The Great Pause: Week 9 (Series Finale)

It has rained all day and the forecast is for sub-freezing temperatures tonight. ARGH! As if there wasn’t enough to worry about…I’m trying to roll with the punches, but it’s really hard on days like this.We’ve decided to do our Facebook Lives twice a week now, rather than every day, as the economy opens back…

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The Great Pause: Week 8

The shutdown is seeming to go on forever, and I am very tired of being told what I may and may not do. It just feels wrong to me. I choose to live in victory over fear. I’m not going to be stupid or arrogant, but I’m not going to cower. * * *The first…

The Great Pause: Week 7

Things have gone a little better the past couple of days, and I think part of the reason is that I have purposefully ignored the news and most media/article sharing. I’m not all one or the other in this situation, and the bickering wears me out.It all seems so random…real estate agents can show houses…

The Great Pause: Week 6

Yesterday and today I have felt very depressed. It is demoralizing to be unable to make any plans, and then to read all over any media that any frustration is equal to a violent disregard for human life.I am so grieved at the frantic blaming and hateful condescension all over the place… Jennifer’s journal, excerpts…

The Great Pause: Week 5

Easter Sunday – a day of hope and renewal and reassurance…and also confusion and unanswered questions. These are dark days, and my heart is weary…The girls are handling their isolation very well, considering all that they’re missing, but their spirits are low…I’m running out of ideas for what to cook…It SNOWED this morning…I brought the…

The Great Pause: Week 4

We continue with our Facebook Live broadcasts each day at 2pm, hoping to bring light, beauty, and joy to those who watch. We’ve developed a regular audience, and it’s really nice to see who tunes in, and who comments later. Jennifer’s journal, excerpts from April 3-9, 2020

The Great Pause: Week 3

The “outside” world is silent, as tense as a banjo string. I know it is taking its toll on everyone, even the self-assured introverts who jokingly said they were so ready for social distancing.I wonder what life will be like when this is over. Jennifer’s journal, excerpts from March 27 – April 2, 2020

The Great Pause: Week 2

Normally we would be at Mom and Dad’s today, helping them do their “normal” things. But nothing is normal these days. Last night, Governor Beshear announced a forced closure of all “non-essential” businesses.People are angry, afraid, desperate, depressed, and everything in between.It is so WEIRD to be in the USA and not be able to…

The Great Pause: Week 1

The situation is still surreal. I was at the heart clinic with Dad on March 6th when we heard that the first case in Kentucky was confirmed. On March 10th Berea College notified students and staff that campus would close on the following Friday…No graduation. No Mountain Folk Festival. No HHE Danes.Kentucky public schools cancelled…

A Day in the Life: Winter 2019-2020

“A Day in the Life” started in November 2019, when our family decided to make a series of one-minute videos, each showing one day of activities that we’re involved in, here on the farm or in the surrounding community. We hope you enjoy watching this collection of our “A Day in the Life” videos from…