Back in February words like quarantine, social distancing and even covid seemed like words that were far out of reach. I know I didn’t expect them to hit so close to home. Going into March Break these words were worked into our daily vocabulary and we were bracing ourselves for our new normal.
Our kids attend a private school and they were quick to the draw and our at home learning program was set to go the day after March Break. I must admit, the first couple of weeks were hard! Trying to figure out schedules, help with school work, and tending to their emotions, its a lot! There are times when I have been short with my kids and with myself. I told my husband the other day that I felt that there were no more big chunks of time to accomplish things but rather, snippets of time where I can fit things in here and there.
But we haven’t let the social distancing and stay indoors things seep into deep. We have used this time to get outside, for walks and hikes, for play and for bike rides. We have done more walks in the last seven weeks than we have in the last four months. It has been such a blessing to be able to have this time. Not every day goes well but every day I can say thank you to a good God who has given us this time together. We’ve been able to focus on important things like each other, our health and time with God.
Along our hikes and our life adventures, we’ve been able to see so many creatures and experience many cool moments. We’ve seen swans, geese, snakes, fish, blue herons, chickadees, turtles and so much more. These are all things we would not have been able to experience if we were deeply immersed in our crazy, busy schedules.
One thing I committed to from the very beginning was documenting this time in our lives. I’ve taken my camera with me on our adventures and I’m so thankful that the creative juices are again flowing. This was my first love- taking photographs of my kids. Looking back on those early photo memories of my kids, I’m so incredibly grateful for them right now! I know that in a few years from now, I will be thankful I have these moments to remember of what life was like during these days. Here are a few my favourite images from the past seven weeks.