Remember just three short years ago we had snow on Christmas in western NC? We sure did. Here’s a blog post that might reminisce the day after Christmas. You’ll love the video of sledding down the hill. Here goes…
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December 28, 2010 by dkevinbrown
Well, another Christmas has come and gone. All too quickly! My grandparents often lamented “how quickly time flies by the older you get.” How true, how true! But, I must say this Christmas will go down in my mind and memory as one that was unmistakably remarkable. This year the snow the Lord blessed us with was the “icing on the cake” and the “bow on the package.” Snow…what a wonderful picture of what Jesus does for us…makes us clean…washes us and purifies us as “white as snow.” I thought of that Saturday as the snow trickled out of the sky around 9:30 am.
Katy sung a song during the Christmas season at church that talked about how Jesus came as a “winter’s snow.” He came quietly and without fanfare, just like the snow Christmas morning. He slipped into the world in a manger and exited via a hillside in Jerusalem in Israel known as the “Mount of Olives.” But, He’s coming back. Any day now as far as I’m concerned. All prophecy has been fulfilled except for the completion of the “Bride of Christ,” the completion of the Church via the last person that will call upon the name of the Lord and be saved. He will come again, in the sky and He will come “like a thief in the night” or as I thought about it Christmas morning…as a “winter’s snow.”
I tried to think back through my mind to all the Christmases I’ve experienced even as a child and I can think of no Christmas that means as much to me as this one. Why? Not because of any presents or food (as good as it all was)…it is simply that I’ve grown to understand more and more the price that the Father was willing to pay to ransom my soul. I can’t understand how God could give His only Son to die for me. I know that is a trite and well used comment…but, its honestly how I feel. How could He have done it? But, even beyond that, my mind this Christmas was drawn to the fact that Jesus was willing to come. Think of it! Jesus was willing to live “glory” to come to a manger for me! He came as the child of peasants, born in obscurity in a “nothing” little town with only bewildered shepherds to welcome His Majesty’s entrance into time on this earth. Amazing indeed!
I took a picture of the snow covering a red bow at my mom and dad’s house…
…just as Jesus purity (sinlessness) covered my sins. The Son of God covered my sins…my sin! The Living God of the universe came in the form of a baby via Jesus Christ and died for me to cover my sins so that I might live…truly live, both now and forevermore. The knowledge of this thought is almost more than I can comprehend. Even now as I type the words I’m overwhelmed with emotion! Praise be to Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
I took some pictures of the children in the snow. May I bore you with some more?
The “older” children (forgive me for calling you “children” Katy, Kandace, Taylor and Leah) enjoyed the snow too!
I love my family! Any reader to this blog will be able to readily see that in a hurry. I thought I’d share some more ramblings of family life with you in this post.
Ok…I’m still a kid at heart! Want to see? Take a look…sledding down the hill behind our house with Clara and Andrew!! Here we are getting ready!
Now it’s time to go…Woohoo!!
Here’s the “old-timey” sled we used! I used this one as a kid! Thanks mom and dad for finding this old sled in the basement years ago!
We enjoyed making the “snow rabbits!” Andrew made one his size and Clara made one her size!
They also enjoy playing “old-timey” in the playhouse my Dad built years ago for Katy. Looks like “soup’s up” or “snow in the bowl” is ready!
Oh…here’s another picture from our winter snow on Christmas. This is mom and dad’s Bradford pear tree covered in snow…
- Bradford Pear Blanketed in Snow.
- So will it snow this year? Yes, I believe it will, but we’ve hit a very neutral pattern. What does that mean? Quite simply, that the weather pattern is going to be up and down. We’re going to have some warm weather and some cold weather. The pattern is neutral. However, there is a ton of warm water off the western U.S. and there is 50% more sea ice in the Arctic Circle (so much for Global Warming Al Gore :)). With that said…there will be a battle between the warm and the cold throughout the rest of the winter. You can expect some days above normal in temps… Remember last weekend? Record highs in the 70’s? And there will be cold weather. Like the last two nights with temps in the mid-teens. Yesterday we didn’t get out of the 30’s. The question will be: Can the cold air meet up with the moisture? That’s the million dollar question. It seems in this kind of pattern when we get a cold piece that breaks off from Canada that it comes so hard and fast with a digging trough that it pushes the moisture south and we miss it. It’s almost better to have marginal temps and get a Gulf of Mexico low to form and pull in it’s on cold air from a high pressure over the New England states. But, do you know how hard that set-up is to get? VERY HARD! It’s really a statistical difficulty in the south… And yes, NC is in the south.
- I’m still thinking we’ll have a couple of opportunities by mid-January for snow/ice. But, it will be close either way. We could hit it or miss it? Sound like I’m waffling back and forth? I don’t mean to at all, it’s just the truth. That’s what we’ve got this year. But, I’m hoping to see this again: