Impromptu Family Meeting

We are still in Waimanalo, Hawaii.

For the first time since she became one of our nannies, Brenda called for a Family Meeting. Which included me and our neighbor Gabby who is staying with us in Hawaii. She is getting worried about her mom who is now laid off of work. Her mom had asked if she could come here. She has been stuck at home working since March 12th. She was getting her food from other family members dropping it off. She said she has not left her house at all, she has no pets, was not going to Church. She was quarantined and safe. I asked to talk to her mom so she put her on speakerphone. I asked, if you come here, do you mind a 14 day quarantine until I let you around my kids? She said no and she understands. I said I don’t know when we will or can go home but if she wanted to leave at anytime we would make the best arrangements we could. She said she is laid off of work and now would be the best time to get out of the Dallas area if she wanted to go. She had never been to Hawaii and probably would never be able to afford to come. Brenda said she would pay for the ticket here and when it was time we would take her back to Denver with us, then Brenda would buy her a ticket back to Dallas from there.

Then came the logistics. Can you even get a flight right now? Do you have a mask and gloves? Are you willing to wear old clothes so you can burn them as soon as you arrive, shower, then help us figure out what food and supplies you want in your cabin? Will you be understanding about just staying around your cabin which will be the furthest one away from all of ours? You can go outside there, you can use your golf cart to look around. You won’t be shut in without enjoying our nice weather. So many things to talk over. She said she can bring her canned goods, she can bring her toilet paper minus one roll to leave at the house. She will help us cook and watch the kids, she will do whatever I ask.

We voted yes, 3-0 so Brenda’s mom is coming out later today. Brenda found a flight to LA, then over to here. Her mom is so excited. She’s going to give away the rest of her food in the fridge and freezer to family so they can use it. She said she will bring her Ipad and some board games. I said and bring a deck of cards I didn’t have one. This will be great. I like Brenda’s mom. She’s a very sweet woman. She loves kids and I know my boys will latch onto her.

Things are going okay. We are staying on the island and not going anywhere. I think we have enough stuff to last a few more weeks. We talk to Sarah a few times a day on Facetime. She’s happy to be home with her family. She’s excited for her baby to arrive and said she’s sad she left. It really was the best decision for her. She went to nursing school with a lot of the people that work at the hospital where she will give birth so she knows they will take very good care of them both when it’s time. I’m glad she’s safe. That’s all that mattered.

The kids are doing the best they can. They don’t understand why we can’t go home. I’m trying to not tell them what’s really going on. I want them to just be kids here. I don’t want this on their mind. They like homeschooling (Sometimes) and they really enjoy being outside so much. The only issue is I may end up running out of sun tan lotion. We are outside constantly. Even when it rains the covered patio out back is plenty big enough to play or eat meals on.

I am so thankful to God and everyone for helping my family stay safe and making sure we are okay. We are becoming a lot closer as a family. I’m so used to swooping into town whenever a family member needs me. It’s hard to sit here and not be able to do that. I am sending out money where it needs to go to make sure my family and friends are okay. I’m also still donating to online causes or to random folks in my private messages a little here or there. I’m not looking forward to my next Walmart trip (I really don’t like shopping at Walmart) but I want to get everything we need in 1 store. I will do my best.

How are you guys doing? Is there anything I can do to help you? All I can offer are prayers and a little bit of money. I want you all to know I am thinking about you and please stay home. I’m saying it everywhere, the more you stay home the quicker we can all get out of our homes. I’m doing okay. My anxiety is finally calming down. I think worrying about Sarah’s baby was a big issue. I know she’s safe and I know her family will take care of her. I’m still dealing with a very odd sleeping pattern. I sleep a few hours at a time. It’s crazy. We are okay. We know God is going to guide us through all of this. I know it’s going to take more time. We are following the CDC’s recommendations and I’m making sure we are washing our hands and the other things that we can do at home.

It’s going to be okay, guys. Stay home, and deal with a new normal for a few more weeks or months. We all have to. I love you all!

Homeschoolin Twins _)(*$%_)*(#$%%(*!!!

Day 16 of our Quarantine. The more I’m seeing about Denver and the coronavirus spread, the more I realize I did make the best choice to leave and come to Hawaii.

I have been donating and donating to worthy causes to try to help. There just isn’t enough I can do and I am praying everyone is okay. I have lost 1 family member to Covid19, my cousin Mark passed away. It is so sad, our family is completely shocked. My Aunt and Uncle are trying to figure out how to get his body home and what to do next. It’s been a lot of phone calls to see what can be done. I don’t even know if they can get him home for a few months. I pray it works out soon.

