Wednesday, December 24, 2008

adaptions and birthday wishes

I know the snow and ice has made travel difficult for many, making commutes miserable. Church has been canceled. Struggling businesses are sure to feel the (lack of) heat.

And I don't wish hard times on anyone. But secretly: I have found I love the snow. I like driving around with a shovel. I like walking to visit friends when the drifts were too high. God help me, but I loved having my husband work from home; watched the kids build forts without fear of showing the house.

We have relaxed in ways we haven't in months. My house is a wreck, but we have been at ease.

My only deep regret is that we can't be with my Mom and family today to celebrate her birthday and Christmas. They're still buried in it, and have been working hard just to keep their generator going. This wasn't the plan.

But icicles are forming; the temperatures are slowly moving up and this snow will melt away.

winter journey
It will be bittersweet; no more nights lit up from below.

early on, during the snowstorm
And we will adapt and celebrate with you very soon, Mom. Until then, know we love you. We love you, very much.


Mrs. G. said...

Merry Christmas Lisa! What a great birthday card.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

I've decided I also love this imposed exile; appreciating whatever is within walking distance.

Happy birthday to your lovely & loving mom! And thank you for letting us be your change of plans tonight :)

Shana said...

Merry Christmas and Happy birthday to your mom! It's 7:33 a.m. on Christmas morning and I am the only one up in my house. My kids partied it up too long into the night last night, I suppose. I enjoyed the snow briefly, but I need to get back to real life, so the rainfall dripping sound was music to my ears.

Have a joyous day : )

phd in yogurtry said...

I so remember the days of showing our house... I "get" the constant stress of keeping the house in some semblance of neatness (while also wishing I could have learned to maintain clean-house like that with more ease, but alas, it never came easy and it never stuck.

Merry Christmas -- enjoy the snowfalls. I envy the winter wonderland your kids get to play in.

Stephanie Breuner said...

beautiful photos!

lapoflux said...

Sometimes being thrown off kilter is good for us - there is something about bad weather that can be very cosy (at least for us - fingers crossed your folks got their generator working - brrr!)

All Adither said...

Still on the fence about the snow...but you're right, there were some nice things about it.

JCK said...

Great Birthday card! Glad you're snuggling in.