Then the ice came, and his wife wouldn't let him on the roads. I'm mean like that.
It was sad. The roads around Belton seemed fine but warnings from Brownwood to Abilene were less optimistic. I wasn't about to have my favorite husband out there ice skating on tires for me to worry about all weekend. Especially with one of the best brother-in-laws along for the ride with him. No, as sad as trip cancellations can be, I'm glad to report they are both warm and well at the end of this icy weekend.
The ice delayed a few of our plans, including moving into our old farmhouse. It just didn't seem like a good idea to turn the water on in the middle of a Texas deep freeze. Never know how those old pipes will protest, and it wasn't something we wanted to add to our "fix-up" list.
All that to say, we've enjoyed a great weekend in my parents warm and festive house, with delicious soups on the stove and crackling fires in the hearth. Winter just the way I like it.
In addition, we've joined in to their festive merriment. They have close ties with Santa and Mrs. Claus, so when they come to town we all get to help escort them. Tonight we joined them as they loved on kids - and adults - at the church congregation I grew up at in Temple, TX, and fun was had by all.
As I mentioned then, and still believe, it’s an important time of year around the world and like any other cultural interaction, it has some good things and some bad that must be discerned by those committed to following Jesus. So as you hang your stockings, or set up nativity scenes, or escort Santa to holiday events, may you do it all with LOVE. For that is the true "reason for the season," as it is every day we have here. We're just here to love.
*We do still have alpaca products for sale, and plan to make up our "delivery" trip to Early/Abilene this week when the roads have thawed. There's still time to order some great gifts that keep on giving in time for Christmas. Click HERE to view the selection and support the orphanage and hard-working people in Ecuador.