Snow day!

Snow day!

Yesterday was fantastic. I haven’t gotten that much work done in ages, and today was pretty good too. I spent most of yesterday working on writing skits for my church’s drama team. We’re starting up again after almost three years of no performances. The team still existed for two of those years; we just didn’t perform anything until we finally just had to disband in March of last year. Well, the super exciting news is that as of March this year, we’re beginning to meet again. Our first performances should be on stage in April.

So I knocked out five skits yesterday, following the theme of the upcoming message series. If you’re in the Wichita area (shoot, if you’re in Kansas at all), you won’t want to miss the series after Easter at NewSpring Church in Wichita. Trust me. It’s going to be epic and tons of fun and really wonderful.

I haven’t been this excited in … well, a long time. It’s a continual joy to serve others at NewSpring. I love being a part of the technical team. I also love helping with the Next Step ministries as well, but there is nothing quite like being able to use my actual gift of writing to serve. It’s like a part of me has been missing for three years, and now all of a sudden, I have it back again. Don’t misunderstand; I love doing the other things I’m doing. But there’s something about operating within your skill set, doing the things you’re passionate about, that makes you feel whole.

Snow falling between my home and the 1890s-era schoolhouse on my property

Snow falling between my home and the 1890s-era schoolhouse on my property

Admittedly, I was a little concerned about when I was going to have time to get these skits done. We needed six, and while I had all the information I needed, what I lacked was the time. But I guess the Lord saw fit to provide that because the second largest snowstorm in recorded Kansas history hit us on Wednesday morning. I think they recorded 14 inches in Wichita. For any of you folks up north, that may not sound like a lot, but in Kansas we have wind. Lots and lots of wind. And I have gotten high centered on snowdrifts with only a couple of inches of snow. So there was no way I was going anywhere Wednesday night. I expected to be stuck Thursday, and I was. But I had thought maybe I could dig my way out before Friday–today.

Right.

No dice. At all. And the snow just kept coming.

So I settled in and knuckled down and got to work. And it was an extremely productive day. I got a whole lot done, both for my personal work and my “real job” work too.

And then this morning, the snow day wasn’t extended at my office so I spent the day working on eNewsletters and putting out fires that had cropped up during the snow day. I’m so thankful for technology (and a job) that allows me to work from home when I can’t escape my driveway.

But I got to thinking that if I wanted to get out and go to church tomorrow, I’d better think of something. But there was so much snow, there was no way I would be able to do it by myself. I had tried marching out to the mailbox on Thursday and face-planted in a drift taller than my thighs. I tried again today and I got out there, but there was far too much snow for me to be able to handle on my own.

Just then, one of the snow plow drivers passed on the road. I’m not sure if he works for the county of if he’s just a kind neighbor with a tractor and a snow plow attachment, but he saw my footprints in the thigh-high drifts and offered to dig me out. And he did! How awesome!!

The path I cleared from my house to my garage

The path I cleared from my house to my garage

And that got me to thinking that I ought to dig a path to the garage and to make sure that the space behind my car was clear enough to get out of.

So I did!

I’m super proud of myself. I haven’t had this much snow in a really long time, so I’m out of practice when it comes to shoveling.

And now I’m back up in my office listening to the snow beginning to slide off the roof. It’s going to make a spectacular sound when it all comes down. I just hope I’m not standing under it when it all lets go!

In any case, that has been my snow adventures for the day. And to the kind gentleman with the tractor and the snow plow, you totally made my day. If I knew who you were, I would make you cookies.

And now we all have just enough time to breathe a little bit and enjoy a tiny bit of sunshine before another winter storm comes through! Yes, snow is a pain sometimes, but wow, we need the moisture so badly. I’ll take a little inconvenience!

Everybody stay warm out there!

My garage ... car on the left ... truck on the right ... the truck is just going to sit for a little while longer

My garage … car on the left … truck on the right … the truck is just going to sit for a little while longer

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    Jae
    February 22nd, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I love snow days!

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    M.L.Hall
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Can hardly remember the last time we had snow like that. Mostly we just get ice!

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