Homeschooling my twins is not going so well. I have a girlfriend that’s a kindergarten teacher up in Canada. Our borders are closed so she can’t come be with us in Hawaii. We looked into it several times. It’s non-essential travel and that’s prohibited. She sent me a week’s curriculum to try on my boys. I’m doing the best I can. We do 3 hours, take a 2 hour break and do another 3 hours per day. I goofed up on Thursday and now we have to finish our last day today. The weather has been gorgeous and than it rains. Then it’s windy and then it rains again. Spring time here is different. We are spending a lot of time outside. We have begun spring gardening. I don’t know how long we will be here but it doesn’t sound like I can go home soon.

That being said, most likely I will not be sending the boys back to school even if they reopen. I will continue to do online things from their teacher and sending back photos of their work. That’s the best I can offer.

Peace is also learning as we do our schoolwork. She is so smart and sharp, I am amazed at how fast she learns. Sky is getting so big. She’s doing great. We have plenty of formula and we started to try out baby food with her. Some she likes, some she doesn’t. We are going slow with it.

We are okay. Please don’t worry about me or my kids. We are doing our best here. Lindsay and Sarah took off. Sarah is going to have her baby at the beginning of May so she went back to Dallas, Texas to her parent’s home. It was the best choice. She needs her family to help her out once the baby arrives. She’s having a little girl and I will not announce the baby name she picked out until Sarah says I can. Lindsay also left. She needed to get back to Chicago to run the office from there.

I just uploaded a bunch of photos I’ve taken to our Family Facebook group. Be sure to go check those out. It’s a lot of outdoor photos and photos of the kids. We have a good supply of food and things we need to stay here. I will not be going back out to the stores for a few weeks.

I pray for all of you. I love you all so much and I hope you are all okay. Your families too. Stay home guys. It’s the only way to stop the spread of this. I never thought in my lifetime I would live through anything like this. It makes me appreciate everything. Take care of each other. It’s what Jesus wants us to do. God bless!

We had to make some Tough Decisions today

Good morning.

Last night my cousin Mark Evans passed away. He had Covid 19 for a few days. He had symptoms as far back as 2 weeks ago but he continued to go to his friend’s dinner parties and shopping for food. He was resistant to believe this would get him. He did get a test when he went into the hospital. He never came out. I spoke with him about 6 days ago and he said he was surprised he had it. He felt really guilty for anyone he infected. So far no one has been tested. I pray he did not spread it around.

My Aunt called this morning to tell me. We both cried. She doesn’t even know if they can bury him. She thinks they need to cremate him so the infection ends with him. She said there will be no funeral. Only her and my Uncle paying their respects and saying goodbye. She said in a few months we will hold a memorial service for him and that this is the worst thing that has ever happened in her life. I have no idea how she is going to make it through this.

Tomorrow we will be under a Stay at Home Order until April 30th. I had to talk to the adults and make some decisions. Sarah is pregnant and very near the point she can no longer fly. She does not want to have her baby in Hawaii. She wants to be in Dallas with her parents and family. Lindsay needs to get back to Chicago to handle work from there. Brenda wants to stay here with me and the kids. Gabby wants to stay here too. We have all been here since March 12th. We have put in 12 days of self quarantine. None of us are sick.

So I called my cousin Big Tyson and asked him to go borrow my buddy JJ’s plane and com here. It’s been sitting in a hanger in Los Angeles for several months. No one was touched it so it will be 100% safe for them to go home in. He’s on his way now. The girls are packing up. We are figuring out what supplies I can give up. They will each go home with a few boxes of food and what toilet paper I can spare.

I have to stay here for Alex but also for myself and my 3 other kids. It’s a very tough decision to make. Denver is starting to really show an outbreak. My pets are with me in Hawaii so I have no real reason to go home. I have to keep my kids safe from this. Especially Alex. It would take him out in a few days. We all cried talking this over. We spent 2 hours figuring it out. Ultimately I want the girls to make their own choices. Sarah’s parent said they are okay if she can’t come to Dallas. She wants to go. She’s excited to welcome her baby but is scared of what world her daughter will be born in.

Please follow all medical advice from the experts. Don’t listen to Trump. I no longer believe he is even doing his best. I just wish he would read a prepared statement each day and then go do whatever he does all day. Leave this to our medical people. They know best.

Thank you for all the sweet comments this morning about Mark.

Mark was a brat when he was younger. He was always following us around to see what we were doing. I loved him. I will always love him. I’m so upset he’s gone. God needed him more than we did. It’s still tough.

God bless you guys! I love you. If you need help, contact me. I will do my best. Take care of each other.

