Thursday, January 27, 2011


Typically, I'm a sunshine sort of gal.  You summer types know what I'm talking about...the scent of fresh-cut grass, plucking ripe tomatoes from my garden, watching dandelion clocks float on the warm breezes, and walks to the snowball stand with my son.  However, living in Pennsylvania one must come to terms that there will be, in fact, a nice, long winter.   Luckily, I get the opportunity to see this season from a different viewpoint.  My son does not see an endless driveway that must be shoveled.  He does not worry about mopping up wet footprints on the wood floors.  He does not wistfully page through seed catalogs, hoping winter speeds on by.  He does not roll his eyes at the steel-grey skies and think, "Where's the sun already?!?"     He sees the potential for icy forts, flying down the snow-packed hill on his sled, pelting mom and dad with snowballs, drawing pictures in the snow with a stick.  He sees the magic that I, somehow, have forgotten. 

So today I shall not worry about footprints on the floor, nor shoveling us out.   I will not gaze longingly at my seed catalogs, nor will I curse the twelve inches of snow blanketing the land.  I will work on building up our fort (we must keep out the ice minions, you know), and stockpiling a massive collection of snowballs.  I will make snow angels with my boy and look at that grey sky and smile.  I will remind myself that seeing the magic is like riding a bike - you never really forget if you take the time to notice.


  1. Ahhh, what a cute little guy! I love the magic you've found today. Here in Northern Virginia I'm also buried in snow but I see a couple of patches of blue sky peeking through...there's hope! Tamra, you continue to inspire me in so many ways!
    Enjoy your magic!

  2. You're such a dear Jackie! So lovely to hear from you!

  3. Beautiful Ben. Beautiful You. Think of you many times. Your work shown here is beautiful and reflects its maker. :) I started a blog also mostly to keep myself involved with my writing, and to perhaps inspire others about the effect of music and sound in our daily walk. I am with blogspot as soundwisewoman. Each time I wear one of your creations I am reminded of all the love and caring that went into it, and am blessed to know the maker. :)

  4. I miss you too my friend. I'm hopping over to your blog now!

  5. Thank you for the beautiful reminder to enjoy life through the eyes of our children, Tamra. I took it to heart and had a lovely afternoon with my two in the snow! We defeated those pesky ice minions and made a terrific mess doing it! And it was wonderful!

    And oh, how Ben has grown! So cute!

    :) Karey

  6. I'm so glad you enjoyed playing with Alex and Anna! build the most AMAZING snow forts!!