When the weather forecast called for freezing rain on top of the recent snow
we knew we would have to cancel church this morning.
Snow in Portland, Oregon is rare enough that it doesn't take much to shut down the city.
This week we got a good amount of snow, topped by a good amount of ice.
It felt odd to be home and not at church on a Sunday morning.
My husband and I listened to a favorite church service online
and enjoyed a breakfast of crepes.
Shortly after that I went to turn on the water in the tub and nothing came out.
In fact, none of the water in the house would turn on.
The main pipe leading to our sprinkler system had burst at the connection.
Water was pouring out at an alarming rate.
Thank God! Because we were home we discovered it and were able to shut the water
off at the main right away.
Then, by the afternoon, the roads had thawed enough for our handyman son-in-law
to come over and repair the pipe.
He even went under the house to make sure there were no other pipe problems.
The roads were passable enough that we piled in his van, bought some pizzas to-go at a favorite spot,
and enjoyed the pizza with our whole family at our oldest daughter's house.
It was a great first outing out of the house since the snow started on Thursday!
By the time we got home the glue on the pipe fitting was dry so we could turn the water back on.
We survived "Snowmageddon 2014" and things are getting back to normal.
That's a whole lot of things to be grateful for all in one day!
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
-God speaking to me through His Word
-time to work on my writing project
-a great prayer time on my run
-a creative idea on my run
-homemade chili simmering on the stove
-oldest daughter and her family joining us for dinner
-grocery store tulips
-youngest granddaughter spending the night
-the way youngest granddaughter says "buttah" for butter and "surbup" for syrup
-sunshine, cold temps and less wind than the weatherman indicated
-oldest daughter, son-in-law and five year old granddaughter safely home from the Seahawk's parade
in Seattle...big sister and little sister so happy to be back together
-reading 1,2,3 John with She Reads Truth
-all our family safe and warm in our homes
-the hubs and I listening to Don Potter, a warm fire in the fireplace, reading our Bibles
-walking around our neighborhood in the snow, taking photos
-heat on, fire in fireplace, wrapped in an electric blanket
-an easy dinner of yummy leftover soup
-snuggled in bed drinking my morning coffee and watching more snow falling
-getting a good work out walking around the neighborhood in the unshoveled shin high snow
-a lazy snow day, reading, watching a favorite old movie
-listening to church online and eating crepes for breakfast
-catching a broken water pipe before a huge disaster resulted
-my son-in-law helping us by repairing it for us
-buying pizzas and getting to eat them with our whole family
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