Saturday, January 7, 2017

January Snow Day

 Around here, the mention of snow is cause for celebration and caution. 
Sometimes, when we get the prediction of snow, it doesn't come to fruition, so
early on, I tend not to pay much attention to the prediction of snow.  
But all week, the prediction of seeing snow has gotten stronger.
It started snowing about 3:30 yesterday afternoon with the biggest snowflakes I have ever seen falling from the sky.
It snowed for about an hour and then stopped giving us a little dusting of snow.
I didn't say anything to my kids, but I secretly thought that the dusting might be it.  
BUT - 
It started snowing again about 9pm last night.
(I still wasn't convinced that it was going to do much.)

I woke up this morning about 5:45am and saw in the darkness that it had snowed much more than I had anticipated.  

This is what the view from my front porch looked like about 7:30 this morning.

7 inches of snow!!! 

Around 8:30am, Brady and Lillie went outside to check it out.

Around 9:30am, I saw the first peek of the sun.....

but, it continued to snow until around 11am.

Then the sky started to clear.....

And everything just sparkled when the sky turned blue. 

The path behind our house. 
Winter Wonderland

Sunlight through snowy limbs is so pretty.

We did some cleaning, ate lunch, and then headed outside for some more fun.

They all love eating snow.

Even at 15, she loves the snow!

Not the best snow for sledding today. But they had fun trying.

Oldest and youngest. 

Lillie went to a friends for the afternoon.  They have a big truck and came to get her. 
Maggie is currently in Cozemel, Mexico swimming with the dolphins.  
CANNOT wait to share the pics from her 13th birthday trip.  

It isn't supposed to get over freezing around here until at least Tuesday around here.
Due to all of the roads that will turn to ice tonight, there will be no church activities tomorrow.
We will cozy up and watch some movies tonight and enjoy the time with family this evening.
 The snow that melts in the sun today will refreeze overnight, so,  if it isn't too cold tomorrow, maybe we can get out try and the sledding again.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Words

Most years I come up with words that are sort of a theme for the year.
Basically, they are my resolutions.
Here are my words and resolutions for 2017.

1. Faith -- I want to contiue growing my faith, always. But specifically in 2017, I want to "Let my Faith be bigger than my fears".  Anyone who knows me well, knows that I struggle with anxiety.  Over everything.  I desire to have Faith so big that I can choose believing God has this over fear every time in every situation.  I know that will take a lot of time and doing, but it is my goal.  I'm quite tired of worrying and being anxious.

2. Love -   I want to love God better. I want to Love people better.  All people.  The people who like me and the people who don't.  And I want to love my family better.  A lot of times they get the worst of me instead of the best.  I want to love them better.

3.Gratitude -  I can be quite negative.  Especially in my own head. And that leads me to be quite ungrateful a lot of the time.  A friend told me some time ago, that we have to be mindfully grateful.  That has stuck with me.  I want to be mindfully grateful on a regular basis.  One way I hope to accomplish this is to write in my journal each night the things that I can be grateful for that day.  Plus, I feel that if I am more grateful, it will help with the other two words above.  Being thankful can help me love better and help me have more faith.

Those are my three words for this year.
I do have at least one more goal for this year.  I used to run on a regular basis. Due to the stress on my joints that running provides, I had to stop doing that.  But because running was so efficient, I've gotten away from exercise at all.  I need to get back into a routine.  I would like to work on my strength and balance (both are horrible) as well as working on getting in those cardio days, too.

These are my resolutions.  
Here for all to see and read.
Help hold me accountable to these, won't you?