There is currently about eight inches of snow on the ground outside our house. All of this winter weather started exactly one week ago with a storm that caused churches and schools to be cancelled for the following week. Just when the ice and snow had thawed, we got hit with another storm. This one, it seems, is even worse than the first. There is a layer of ice about 1/4-1/2 inch thick laying on top of all of the snow that came before it. The town of Lake Oswego has pretty much shut down.
Church was cancelled for the second Sunday in a row, so our next-door and across-the-street neighbors all joined at our house for an impromptu worship service led by Miguel (our super nice, very talented next-door neighbor). We sang songs and read some Advent scriptures and prayed. After that, Miguel declared he was feeling cabin-feverish and so we all joined him in walking to Starbucks. Starbucks didn't have any electricity, so they were closed as was just about every other business except for Albertsons. So we went there and picked up some items to add to the Carne Asada dinner that Colleen is making for all of us tonight. Colleen, for those of you who don't know, is Miguel's wife and my best friend in Oregon :)!
Greg and Sarah Grace decided they wanted burgers for lunch and so they walked back to the store (which trust me, is no easy task right now). As I started writing this the snow has started falling again and it's coming down pretty heavily. I just heard a terrible cracking sound followed by a loud thud and opened up the door to hear some guys walking and talking about how unbelievable this weather is and how they had better be careful what trees they walk under. Apparently, a sizable limb just fell off of a tree in my driveway! I will be glad when Greg and SG are back here safe and sound.
Aside from the weather, we have just been busy getting ready for Christmas. We took the kids to see Santa a week ago this past Saturday. That was at a local rec. center and was a lot of fun. We have done shopping and we got a tree and decorated it with homemade decorations (since all of our Christmas stuff is in Charlotte). In many ways, this Christmas has been "simplified" a lot, and you know what? It's great! I am missing my family back east pretty sorely right now, but I am also overcome by a deep sense of gratitude for all I have and for how God has so tenderly cared for us these past few months.
Greg is still playing indoor soccer for two teams. Some of you know, I had taken up running after we moved here. I have been sidelined for the last month though due to injuries. I am hopeful to get back to it soon by starting with a steady walking regimen and move back into the running slowly.
We are getting somewhat active in our church. I am slated to sing on Christmas Eve in a trio and with the worship team and Greg has been asked to help with communion. I am also planning (after much prayer) to lead children's worship in the new year.
We will be sharing Christmas Eve dinner with a couple of other families from our church. Christmas Day we will enjoy just the four of us being together.
If I fail to write again soon, I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas!