I was dragged out of bed at 6:30 this morning by my nine year old son, who stood at my bedroom door and reported that his father and the neighbor were pushing our car back up the driveway.

I pulled jeans and a sweatshirt over my pajamas and stuffed my feet into my daughter’s boots so I could go and help, but by the time I was presentable (I use that term very loosely) the car was already back in the garage and Patrick was headed back across the street to his own snowy mess.

My husband and son then proceeded to stand near me and many words came from their mouth-holes. All the words. Before I had even one sip of coffee, they were trying to engage me in sustained conversation.

My husband switched vehicles and backed into the street with my van. As I stood on the front porch and watched him leave, I think his last words to me were, “Audrey’s story for LTC needs to be printed out and mailed today!” but I heard him through a veil of crankiness fueled by a piercing, sudden hatred of snow, and snow days, and shoveling snow.

The Holy Spirit and I have trouble working together before I’ve had coffee. This isn’t an excuse, merely an explanation of the situation.

Now, nearly two hours later, I’ve had two cups of coffee and some Bible reading time and I almost feel like I might not shoot someone before 9:30. I thought maybe I could reframe some of my crankiness into a more mature, Christ-like view. So, here we go. Let’s see if I’ve had enough coffee and Jesus to make it through the day:

  1. I will not hate shoveling, because shoveling is free exercise. There are people paying trainers at terribly expensive gyms for the workout I’m about to get. Again. I’ll have abs of steel by lunch!shoveling
  2. I will not be cranky that I’m stuck here with a vehicle that’s the equivalent of a high heel shoe in the snow (a 1996 Mustang with a V8 and rear wheel drive– for the curious, car-minded reader). I will be thankful that it’s a reliable car for 359 days each year.
  3. I will not be angry at the snow plow guys who take their sweet-bippy time getting to our neighborhood, because I realize it takes a lot of time to plow 14 inches of snow (plus drifting!) out of all their contracted properties. They’ve probably barely slept for two nights. Also– and this part has endeared C D Lawn Maintenance to me for the rest of my years– yesterday the snow they moved from the street created a new drift almost two feet high across our driveway. The snow plow driver saw us trying to shovel it out and opened his window to say, “Here, let me see what I can do. Back up a minute.” We obediently backed up and in two swipes and 45 seconds he cleared out what would have taken us at least a half hour in the howling wind to shovel. I could have kissed the man.
  4. I will not fret about the work I cannot get to in my office at the church, because I also have a pile of writing to do here in my own house. This snow day gives me the time I need to get some major writing and editing accomplished.
  5. I’m trying to find something to be thankful for about this most recent snow day the kids get from school, but I’m not finding anything. We’ve had about all the quality time together we can handle this weekend and our screen time is pushing the upper limits of negligence and bad parenting.

Oh, well. Four out of five isn’t too bad. I hear the county snow plows are already out and clearing streets that were drifted shut last night, so life should be back to normal by this afternoon.

How’s your day going so far? Did you get any snow?

Since you have heard about Jesus and the have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God– truly righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:21-23, NLT)

8 Comments on Snow Here, Snow There, Snow Snow Everywhere

  1. David
    February 2, 2015 at 10:28 am (3 years ago)

    I can’t imagine having to deal with snow like that. We get it occasionally. The winter of 2010 wasn’t so good, but nothing compared to what you have to put up with.

    I guess the Holy Spirit understands about coffee? For me it is a cup of tea (Darjeeling – black) followed by breakfast, then coffee.

  2. Jessie Clemence
    February 2, 2015 at 11:08 am (3 years ago)

    What is it about morning routines that just start the day out exactly right (or not)? I don’t think I’ve ever started the day out with tea in my whole life. Huh. Maybe I should try it once.

  3. memyselfandkids.com
    February 2, 2015 at 12:34 pm (3 years ago)

    So, I’m getting you’re a morning person who loves snow. I really know how to read people. I suppose your comment on my post about loving snow should have provided insight.

  4. David
    February 2, 2015 at 12:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Try Darjeeling without milk or cream. Do not brew for too long. The champagne of teas. The only way to start the day. Then coffee for the rest of the morning and back to the Darjeeling in the afternoon.

  5. cherifields
    February 2, 2015 at 11:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Tetley is the best brand of black tea I’ve found at Meijer’s. Last time we got it the box was a lavender color. Beats Lipton all hollow and takes me back to my first tea shop experience every time with its strong but not bitter flavor.
    As for the snow, I feel you. Personally, I’ve decided to consider the screen time my kids are getting as medicine: meds to keep them from hitting each other, reasonably quiet, and me with some time to focus on something else.
    When my husband is considering a church I think about how much of the year will be spent stuck indoors. This kind of week is the trade off we get for our lovely summers. Plus, a snow-cancelled church day came at exactly the right time for me since we all have colds and the baby’s not sleeping too well.
    That snow plow guy makes a good analogy: people and/or God with the right tools have the power to make a huge impact on those lacking them. It also doesn’t have to take us a lot of time and effort to make a big difference in a person’s day.
    PS I don’t know if you saw on facebook, but my manuscript is going to the “full committee” sometime soon. The publisher I want/need is moving like molasses, but I can see God’s timing in it. 🙂

  6. Jessie Clemence
    February 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, publisher timing. Oh, the agony. But it’s worth it if it’s the right house!

    I hope you enjoyed your snow day, and thanks for the new perspective on screen time. It’s safer and cheaper than medication for all of us!

  7. cherifields
    February 4, 2015 at 12:29 am (3 years ago)

    As for screen time, it’s the weaning off after we’re all healthy/the weather is better that is tough about that drug. This mommy gets as dependent on it as the kids do. 😀

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