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Winter Storm Leon

January 29, 2014

Oh how I love snow. Well, snow in the south that comes once every few years. Of course we were laughing when we woke up today and saw that our county wasn’t even predicted for more than a dusting. Well, much to everyone’s delight (those of us that have been safe at home all afternoon), we have SNOW!!!

Our friendly cardinal made his appearance just as the snow started to fall around noontime. By 1:00, the kids were chomping at the bit to get outside and play. I happily obliged as we thought it was only going to be flurries for a few hours at most.

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Clare was so anxious and even located all the normal cold attire and dressed herself!! She wasn’t exactly pleased when I mentioned she’d have to wear other clothes outside.

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Michael has played in the frozen ice all week. He’s been quite thankful for the various outside toys that tend to collect water and then happen to freeze when we have several below zero days. He was so excited, he didn’t even wipe his face after eating lunch.

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Thankfully, at 11:30 p.m. last night, Nate remembered to climb into the attic and retrieve the box of snow gear. I’m so very, very thankful that he graciously delayed his bedtime so the kids could play this afternoon warmer than most southerners, and oh how they played!!! Our kids played outside from 1:00 p.m. until we finally called them in for dinner at 6:00 p.m. Katie took a break mid-afternoon to watch a movie at a neighbor’s house, but Michael and the boys were dying to get out in the snow again. I’m told their movie watching lasted 30 minutes.

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How does the baby experience snow? From the window looking out!

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“What does snow feel like?”, she says. “Well, let me eat it and find out.” (Clare had come in and taken off her snow attire, and within seconds, Elizabeth had scurried over to investigate this unknown white substance.) Does the old adage still hold true? “Eat the snow. Just don’t eat yellow snow.”

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Thankfully, Nate’s commute home (normally 30 minutes) was only an hour and a half. He left the office at 12:30 p.m. Thank God for the new job and it’s family friendly mentality!

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However, he has a friend that left Buckhead at 1:30 today and is now (at 9:15 p.m.) still stuck in traffic at a standstill on GA400. There’s word that the highway may have just been closed completely. There’s talk of motorists sleeping in their cars. So many prayers go out to our friends; those who have wives stranded on the roads (one is walking 6 miles to sit with her or hopefully navigate the icy roads for her), and those with high school kids trying to get home from school. In addition, there are children all over the city sleeping at their school after buses broke down or parents couldn’t retrieve them. God bless everyone, especially those who are in danger of illness or cold due to travel complications. There’s already been at least one baby born on the highway tonight. State of emergency has been declared! God bless us all!!

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