Growing up in California I didn’t spend much time in the snow. In fact, the first time I saw snow was in 1985 when it snowed the day after Christmas. I was amazed. There was just about one or two inches, but it was heavenly to me! I had been at my grandmas house and she woke me up early, because in the Bay Area snow is nearly unheard of. I was instantly in love!
When my kids were growing up we would take them to the snow multiple times during the winter. We would pack up our car and drive hours just to play in the snow. Sledding, snowball fights, building snowmen and making snow angels with the kids would take up all afternoon. Ate the end of our day the kids would be all tuckered out and we would drive home.
We moved to a small little town in the Eastern Sierras and lived there for two years. The winters there were freezing. We spent days indoors when it was far to cold to go outside, seriously like -27 some mornings. We would have feet, upon feet of snow. At 32 I had to teach myself how to drive in the snow, no fun! But we did make some amazing memories. I taught my older daughters to drive in the snow, I did fear for my life a couple times. We loved living in this little snow covered paradise.
We adopted my furry best friend while living in this tiny town. Bella came to live with us when she was 8 weeks old. This furry ball of energy captured my heart the moment I set my eyes on her. Bella fit right in with our family, her love of the snow was second to none! Watching her experience snow the first time was heartwarming. The prancing, running, sliding and dropping her jaw to the ground and eating mouthfuls of the white fluffy snow.
There is just something about the peacefulness that a white blanket of snow brings. Sometimes the quiet falling snow is the most deafening sound. Sitting at my desk and looking out the window to see my yard blanketed in snow brings me so much joy. It feels like a fresh start, second chances and do overs. When the snow melts the ground seems more fertile. Spring brings beautiful flowers and green trees. There is a beauty in nature that can never be truly expressed in words. Enjoy the silence. Enjoy the beauty. Remember its never to late for a do over, for a second chance. Life is a sweet journey, experience it with an open heart!