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His face says it all.

Today, it’s supposed to snow.  We’re under a Winter Storm Watch starting this afternoon until late this evening.  Then, it’s supposed to plain old snow from then until sometime Wednesday.

To say the kids were disappointed not to wake up to snow, as is usually the case, would be accurate.  They didn’t like it one bit. They’d heard of the snow and thought maybe I’d lied about it coming.

Nope.  It’s been so cold the last couple of days, the frosty front leaving us with temps in the twenties at night.  The cats made sure to stay inside.  No fools, those furry frenemies.

Zac wore shorts to school today.  He said it was because he had P.E. today and it’s easier to dress down for it if he wears shorts.  I think he’s trying to temp the weather.  You know if you don’t bring an umbrella, it will rain.  Maybe if you wear shorts in 30-degree weather, it’ll snow. Don’t worry, he also wore the ultimate must-have accessory here in the northwest:  a hoodie.  If all the hoodies in Shelton were placed end-to-end…

Ruby didn’t believe me when i told her it will snow later today.  She said, “No, it won’t!”  As if the only time it ever snows is overnight.  I must admit, it’s the most promising time for the white stuff to fall.  The night is colder; no sun to compete with. Both kids want the snow to be down on the ground on school mornings.  Much easier to stay home and play in it that way. They dream of snowmen, snow angels and hot cocoa with marshmallows.

I ruminate about anticipation.  Wikipedia defines it as being “enthusiastic [it] is an emotion involving pleasure, excitement, and sometimes anxiety in considering some expected or longed-for good event.” We adults have a certain about of trepidation, pondering snow.  We want the cars gassed up, food purchased, flashlights and candles at the ready.  We think of treacherous roads.  We worry over missed work and other obligations. The kids think of playing and the novelty of it all.

I’m learning to look at life this way.  What great things are around the bend?  When will it snow, Lord?  I’m leaving anxiety behind and looking at the good things, the blessings of now and in the future. I’ve often heard that one of the key ingredients of happiness is having something to look forward to. The Bible says “no eye has seen and no ear has heard and no mind has ever conceived the glorious things God has prepared for those who believe.”  Well, let’s go!  I’m ready.  I’m anticipating great things.

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