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Twelve Days of Christmas pt. 2

After dinner with the Cox couples, we headed for home. There was a super storm headed for our area that day/night and we were supposed to see snow down to 1,300 feet. I figured for sure my family would see some up the hill at their house, but never considered we would see anything. As we got further north and closer to our little town, the rain started to change to slush and we even saw a few snow flakes driving along the freeway and looking up at the lights. Lowell and I reminisced some about our days living in upstate New York and talked about whether the slush would all turn to snow, or maintain the random consistencies of it. By the time we got home, there was a thin layer of white all over the street and our yard! We decided it was the chill in the air and that it was probably melting as fast as it was settling. But! After being home an hour, we had well over 2-3 inches and there was no signs of it letting up!

We went to bed only to hop right out again as all of the trees in our yard and neighborhood started snapping and breaking. We kept watching out the windows to see if any were going to fall on our house. Lowell ventured out and talked with neighbors who were all crawling out of their cozy homes to take damage assessments. When you stood and listened to the beautiful, deafening silence of the snow, you could also hear the trees all around snapping and crashing. Our poor desert land of So Cal has been so dry that none of the trees could stand the weight of a bit of snow in the frigid temps.

our backyard the next morning
our backyard the next morning
the kids and Lowell venturing out
the kids and Lowell venturing out

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our driveway. our house is to the left just beyond those hedges
our driveway. our house is to the left just beyond those hedges. our gas line was amazingly unharmed, but our gate/fence weren’t so lucky
slightly right of the above pic. these trees fell on our side and into the neighbors yard
slightly right of the above pic. these trees fell on our side and into the neighbors yard
same trees; where they snapped
same trees; where they snapped
out our front door
out our front door

It wouldn’t be a super storm at our house if trees didn’t tip over! ha! After the hurricane blew through and knocked a tree down, and then this super storm that blew down from Canada snapping trees, we are truly blessed to have escaped unscathed! The only thing we lost was our bees. If we would have known we’d get snow, maybe there is something we could have done to keep them in their box.

One of our neighbor’s came over later in the day with his bobcat and tools, so he and Lowell were able to get the tree moved from out of the driveway and out of the street.

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Lowell hauled it with the suburban
shoving it out of the way with the bobcat
shoving it out of the way with the bobcat

Our area was hit with 8 inches of snow and up where my family lives got 11 inches. The temps were chilly enough that our snow stayed for about 4 days. We didn’t have a white Christmas, and we certainly never dreamed of a white new year, but God saw fit to bless us again with some pretty amazing weather and beautiful scenery.

we live at the base of hills. this was the view driving down our street toward home those few days
we live at the base of hills. this was the view driving down our street toward home those few days

We kicked off the new year with Holy Hour and have had dinners with friends, watched football games, worked on setting up Lowell’s woodshop business, helped the girls soccer coach lay some floors, bike rides, I took the girls skating for the first time at a roller rink, welcomed a new niece, Aubrey, and have found out about 4 new little souls to be born in the new year! It has been an amazing, blessed, and beautiful Christmas season. Today is the feast of The Baptism of The Lord. The close of Christmas time. Our house is looking back to normal and we are gearing up for the second half of the school year kicking off tomorrow.

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