COVID-19 Update: Moving forward | 5/22/20

It’s been nearly two months since my last update in regards to the pandemic, so I wanted to share once again what shop practices and policies I have in place moving forward as we head into the summer months. And of course, I’m sharing a personal update as well, so scroll down for that if that’s what you’re here for!

SHOP

  • The shop will remain open as long as my health and the government permits.
    • The shop has remained open through Minnesota’s Stay at Home order and will continue to remain open under its Stay Safe order.
  • Orders are being shipped from a clean workspace.
    • I will continue to keep your safety in mind in storing and handling products to be shipped.
    • All envelopes will be sealed with adhesive and/or water.I’m not licking any envelopes!
  • Shipping/handling times may be longer than normal.
    • You might notice my shipping/handling times are a bit longer. I am typically only making trips to the post office once per week (instead of twice per week). These trips will usually take place Tuesday mornings. I wear a mask, clean gloves, and practice social distancing when dropping off.
    • Keep in mind, USPS First Class transit times could be a bit slower as well. You can track your order with the tracking number you receive when your order has shipped.
  • I am currently working on getting a handful of out-of-stock items back in stock.
    • As I’m sure you can imagine, the pandemic has slowed down production all over the world. If there is an item you’re looking for, but it’s out of stock, join my mailing list to be notified when and what items will be restocked. Thanks for your patience!
  • For any additional questions, please visit my FAQs page. If your question is not answered there, you can send me an email and I’ll get back to you within 3 business days.

SHOP ON ETSY


PERSONAL

The Ibachs have remained healthy over the past several weeks (praise God)! We have continued staying home for the most part, but as we’ve seen how Minnesotans are responding to social distancing and other precautions, we’ve felt safe enough to run our own errands now. When at the store, we social distance and wear masks and clean gloves to protect ourselves and others. As the weeks go on like this, the more I miss being able to go to the store without my glasses fogging up while breathing through a mask. It’s the little things I struggle with (and I’m grateful it’s just the little things).

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Luke and I are still working, but my workload has gone down a bit, which has had it’s ups and downs. I love having more flexibility, but I also crave more structure. God has been using a lot of the open spaces in my day to teach me more about Himself and grow in my relationship with Him. He’s brought a lot of truth from my head to my heart and that’s what I’m most grateful for in this season.

For fun, Luke and I have tried to keep date night alive by getting takeout from our favorite restaurants, watching movies and TV shows at home… there’s been crafting, dreamy nights on the deck, walks, goofing around with our cat Layla… it’s about finding what’s special in the small things these days and I know learning to keep this mindset will benefit us in the long run.

On my own, I’ve been tending to my growing plant collection, decluttering around the apartment, reading, and drinking lots of coffee from my Nespresso (affiliate link)… which I bought as a quarantine gift to myself. #worthit

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Encouragement

I know many people our age do not wear masks and gloves when going out, but as I mentioned in previous posts, Luke is high risk. We take extra precautions, not just for ourselves, but keeping in mind those who are also vulnerable. I really struggle when others don’t share a similar approach. I’m glad that so many people are not worried about getting sick. I don’t think we should be fearful, but I’m reminded of Philippians 2:3-4, which says:

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Now is a great time to learn to make decisions with humility, looking to the best interests of all. I heard a statistic from multiple sources that if we all social distance and wear masks, the spread of the virus goes down by 80%… I’m not sure if that’s still accurate (stats seem to be changing all the time), but clearly it makes a big impact. I also heard that masks help less with preventing you from getting sick, but more with protecting others against your own germs.

I know I can’t control what other people do, but one of the ways I’m learning to extend grace is by remembering a lot of people don’t live with someone who is vulnerable. Why would they share the same concerns Luke and I have? So, this is simply my reminder to those who aren’t reminded daily by a loved one. My encouragement to you today is to keep Philippians 2:3-4 in mind and look to the best interest of others. You may not be worried about your own health, but when we make decisions based on the wellbeing of others, it’s one of the most loving things we can do in a pandemic.

Stay well, friends! Xo Lauren

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