Imagine our wonder and surprise when we awoke to a snow-covered yard in west-central Georgia. Our children, who had never seen snow, stared open-mouthed through the windows and then shouting questions rapid-fire like caffeined-up prosecuting attorneys. “Is it wet? Cold? Soft? What will we wear? Can we touch it? What’s it made of? Is that God’s dandruff?” Okay, so I fibbed about that last one. No one asked if the snow was God’s dandruff.
The excitement was contagious. Even Josh, who was probably born in a hospital which was encapsulated in an Illinois snow drift and has seen more than his share of winter wonderlands, got caught up in the joy of children and falling snow. We bundled the children up and watched as they crunched through the snow wearing more clothing than they’ve ever worn in their young Southern lives. The dogs raced around them in circles and the snow continued to fall as though a movie crew loomed above them with wireless artificial snow machines — such was the oddity of snow in this region.
The last time the dogs saw snow was when we lived in Washington state. Snow was rare but not miraculous there — though you couldn’t tell by the reaction of the locals who panicked and emptied the shelves of the Safeway in Yelm, WA as if the sun were expected to burn out within the hour. Josh and I appeared to be the seasoned veterans of inclement weather and calmly navigated the surrounding highways which were clogged with white-knuckled drivers who clutched their steaming coffee cups and steering wheels. Drivers Ed classes in Washington must not teach their students to steer into skids because we watched the I-5 ballet of spinning cars with a mixture of amusement and amazement.
Georgia drivers were not so ambitious as to venture outside their homes in the snow. Schools were canceled the night before by phone call (a really nice service, by the way — so much better than listening to hear your school announced on the radio or television in the morning) and the roadways were clear of travelers. It appeared that all forms of activity in our small corner of the world had come to a screeching halt. Priorities for the day? Watch the kids make snowpersons (We are SO politically correct down here.), make hot chocolate (though none for me because I gave it up for Lent), and pig out on venison chili in the company of my wonderful neighbors. Here are my kids building a snowperson:
I just thought you would want to know all of this.
Valarie Lea - Oh MY Gosh they look so cute playing in the snow! Ours didn’t last that long. It melted like within 3 hours. 🙁
Linda Sue - How much fun is that?! well obviously tons of fun – I kept waiting for one of the dogs to add a little yellow stripe to the snowperson’s costume but wow – even the dogs were in the winter wonderland spirit! Thanks for sharing – y’all can keep the snow – don’t like it here in Texas thankewevurymuch
Rosa - Thanks for sharing! Wow, snow is so magical!
YDavis - I was just thinking about you yesterday! When I heard on the news how much snow Atlanta, GA had and right away I thought of you. I know you live not too far from there. You actually had more snow than us!
Lynnie - You kids look BEAUTIFUL playing in the snow! Snow is such an amazing wonder that every time I see it fall I stop and think, “Could this be REAL?” I’m so glad your children got to play in it!
marky - ((((Lacey))))) Your new family is amazing!! Thanks for sharing that glimpse into you beautiful world!!
elra - Snow, children, dogs, farm, OMG you and your husband are truly blessed people.
Video was fun to watch, love all of your children playing together like that.
Dianne - Sweet, sweet, sweet! I loved the video of you and your precious children building a snowman…and making memories. Beautiful dogs too, by the way. THREE of them?! I’m jealous…and still negotiating for ONE! *grin*
The Cotton Wife - I was so happy to see snow yesterday. We rode around and took some gorgeous photos!
warren - I remember the first time an adult friend saw snow…it was amazing…I can only imagine how much better it was for you and the kids! (oh yeah, you can keep the snow!)
nfmgirl - When I lived in WA (on the Kitsap peninsula), I would sit at my computer on those rare snow days and watch the cars try to turn into the entrance of our apartment complex. If they did anything over 3 mph, they would slide sideways. We called it the “Winter Olympics”.
HeatherJ - Ohmy! That is SO cute!!! Good snowperson for being a first go, too. Great job!
We’ve got about six inches WAY up here that has not melted for a week or so. Creepy to see the same old snow day after day and never have it melt. Still, our new puppy is LOVING the snow ~ and so are my kids ~ but my floors hate it. Good thing they don’t get to vote :o)
Enjoy these sweet memories!!
Barbie - See, now if you lived up here, you’d have snow nearly six months out of the year. I get all excited and send the kids outside when the sun actually shines! LOL, I’m so glad they got to have all of that fun, though. I imagine snow is a little out of the ordinary around there!
Kath - So glad your children were able to have a “snow experience”. Even tho I dont like the extreme cold i cant imagine life without snow!!
Julie at Elisharose - What fun. Isn’t it wonderful when snow is a pleasant surprise and not a dreary fact of life for months on end?
Aunt Laura - I have to tell you, being a native Georgian, I loved seeing it snow. It’s been about 3 years since we’ve have an ok snow and almost 10 since a really fun you can play in kind.
Oh and we just got that new fangled drivers ed classes here, so be glad we did’t drive :o)
mojavi at Simple Things - i am being totally nosey… but are you really not going to be able to adopt these beautiful children and how are you doing with all of theat??????
CrossView - I’m so jealous! We had flurries and we enjoyed them but nothing stuck. I wanted to build a snowman!
I’m glad you guys got to build one.
Fishing Guy - Lacy: What a fun thing for the kids to see, we should melt tomorrow and I hope we are done with snow. We had record amounts. The kids looked like they had a ball.
Thanks for your comment and I am healing.
stacey - Southern snow looks like allot of fun!
Your dalmation seems to think “What on earth are they doing?”
Momisodes - What fun! That is when the snow is the best 🙂 Right after it falls, and when it’s not too much. Wish I could send some of ours down your way to share!
St. Fairsted Farm - Children make everything fun! Really cute post, thanks for sharing.
Barb - Absolutely Lacy! I wanted to see all of this! You are such an amazing Lady…and Josh! What love and warmth and sharing you have given to these blessed children, who in turn are blessing your lives!
I love seeing the happy children, and even the dogs, because I know YOU and JOSH are happier because of them.
What a miracle for this miracle family to experience and share!! As much as I dread that white stuff…I am soooooo happy it found it’s way to blanket your world! Blanketing you all with joyful memories to cherish forever…together!
Love Ya and Hugs Dear Lacy~~
Tipper - Love the pictures-and love that they enjoyed the snow-even though I’m jealous that I didn’t get any!
Paula - Hi, the pics with the kids playing are so cute, particularly as they dont snow at all. Me being German I have had plenty of snow all my life and now enjoy life with my American partner here in Florida,
Ann - Love the pics of both the fur kids and the skin kids – so gorgeous!
Indian Lake Papa - yuk ! Brrrrr ! I am back in Michigan – had snow yesterday YUK !
Dawn - I am glad I looked around because I missed this post. It is so neat to see your kids enjoying the snow. Here is it so common place, I do love to see and hear the reactions of those experiencing it for the first time. My friends 2 kids from Africa got to experience it for their first time in the fall. It is very exciting to see.