Sunday, November 6, 2011

SNOW . . . in October?!?!

I'm a little pessimistic when it comes to the weather predicting snow.  I feel like whenever I'm around the snow isn't.  So when the weatherman said that we should expect somewhere between 6 to 16 inches of snow in October I didn't even blink.  When the flurries started falling I was kind of surprised but was even more surprised as it began to accumulate.  As time went by and the snow was already a couple inches deep I was getting concerned because my husband and two kids had not returned from their Saturday outing.  My husband got a hold of me and said that the roads were pretty bad and wasn't able to make it.  After taking a lunch break the roads were a little more drivable and they finally made it to our street.  Once there I had to walk down, carrying shovels, and with the help of a neighbor we shoveled tracks up our street and into our driveway.  It took about 1 and 1/2 hours to get up our street and up our very steep driveway!!  Once we got into the house, dried off and just about ready for dinner we lost power.

The next day my husband & I got quite a workout shoveling the 16 inches of snow in the driveway and off the cars.  Once we recovered we took the kids out to play, it was beautiful!! The sun was out and pretty warm but the snow was perfect for playing and building.  It was a little to deep, cold & wet for my 2 year old to enjoy.  He was much happier inside watching from the window. 

 As a family we enjoyed this freaky snow fall, even having to shovel, especially playing out in the snow with the kids but we were even appreciating the lack of power.  My husband's work is dependent on computers & the internet so he was able to not think about it and just spend time with us and play games.  The only bad thing about not having power was by the end of it the house was very cold and getting uncomfortably cold. 

It was a very strange, surprising, cold but fun filled weekend.  
(BTW all of the snow melted by the end of the week.)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Giving Thanks

Being that it's November, a month we like to take time to focus on giving thanks, I am working on giving thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Waking up in the morning no one says, "I think I would like to get into a car accident today." I certainly didn't.  I was so upset, humiliated, feeling dumb, feeling sorry, wishing I could go back and get a redo, thinking about how much it's going to cost me.  But taking a deep breath, remembering the verse, "In everything give thanks" and getting some perspective I was able to think about all the things I can and should be thankful for.
  • No one was hurt
  • The 3 children that were in the car were all calm and very patient (aka no one was crying raising the stress level)
  • My nephew's wife was with me, it helped to have an adult with me to keep me calm and keep my head straight
  • My brother-in-law answered my phone call and gave me excellent advise
  • Even though I was the one who did the rear ending, I wasn't given a ticket meaning the police thought I wasn't being a reckless driver
  • God protected us, the accident could have been much MUCH worse
  • The police report went as quickly and smoothly as it could go
  • Nothing was too complicated (referring to the fact that I was driving my mother's car, have a Tennessee license, and having insurance coverage on a different car)
  • Love and supports of my family and friends through the situation
This whole accident could have been much worse than it was and for that I am very thankful!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It Only Takes A Moment

As time goes on and we get more into a routine here I think less about missing China.  My time is being filled with new things to do like DRIVE to the grocery store, DRIVE to go pick up my daughter from school, do a gazillion loads of laundry, clean house, potty train a 2 year old, the list is never ending.  But as these things come more and more natural I find myself not thinking about the way I used to do things.

As days go by however, there will be something that triggers something inside of me and I am immediately hit with sadness and grief and a ache for China (and all that we left behind).  Oh man how it hurts!!  I think it hurts even more than when I would miss China almost every minute of everyday.  It's almost like you take all that longing and sadness that I would feel over days and compact it into one instant.  When it happens I'm not sure what to do with myself.  I'm not a very emotional person, I tend to have a very steady and even personality but when I get hit head on with the bus of emotion feel like I am going to collapse and tears come rushing to my eyes.  I wonder if I feel like this because as I adjust and get more comfortable here I'm scared that I'm going to forget China (and all that I love there)?