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A New Beginning – Day #28 – Shopping Normalcy

Today was a success!

I found Comet at the local Walmart. I can’t believe how empty the shelves have been in the cleaning products isles. I have been searching for weeks to find something to clean the RV with. Thankfully my dear friend Allison eyed some disinfectant wipes at Costco in July and suggested that I buy them. I had NO IDEA how crazy impossible it would be to find cleaning supplies! At least now I have Comet, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-surface cleaning spray and paper towels. Seriously, who knew that these items would be the hot thing to have right now?

Today was also a success because I got water . . . twice! We needed drinking/cooking water, so I invited the kids to get out of the RV for a bit and go to the library, while I went shopping to Walmart. These days, we seem to go to Walmart almost daily. It’s awful! But with limited refrigeration and freezing resources, it’s the best we can do.

As I enjoyed the rich humidity and sticky air of a rainy morning, the kids enjoyed the air conditioned, clean bathroomed, spacious, comfortable seating library.

Okay. My little errand wasn’t all that bad. I actually quite enjoyed myself. I played a game with myself and pushed myself to see how quickly I could fill two 5 gallon jugs of water, then fill 10.5 gallon bottles, and then fill again two 5 gallon jugs of water, as well as do our shopping for the next week all in one hour because I had hoped to be back to the kids by 1:30. But I didn’t make it. It takes well more than an hour to do all of that. Thankfully I got to the kiddos at exactly 2:00 (the time the library closes on Thursdays).

Although shopping took me MUCH longer than I had wanted it too (it always takes me so long to shop at Walmart, there are just too many choices to search through), it actually felt really great to do something that was vaguely familiar to the life I once had, back in February. Yes, I still have to wear a mask here, but it felt really nice to just be out and about, smiling at those that I passed by, and just feeling alive and well. Purposeful.

As we drove home from the library, we had to stop and take a picture of the corn that is growing near the property we are staying on. Just a few weeks ago the corn was tall and green. Now it is shrinking and a dried-up yellow/brown. It seemed so weird to see the corn shriveling up, especially with all the rain we have had this week?

Maybe this view is a comparison to how I have been feeling our lives seem lately; all dried up, no matter how much water is applied.

But I challenge that idea! I learned something truly amazing yesterday from a new friend. Her name is Gina and she is AMAZING! She said . . . “I challenge you to challenge your thoughts; especially your negative ones. What if we were to say to ourselves . . . ‘This isn’t awful, it’s awesome!’ What if THIS experience is perfect for me and my family? How would I live differently each day if THIS was the life I have been given and it IS meant to be a joy?”

This amazing woman got me thinking. So much so, I haven’t blogged all day because I just didn’t know how to sum up all that I have been ponderizing today. Today’s scripture did lend a hand . . .

The part that really stood out to me was “to the intent that they might not believe in those signs and wonders which they had seen.” I can’t tell you how many times we, as a family, have had to fight to hold onto the good we DO HAVE in this moment. It has needed to be a purposeful choice! And it has to be founded upon FAITH, or else it all tumbles down.

But then why, oh why, do we still ache for certainty? For normalcy? For the creature comforts?

Because we are human. And that’s okay.

Thankfully I have this blog! It has really been helping me to purposefully focus on the GOOD, the GREAT, the JOY in each of our days. Ironically, it is a recommendation in my CFM lesson today . . .

Cute, right?!?

Anyway, I am thankful tonight that although I didn’t get things done today in the order I usually like to do them, the most important tasks were completed: sleeping a full night’s sleep, getting ready for the day, Morningside, History class/Read-out-loud book, storing up on water (especially with storms forecasted for the next several days), library time (aka – get the kids out of the RV), ponderizing time, meal time as a family, a load of laundry done, and having the RV nice and clean for all of us to enjoy tomorrow morning!

But my most fun and rewarding task today was finding a plethora of books from our curriculum’s reading book list on Internet Archives. I LOVE this free ebook site. It is filled with wonderful books that we cannot find in our local library (so shocking and so sad!).

Their search engine isn’t my favorite, but if you search a book you are looking for in Google, and then put Internet Archives at the end of the search, it will pull up the book for you quickly; if they have it of course.

Well, it’s time for bed. I am grateful for those of you who read this little family blog of ours. Your comments bring me joy and your love is felt with each new word that I type. I truly appreciate you helping me to make a lasting memory of our days on earth, and for the gift that it can be for my posterity.

Also . . . did you know that I try to make a link for almost everything that I mention in a post? If you see a word look like this . . . 👈 click on it. It will open up a new window on your browser and show you exactly what I am talking about. (This is a link to one of my favorite books we are reading as a family each night before bed).

Happy Thursday,

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