Thursday, December 18, 2008

Let It Snow!

We made it back safely from our one week trip to the mountains!We've been back since last Friday but this is the soonest I was able to post anything at all here.Since returning from our trip we have watched our granddaughter quite a bit.Those of you with kids know how your time is not your own when they're home.We've had several unexpected"snow days"this week in Salem.This seldom happens but we've been hit by an arctic blast all week that has left us snow covered,icy,windy and with wind chills in the single digits at times.Schools here have been closed all week.We've had to do our shopping between storm systems.Makes for exciting times for these former Californians.We even had to get pushed around a corner earlier this week as our rear wheel drive van does not like ice at all.Some kind strangers gave us the push we needed to gain some traction and off we went to my mother in law's apartment.I have been walking extra carefully as the ground here in town has been at times nothing but ice.My husband grew up in snow country as a child and learned how to drive on snow and ice as a teen.For that I am grateful as I had lived in Sacramento my whole life until I moved to Oregon in 1991 at age 30.Steve knows how to handle snow and ice covered roads.Whew...that brings me great comfort and relief.We are mostly done with Christmas shopping.Tomorrow we have to go out to the food bank we go to monthly to help us get by each month.I am hoping that we can get there and back home without incident.It is to get nasty again tonight.Possible freezing rain and such.We've had snow showers all day here off and on.Thankfully we are warm and dry in this small apartment we call home.It helps being on the bottom of a 3 story building with apartments on either side and an enclosed walkway out front that also accommodates our neighbors"across the way."There is not much in the way of decorations here in the building we live in.But we have enjoyed the lights from the neighbors across the driveway in another building.We do not decorate and have not since 2005.That's when we had to sell off much of our stuff to come up with deposit money for a downsize into an apartment.We were determined to not borrow the money so we sold off all but the necessities we needed to live on.That included all our Christmas decorations and artificial tree.We have not been able to replace any of it yet and now live in a place so small we have no room for a tree or decorating!But we can always go see our daughter's tree.And I am ever hopeful that things will not always be this way and that maybe we will be able to replace that which had to be sold to live.It is now dinner time here so I must go and reheat some leftovers and feed my hungry husband.Grin.I wish each of you a most blessed Christmas wherever you are and whatever situation you may find yourself in.Jesus is truly the reason for the season.The reason for this season of beauty and joy and celebration.And that is not at all dependent on pleasant circumstances!Much love to each of you my readers!
Blessings all~Sharon

12 comments:

Debbie in CA : ) said...

I am so touched by your gracious and thankful attitude inthe midst of financial trials. I admire your resolves and pray that God fill all those empty spots in your budget with abundance and overflowing joy.

I so wish we lived close enough to share a real cup of tea and chat. Of late I have been splinted with a sprained thumb and quite content to be snug inside as the weather chills us with snow, rain, and ice.

I hope to hear about your wonderful holiday away. I know of the busy-ness you speak . . . but encourage you to keep time for yourself to rest. May you stay warm and blessed this Christmas season. He is the reason for our joy ~~ let us sing on high. : D

Adrienne said...

Good morning, Sharon -
Isn't this weather amazing? Beautiful to look at but not fun to drive in. Stay safe and warm until we return to our gray, rainy Oregon days. Soon. Have a wonderful Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
~Adrienne~

Sharon said...

Thank you Debbie.It's all Him!I do hope you are quickly on the mend.Our trip was nothing to write home about in reality. LOL Loads of relaxing in the condo and the occasional trip out but I may try to write something up as we did have a few exciting moments.Blessings~Sharon

Sharon said...

Amazing indeed Adrienne!Especially for our neck of the woods!I am enjoying it's beauty immensely.I guess it's to get really wild this weekend from what I hear before it gets better.Love you~Sharon

Denise said...

Wishing you continues rest and relaxing....... The weather sounds dreadful but you are safe and sound and warm... He will reward your faith and your faithfulness..... He watches over HIS kids....... Have a blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with hope, health and love......

Mimi said...

I read about all the snow and freezing weather in your part of the woods...and I pray for your safety and warmth in the midst of it...
life's circumstances sometimes make it difficult to do some of the things we have done in the past...
but we know that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow...
and Immanuel (God with us) will see us through even the most difficult times...
Have very blessed Christmas...and enjoy your Grand child...
{{Hugs}}
Mimi

Sharon said...

Thank you Denise...I am actually kind of enjoying the snow.I could do without the ice but we have not slipped and our van is managing it well too. :-) God is good! Have a blessed Christmas!~Sharon

Sharon said...

Thank you Mimi.God has heard and answered your prayers.:-) ~Sharon

sparrow's song said...

Merry Christmas blessing to you!

Even though your new home is small may your Joy be abundantly large to overflowing.

Sharon said...

Thank you Sparrow!Good to see you!Blessings~Sharon

tonia said...

Are you enjoying the days on end of white, sharon? We have been soaking in all the beauty and the excuses to stay home by the fire.

Wishing you much joy and a real awareness of His presence in these beautiful days.

Sharon said...

Hi Tonia!Good to see you.Yes,I am definitely enjoying the blanket of white.The ice is another matter but being a former Californian I am definitely enjoying the white blanket over everything.Much of it has melted but we still have enough around to make it look like winter!Thanks for stopping by dear friend.Love~Sharon