Covid-19 (aka “Coronavirus”)

Covid-19, also known (improperly) as “coronavirus”, is what they’ve been talking about on the news a lot lately. It’s caused by a new strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. And apparently it’s going to make a lot of people sick.

First off, I’m very glad we’ve moved to the middle of the US. The first death in the US from Covid-19 was in Kirkland, Washington. It was at the hospital where my nephew was born, in fact. Frightening. Not being near where this is all starting in the US is helpful. Also, not being near the Cascadia Subduction Zone puts my mind more at ease than it used to be.

I had no idea how my tendencies to prepare would flare up now that this is happening and now that I have a family to protect. I’ve been reading, learning, researching… and worrying. Planning next steps and wanting to get supplies feels like the responsible thing to do, but I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do. We’re going to be moving into our new house in a few months and any extra things we purchase now are just going to have to be moved with us, too.

Fortunately, it seems that nobody under the age of fifteen has died from Covid-19, much less even gotten sick, so I’m guessing my son is good. That provides a modicum of comfort.

My tendencies to worry are currently getting the best of me. I feel like I should be able to trust Jesus more than I do, and then, of course, I feel guilty for not doing so. It’s frustrating when you feel like you can’t do anything “right”. All I want to do is make sure my family is okay.

Thus far, my mom, sister, brother-in-law, nephews, and niece are okay. It’d definitely be less nerve-wracking if they lived with us away from major population centers!

~Nate

Back to church

It’s been a bit hard to get back in the habit of going to church. After I get done working all week, it’s nice to have some dedicated time to spend with my wife and son.

When I think about going places, I mentally compute a high burden on the “getting ready”, “getting there”, and “getting back” parts. This probably leads to me staying home and being more of a hermit than I should. But it is the way it is.

Anyways, the time and effort required to get ready to go to a place is already high, plus I want to spend that time on something else, and so we haven’t been attending church. Of course the whole “sell your house, move to another state, start a new life” thing is a good excuse to get out of the usual routines for a bit. But I hold myself to a high standard and know that excuses are just that… excuses.

As this city has so much native and Spanish influence, there tend to be a lot of traditional (ie Catholic) churches. Finding something with a more evangelical twist is naturally harder. Combine that with the fact that my wife and I are fairly particular about the churches we like, and it’s obviously been hard to get back in the habit of going to church.

But I said I hold myself to a high standard. It’s sometimes a burden. But I consider it a blessing, mostly. Something God has put in my heart that’s always been a constant call back to Him. Some people don’t have it. I thank God I have it. It’s probably the most important thing God has given me.

Combine the aforementioned with the fact that I consider myself the leader of my family, and it’s quickly obvious to me that I am ultimately accountable for getting my family back in the good habits we need to be in. It’s been hard, but I think we’re actually going to attend a potential home church this morning!

~Nate

Hello world!

Welcome to the launch of the journal of my journey!

I’ve had various web presences in the past… none of which were updated regularly or reflected what was currently going on. My goal is to actually update this with an entry every few days.

There’s so much to talk about, because there’s so much that goes on in my life. I’ve been more intentional about documenting what goes on in my life with a journal of daily accomplishments. My hope is that intentionality will carry over into this space as well!

~Nate