Looking back, it’s hard to believe that it was only mere months ago that we were in the throes of virtual learning. The stress and exhaustion of this strange season makes it feel as if it were a lifetime ago. It’s hard to put into words the feelings that encompassed each of us when we learned the details of the Stay-At-Home Order. A new term to all of us quickly led to feelings of confusion, fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and even mourning. I’ll never forget the moment of picking up our school supplies and understanding the finality of an unfinished school year.

Growing up at Grace, I always understood that we were unique, but I wasn’t able to comprehend the “why” until I walked through it as a parent. What makes Grace unique is that there is a community of support that cannot be replaced during times of great need.

I will never be able to forget or give enough gratitude, for the support of the teachers, staff, and administration during these times of COVID. The way our family was loved and cared for during an extremely uncertain period will remain in my heart for a lifetime. To watch my children calmed by seeing their teacher’s videos, hearing their laughter on class Zoom meets, and even finding joy in our failures during “our version” of PE made the time more bearable. We couldn’t physically be with our community, but our community made a tremendous effort to continue to love on us in creative ways that encouraged feelings of safety and normalcy in three little hearts.

If I have learned anything these past few months, it is that Grace Community is just that: A community full of grace, working to care for its people and the community around us. I no longer take our school staff for granted. May God continue to use these hard times to bring us back as a stronger school family, and may we continue to give thanks for those that work tirelessly day-to-day to keep us together.

Lorianne Schlueter, GCS Mom and Alum ‘04