We are still in Hawaii

Hey #Batfans. I’m finally getting a minute to update everyone. I pray you are all okay. I have been thinking about all of you and wanted to get my words out there.

On Thursday March 12th I received an email from the Denver Catholic school my boys go to. They said they were going to stop school for 2 weeks. Within an hour and a half we packed up the kids, the 2 nannies, all the pets, my neighbor Gabby, and all the food, toilet paper, anything we needed. We fly all night long which wasn’t a bad trip. I had to land my plane in Los Angeles. That part woke up the kid but we needed to refuel. Then we continued and got to Hawaii pretty early in the morning. We packed everything into a shuttle and got dropped off at my Family Compound.

We are in Waimanalo, Hawaii. My family has owned this small island since the 1970s. Over the years, they have put a lot of money into building houses that we call cabins, a huge 3 story main house, and various outdoor buildings. The infrastructure has been an ongoing construction for years. We have a golf cart path all the way around our little island and we have beach access to every house. You can lay in bed in all of them and listen to the waves.

The reason why I decided to move out here is because of my son Alex. He had heart and lung surgery 2 years ago and is still dealing with a few health issues. The Coronavirus is a respiratory virus and I’m not going to take any chances of him getting it. So here we are. We have rationed out food, essentials. The girls all have their own cabin. I’m in the main house with the pets, and the kids. It’s working out. It’s not a bad place to self quarantine. And then here comes Lindsay and her 2 huge dogs Lol She got here the day after we did. I can say we have all been here almost 2 weeks and no one is showing any symptoms. We are not going outside of the gate. I put a huge chain and padlock on it so no one goes in or out except me. I’ve been out to a local Walmart 1 time to pick up a prescription. I shared photos of what the empty shelves looked like on my Twitter. Check that out if you want to.

I know how lucky I am to own a plane, own a Hawaiian private compound, and have money. I’m not struggling to stockpile food or supplies. What I am doing is doing our part to Flatten the Curve. We are doing our best to keep the kids happy and busy. We even did a family Color Wars over the weekend. My team came in 3rd place. It was a lot of fun and my kids have been talking about it for 2 days. This may become our new Spring Break tradition. Hawaii + Color Wars Competitions.

I pray you are all okay. I promise we are going to be. A lot of challenges and bad days to come. God is going to take care of us. I believe that with all of my heart. Please do not go out unless you have to. It’s really hard shutting down your life, work, family time. You have to. Please help others.

I have donated 2 of my paychecks to give out via social media to strangers in need of a small amount of cash. It only took 4 days to burn through it all.

Our Family Foundation is giving out canned foods, next a toilet paper, Kleenex, baby diapers, wipes haul. This will be announced for 2 weekend from now. It’s taking a lot of work to coordinate these things but I know it’s the right thing to do. I want to help as many people as I can. I have been sending out cash to people in DM on my social media accounts because they are requesting help. I’m trying to help because that’s what I’ve been called to do.

I just uploaded about 400 new photos to my Family Facebook page. You can see all of our volunteer efforts for the canned food give away, the screenshots of over 50 + people reacting to the cash giveaways, as well as video calls with a few that needed encouragement, prayers, and cash. I’m doing what I can.

I also uploaded photos of our Hawaii trip so far. My kids are happy, we are relaxed and just trying to stay calm. I can feel anxious at certain times when I am overloaded with information. This is scary stuff.

If you need help, reach out to me. I will do what I can to help. It’s important that we try to take care of each other. I will be donating more money soon and announcing more free giveaways as we get items in. I’m working on getting some ventilators bought and sent to hospitals. We are in coordination with New York, Washington, and Nebraska. It’s expensive and I may only be able to buy 50, but at least that’s something.

God bless you all. It’s going to be okay. Hang in there guys. I love you all!

P.S. Homeschooling twins is *@#$)(*#$%)(*!!!! Lol This is hard! Much love to all the teachers out there.

Rowboat Book Club Book #87

This month we will be reading Chasing Vines by Beth Moore.

God wants us to flourish. In fact, he delights in our flourishing. Life isn’t always fun, but in Christ it can always be fruitful.

In Chasing Vines, Beth shows us from Scripture how all of life’s concerns—the delights and the trials—matter to God. He uses all of it to help us flourish and be fruitful. Looking through the lens of Christ’s transforming teaching in John 15, Beth gives us a panoramic view of biblical teachings on the Vine, vineyards, vine-dressing, and fruitfulness. Along the way you’ll discover why fruitfulness is so important to God—and how He can use anything that happens to us for His glory and our flourishing. Nothing is for nothing.

Join Beth on her journey of discovering what it means to chase vines and to live a life of meaning and fruitfulness.