We bought our couch in the fireplace room used when we moved out of our RV about 9 years ago, and it has seen it's share of kittens and cat clawings and kid droppings and no telling what else before we got a hold of it. We kept saying we would get rid of it when the last kitten from our cat's last litter went out of the house, which actually happened back in November. So we were way overdue! The old one is on the left, and that's the new on on the right. It's a little plain, but I've only owned 1 other brand new couch in my life and it was one Tim and I bought right after we first got married over 30 years ago and sold about 10 years ago. So, I'm so thankful for a couch without the corners being torn up by the cats and it doesn't have stains on it! What a blessing! Tim and Nathan drove to Mulberry to pick it up, and then we just put the old couch on the side of the road, I listed it on Craigslist as free, and it was gone within a couple of hours! Mission finally accomplished!!
We all hung out chatting on the lanai this afternoon, and then it was study time tonight!! So proud of these kids, and I'm so enjoying them being home! We're just missing Noah, but he'll be coming home within a week or so! Here are some pictures from our day together.
Well, everyone except Tim was up past 1am (see the clock in the background) last night (well, this morning) and we all eventually made our way into the kitchen together - I love those spontaneous times together like that! I got Nicholas to snap this shot of us and he didn't even make a weird face - so happy about that! Love these kids!
Today was quite productive. We've been dealing with our microwave for the past few months where the lights underneath didn't work, which made cooking on the stove a bit of a challenge with so little light, and then the turntable stopped turning. So my handy husband was going to replace parts to fix it, but once he priced it out and I did some searching around for new microwaves, it was actually cheaper for us to buy a new one from the Sears Scratch and Dent store in Tampa. They had the exact model we needed to replace the one we had and even more surprising was that they were open. As an added bonus this one had no scratches or dents - it had simply been a floor model! So we motored on over there (loving the the lack of traffic these days) and got the microwave, and then Nathan & Nicholas helped Tim install it! So thankful for that!
Then this evening Tim and Nathan and Nicole and I colored Easter eggs!! Whose do you think were the best? (Vote for me!). It was a really nice day, and we're really looking forward to celebrating Easter together tomorrow! He is risen!
You know, one of the things I'm liking about this quarantine is that it is giving us time to dictate our own schedule and not have everything else dictate our schedule. So, I am working out on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and we are shopping once a week on Wednesdays. Today I actually tried wearing a mask and gloves and by the time we got out to the car I felt so nauseous it felt like I was going to throw up. I don't think I can do this mask thing! Since tonight is Passover we included in our weekly items the extra things we would need to celebrate the Passover. We've never done that before, and we had signed up for a Zoom Passover Supper led by a Rabbi, so we participated in that. I'll be honest, it was longer than I expected, but still really good! The kids joined us for most of it, so that was really nice. It's just so strange that we are suffering from a plague at this very time and season. I keep trying to wrap my mind and understanding around all of this and I end up coming up with more questions than answers, which is fine with me. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path! Amen! Here are some pictures we took today.
So this is the season for retreats for us, evidently! One of the things that we were challenged by at the Winshape Retreat we served at last month was to have a vision for your marriage. So we proceeded to contact a retreat center in Bradenton and scheduled a room for the night on Friday, April 3rd so we could talk and pray about vision for our marriage. The retreat center called on Thursday the 2nd and said they were shutting down due to Covid-19. Ugh! Now what? Tim reminded me of one of my friends who has a place on the beach, so we called her and asked her if it would be possible for us to use her place Friday night. She said she and her kids were planning on going, but were told everything was shut down (the weight room, the pool, even the beach), so there was no point for them and yes, we could go instead. I'm telling you, this was WAY better then the room at the retreat center we had booked. I walked into her place yesterday and looked out over the water and felt like I had been holding my breath during this whole coronavirus thing! And I felt like I could finally breathe again! It was unbelievable! We spent yesterday afternoon praying and writing out what we felt the Lord was leading us to focus on, and literally within a few short hours we were actually done with the whole document that we called: Visioneering. We had 3 categories: Our Clan, Our Calling, and Our Community, and we just filled in what direction we believed God wanted us to go in for each of those 3 areas. It turns out that the beach wasn't closed (just public parking was closed) so we were able to take a nice walk on the beach after dinner - it was lovely! Then this morning we actually went swimming and then spent some more time refining the document. We so didn't want to leave, and we had brought enough food for dinner tonight so we went ahead and ate that, cleaned the whole condo from top to bottom, and reluctantly drove home. But our hearts are full with the time we shared there. So very grateful!!
Tim & Jodie