Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ice Storm!

I actually feel like I don't even need to write this post! Turn on the news, open Facebook, read another blog, talk on the phone and it's all about SNOW and ICE in the southeast, isn't it??? Ha! I'll spare you my pictures for today (I'm going to start doing pictures in a once-a-week recap because otherwise I dread it...) but know that outside our house there is WHITE. Not so much snow (maybe a little?) but lots and lots and lots of ICE.

Sunday night when we went to bed we kept laughing and jumping up because we thought we might hear it! The wintery mix! It's a comin'! We laughed and laughed. Mainly, because in the south we are not at all prepared to handle storms like this. We know a lot about hurricanes and tornadoes, but we're totally unprepared for anything cold.

We never did hear the wintery mix coming down, but Monday morning when we woke up there was ice EVERYWHERE. At first, I actually thought it was snow. After I put on my boots and a sweatshirt and ventured out into it, however, I realized it was ice pellets that had fooled me! Sleet, or whatever you want to call it, that stuck. And it's still sticking today! Even the roads were covered which is a rarity indeed!

Eddie actually stayed home late yesterday (and a little later than normal today). He went to the office around 10:30 and said it took him about 20 or 25 minutes to get there. We probably live 8 miles from his office. I asked how the roads were and he said, "Well...you don't need to go anywhere." (Ladies and gentlemen, that's code for "I probably shouldn't have driven here, but I don't want to admit that and make you worry.") He'd planned to go to a blood drive after work but decided he might better get home before dark. I think he got home around 4:45 (EARLY for him!) but said the roads were a lot better. This morning he left around 8 and he made it ok, but I don't know how the roads were.

In addition to ice, THOUSANDS (okay, maybe a hundred) of birds (robins, cardinals, etc.) are hanging out in our backyard. I don't know what the deal is, but I'm glad they're not dead. The animals have freaked me out a little bit lately.

In other news (or possibly related to the freaky animal deaths that make me think we're living in the Last Days for SURE), I've totally memorized my first Scripture. I'm going to totally write it from memory and you'll just have to trust me.

"So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days." - Ephesians 5:15-16

It was a LOT easier than I imagined it would be. (As a sidenote, why do Methodists not encourage Scripture memory more? All of my Baptist friends growing up could spout out tons of Scripture! I've never memorized much!) I took the first sentence and repeated it throughout the day over and over. I added a little the next day and a little more the next and suddenly, I could do it! I think I've already gotten my next Scripture chosen.

As an update on poor, poor, pitiful James, he seemed to be making a recovery yesterday but I'm not so certain today. He woke up at 4 and moaned and cried off and on until he finally fell back asleep around 7:45. Unfortunately, that means Eddie and I have been awake since about 4, and while we dozed a little here and there, there wasn't much sleeping. Even more unfortunate is the fact that we stayed up to watch the Auburn game last night so we didn't go to bed until after 12:30. I feel lovely! I'm sure Eddie does, too!

Pray this sickness leaves James' body SOON. He's so tired of coughing and having his nose wiped. He's tired of medicine and he's tired of being sick!

1 comment:

Phil said...

Hi, Lauren, neat to see your excitement over memorizing EPHESIANS 5:15-16 and your interest in memorizing more. My favorite Scripture memory website which stores your memory verses, and could inspire and encourage you in your Scripture memory is www.memverse.com I trust God will continue to encourage you through His Word. It would also be cool if He used you to spark Scripture memory throughout Methodist churches. My Dad was a Methodist missionary. I'm guessing there was a time when the Methodist far surpassed the Baptists in Scripture memory. I agree with you that it would be neat to see a come back in interest in Scripture. In Christ, Phil Walker philjohn1558@yahoo.com