Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I could get lost in that tangle of snowy branches for hours.

This morning my children all slept in late while I consumed two cups of coffee and took a shower (!). Michael was the first to get up. Usually he is the last.

I brought him downstairs with me, and we sat on the couch together--he under the blue blankie I knit for him before he was born, me under a blue wool blanket given to us as a wedding gift, and he very delighted that we matched--and we simply watched the snow falling for a little bit, just the two of us.

(There is 2-3 feet out there! I promised him that later today we'd take him out and put him in it to see how tall it was.)

I was trying to figure out what it was about winter light that is so lovely, aside perhaps from its scarcity. I mean the light that comes inside when there is snow on the ground like this. I usually love warm light, but the snow-light is much cooler. I think it is that it comes from all around--up from the ground as well as from the sky--that makes it especially lovely. Soft light that falls from every angle. It is one of the reasons why I love (and very rarely complain about) snow--if we're to have winter, then let's have the beauty of it!

(Although the repairman who's been working on our bathroom might disagree with me. I imagine we are paying him for the time he's spent shoveling his way out of our driveway. If it didn't seem rude I would remind him to press the gas pedal gently like he's walking on eggshells, not to floor it and dig himself further in ... as Keith so often reminds me. :) )


  1. How do you have a couple feet?? Where I am, it's just like... five inches? Maybe?

    1. I'm just going by what's on our deck ... you can't see the seat of Michael's picnic bench. And by what I had to walk through to get the mail yesterday, at least one foot. My guess was two but I am not necessarily good at that sort of guessing. :)

  2. I love snow light also! I love when I get up in the middle of the night or early morning and can tell it snowed even before looking outside b/c the light coming in the windows is so different and distinct from any other light!

    I LONG for the day when my children sleep in!!! I feel like having early risers is one of the little crosses Christ asks me to bear, except on day when we have to be out of the house early, then I really appreciate not having to drag anyone out of bed :)

    Enjoy the snow!

  3. I adore those moments when I get to snuggle with *just one* child - it always feels so special!

  4. I love winter and I loved early morning with my children, they were usually quiet and snuggly and "good". Also there is something in those early morning moments that you tend to savor and remember before the hectic day!

  5. oh what a joy of a morning, a real gift!!! I love snow light too! I just plain love snow and also sun and snow, now that is perfect in my book! :)

  6. Looks beautiful! I would get lost in the branches, too :)