Sunday, February 17, 2019

Embracing Winter 2019


We have chosen to embrace winter!

Minnesota is our home and winter... 
is unavoidable, 
when you live here!


It's just part of the package!


We truly love the change of seasons! 

Here is the morning view out of the master bedroom!


And the view down our driveway, to our home!
(the fall pic is the BEST)


 Love the blue sky in the background!


And morning sunrise on a new fallen snow!


Thankful, grateful, blessed comes to mind!

BUT
just an FYI...
I may not be saying this in the end of March!


Ice skating has become a winter passion!


Jake started off needing this for balance 
but has now moved on
to skating independently! 


The first time on the ice,
 Hubby and I stayed clear of each other...
neither wanted to be held responsible for
"bringing the other one DOWN"!

Now we can skate together and hold hands!

Luke is a natural at skating!


Sam is too!


Madeline did great but her skates broke-
 she continued on!


Sarah, Mia, Melissa loved it!


Ava, too!


Except when they all decide to stop and congregate...


We can cause a bit of a traffic jam!


We are thankful to have a sledding hill right in our own yard!


We got 4 inches of snow, then rain, then 4 more inches of snow!
A layer of ice was just underneath the last snowfall!


Sleds...
are overrated!
(According to Ben)


More snow continues to come
and the snow tubes we bought years ago, 
worked out great!


We bought these thinking it would be sooooo fun
to go to different hills in the area and go sledding........?

Until we realized...
how on earth can we get 16 children and 16 snow tubes 
to a hill...
we'd need a moving truck!


It was a bit of a light bulb moment!

Just thankful this works 
and it's convenient-
right outside our door!


 Our middle schoolers have taken advantage of homeschool ski day!

It's once a month and it's not crowded!
They LOVE it!


Grace and Ben were blessed with an adaptive ski day
sponsored by Gillette Children's Hospital!
Thank you sooo much for this wonderful experience!

Skiing would otherwise,
be impossible for Grace.
She has a few major muscles that just don't work.


Grace loves to go sledding so we figured she would LOVE this!


And she did!

She rode the chairlift up to the top of the hill 
(while in the sled).
The instructor skied behind her with 
bungees attached to the sled
and she "gracefully" leaned 
to the left and right upon instruction!

It was actually a beautiful sight
to see her slalom down the hill!

She had the time of her life!


Ben had been skiing a few times already
BUT
stopping and turning to his right... 
just wasn't happening for him.


He had a private lesson on how to use 
his hip and thigh muscles to be able to stop and turn!

They even taught him how to shift weight 
and slalom ski a bit!


He had... 3 instructors!
What a blessing!

Since then, he has gone skiing and 
was successful at turning and stopping!

It is a blessing to see 
GOD at work 
through kind people!


The other morning 4-5 crows 
were outside of our bedroom window,
frantically cawing.
I peeked out to see what was the matter?

This lovely barred owl was sitting in the tree!


Sights like this...
take my breath away!

We quietly lead as many children 
as possible to see it, 
before it had had enough 
of our gawking,
and promptly flew away.
It's wing span had to be 6 feet...


I do NOT have a green thumb
BUT
for some odd reason this orchid
likes me!

3 small ice cubes every 4 days
and it's as happy as can be!

It was completely baron
and then sprouted a stalk 
that produced 12 blooms!

Now, that's a miracle!


These two love the snow
and unfortunately the golden one...
loves poopsicles!


The kids are dog sitting for our neighbor!

They love taking care of Snoop!


And while they are doing that 
they are earning money to go to 
Extreme Faith Camp this June!

I'm proud of how hard they are working to go to camp!


Look closely!
On the left,
 is an eagle in flight!

We were driving to the library and I looked to my right.
There was an eagle perched on a dead deer.
It had been hit by a car.

I couldn't help myself and had to turn around to get a pic!
This was the best I could do!

Unfortunately, he wanted nothing to do 
with a humungous van 
filled with people 
staring at him!

So he took flight immediately!


And landed across the street in a tree!

Sledding, skiing, skating, have kept us busy and joyful this winter!

We have been blessed with many indoor activities, too!
 Will be sharing that in the next post!

God is soooo good!


8 comments:

Vicky said...

I miss living where it snows! There is something so refreshing about a new fallen snow, it does something magical to the landscape! Thanks for sharing your photo's! The children look like they are enjoying and embracing their winter activities!

smallfamilyadventures said...

Pretty pictures. Looks fun too.
Thanks for sharing.

Barbara said...

It's wonderful to hear from you. I think many of us miss you-I surely do! So many of the children participate in winter sports. How they have grown! Is it alright to ask about Ben? We saw him last with one leg brace-now two prostheses. However, he certainly has adapted well! Welcome back as often as you can!

Joy said...

Wow! They are all growing so and are all lovely! LOVE the adaptive sky trip! Looks like yall are making lots of precious memories! Way to go mom! Great to hear from you!

ANA CUNEO said...

¿WHERE IS EMMA?

MayLynne said...

So nice to hear a bit about your family adventures. I can't imagine how you find time to let any of us know what you are doing! If you do find a few minutes, I am so looking forward to hearing about your grandchildren. Ever since you posted about Bennett, I have been anxiously awaiting news of Matt and Caitlyn's little one.

Lisa said...

Another great update, Jean! Thank you for taking time to create one. I miss them so much! Glad to see that everyone is doing so well. :-)

Single Mama to Ngoc said...

I've been reading your blog forever and almost forgot you live in MN. Not sure if you know but this Summer, Eden Prairie, MN will be home to the Adaptive Sports Junior Nationals. There will be over 300+ athletes, under the age of 22, there with varying disabilities competing in adaptive sports. It maybe interesting for some of your kiddos to see. My 13 yr old daughter is hoping to Qualify to compete there in several sports.