Part of February and the first week of March, blew in two of the the most intense accumulations of snow we have ever seen since our move to the country!
It was beautiful, and a delight to enjoy the ‘winter wonderland’ outdoors (with a few days of scrumptious snow cream to enjoy too!), yet it did prove to be dangerous at times as well, having to be extra careful doing tasks on the farm, and making sure our livestock were protected and bedded down nice and warm with many fresh bales of hay which gave me plenty of moments for a big workout trudging in the snow!
I couldn’t even see my boots, in all the snow!
We did have this wonderful UTV (below) for the first two days of the big snow, but then the Lord took that convenience away for the rest of the season (it is still being fixed as I write this post), which was hard not having it to drive up and down, to and from the house to the field numerous times a day. This gave us all the workout we needed, and honestly much more pleasant to not miss any moments of fun and splendor of God’s creation drudging through snow.
It made for many good character-building life lessons too….like realizing what a blessing it is to have working equipment while it is in service, to be thankful in ALL circumstances, and make the best of them by savoring the moment and not spoiling it with a wrong attitude and always, always, ALWAYS having a heart to work and serve for God’s glory, even in the little things that don’t seem so important at the time.
All in all, it was a rather humbling experience for me, and in all honesty, gave me time to enjoy and bask in God’s creation more fully, which I was very thankful for!
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
There were moments when it was hard to see where one was going during the heavy snowfall!
It was beautiful, and felt just like looking at a hazy painting of a lovely country landscape, only it was even more gorgeous seeing it before my eyes in real life! God’s creation continually astounds me!
Below is our field covered in a thick blanket of loose, powdery white snow (the sheep are outside of this shot)!!!
I took many rests in the barn trekking up and down to care for the sheep, which gave me many moments to thank the Lord for good hard work, much needed exercise during the winter months, and such beautiful views of His creation to enjoy!
The creek was even partially frozen over, and the snow was thicker than in my last photo of Barnett’s Creek!
After the first big snow slowly melted, it was fascinating to see the fall leaves hiding beneath the snow appear once again.
The second storm we had slightly less snow on the ground, but was MUCH colder, turning what snow there was within 24 hours, into ice, with beautiful ice crystals covering everything too!!!
The intricate design even in the various ways ice and frost displays on different objects; from sharp, spider-like splotches covering the gravel ground, blocky-looking stubs on a vine, to sparkling-feather-like accents hanging from a twig is AWESOME in the truest sense of the word!
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.”
Now that the season of winter has passed, and has now turned to spring, with new life on the farm (photos coming soon!!!), seeds already being planted in the garden, and warmer days ahead, my family and I are looking forward to enjoying the special opportunities the warmer weather brings us on our homestead, and the exciting adventures that lie around the corner of every day!
How about my dear readers?
How was your winter this season, and what are your plans for spring time?
“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
~2 Thessalonians 1:11-12~
Grace and Peace,
Miss Antoinette Joy