I admit my hatred of winter festered through last spring and summer. Those feelings threatened to overcome my love of fall replacing it with a dread of a fast-approaching winter. One morning it appeared to me Alaska provides the perfect milieu to learn the truths of embracing the long, hard, challenge. I chose to embrace fall. We loved fall for fall. I chose to embrace winter. And we have found the joy in winter. Just this week, with temperatures rising to 40, we all began to realize our thoughts are askew. In fact, while we dream of spring walks, summer gardens and fall colors, we do NOT want to get outside to the garden, the yard, house staining or storm repair. It may be nice to extend winter by a few more weeks. And so - we WELCOME a Saturday in which it snowed all day long....
It snowed all day long. We were snug and content inside the house with most the adult Gherkins showing up at one time or another during the day.
Jared and Jamin showed up first, followed by CoRielle, and then Cy dropped in on his way back from Men's retreat at Victory Bible Camp, and finally Carrie and Livie arrived from visiting a friend in the next town over. It was FUN to see Livie's excitement to see Josiah back from retreat. Danny is ALL over the house and was full of smiles. One highlight of the day came when Danny grabbed the inside snowballs and ran into the kitchen to throw them at Benny and Cory. He's evidently been observing Benny's fun and waiting for the chance to join it.
|Danny & Cory|
|Auntie Stacia and Livie|
|Benny and Uncle Jamin|
|Benny was THRILLED to see this Uncle|
|Vying for favorite uncle|
There were lots of hot drinks.
If winter hadn't come back for a second glance, we couldn't have had this REAL snowball fight!