Letters from Bastrop Y: Jennifer H.


Hi everyone!

I hope that you all are doing well.  It has been such a long time since I have seen all of my friends at the Bastrop YMCA and I miss you all so much!  Looking back at all the fun we had each week when we met for our exercise classes, I realize how lucky I was to be able to meet so many wonderful individuals.  Getting to know the members and other staff at the YMCA has been a blessing for me and my family.


My three children miss the Y just as much as I do.  While I taught classes, my children were usually engaged in fun activities with Ms. Lori, Ms. Rachel, Ms. Addie, or Ms. Cheyenne.  These women are fantastic and I’m so appreciative for all their hard work.  The child watch staff at the YMCA is such an asset and I’m so thankful that my kids can be in a safe and fun environment while I exercise.


Now that we all have to stay home, the kids and I are doing everything we can to stay busy and keep a positive attitude.  Our spring schedule this year looks very different than ever before.  In the past my husband and I were always busy volunteering with Little League and shuttling our children to practices or games.   I am looking forward to the day when we can watch our kids play on the fields again, but until then I am so grateful for all the extra time I get to spend with my children.  Since we have been home, I have been able to sew with my girls.  Disposable masks have been very hard to find, so my daughters and I have been busy sewing up masks and giving them to friends and family.  My girls have also been busy sewing other small projects such as book marks, Chap Stick key fobs, and hair accessories.  It has been a real treat to sit back and watch them pick out fabric and complete their little sewing projects.  Hopefully they will enjoy it as much as I do and can pass that skill on to their children.


The kids and I have also been busy baking our very own sourdough bread.  I had never baked bread before and boy was I missing out!  There is nothing like toasting up a grilled cheese sandwich made from bread that was baked right at home.  A good friend of mine shared the bread recipe with me, so that made it even more special. This is definitely an activity that we will continue in the future!


Another activity that I have taken advantage of while being at home is gardening.  Besides my sewing space, the backyard is my “paradise”.  It makes me so happy to see all the sweet hummingbirds and bees that are attracted to the bright colored flowers.  The kids and I have also planted our vegetable garden.  We planted tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and cucumbers.  My son loves eating cherry tomatoes and he cannot wait until those are ripe enough to pick. 


Even though none of us could have ever anticipated the events that have occurred these past few months, I hope that each of you are doing well and keeping a positive outlook.  I miss teaching classes and seeing all the members at the YMCA.  Take care everyone and hopefully I will be able to see you all soon!

~Jennifer H.


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