Forging Through the Storm

Happy Monday!  Sorry for the absence last week.  Remember a few weeks ago, when I talked about the joy of not having internet for an afternoon, well last week, I got more than I bargained for…we took a little spring break vacay and ended up with no internet at all.  Once the initial shock wore off, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it.  No cell phone or computers for a week–it was a much-welcomed break!

And the cub LOVED his first trip to the beach!  It was a week of firsts for Little B:  first plane ride, first boat ride, first dip in the ocean, first time in the sand, first sunset, first sunrise, and he even had his first celebrity sighting!!  I’m glad he was there, or I would have had no idea Brook Shields was eating lunch right next to us (Bear just loves his celebrities!)  It was a wonderful week to unwind and relax–such a gift!


When we left last Monday, it was 70 degrees, so we were preparing to head home to spring weather; I even wore my flip flops.  Imagine our shock when we arrived back in Charlottesville to 6 inches of snow!  Definitely not what we planned for.  We even turned our heat off for the week, so when we finally got home after a day of traveling, it was 44 degrees!!  The three of us had to start last night sleeping on the couch because our room was too cold.  Little B was ready to hop the first plane back to the beach!

The storm totally caught us off guard, and it apparently caught VDOT off guard, too.  As we made our way down I-64, there was not a plow insight.  The interstate was one big giant mess and slowly dwindled down to one lane with a single car leading the way. It was pretty scary.

But when it comes to snow, I have to say, there is no one I would rather be driving with than my wonderful husband.  Yesterday was the third intense snowstorm we’ve been through in our 4-and-a-half years of marriage and each time he knows just what to do–he knows how to keep the temperature just right so the car doesn’t fog up, or the windshield doesn’t freeze; he knows how to drive safely and not to use the breaks so we don’t spin out; he knows when to switch lanes, and when to stay put.  He is a calm in the storm and I trust him completely.

As we were driving through yesterday, and I was terrified as our new little babe slept soundly, I kept thinking how when it comes to major and unexpected storms, you need someone in your life who knows what they’re doing.  Someone you can trust and when they look in your eyes and tell you everything is going to be okay, you actually believe them.

I’m grateful for a husband who can safely drive us from point A to point B, but I’m even more grateful for a God who is near and ready to rescue when the storms of life start to swell.

I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 41:13


He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.”
Psalm 107: 28-30