Tuesday, December 23, 2008

We Tried

This morning it appeared that there was a break in the weather and a stability in driving conditions so we packed as fast as we could and hit the road in hopes to be with family for Christmas. Suzy's clan followed close behind us and we made it just north of Salem before we realized venturing out was a bad idea. The further north we got, the more clumps of slush and show were on the road. It was bumpy and we were going less than 20 miles per hour. There were semi's and cars and trucks all lined up on the sides of the road to chain up, so we turned around and came home.

The whole way home Leeann and Titus kept begging us to just try to go a little bit further so we could make it to Aunt Shelly's. We tried to distract them by asking them to help us brainstorm some things we could do together, and with Suzy's family to make the next couple of days extra fun at home.

After a few great ideas such as painting and making cookies Leeann said, "I know, we can drive home and get our shovels (sand toys) and come back to the freeway and shovel the snow out of the way so we can get to Aunt Shelly's!" Rob told her it was too cold outside to do that and it would take too long. "We can wear our boots!" she replied. Ah, I love that she would think to do whatever she could to make it to Washington. We are sad to be missing family, but we are looking forward to creating some Oregon Christmas memories this year. Hey, at least we tried!


beachbirdie said...

Sorry you weren't able to get out of town; the adventure of trying will be a wonderful memory for the future!

I wish you guys a wonderful time together for Christmas. Seems like *everybody* is having to step off Tradition's path and make major adjustments! :-)

For us, this is the year the "stuff" will be practical and home-made (unemployed since September). For our dear "extra daughter" (son's girlfriend, daughter's *best* friend) it means spending Christmas away from her family (she's with us) to avoid having to choose between newly divorced parents (and newly married dad/dad's new wife). I'm praying she will develop a hunger for the Lord while she is with us.

Bottom line is remembering the joy we have because of our our wonderful Saviour;

"who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Philippians 2:5-8

Blessings to you and your family!

becca said...

Oh man, that's harsh. I love the ideas your kids came up with!

I'm sorry that it doesn't work out this year and I hope the memories and fun you DO have make great stories for the years to come! Merry Christmas!

My name is Breanna... said...

Hey Guys,
Glad you are all safe, even if you won't get Christmas in Washington.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas! Hug Suz for me!

p.s. - I didn't end up doing an official mom's 12 days this year. Although we did do some really fun things, somehow I didn't get organized in time. Next year!!!

Beckys blog said...

I know how you feel! My parents tried twice to make it down for Christmas without getting through. They finally made it on Christmas day. I guess 3rd try is a charm!

T & K said...

Travis barely made it up to my parents for Christmas (the kids and I headed up early before the snow got really bad). When he made it up (after 8 hours instead of 4.5) he told me he wouldn't have come if the family had been in the car...not too comforting!

T & K said...

Sorry, ment to mention in the other comment--I have two pictures of the snow up north of Seattle on my blog, check them out. : )