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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Highland folks, please pass the word: tonight's devotional is canceled because of the bad weather. Having said that, let me emphasize that to me this isn't bad weather. This is the weather I love. Usually when I get home from working out on a non-school day, not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse, at our house. But this morning when I got back Christopher was dressed and bouncing off the walls. He'd already been outside rolling in the snow with the dogs. I love white Christmases! All right, so it's supposed to be 50 degrees on Christmas here. But I also love white December 22s. (Plus, it's supposed to snow a ton today in Ohio where we're going.) One of my favorite Missouri winter memories is the year we got 36 inches in one huge storm. Drifts were up to six feet. School was canceled forever, and my brother, my cousins, and I made a series of tunnels all up and down our street that groundhogs would be proud of. So get out and play in the snow today. Just don't show up at Highland tonight. (We'll try to hold for next year the wonderful devotional that Jack Maxwell was going to lead, telling us about some of his favorite paintings from the birth story of Jesus.)


  • I remember that Missouri winter! We had 40" of snow on the level in our yard, and across the road was a ditch, which had drifted to 8 feet or so depth. I was digging a tunnel down into the snow, and got stuck so that I couldn't back out uphill, my body totally inside the tunnel. No matter how loud you yell in a snow tunnel, no one can hear you. I thought I was going to die. For a six year old, that was a claustrophobic terrifying experience, to think of all the wasted potential cut short at 6. My brother happened along, grabbed my feet and pulled me to safety. While I still love playing in the snow, to this day I caution kids about snow tunnels.
    (By the way, we had a labyrinth of them in our yard, too. Great fun!)

    By Blogger don, at 12/22/2004 08:21:00 AM  

  • I could not agree more. I LOVE this weather. I wish it would stay for awhile.

    I'm afraid that it won't be quite so white on Christmas day in Fort Worth (where we'll be celebrating), but I'll take what I can get today!

    By Blogger Wendy, at 12/22/2004 08:30:00 AM  

  • Wendy, we were in Dallas last weekend for my wife's family Christmas. No snow, but every time you turn on Channel 4, they have a snowflake background going on, so that helped.

    This weekend, we're going back to Missouri, where they are getting dumped on at this very moment. My boys and I are excited. I'll stay out of the snow tunnels, though.

    By Blogger don, at 12/22/2004 08:36:00 AM  

  • Mike, you are right, it is beautiful. Mary Kate and I just got back from taking a walk around the neighborhood...so pretty. But I am sad that tonight is cancelled. I can't tell you how much Highland has meant to me. I look forward to every time we are going to be there. Although, it does give me more time to catch up with the Christmas stuff...wrapping, last minute presents...maybe make some cookies.
    grace, Julie

    By Blogger julie, at 12/22/2004 08:39:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/22/2004 09:08:00 AM  

  • It was quite a surprise to wake up to the white stuff. I am still in Abilene, and have some errands to run. Likewise so does my mom. But just like a mom, it is okay for her to brave the elements, but she is not so happy that I am going to! So, I had to endure the safety "checklist" speech. Honestly, Mom!

    BTW, I was glad my daughter in Crosbyton was not going out today so I didn't have to give the speech to her. : )

    Like Julie, I will miss being at services tonight -- especially since I am seldom in Abilene on Wed nights.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/22/2004 09:09:00 AM  

  • Hey Mike.

    If you really like the fluffy white stuff you need to move north of the border. I shovelled my drive way twice two days ago, and yesterday I still had a lot of other shovelling to do around the house and the church here. Luckily it was very light.

    Temperature wise, it is -1 or 2 (on your scale - 20 by mine)

    From Canada

    By Blogger Eric, at 12/22/2004 11:01:00 AM  

  • Eric - Thanks for being more specific about "north of the border." People around here tend to use that phrase to refer to Oklahoma! (Texans seem to have a very healthy self-image.) You're right--I would prefer that weather. I like four solid seasons (with, perhaps, a short summer), and lots of snow.

    By Blogger Mike, at 12/22/2004 01:00:00 PM  

  • Im in Michigan and awaiting the 20 inches of snow coming our way. It has been rather cold (7 degrees or so all week) but little snow in sight for xmas. Apparently it is about to unload on us. Im excited.

    I echo the tunneling adventures in snow. I lived on a Dead End in elementary school that had a big brick wall holding back a big dune hill. The snow plow would just plow everything against the wall for us every day. It was a blast to make forts all day long. But it was sad every morning to see it crushed to smitherenes (spelling?) by the plow. Then again it meant a new adventure awaited! The best were the backyard mazes you could make when it hit about 2-3 feet. So fun! I miss REAL snowdays.. Blizzards rule.

    By Blogger Phyllistene, at 12/22/2004 03:37:00 PM  

  • Mike! I knew there was something I especially liked about you - askide from great preaching and a gentle spirit.

    "I like four solid seasons (with, perhaps, a short summer), and lots of snowI like four solid seasons (with, perhaps, a short summer), and lots of snow"

    In fact, for me the summer could be about 2-1/2 hours long and I'd be very happy indeed, especially when you talk about Abilene's summertime. What is it, about 10 months long, with half that time over 100 degrees? At least it seems that way to me.

    I went out this afternoon and absolutely, sinfully revelled in the cool, moist, white weather. What a joy!! Our 17 year-old exchange student, from northern Russia, wanted to pick a snowball fight with me, but chose the two visiting grandkids instead. (sob, sob)

    My poor little ol' southern California Nissan doesn't know what to think. First she was iced on this weekend and today she was blanketed with that cold, white stuff. But she got back at me for bringing her here, hanging her own snowball fight on me. While driving down Mockingbird, she threw a snowball at me - a fast ball from the hood of the car right over home plate, which in this case was my front windshield. [there's no place to garage her at the house, so you can imagine the snow accumulation on the hood]

    Btw - today was my very first time to drive in snow. How about that!! Six plus decades on this earth and God is still gifting me with new experiences and surprises. LOL

    What!?! Tonight's Christmas devotional is canceled?!? Are y'all trying to force me over to First Baptist or maybe it's to Aldersgate? ;>)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 12/22/2004 03:46:00 PM  

  • Phyllis,

    I too used to live on the dead end that was the elementary school. One winter, we got nearly 30 inches at one time with banks of snow covering up our doorway. The school yard had a wonderfully steep hill. My grandparents were visiting and Granny just had to get on our sled and ride it down to the bottom. She was a kid all over again! I took pictures.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/22/2004 03:57:00 PM  

  • How fantastic!!

    One year we made a big tunnel on the dead end and brought out TONS of food coloring. We made our own art museum and made my mom, unsuspecting come out to see it. She had a white coat on. It was practically a rainbow by the time she finished shimmying out of the kid sized overcolored tunnel. But the colors were soo cool. If youve ever been in the Detroit aiport "whale tunnels" I always say we designed those at the ate of 8. Thats what they looked like. Only a lot smaller, without whale sounds, and a lot messier.

    By Blogger Phyllistene, at 12/23/2004 08:02:00 AM  

  • Wow, Phyllis! That is a really neat memory and a "keeper"! : )

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/23/2004 12:44:00 PM  

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