The Lord sent snow to Houston today! And we just had to play in it! In fact, I woke up Jackson from his nap to go outside. He was like, "Woman, have you lost your mind?" If God wanted to delight a bunch of kiddos and adults alike, He knew just how to do it. It's so funny because I was just writing on the LPM blog today about when it snowed on Christmas Eve in 2004. That may have been the last time, but I'm not sure since we spent the last few winters in D/FW.
The weather has been insane for the last 24 hours. It was hot yesterday and then the front blew in with hurricane force wind late in the afternoon. I almost took Jackson into the bathroom because I was certain a tornado was headed our way. I guess that's not really surprising. By this morning it was in the 30's and seriously COLD. And wet.
I joined my LPM sisters at the office for a birthday lunch today while Curtis took Jackson to the mall to get him a new jacket. Just in time, right? When we got home I could hear the freezing rain hitting the house. I thought about praying for snow, but honestly I felt so blessed that it was actually cold that I didn't go there. I just prayed that if it did snow, God would cause me to look up and see it.
Sure enough, it wasn't long before I looked up and saw big ole flakes coming down in our backyard. What joy! I ran up the stairs and got Jackson out of his bed. He had literally just fallen asleep and was very confused. We threw on our jackets and shoes as fast as we could, not knowing how long the snow would last, and headed outside. Once Jackson woke up a bit, he and Beckham ran all around the backyard together.
Then we went out front and happened to see a school bus dropping off all the kids on the street. They were going crazy with excitement. A couple other moms came out with video cameras. Jackson ran around with the neighbor kids and had a blast. I have some cute pics but I don't feel good about posting them without permission. Anyway, it was an afternoon to remember.
We came inside to the glow of the Christmas tree, the warmth of the fireplace already ablaze, and the provision of some peppermint hot chocolate mix in the pantry. Perfect! It was blissful. What a wonderful day from the Lord! We will probably all be sick tomorrow, but it was worth it!
You can sort of see the flakes here if you enlarge it.
Williams Sonoma's peppermint hot chocolate mix. I've had this, unopened, for about 3 years. This is another reason we might be sick tomorrow. Hopefully not. It tasted great!
Jackson's first hot chocolate. I'm sure I'm a bad mom for putting it in a sippy cup, but I didn't trust him with a mug. He didn't like it until it cooled off completely and was basically chocolate milk.
PS - I had to laugh at myself for describing the flakes as "big" when I read my friend Kristy's version of today. She was a northerner until moving here in August and she described them as "the smallest flakes she'd ever seen." He he!