It was so beautiful and sunny and warm.
We wore shorts and popped into art shops and a bakery and picked up Nigel from the dog groomer.
We walked all over our town and it was wonderful.
That evening, Monte and I cleaned up the yard and I did my most favorite thing.
I burned sticks in the fire pit.
I don't know why, but I just love picking up all the sticks
our beloved huge Sycamore tree has shed
and burning them in the fire.
It's such a satisfying and quick way to clean up.
I purposely save some greenery from my flower boxes from Christmas time each year to help start the fire in the spring.
The height the fire gets in a hot WHOOSH when I throw in the dried up greenery should be such a warning to all those who keep their Christmas trees up too long.
It was such a nice day and evening.
A neighbor came over to talk to Monte on the patio as I stoked the fire.
We got excited about finally starting to see
neighbors out and about again.
Then it snowed on Monday.
Tuesday we woke up to a fresh blanket of snow.
I asked Monte if we were in Narnia and the White Witch was ruling and it was always going to be Winter and never Christmas.
"Yes. Yes, it is."
He grew up in Florida
and has mentioned moving
no less than 75 times.
I had to wear my gloves,
as I drove to bible study.
Our church is across from a big field with cattle.
The cows were standing close to the fence as I slowed to turn into the church parking lot.
I locked eyes with one cow.
Looking into his big eyes, I could feel we were having a moment and I could tell what he was thinking.
"Are you kidding me with this weather?!"
I actually shrugged my shoulders at him in response.
"I know. It stinks, buddy."
I didn't go into my whole Narnia White Witch theory
because while I do remember lots of animals like beaver
and wolves and a half-goat man in the Narnia story,
I don't recall there being any cows
and I just didn't want to confuse him any further.
That night while at small group, one of the girls there said she thought we were in the movie Frozen and Elsa was pretty darn honked off.
That made me laugh.
And what else can we do when the winter drags on and on and on and on and the bitter cold snaps back like we weren't just sitting on our back patio with a neighbor last Friday or walking all over town with a friend?
A sweet boy with special needs in our church was baptized a few weeks ago.
He's non-verbal and has a smile that lights up any room he's in.
I've had the privilege of having him in my Sunday School class.
I actually let him use scissors during craft time once not realizing,
he's not used to being given scissors.
That explains the bigger than usual smile on his face that day.
The family showed a video before the baptism of them asking the boy questions to see if he understood what it meant to accept Jesus.
He nodded yes to knowing he was loved by Jesus
and pointed to his heart when they asked where Jesus lived.
The pastor asked the boy's father how he saw God in his son.
He answered with one word.
This boy who can not form words with his mouth, spoke volumes to my heart.
He possesses such a clear outpouring of joy that can only come from heaven.
His father baptized him in what was one of the purest, sweetest moments I have ever witnessed.
There wasn't a dry eye in the church.
My car had thick frost on it this morning on DAY 3 of Winter's Return.
But I know I am loved by Jesus
and I know where He lives.
So today I choose joy.