Staying Connected

I’m finding this self-isolation thing harder than I thought I would.  I can usually stay in my own house for days and days.  But yes, after awhile I need to get out and connect with more people than just my husband!  I enjoy being alone, or just the two of us; it brings me peace and comfort.  I also know that I do need the company of others – they bring me energy and joy!

Especially our grandkids!  Some of them I haven’t seen since Christmas time, and some not for almost two years!  Way too long. 

Since this pandemic though, we have intentionally used our family group chat on our phones to keep in touch with one another more often and to let us all know what everyone is doing.  Our kids sent us a new tablet so that our video chats are better, too – the sound on my phone leaves a lot to be desired apparently.  So that is another way we stay connected.

We’ve been taking time to phone extended family a bit more often too.  It helps us to stay connected when we can’t go and visit.  Friends will be on our list soon as well. 

Before I got on Facebook, I thought I wouldn’t like it at all.  Since I started my own profile (with the help of a son and another daughter-in-law) I have tried to check it a few times a week if not every day.  I am still amazed at how easy it is to stay connected with my nieces and nephews and their families to find out what they are up to.  And to friends from other places we have lived and where I grew up.  It’s so nice to find out what everyone is keeping busy at and what is happening in their lives. As this self-isolation continues, this is also a nice way to stay connected with folks.

I guess with this new self-isolation, too, a lot of people are turning to the internet to have meetings, school, even church.  And there have been a lot of ideas floating around Facebook as well of how to keep occupied and keep the kids occupied during this time of pandemic.  This is definitely a time of steep learning for a lot of people as they learn to navigate the internet to stay connected.  It certainly helps with that sense of community that we all need at a time like this.

I would be very interested to hear how you are staying connected with friends and family for your own sanity.  Please share below so we can all benefit from your creativity and imagination. Thanks!

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