First, I want to thank you all sincerely for your outpouring of encouraging words and prayer after my post on Saturday about all the things that are overwhelming me right now. This whole year has been like that! And that's how life is, a series of cycles: smooth sailing for a while, then some rough waters, then smooth again. It's been such a busy year that I'm enjoying this season of relative rest. We're not going anywhere (that I know of!) till May, when Beth graduates from college, and there are just the usual events planned for church and family between now and then. So thank you, thank you for your kind words and thoughts the past few days! I'm doing much better, praise the Lord!
One of the big events of this year was our move out into the country, about 15 minutes outside of our town of Kelowna, BC. We absolutely love living in the woods where it's quiet and peaceful. Our house is old enough to be a little quirky but new enough that we have running water and electricity and all that!
Although our new home is only 15 minutes from town, that short drive is all uphill, and by the time you reach our house, the elevation has risen about 1,000 feet. And that higher elevation makes a little difference in the weather up here. For instance, in the summer it's a few degrees cooler up here. We get more rain, too. And something we get here that residents in town don't always get is . . . snow!
Last night, we had snow. A whole foot of it in one night! For this southern girl, that's exciting! I think there have only been a couple of times in my entire life I've seen this much snow at once at my very own house! Here are some scenes from my windows early this morning:
|Looking across the neighbours' pasture from our back door|
|From my sewing room, which faces the front of the house. You can see the snow piled on the roof of the porch and Wes's tracks when he left the house this morning.|
|Another view from my sewing room, this time on the side of the house, facing a small creek in the woods|
|From the sewing room, back into the woods|
|This is where the deer come down out of the woods to get to the little stream beside the house. You can see some tracks in the snow. I love this view!|
|Another view of our front yard. See the road down at the end of the driveway?|
|From one of my kitchen windows|
|That is not a snowman! It's a little birdbath/fountain!|
|From the window over my sink. This is my view as I wash dishes. See the horse corrals back there on the left? Our neighbours have 3 horses.|
|Our deck. Those tall lumps in the back corner are flower pots that I didn't put away. They look like they belong in Whoville!|