I love winter. …the cold, crisp, air… the snow… the whole thing. And so I was just about as exited as our boys were to get our first big storm of the season. We got a lot of snow. The boys begged to go out and build a snowman, and so we bundled up and went out — but the snow was a little too crumbly. We made a baby snowman, and then moved onto bigger and better things — a snow fort! Steven shoveled some snow from the yard into piles during a driveway-shoveling-break, and then Toby and I built a knee-high (or waist-high, depending on who you ask) horseshoe fort. Toby kept kicking holes in it to make space for a refrigerator. Then, after a brief snowball fight, it was time to go inside — frostbite prevention!
We didn’t get back out in the snow that day, to play, that is. We did take a drive that evening (as an aside, I’m really thankful we now have a truck). The next morning, we awoke to a winter wonderland (okay, it was there the night before too, but give me a break here). The boys were super excited when they woke up. But, before they did, I was able to sneak out for a brief walk through our woods on my own (Steven was great, he saw the eager look in my eyes and said “go.”).
So, here are some photographs of my morning excursion. I love the predawn quiet and stillness. I got to see a deer, and tracks from several animals who’ve been using the path I made in our woods this summer.
But best of all, I got to see the sun rise and kiss the treetops with warmth and light.
Thanks for indulging me. I know some of you aren’t fond of winter (*gasp!*). But I really love all four seasons — except that constant state of flux where it freezes then thaws, freezes then thaws, etc. Snow is gorgeous. As Toby observed, it is “all sparkly.” The snow shimmers, reflects light, casts a whole new wonder about the world. It makes the ordinary and the mundane seem surreal and magical. It makes us take a pause from our daily routine to admire the wonders of creation around us.
At least at the start of winter, right? 🙂