My weekend in one word: snow.

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How was your weekend?

The Lego Jar (2/16/13) – Winter Fun

This week we had snow and all the fun that goes with it.  For this week’s Lego Jar I will share a few pictures of that.

Indoor Camping

The storm that came through last weekend knocked out power for like 40 hours.  It got cold in our house so we went to a different house where they had a wood stove.  We had a great time using our camping skills indoors.

Making the most of it
Making the most of it
Watching a movie
Watching a movie
Generator use
Generator use

Playing in the snow

She is just cute
She is just cute
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Always eating snow

Dinner Time

If you go back to a post titled “Drop Where you stop” you will be reminded of my 5 year old’s ability to sleep wherever he lands.  This week my 3-year-old showed us that he is also capable of that.

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Cheap Entertainment

I took him to the grocery store this week and got him a sticker.

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One night before bed I asked my 3-year-old son if he had his head on.  He said, “no, I don’t need it.  I can’t see with my eyes out.”  Well, alright then.

I hope you have a great weekend!

What ever happened to thank you?

From NSTAR's Facebook page
From NSTAR’s Facebook page

In preparation for the snow storm we were expected to get, we fully anticipated we would lose power.  In fact, given the amount of wind and wet snow expected, I would have been shocked if we did not lose power.  All night long, and through much of the day, the wind roared with enough force that it broke things off our house.  Finally, early Saturday morning the power went off.  Yes, our house got very cold, as did many.  But we were inside and sheltered from the storm.  Yes, I was frustrated with the amount of time the power was off, but I was able to stay warm by a wood stove.  It is difficult to lose power when we rely on it for so much.

In the aftermath of this storm, the power company was out there in force working to restore power.  They were assessing damage while we were all inside.  There were a lot of power lines down and that is only part of the issue.  There is wind and snow.  There are obstacles.  Our response to them should be “thank you for your hard work.”  Yet, if you look at social media right now you see a lot of complaining.

I understand the complaints.  We went for nearly 5 days without power after Tropical Storm Irene.  It was hard to live that way with our children, but it was summer and we managed.  I know winter brings with it cold weather and can be dangerous.   Our house was 39 degrees at one point this weekend. However, don’t you think that the utility companies are aware of that?  I don’t understand the raking over the coals that so many people are doing.

There are many things we take for granted.  Everyday I turn on the light and make my coffee without much thought.  Then one day it is off because of something that no one could have avoided and we berate the utilities.  What happened to our manners?   What happened to our willingness to thank people for working in harsh conditions in order to bring power back to communities?  Yes, it is their job.  But they do still deserve at least some appreciation in the midst of all the complaints.

After our church burned down we took plates of cookies to the local departments as a thank you.  (story) There were 7 different departments involved at that fire.  We took them a card and some cookies.  They were shocked by our gesture.  One of them even said they should be giving us something.  Some wondered why we would do that since it was their job to respond to the fire.  The reason is simple — people are more than their job title.  People care for each other and show concern when something happens in the community.  People look out for their neighbors and appreciate the hard work of community members to fix important parts of our lives.  We should not take that for granted.

gnomeFor those still without power, I hope it comes back quickly.  For those of us with power restored,  we really need to consider who we know who might be in the dark still.  Rather than complain, let’s help each other.  Thank you!

White As Snow

White as snow

White as snow

“Come now, let us reason together,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18

Snow!

Well, we did get a little bit of snow, as my son had been praying for.  I guess we can count Christmas this year.  The bad news is that two of my children were sick, and the power was out for about 10 hours.  It was a beautiful sight, though.

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But it’s not snowing!

Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!

People have been dreaming of a white Christmas for years, making the song “White Christmas” an extremely popular song.  There is something magical about waking up on Christmas day to new snow.  To those that find there to be beauty in the snow, it seems to add the proverbial whipped topping to the top of what is already a wonderful piece of pie.  It is wonderful to see the calming nature of fluffy snow.  To those of us who celebrate Jesus Christ, it is also a meaningful metaphor of the Savior born to make our sins ‘as white as snow.’

I have lived on Cape Cod for six years and we really haven’t had that much snow.  We get snow, just not like I was used to when I lived in Minnesota.  The prospects of a white Christmas don’t generally look good.  My kids don’t seem to understand this truth.  They believe that since it is Christmas, it automatically needs to snow.  They even talked about what they would do in the snow before they went to bed on Christmas Eve.  I tried to be the voice of reason only to be met with: “but, it is Christmas tomorrow dad!  It has to snow!”

How can you argue with that?  They went to bed and prayed for snow.  We woke up and it was 45 degrees and raining.  They didn’t seem too upset by it, except for a few comments about how nice it would be if it snowed.  They even saw some snow on a movie and said, “see dad, that is how it is supposed to look.”

When it comes to Christmas, the little things are what matters most.  Candy canes, calculators, small notebooks, and pens make for an exciting Christmas at my house.  If it would have snowed there would have been pure pandemonium.  They are still praying for snow, but are alright with Christmas coming without it.       My 5-year-old told me last night that we should pray for snow because God can do anything.  I agree!  Let’s watch and see what God will do.