Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Photo journal of the Big Ice Storm

A giant ice storm hit Friday and Saturday. We lost power and were without for 3 days. The power came back for us on Christmas Eve in the afternoon. Nothing changes Christmas plans like a major ice storm!

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2000"]image We built a snow man before the ice storm, and here he is, frozen in time, covered in ice.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2000"]image The ice is thick on each needle of the pine tree. Further down, you can see how this is weighing on the tree.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2000"]image telephone cords hanging low over our driveway. icicles hang heavy on every phone and electrical wire. The road is pure ice.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1500"]image Trees bow under the weight. Branches lie in piles everywhere.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2000"]image Close up of the ice and icicles that encapsulate everything.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2000"]image The ice surrounding every blade of grass is the thickness of a finger.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2000"]image Here is that same pine tree, shown above. One side droops very low.[/caption]

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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1500"]image piles of branches[/caption]

For three days, our world was quiet. The normal hum of background noise was gone. The first two days, cracking, crashing, and booming was heard around us when we stepped outside. There was always a tree falling, or limbs dropping. A tiny bird landing on a branch was enough to start a domino effect of falling ice and branches. We kept warm by our fireplace, which we kept stocked with wood. Food went outside in coolers, and we ate a lot of cold leftovers, cereal with milk, and chips with salsa. We camped out together in one room, read aloud by flashlight, and made the most of our electronic free time together. In some ways, I am glad we were able to spend that time together as a family. It was one time I wasn't consumed by other tasks: laundry couldn't be washed, Christmas cookies couldn't be baked, and there wasn't a whole lot to do. Although I was overjoyed (I cannot emphasize enough how overjoyed...) when the power came back on, I know it is a Christmas that me and my family will never forget!

We were fortunate to get our power back before Christmas, but not everyone had power today. I've lived through a few ice storms, but this is, by far, the worst one I've seen. It affected the largest number of people. Today, they are in my thoughts and prayers.

Merry Christmas! May the joy and peace of our Lord be with you, whether you are in hard times, or times of plenty.

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