Wendy and I have been asked, “How is your family doing?”
I mean, really. With ten children at home, we break the Colorado social distancing order when we wake up. If coronavirus hit our family, it’d be a small outbreak that might make the news. Our local supermarkets are cleaned out, just like yours. We’ve never been wealthy, and the economy is shakier than ever. Lots to fear. I suppose most would be curious at how our family is doing.
Turn off the news for a moment as I share.
The Jeubs are in good health, thankfully. That’s saying something — 10 children, two parents, and visiting adult children with our grandchildren. Our “flu season” seemed to hit us earlier in the winter when a flu-like sickness went through our family. Most of us got it and it put us out of school and work at various times through the Holidays. But we didn’t go to the doctor’s nor gave it much thought.
Who knows? Maybe it was coronavirus. But we are healthy right now.
We are abundantly blessed with food. Our family crushed it with a successful elk hunt last fall, plus an additional elk from a hunting friend and two pigs from a rancher. Plenty of meat in the freezers. Wendy volunteers at a food shelf, too, and often comes home with extra groceries. We are gathering gift boxes for neighbors and friends. Our adult children and their families come over and pick through our pantry, and we don’t mind at all.
Isn’t it odd? We have a house of 12 eaters, but our food is overflowing.
We have income. Major events were cancelled which is hurting my business’s revenue, but my family’s cashflow isn’t wiped out. I have my teaching job, so that modest check continues. Our bank is delaying three months of mortgage payments, our President mandated the same for my student loans (yes, I still have them), and Congress gave me a second tax credit that will come soon. It’ll be a whopper for a family my size.
Sustainable in the long run? No, but they sure are blessings right now.
My boys are in construction, primarily home repairs, so demand is still high. My girls work at our local McDonald’s, and carry-out and drive-thru are in full service. My school-aged children are into e-learning at our school, so they’re feeling like their homeschooled siblings — and enjoying it immensely.
We’re all staying quite busy. Such a blessing to have plenty to do.
I suppose we have grievances worth complaining about, and the news of the day seems to encourage them, sort of delights in the drama. It’s important to follow the news, but does it depress the good that is in our lives, communities, and world? Our house is more than crowded. My business is struggling. We had to cancel our trip to Australia to see our latest grandchild. This deathly flu is spreading and our world is isolated and quarantined.
We’re Jeubs. God is taking care of our health, food and supplies, and income. Our family — still growing — is doing fine. This global pandemic will fail at our doorstep.
But thanks for asking! I hope the same for you, to count your blessings and stay the course for your family. Especially now.