I made it here Sunday afternoon and it has been non-stop! Today, Wednesday there is finally SUNSHINE! It is so refreshing to see the sun amidst the absolute chaos and sadness.

I have been blessed to have met a fellow Prime Nurse and daily we take the train, eat together, walk, and just try to be normal outside the walls of Beth Israel.

The staff is so very appreciative of our help; although nobody here understands “Minnesota Nice.” I’ve been asked a few times, “why the hell do you smile and say hello to everyone?” I also learned the hard way….do NOT make eye contact with anyone on the train, if you smell something funky on the train find another car….there is a reason you’re the only one on there with the other individual! Now, that being said, if you ever feel unsafe, you go to the stinky car because nobody gonna bother you!

The ship arrived yesterday and it is simply amazing….I’ve never seen anything like it. The military are all around. There are thousands of tents set up in Central Park, Javits Center, and other places I do not know the names of.

On that note…I did an interview with the Associated Press last night and now I have to be photographed. My apologies for rambling. I have so much in my journal that I will get posted as soon as I have a day off.

Please, continue to stay at home. Wash your hands, and most importantly, leave shoes outside! Sounds silly, this virus lives on shoes for up to 5 days….. e careful!

Much love!!

The Preparation

So many things to do, people to see, stuff to buy and pack…as I lay here tonight I think what is most important, what things NEED to occur before I leave?

I decided a couple days ago that I would surprise Adelaide with a little birthday party 1 month early since I will be gone for her 6th birthday; needless to say she was ecstatic and we partied for two days….it overflowed per her request to the next morning that they all eat fancy cupcakes….and so they did! I’ve tried to be that “yes” mom this week and at the same time work on life skills.

Not only did we celebrate the birthday girl, the Easter Bunny came….they got way more this year as I won’t be around to do their summer shopping for them…oh and now they are home each day so no school uniform, just regular clothes. The four of these kiddos make my heart smile, they appreciate all that is done for them…so we showered them with love and got them all set up for summer!

Prepping to leave for myself has been a slow process; emotions run high, reality seems to set in each time I look at or touch the suitcases. How do you pack for 3 months? What do I need in a state where everything is shutdown and two day shipping with Amazon isn’t a “thing” anymore? It has been a learning experience….again, after all of this is done…we each will have learned numerous lessons!

As I prepare to leave tomorrow, I ask for your prayers; prayers for myself, the flight crew, all of the nurses I will be working with, and even more importantly my children and Nick who are left to hold down the fort here!

Stay safe, practice social distancing, be patient, kind, and humble!

The Journey Begins

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Thanks for joining me! As many of you know I am preparing to leave the comforts of home, my children, Nick, friends, and family to head to New York.

You’re probably thinking that I am a bit crazy or have simply lost my mind at this point. All jokes aside, I have not lost my mind; rather I am taking another step forward in my journey. This journey called life looks different for each of us; some of us are handing out meals, have our children decorating windows to liven up the neighborhood, while others of us will be suiting up, literally and saving lives. The most important thing to remember amidst all of this is that we each play an important role!

While I am gone I realize as a mom, sister, girlfriend, and friend I am going to miss important events, milestones etc. One big milestone is Adelaide turning 6 and another is Easter! Keep your eye out for my next update on. how I am preparing my kids for a journey via phone calls, post cards, and facetime and of course packing for 3 months away from home!

Thank you for all of your support, prayers, well-wishes, and blessings.