I’m back! (I think)
This is DoveGrey, if you remember me. I haven’t been here in almost a year, but I’ve often thought about you all, prayed for you during this pandemic, and have wanted to be back.
I typically visit the site on my tablet, but the site kept logging me off to the point of frustration. And when the pandemic hit, my profession became hugely impacted in the amount of time we are required to work if we want to be successful. Both Dh and I are pulling 60+ hour work weeks, and it’s been brutal on ourselves and our marriage. My sex drive has been so low that we had a couple of months where one time in the marriage bed was it. I’m going to suspend a bit of anonymity and just ask for prayers for all teachers. We aren’t doing well collectively. Having 2 in the family makes it worse.
I’ve got the week off and I’m doing everything I can to pull out of this funk. I decided to try this site again because of the blessing it was to our marriage. I was actually able to log in today, and hopefully it doesn’t log me off when I submit this post.
Anyway, I’m glad to be back and get reacquainted. I’ve got a lot of reading to catch up on! I will switch to my laptop if this doesn’t work. I practically live on the thing right now and need to take breaks, but it’s worth it if it blesses our marriage.
Welcome back DG.
I understand about the teachers as I have a lot of teachers or their spouses on my ministry teams and yes, they are putting in 12-14 hr days. Two wks ago I let one know I was praying and asked if there was something I could specifically pray for him. He replied, “The time for praying about lightening the load is past, it’s not changing anytime soon. Pray for stronger shoulders for our teachers.”
Welcome Back DoveGrey! I remember you and had wondered how you are doing. Thanks for your explanation.
DW and I have seen what COVID has done to the teaching profession from the perspective of our 4th Gr granddaughter and 2nd Gr grandson who, along with their single-parent dad, were living with us the first 3 wks of school while relocating to our city… virtual classroom on M, W, and F and a much smaller real classroom on T and Th. DW was doing most of the supervision of them on virtual school days with me in a support role but I was involved enough to listen to the teacher’s instructions and to get an idea of the complications that virtual teaching places on their teachers in addition to teaching the material itself. I imagine that many tech-unsavvy parents (and especially grandparents) who are thrust into supporting their E.S. children’s virtual schooling can add a level of frustration to your jobs too.
I said a prayer for you and will remember to when I think of my grandkid’s school.
P.S. – it looks like our grandson will start back 5 days in 2 wks and our granddaughter to 5 days on Nov 10th. Hopefully you and your H can get back to whatever “new normal” will be soon.
I’m a teacher too. I’ve always worked a lot (doing lots of extra jobs to make ends meet so my wife can stay home), but this year I’ve worked more than any other time in my career (or life). We’ve kept the passion alive in our MB, but it’s taken a lot of intentional effort. I can sympathize with your situation, especially both being teachers. Will pray for you both!