choose life over fear

“Nothing in life is to be feared,
it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

Marie Curie


(Two grandparents overun / Brenton Cook / 2020)

After nearly three months of going nowhere but to the grocery store,
the curbside pickup liquor store, occasionally to Target and most recently to a
Chick-fil-A drive-through…

After three months of being cooped up…caring for wee ones while others work from home…
Living life shrouded daily within a veil of trepidation, questions
and fear…today we opted for living life a bit more boldly and actually ventured
forth on Mother’s Day.

We took our small show on the road.

We drove southeast to a small quaint town, about 45 minutes away, in order to enjoy
a lovely alfresco Mother’s Day lunch.

Actually sitting outside, basking in the lovely May sunshine along with a
slight cool breeze, we couldn’t have been happier.
.
When we arrived, we were greeted by several gracious masked waitresses and waiters,
along with hand sanitizer at the ready…a familiar staff despite the covered faces.
Their twinkling eyes said it all…”Welcome back!”

It was finally a real sit-down meal away from our own kitchen of chaos.
A truly treasured moment.

Eating out has always been a treat and a diversion from the rut of the every day…
but today…today was different!
Everything seemed brighter, lighter.

This little restaurant is one we have enjoyed visiting over the years.
One we don’t mind driving to.

The husband and wife team who own the restaurant, where she is the chef,
have made the most of a farm to table restaurant with a relaxed french flair.

The host and husband of the duo, who I know, asked me, before we left if we had enjoyed ourselves…
my response was one of a long exhaled sigh of relief.

I told him that after almost 3 months of going nowhere…today was absolutely grand!
I could tell he smiled in satisfaction despite having a mask cover his face.
His eyes said it all.

They have provided curbside pick-up throughout the state’s lockdown but
today was their trial run for a “soft opening.”

After a delightful afternoon, when we were headed back home, satiated and content with
having enjoyed both a peace-filled afternoon and good food,
a small sign outside of a little country church caught my eye…
Choose life over fear.

Today on this Mother’s Day 2020…we chose to live life just a little bit freer
pushing aside the nagging fear of the past three months…

Here was to a Mother’s Day not to be forgotten but absolutely cherished
for all sorts of reasons…


(“mom” and The Mayor / Gregory Cook / 2020)


(Dada with his brood/ Abby Cook / 2020)


(mama with The Sheriff /Gregory Cook / 2020)


(Da with “Je” / Julie Cook / 2020)

“Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine.”

Isaiah 43:1

17 comments on “choose life over fear

  1. hatrack4 says:

    Lovely pictures, lovely family, almost looks back to normal.

    • I know— and I wish it were. Abbys school has at least three more weeks 😳

      • hatrack4 says:

        Our daughter-in-law’s college is completed until the Fall. TN schools are closed until then also, but the school still distributes free lunches. I am leaving soon to pick up my wife. We need to be safe against COVID-19, but we need to ensure that the other medical issues are taken care of, including follow-up to the surgery my wife had before she went to TN.

  2. Marie Wright says:

    Yesterday was a Mother’s Day like none other. Thank you for sharing your adventure. It was a well deserved break.

  3. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Wonderful, happy belated Mother’s Day SC !! 🙂

  4. atimetoshare.me says:

    Beautiful pictures and beautiful people. Glad you were able to get out in public with those you love. I had a great Mother’s Day too.

  5. Lynda Clayton says:

    What a lovely family and such wonderful photos! And no coats/jackets/sweaters! It snowed this morning – not enough to stay on the ground where I live but it snowed on May 11th!! 😦 We had a family Zoom gathering yesterday and it was nice to see everyone but it isn’t the same. There were no hugs or touching at all! We are still social distancing and encouraged to stay at home so I don’t know when this will end but I agree with the quote from Marie Curie, we need to be informed. And we don’t need to be afraid for God is with us. Enjoy the next three weeks!

  6. oneta hayes says:

    Such lovely children and their “keepers” are fantastic, too.

  7. Tricia says:

    Oh such great pictures Julie! I’m so glad you guys were able to get out and enjoy a real sit down meal. My governor won’t allow me to so I can only live vicariously through people in free states.

    • It’s so ridiculous Tricia that’s it’s almost funny— when did the land of the free become home of the oppressed?
      Folks are saying that there are upticks in cases now found in the “free” states but they told us there would be as more tests would become available — so the gloom and doom and scare tactics used by the oppressors are becoming tiring and buying logical

      • Tricia says:

        It is SO tiring Julie and the goalposts just keep on changing. Of couse there will be new cases. More testing, more opening up, tha’s just the natural way of viruses. We cannot shelter in place this thing out of existence. We can however destroy our economy and countless lives, not to mention the shredding of civil liberties.

        Sorry, I’m in a mood today…

      • I hear you Tricia and I feel the pain— as in literally—infinite wisdom is choosing to hide and wait while watching a super power nation self implode its economy—
        It’s the craziest thing I have ever seen and helplessly been a part of….

      • Tricia says:

        I think that’s the hardest part, being so helpless. So many of us feel this way and yet the steamroller of bad decisions, inept government and power hungry bureaucrats rolls on.

      • I’m hoping to put up a post tomorrow which touches on this 🤬

  8. Dawn Marie says:

    Such a lovely Mother’s Day post! I love seeing photos of your family. Especially, because it is so nice to see you all out in a public setting – brings a sense of “hope” to this dreary situation our country is in.

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