April 24 2020

Will The Lockdown Be Extended?

We are waiting to hear from the governor to see if the lockdown will be extended into May. New Orleans has already extended the lockdown into May but that is not for the entire state. Some people think some other parishes will follow the lead of New Orleans in extending the lockdown. At this point I don’t see state opening up for business with the number of COVID-19 cases there are here. Especially with the amount of cases in the New Orleans Metro area.

Schooling our daughter is still hard. She did get some one on one time with her two teachers on Google Hangouts. I was so proud of her, talking in French to her teachers. It wasn’t supposed to be one on one but no other kids showed up.

Well not much else going on here.

God is good!

April 16 2020

Birthday In Lockdown

Well we are still in lockdown. My wife’s birthday was on Saturday and her parents and sister had Kermit Ruffins come out to our house and play “Happy Birthday” for her. It was great and it made her day a little better, not being able to see her parents and siblings. We got dinner from Sushi Express delivered to us. Thank you Uber Eats! And we had some cake and ice cream with my mother who lives just down the block from us.

We are still having trouble getting our daughter to do her school work. She wants a break and recess after everything she does. We are able to get a little work out of her. I just hope she is learning in this situation. And she won’t be going back to school this school year.

I still worry about us getting sick. My wife does all the shopping and she has been wearing her mask since she made them but I still worry that it won’t be enough to keep us from getting sick.

Well that’s all for now!
God is good!

Edit: I’ve embedded the Kermit Ruffins video!

April 6 2020

Still Stuck At Home

Well it has been over a week since my last post and in that time two things stand out to me. 1) The stay at home order has been extended to the end of April. 2) Now they recommend wearing a face cover when around other people. My wife made us some face covers. I went out today to get blood drawn but I forgot my face cover. I remembered on the way to my appointment but I did not have time to go back.

This has been harder on my wife and daughter. They always go out in the mornings on weekends but they can’t do that anymore. At first my daughter wanted to go play with her friends all the time but now she seems to be content having virtual play dates with her friends and seeing her neighborhood friends from across the street. Every now and then they go for a ride somewhere. They also take daily walks when my wife is on break from work. Today I went with them on both walks.

Well that is all for now.

I feel like including a picture today! So here is my daughter when she was painting a few days ago.

God is good!

Fun With Paint
March 29 2020

One Week Of Lockdown

Well that’s one week down and God only knows how long to go. We used Uber Eats this week for the first time. We used it a few times. We’ve been getting food from small restaurants because they are hurting. And to help out Uber Eats has no delivery fee for them. So it’s win-win.

My daughter is still not really wanting to do schoolwork. We are able to get her to do it but it’s with a lot of pauses. And now my wife signed her up for kids messenger on Facebook and all she wants to do is “FaceTime” her friends. And I fixed up my old laptop for her and she thinks it’s the greatest thing. So when she is not on “FaceTime” with her friends she is watching Disney Plus on the laptop. But she does do her schoolwork on the laptop, so that’s a plus.

Well that’s all for now!

God is good!

March 23 2020

Louisiana On Lockdown

Today the governor of Louisiana issued a stay at home order to stop the spread of COVID-19. This means that only essential personnel are permitted to go to work. All others are to work from home or stay home and do not go to work. Food workers are considered essential in this case. So If I have a Big Mac attack I can have one delivered to me!

My daughter is transitioning to online work for school. We have had some setbacks in getting everything working but as of today I think we are good. I fixed my old laptop for her and she loves it. She is telling everyone that she has her own computer. I let her install Netflix on it so now all she wants to do is watch it.

My wife is in her first full week of working from home. The girls go on short walks when my wife is on break. But our daughter was disturbing her today. For the most part our daughter has been good but today she seemed to want her Mommy a lot.

Well that is all for now. I’m including a pic of my wife and daughter working on their computers from today.

Even in lock down…God is good!

March 20 2020

COVID-19 Changes Life

We went out to eat on Monday because starting Tuesday restaurants in Louisiana were take out and deliver only. The restaurant was almost empty. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

My wife is now working from home for the foreseeable future. My daughter loves having her home. Her Mommy is just a very short walk away. I’ll say this it is saving us a lot in gas.

Everyday the number of COVID-19 cases goes up both in Louisiana and the country. People are staying at home. The only time I went out of the house this week was to go out to eat and go to Walmart for groceries.

I hope and pray this gets better sooner rather than later.

God make this virus go away and keep your children safe. Amen!

March 15 2020

The Virus Strikes Again

Well on Friday the governor of Louisiana banned gatherings of more than 250 people and closed all public schools for a month. This affects our daughter. So she will be home with me for the next month. They said next week they may have plans to do classwork on the internet. And the people at my wife’s work thinks they may close the office in favor of working from home.

Stores are starting to reduce their hours in response to this virus. This feels like Katrina all over again. Even movie theaters are changing the way they sell tickets. At AMC now a movie will be sold out once it reaches 50% capacity.

The number of people infected with COVID-19 in Louisiana went up to 77. Most of those cases are in the New Orleans metro area. The Archbishop of New Orleans has told Catholics that it is not a sin to miss mass for the next 30 days.

One thing has me puzzled. Why is toilet paper sold out everywhere? This COVID-19 is a respiratory virus. I just don’t understand that. And don’t get me started on the panic we are seeing.

March 12 2020

NHL Season Postponed

The past 24 hours have been eventful to say the least (in the sports world). First a NBA game was postponed then shortly after the NBA season was postponed to begin with today’s games. Then the Pelicans game was postponed because one of the refs worked a Utah Jazz game. And that is the team that has a player infected with COVID-19.

The NBA shares arenas with the NHL. And in some cases they share locker rooms. So today the NHL postponed the rest of the season. They still hope to award the Stanley Cup this season. I hope life turns back to normal ASAP. I hope this virus just dies out and goes away.

To be honest I don’t know what to make of all the events being canceled. I understand why all theses events are being canceled. But these decisions affect more than just the people involved in the event being canceled. For example, canceled sporting events cause people who work for the arena to lose out on an opportunity to make money. It’s possible that they only have one job and now it’s gone and they don’t know when they will get back to work.

Even in times like this, God is good!

Update: The NCAA has canceled all spring championship tournaments. This includes the men’s and women’s Final Four and Frozen Four. Major League Baseball has also canceled the rest of spring training and postponed opening day.

February 26 2016

Adoption Day

On June 20, 2014 we got a call for a child in need of care. She was only four days old. At the time we weren’t even on the list of available foster parents but everyone had passed on her. They called us because they knew this is what we wanted, a baby. And so we took her into our home and into our hearts. Never knowing how long she would be with us we treasured every minute.

There were good times and bad times. Times of joy and times of panic. But in the end joy overcame panic and more times were good rather than bad. We began to see the light at the end of this very long tunnel. We began to understand that this is God’s plan for us. And now at last this joyous day is here.

So it is with great joy that Jamie and I announce the adoption of our daughter: Natalie Ann Bienvenu.

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