most were orphans, though they had to wait a bit to learn their family members’ fates. Some had only known life in the camps and a “survive any way you can” mentality. The first time baskets of bread were served, they grabbed handfuls and hid them in their rooms. The director said, “Let them. Let them see that here is plenty.” They were taught the English languages and customs and just given time to acclimate before either being adopted or starting to work. That was such a wise thing to do. The program was moving, as was this article about one of the men who was a teen then. The article also contains a photo of the actors with the men they portrayed.
And though it wasn’t planned, we happened to watch a different movie with a variation on the same theme titled Resistance. It’s the story of famous mime Marcel Marceau and his work with the French Resistance, especially in getting Jewish children out of France during the war. It was very good. Unfortunately, there was one brief bedroom scene. For those who like to fast-forward through such, as we do, it comes right after a girl steps out of a shower (she’s not the problem; she’s covered). (Updated to add: the scene is not explicit, no nudity is shown. But I still wish it had not been there. And, of course, this being wartime film, there are a few violent scenes.)
I was trying to find season six and seven of When Calls the Heart to watch while using my exercise bike, but it only seems to be available to rent. So I’ll have to wait on that. Then I saw there was a spinoff called When Hope Calls that was free, but when I looked it up on Amazon Prime, it said it could only be viewed with a Hallmark subscription. I hate when Amazon lists things that you can only get by subscribing elsewhere.
Do you have any recommendations of good clean movies or series on Netflix or Amazon Prime?
This month I’ve completed (links go back to my reviews):
- Green Leaf in Drought by Isobel Kuhn about the last China Inland Mission missionaries to be evacuated from China after spending a couple of years basically under house arrest. I reviewed it a few years ago, but read it again and pulled some lessons from it for Coping and Ministering in Isolation.
- Lark Rise by Flora Thompson (audiobook), the first book in a semi-autobiographical trilogy about the author’s childhood in an English hamlet in the later 1800s
- My Antonia by Willa Cather (audiobook)
- A Portrait of Marguerite by Kate Lloyd, a novel about a woman coming to grips with life after her son goes to college.
- The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene by Liz Curtis Higgs
- Be Free (Galatians): Exchange Legalism for True Spirituality by Warren Wiersbe
- Be Rich (Ephesians): Gaining the Things That Money Can’t Buy by Warren Wiersbe
- Be Resolute: Determining to Go God’s Direction by Warren Wiersbe
I’ve collected most of Wiersbe’s “Be” commentaries as they have gone on sale for a dollar or two for the Kindle. But I kept forgetting about them. Finally I remembered to pull them out in conjunction with our church’s Bible reading plan.
I’m currently reading:
- Over to Candleford by Flora Thompson, the second in the Lark Rise trilogy (audiobook)
- Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron
- Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney
- Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengston
- Waiting in Hope
- Coping and Ministering in Isolation, mentioned earlier
- Stray Thoughts From Isolation
- Help for the Fainthearted
Not much this month except for a devotional and guest post I’m going to send to sites that accept such. I’ve been listening to podcasts and webinars about writing, as I mentioned. Now I just need to get to it.
With April, it seems we’ve turned a corner into full-fledged spring. I love the weather in April and May before the heat of summer starts. I know this May will be a let-down for many with graduations and the usual end-of-school activities canceled. Perhaps our Mother’s Day will have to be as subdued as our Easter was. But we can count our blessings that we’re alive and well. This year will be one we’ll remember just because it was different.
How was your April?
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