I was surprised by how very cold it was. Grace and I wanted to go for a walk in the freshly fallen snow on Sunday. I had to send her back to the house to get more clothes on. It was the wind that chilled us to the bone.
We had avoided the woods for over a month (during hunting season) because our woods are visited frequently by lots of hunters. I had missed the woods, and it was satisfying to be out in them, again.
There is nothing like leaning against a tree, solid and sure. In fact, I sometimes hug them.
On this blustery day, the tops were swaying back and forth. Trees do bend, more than I would think they could. The wind was strong enough to make me wonder if I would get hit by fallen branches……
…..but the risk was well worth it, as the beauty of snow blowing through the air was deep-down lovely and good for the soul.
We came out into the open field.
And visited the half-frozen stream.
Snow was blown through my hair, which whipped and snapped around my face. (I did so wish for a hat!) The sun had NO warmth whatsoever.
There was so much beauty, my heart ached and I said, “Oh Grace, will YOU go for walks like this with your children when you’re grown?”
The words were just barely from my lips when she was saying “NO” quite emphatically. “I will NOT take my children for walks in the winter. In the summer, in the spring, in the fall, YES, but NOT the winter. They will have to go for walks on their own.”
At home, we met up with Caleb, who was having fun in snow piles.
I was weepy this morning. Although all is well, I missed very much all the children and my husband. Rich went back to work today and the children all left for school. The house was missing them. I was missing them. I love to focus on Seth and Sarah, so I spent a little time re-evaluating our mornings and reminding myself of what we love to do; sing, dance, read books, clean, bath-times, and nature.
So I bundled them up after lunch for some fresh air. I pulled them around in the yellow plastic sled. I let Seth go sledding (he loved it), and we also played on the edge of the frozen pond. Sarah was timid and needed encouragement to step onto the ice. But Seth was ready for anything, and was soon slipping, sliding, spinning, and falling.
Bright, happy face.
Sarah only fell once, very gently, onto her bottom.
It was enough to completely ruin her fun. It was time for naps.
I asked Seth if he wanted hot chocolate and he said, NO, he wanted it warm.
Let me show you what I worked on last night at the table:
Paper stars! I’m taping them on the windows and they are so pretty.
( PS. I had a few friends ask about how to make the stars. I bought a kit on sale at Barnes and Noble.
You use origami paper (cut it in fourths or eighths), fold, and glue. You could probably find directions online, too. )