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Winter Travels

When we left Maryland on December 31st to head out on a two-week plus trip, we asked you to pray that there would be no snow on the days that we traveled.  God really answered your prayers!

We made it to Connecticut without any problems and had a good week there.  AFTER we left they got over two feet of snow, making it one of their biggest storms ever.  The day AFTER we arrived in Pennsylvania, it snowed.  It wasn't a huge snow, but would not have been fun to drive in.  On the way from Pennsylvania to Ohio we got into a short, but heavy snow shower.  Within 15 minutes we were out of it.

We had a great week in Ohio.  Again, there was snow while we were there, but we only had to travel short distances from my cousin's house where we were staying to Cedarville, about 12 miles.

The most snow we got into was when traveling from Ohio back to NW Pennsylvania where we were scheduled to speak.  It was pretty, but it did slow us down a bit.  This house is really pretty, but you wouldn't believe the number of really ugly houses we drove past.  We were behind this plow for awhile. It wasn't really plowing, just laying down sand.  Only about 5 miles from our destination we saw this spin-out.  Thankfully we didn't have any problems until we arrived at our friends' house and couldn't quite make it up their drive.  The combination of slowing down to turn into their drive and then the need to keep up speed to get up the hill just didn't happen.  It didn't take much to back down the drive and do it over again.

Snowy weather and beautiful scenery always reminds me of Robert Frost's poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. 
Whose woods these are, I think I know.
His house is in the village, though.
He will not see my stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep.

Ahhhh, yes, the story of my life....miles to go before I sleep!

The people we stayed with this past weekend have a Mastiff who weighs about 175 pounds. Yikes.  A dog that's bigger than me!  He is so gentle though.  He wouldn't hurt anybody....unless he sat on them or leaned on them or whacked them with his tail! 

The day we traveled from Pennsylvania back to Maryland (yesterday), was cold but clear and beautiful.  There was less and less snow as we headed south.  Here in Maryland there wasn't any to speak of.  Then last night we got snow and then icy rain so it was a slick mess out today.  Again, we were thankful that we didn't have to travel in that mess.

And it sure is nice to be back home! 
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