Greetings from snowy Kansas! Last week we were buried in 10-14 inches of snow, leaving us with cozy evenings to enjoy soup, fresh bread, and hot chocolate. Now our winter wonderland is rapidly melting and we're ready to welcome the coming of springtime.
Winter has been a sweet season for us. Most of our evenings are spent studying and preparing for various ministries at our church or just enjoying our time together. Alan teaches classes on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, and I greatly enjoy hearing him share and seeing how genuinely he connects, especially with the young people.
And our days are varied and active. I've captured a few [very random] pictures on my phone to share with you. Here's a glimpse into our winter:
Peaceful home, sweet home!
Did I mention 'soup night'!?
With a snowstorm comes....you guessed it! Snow ice cream!
Gather a bowlful of clean snow.
Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.
Add drinking milk until the texture is right.
Owning a high-loader, we celebrated the first snow by spending several hours digging ourselves out...and quite a few of the neighbors, too!
For my birthday in January, some dear friends surprised me with a party -- and a most amazingly creative cake! Who knew dipped vanilla wafers could transform into a piano?!
"Prize night" at my Junior choir. Its been an incredible joy to direct these children and hear them sing! Its also been great accountability to write new music, one of our goals for 2013.
Along that strain...I've been working on a couple music projects in my spare time as of late. Lord-willing we'll be sharing more about these projects in the coming months!
In February we took a road rip to Fort Worth, Texas to visit Alan's sister and their family of 8 children. We had a marvelous time with them...and enjoyed the 12 hours of driving, talking, and reading.
Our winter project. My grandpa rescued these wooden crates from a trash pile and Alan helped me create this cute little bench for our front door area.
Love getting little notes like this one!
And there you have it, a peek into our winter months. So much for which to be grateful; to learn, grow, and treasure. New opportunities to draw close to the Lord. Learning to trust Him in new ways.
This beautiful adventure called life!
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts."