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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

Those of you who know me well will think aliens have taken over my body. The weather report says we're going to get around 6 inches of snow. It's already starting to come down.

Tonight, at Words for the Journey, Michele read a devotional about enjoying snow. Generally, I'd scoff at such things. I do not like snow. It's wet. It's cold. And driving in it stinks. But as I thought about her words and

But here's the thing... I don't have to drive in it.

I'm not teaching any more. I don't have to go anywhere if I don't want to. I can sit in my house by the fire and watch those big flakes come down. And, because I'm mean this way, I can watch my kiddos walk to school, all from the security of my warm home. For the first time in a long time, I can enjoy the beauty without all the stress of dealing with it. I can just enjoy.

Snow is beautiful. And there's a special peace that comes with being able to simply enjoy it.

Tonight, as I watch the snow fall, the usual snow anxiety is gone. Instead, I am filled with gratitude. I'm grateful that I don't have to drive to a job several nights a week. I'm grateful that I can spend my evenings at home with my hubby and my little girls. I'm grateful that my other job allows me to make a decent income while sitting in my pjs. I'm grateful that even though our income isn't what I'd like it to be, God still takes care of us financially. I'm grateful that we have a nice home to live in. I'm grateful that we're warm. I'm grateful that my children are healthy. I'm grateful that I have the ability to actually enjoy the snow.

So I can sit back and enjoy the weather with absolute peace and gratitude.


tonya said...

I am so glad you will be able to enjoy the first snow storm with your kids. :) Great post!

Diane Marie Shaw said...

Danica, I also love the snow when I don't have to go out and drive in it. Sitting by the fireplace with a cup of tea and a good book or with my laptop sketching out my story for NaNo sounds ideal. I am also thankful that I am not working and have to drive daily in the snow. At my house in C.S. we only have about 1/4 inch snow but it is still coming down.
I am so glad that you can smile and enjoy. Peace.