Snow!!

It snowed yesterday! We came home from church and were eating lunch and I looked out the window and saw beautiful white flakes floating to the ground. Upon hearing my exclamation of surprise the girls started off in squeals of joy, Jacob joined in without knowing why. The kids threw on their coats and stampeded out onto the deck. It wasn’t coming down very hard and barely dusted the deck but the kids were dancing a jig and making snow angels on the deck in the little snow there was. It was fun to watch and made me smile. The snow was replaced by freezing rain though and by nightfall everything was a sheet of ice. Thankfully it warmed in the morning and we woke to the sound of rain beating softly upon our roof and safe roads for hubby to drive on to work this morning. No more snow though, and that makes me sad. Hopefully it will really snow this year. In Oregon you never know.

There is something so joyous about watching your children play in the snow and building a snowman together. Maybe its their giggles and laughter. Maybe it is the rosy cheeks and nose shining through the cold and the big grin that lights even the darkest corner of the soul. Maybe it coming inside and driving out the cold with hot chocolate. Maybe it is the remembrance of past years and your own childhood joys being mirrored in the children’s faces. Or maybe, just maybe it is love. Love for the snow, love for each other, love of joy. Yes, I think that is it. It is love.

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5 responses to “Snow!!

  1. You’re right, you’re lucky when it snows in the Portland area, especially when its before christmas! It always scared me when I heard it snowed in Portland because that meant The Gorge got snow and ice and there were probably going to be a few accidents.
    I can’t wait till my kids can make snow angels.

  2. I wish I felt that snow was lucky. But I like watching the kids play on the mountain of snow the plow piles up in the court.

    I just don’t like it when the kids dig out the snowbanks for snow forts. I’m always afraid it will collapse on them or the plow will come by and not see them.

    But of course Ben just thinks I’m ruining his fun. (Which I am, but for good reason.) Ben loves the snow.

  3. ok, wait… you live near portland? portland, oregon?

    i lived there for a bit- went to school at… sunset high. it rained. all year. so i moved and took my raincoat with me! grrrr

  4. You went to sunset high? You guys were some of our mortal football enemies. Grrrr! 🙂 I went to Newberg High. How funny is that. It actually was really sunny last week. 🙂 Guess you don’t get much use out of the rain coat now, eh?

  5. It always bugged me when people would say “Oh you’re from Washington, you’re used to the rain huh?” Actually no I’m not, and I’m happy to say that there have been very few times where I have been in Seattle or Portland when it WASN’T sunny, clear skies and warm. What does that say?
    (sorry, to throw out a random rant on your comments. Something about FF mentioning her raincoat set me off.)

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