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The greatest snow on Earth

December 12, 2010


I know to you Southerners this looks like misery personified, but I have to tell you, these 16 or so inches, our own personal “Snowmaggedon” as the newspaper dubbed it, were nothing but fun.

The drifts were three feet high in some places, which means we now have an entire city of snow caves dotting our yard.

More than anything, the blessing of this blizzard weekend was that we were gifted with two whole days together as a family. We had a packed schedule planned: errands, parties, church assigments and the like, but as the world shut down, we retreated into our home. We consumed more hot chocolate and apple crisp than is probably healthy. We did a bit if crafting, some stringing of popcorn and cranberries, some organizing and online ordering. In the darkness we lit candles and sang and played Christmas songs.

And yes, we spent many hours digging our way to the street. (“Dad, we’re the only ones on our street without a snowblower!”) But even that was fun, working the land and hauling the snow like settlers from an earlier era.

These two days that unfolded in such a languid, unexpected manner–they may be my favorite Christmas gift of the year.

  1. Julia permalink
    December 13, 2010 12:11 am

    Sounds like fun! Just read your newsletter-loved it! Miss you guys!

  2. Rachel permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:00 pm

    I bet Seth gets himself a snowblower sooner than later…..
    I hope so at least.
    Just tell him to save you and the boys a part to do by hand πŸ™‚
    Um…no snow here in Texas as it happens.

  3. Janice permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:22 pm

    EVER the optimist….since you were a little girl! You DID always love the snow sister, loved to eat it. πŸ™‚

  4. Janice permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:25 pm

    One more comment. Six people died of heart attacks from shoveling snow in Detroit this weekend. TRUE story. Was on the news this morning. Make sure Seth rests between shovels! I KNOW you will love this post.

  5. Loni permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:44 pm

    Hey, greatest snow on earth is reserved for Utah. But, Tiffany, I have to say you all seem to have adjusted incredibly well. I’m very impressed.

  6. Jill Turner permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:09 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of snow. We’ve had those incredible snow drifts here the last few years, but as it happens, we have only a tiny bit of snow right now. I hope we get more for Christmas. And what better way to spend snow days than in and out of the safety of your own home. Boys and snow tunnels=hours of fun!

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