half thoughts on a snow day

porch snowOne thing I have learned in February so far is that it’s impossible to measure snowfall with a tape measure. Ask me how I know. We don’t have a ruler in our house so I can’t tell you how many inches of snow is sitting in our yard right now. It’s a lot though, which I realize is relative depending on where you live. For our kids, it’s more than they’ve seen at once in their lifetime.

snowingI bought that yellow jacket in Maine on our honeymoon nearly 13 years ago, never imagining when I picked it out on a cool day in July that my daughter would grab it on her way out the door to play in the snow, certainly never imagining it would fit her. And time stands silently beside me, leans over only to whisper a soft mmmm-hmmmm and a faint look at her now.

My eyes linger long on this photo, evidence of my little ones growing big. I’m nearly overcome until I notice my house in the background – wait, is my house crooked? 

The moment is gone. Oh well. It’s a snow day.

Here’s something I can hold onto today – I’m sharing six life lessons I learned while in Uganda today over at (in)courage. Join me there?

Yesterday I sent out February’s newsletter where I shared six meaningful books I read in 2013. If you would like to receive next month’s newsletter, you can sign up here for free. As a thank you for subscribing, I’ll send you a 65-page ebook I wrote called Seven Little Ways to Live Art. Thanks for reading, and stay safe wherever you are!


  1. says

    They do grow up {sigh} Over here we’re lunching with one of our “little girls” and her fiance. Earlier this week I spent time with another “little girl” and her new baby. {double sigh} Enjoy your snow day, Emily. This also will pass too quickly.

  2. Bonnie says

    My email is down so I won’t receive your emails for a while. Hopefully I will get it back soon. I wanted you to know that I have just finished reading A Million Little Ways, and found so much in there that resonated with me. I found encouragement, thoughts similar to my own and words that provided comfort, challenge and a desire to live art. Next on my list, Grace for the Good Girl. You have certainly shared God with me. Thank you.

  3. says

    I sure can relate to this…the snow and my daughter slipping on my clothes. They look so good on her, I usually say “keep it”. It is strange that some of these clothes are double her age! It justifies the fact that I have held on to them so long, they are given new life.

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