Grace Stories
  • Jastrzemski Family Porchrait
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  • Jastrzemski Family Porchrait
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  • Jastrzemski Family Porchrait
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  • Jastrzemski Family Porchrait
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  • Jastrzemski Family Porchrait
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Jastrzemski Family Porchrait

Our family has felt the ups and downs of quarantine. At first, the idea of having five kids (plus a college student) schooling at home while we tried to work was pretty intense. We are a busy bunch, so it felt like we were missing out on a lot. The first few weeks were difficult as we fumbled through figuring out devices for class zoom calls, finding space for schooling, more bickering among the kids than we had hoped, and trying to fill our time wisely. It wasn’t easy. We knew that all families were trying to find their groove, but it felt especially intimidating in our household. We weren’t able to use our time to discover new hobbies or read lots of books. We were surviving. It felt strange and heavy. Slowly, our expectations began to change. Perhaps this wasn’t the time for accomplishing new tasks? Perhaps, for us, it wasn’t about filling our time with finding more to GET DONE. We began to pray for our marriage and our children differently. Our hearts began to settle. This time is a gift. Our six children range in age from 20 to 9 years old. We have seen first hand how quickly those tiny, exhausting babies grow into independent humans. Before we knew it, they were running in every different direction, and they don’t need us in the same way. They grow up fast. But here we were, literally stuck at home together. Maybe this was just a special opportunity to just be together. And we have done that. We’ve done everything together. We have enjoyed hikes, long walks, board games, movie nights, and dinner together just about every evening. We have had lots of long (sometimes hard, but important) talks, we’ve slept in, we’ve slowed down. We see each other. We are reminded of how amazing each of these kids are. God can use crazy circumstances for His glory. We are so thankful that He is reminding us of that daily. It has been a blessing to remember that our Good and Gracious Father has greater plans than our own.

Greg and Heather Jastrzemski