Lovers in a Time of Coronavirus

I had been planning to write a Lenten reflection–– I still have it in drafts!–– but I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. This has been the Lentiest Lent ever and we don’t need me to reflect on that anymore than all of us are already doing.

A peek inside my life: my entire family is home right now and we’re all loving the extra time together. My husband is working full-time from home but he takes the baby during the day so that I can do my work and also “homeschool” the kids. Let me tell you, this form of homeschooling (also described as distance learning) is not for the faint of heart. I’m told that real homeschooling is so different and much more freeing and I have to believe it’s true because this is the pits. Trying to teach my children isn’t even the issue, it’s that the school expects us to not just teach and do some work with the kids but also do everything they would’ve done in normal class. It’s exhausting for me and it’s exhausting for the kids. We’ll see how long we last.

Also, my day job’s hours doubled which is so great! I’m very thankful to spend more time on a job I enjoy and for the increased income for my family. To say that I’m a little overwhelmed, though, because of the circumstances is an understatement. Thank goodness for a patient boss who has kids of his own.

I’m still writing! I’m still at EpicPew but will be reducing my writing there to just twice a month due to my increase of hours. I’m also still over at Catholic Singles and Patheos. Here’s what I’ve been writing:

At EpicPew

Awesome novenas

The death of Kobe Bryant

This cool Lent tracker

This book talks about running a business with integrity

At Catholic Singles

Questions to ask before you get engaged

The saints on love and friendship

Is it time for you to get off the dating app?

Take advantage of being single!

Low-cost dates

How to celebrate Valentines Day when you’re single

At Contemplatio Culture, I wrote a short tribute to my favorite author and illustrator, who died last week, Tomie dePaola. We’ve lost such a beautiful talent and light but his work lives on and, as Catholics, we know that he does, too. May God grant him rest.

Lastly, another book that I contributed to has finally come out! Pick up Epic Saints and let me know what you think. It was such a fun project to work on and I’ve loved reading all of the other contributors’ pieces, as well.

I’ve finally set up a weekly schedule for myself and my kids that gets in all my work hours, their school hours, and hours for me to write. Barring any other catastrophes, I should be able to stick to it. Is there anything in particular you’d like me to write on?

And a final note of gratitude: my dear friend, Sr. Luisa Grace, recently received the habit of Carmel. She’s with the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. Thank God for her vocation, for her yes, and for her! We are all better off now that we’ve got her praying for us.

If you’re able, please support me and my writing on Patreon. Everything I do on here, at Contemplatio Culture, on social media, and other places I do only for tips. If you like what I offer, help me do it more often!

May we all have a blessed and reflective Holy Week and a joyous Easter!

2 thoughts on “Lovers in a Time of Coronavirus

    1. She’s at the Retreat House, yes! Asking to touch a pregnant belly sounds a lot like her, too. What a small world! She was my maid of honor and we went to college together!

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