Change in Plans–Snow Day!

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When I checked the weather forecast, my heart jolted at the stark red line with the white words, “Blizzard Warning” emblazoned within it. Am I crazy to hope for a snow day? In April? Probably. Snow days equal “change in plans.” The thought of dropping all scheduled events for the day and hanging out at home with my kids makes me happy. Yes, I’ll still work on projects. We’ll also do things together, like see who can earn the most strongholds and fortresses in Lord of the Rings Monopoly. They will enjoy unexpected play time. I may even get to chat with the characters in my story.

What is it that makes my heart race with anticipation? I could say it’s because our region desperately needs the moisture. But, I’m not that altruistic. I’m just excited about the prospect of a day at home. In my hustle and bustle season,  this change in plans makes it acceptable for me to play hooky from life-as-usual. Lighting a scented candle, Imageenjoying a quiet morning, listening to wind howl outside, having young boy arms circle my waist for the first morning hug, and watching snow flakes swirl outside my windows . . . All these fill me with joy.

When things beyond my control–like blizzards–change my plans, it can be a good thing. I love the life I get to live–it’s full. Mommy and family activities, Bible study, the freedom to run errands and spend time with friends, these all make life fulfilling, and busy. Snow days are an unexpected gift of time. They give me the opportunity to view life with a different perspective.

I can already hear the clash of plastic light sabers as Peter and Edmund  battle Sith lords in the basement, and possibly a few arguments. These are sounds I love. Okay, maybe not the arguing so much, but definitely the squeals of boys playing, and knowing we’re all safe and warm together.

If we don’t get our snow day, life will go on, and all will still be well. If school is canceled, I will be jumping up and down with my kids eager to behold the possibilities ahead. Either way, I am going to embrace our day.

Your Turn: What do you do when your day dictates a change in plans? How do you embrace the change?

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8 thoughts on “Change in Plans–Snow Day!

  1. Love it when I get an unexpected snow day. Even working from home via an on-line connection feels like a real treat. Nothing like working on the company budget in my jammies!

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  2. I’m having the same “So where’s the blizzard?” snow day that you are, Jeanne. I know some areas are getting lots of snow. Us? Not so much. But CJ’s home and we’re all laying low — and just the idea that the regular schedule is interrupted — yeah, I like that.

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    • Yep, I’ve coined this the blizzard that wasn’t with the fringe benefit of a free day at home. The boys and I have loved the chance to slow down and relax. Enjoy your family, my friend.

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  3. I kind of love blizzards! Even in April if it gives you a quiet day 🙂 Hopefully spring comes soon. My kids are into LOTR and Narnia right now. It’s so fun to do read-aloud!

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    • Yes, it was a fairly quiet day, we did very few productive activities. 🙂 The trees are already budding, so I’m sure they got a shock with last night’s 10 degree temperatures. Hopefully, they’ll still bud and show their leaves. We haven’t read LOTR to the boys yet, but we’re working in that direction. They’ve loved Narnia books and the movies. Today is sunny with a high in the 30’s, tomorrow’s high: mid-50’s. It will be almost as if spring took a short nap and then woke up again to resume it’s work of new life.

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  4. We’ve had a few snow days here, and I am SO thankful for the XBox. WHy? Because #2 and #3 hardly ever get along, UNLESS they’re on the XBox. I try to roll with things, after 4 kids, I KNOW things can change in a blink.

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    • You’re so right, Jennifer. Things change quickly in the world of kid dynamics. With two, they usually play well together. Yesterday, they did great. This morning, getting ready for school, not so good. I don’t think we’ll have any more snow days this year, but you never know. Colorado weather always holds surprises. 🙂

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