Friday, December 25, 2009

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Oh, the weather outside is frightful

But the fire is so delightful

And since we've no place to go

Let it snow!

Let it snow!

Let it snow!

That's right. We are snowed in here in Oklahoma and loving every minute of it. The grandkids have trashed the house and had a great time doing it. We have watched movies, baked cookies, opened presents and eaten until we are ready to burst.

Did I mention the playing in the snow part?

Being snowed in meant everyone, even the adult kids, had to spend the night. What fun!!

Last Sunday, before the Christmas blizzard arrived, we did another Homeless run. We gave socks, stocking caps, toothbrush and toothpaste and a few little candy canes.

There were several of us working together so we were able to pool $127. We filled 30 bags and the total bill came to $126.78. Not bad for amateurs! The tough part was the number of homeless we found this time. Our measly 30 bags were gone in mere minutes and we were literally mobbed by people wanting a bag. I would estimate about 100 homeless were needing help. Very heartbreaking indeed. One woman ran up to me as I handed the last bag to someone. I promised her we would be back. Driving away as we watched so many disappointed faces was awful but thought provoking. Our next run is January 3rd and we have a plan! We will be grilling hot dogs and serving chili on one of the street corners. That's right, a BBQ in January. I like it!!

We have decided to sell the farmhouse so the home for pregnant women will have to wait ... for now. I do have one more lead I will be contacting next week just to be sure I have done all my homework. I am a bit disappointed but I know there is a season for everything.

Also, next week our oldest son Matthew, daughter-in-law Molly, Bob and I will be doing some visiting at the Veteran's Hospital before scratching #3 off The List. Matt has agreed to go in uniform to make his mother happy. Yes, I am a dork but a patriotic dork at least. Matthew is a helicopter pilot in the Army, so I am sure he will identify with these men more than Molly, Bob or I could ever hope to. Even so, I am hoping for opportunities to touch the lives of those we encounter. So until next week ...



Unknown Mami said...

Merry Christmas to you!

Marla said...

Merry Christmas, Mami!!

MindyBB said...

Merry Christmas dear friend! Tell your animals to stay warm and thanks for the warning of the yellow snow we know what it means... Glad kids were there for a white snowed in Christmas! Love you!

gayle said...

Love the pictures!! Sounds like you are very busy!! I just started following you so I have some catching up to do!!

Lily Robinson said...

Oh, I'm sooo envious! We had a wet Christmas. The little bit of snow we had already melted.

I know you have to inspire many people through this blog.

May God bless your efforts, and may He bless your family this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Blasé said...

Snow is a catch-22. It looks beautiful until you see homeless folks having to withstand it. Don't know how they do it.

I wish the Snow creatures would be more discreet...

plainolebob said...

let it snow indeed, my girls are in Tulsa, my son in Ft.Smith, me here in Louisiana.
My sister in McAlister.
Please keep it all there,lol.

Oklahoma Granny said...

Loved seeing the photos of the snow and your family enjoying the festivities. Your family will have such wonderful memories of being snowed in for Christmas 2009. Wishing you many, many blessings in the coming year!

Lorenza said...

Marla you have a wonderful blessed family:
Merry Christmas to you all from Italy!


Sarah said...

well i guess it would be fun to have a white christmas, but i'm happy with our 50f sunny christmas just the same. happy new year!

justsomethoughts... said...

beautiful pictures
and nothing dorky about it!
he's the reason we're ok.
please thank him for me.
another grateful american.
there are many of us out there.
even if we're not as vocal as some others.

Mama Zen said...

And, just the day before, the forecast was "a trace to two inches!"

Merry Christmas!

ModernMom said...

Oh so much prettier then our freezing rain with a side of slush!
I also love that you have donated to the homeless. Great karma:)
Happy Holidays.

The Lumberjack's Wife said...

That snowman cartoon was too funny! We usually have a white Christmas here, but no snow for us this year. :( Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Yours looks great, too! Merry Christmas!

Mrs4444 said...

Glad you had a merry Christmas and that you were able to brighten some people's days.

Marla said...

Mindy ~ Love you too! We need to talk. I have a scheme...I mean, idea. Just call me already!

Gayle ~ Thanks for following.

Lily ~ Merry Christmas to you!

Blase ~ I don't know how they do it either. Brutal.

Bob ~ I will do my best to keep it here as long as you keep the gators there.

Ok Granny ~ We will never forget this year, that's for sure!

Lorenza ~ Merry Christmas to you from Oklahoma!

Sarah ~ Happy New Year to you!!

justsomethoughts ~ How very kind of you. Matt appreciates it very much.

Mama ~ Merry Christmas to you!

ModernMom ~ Stay tuned cuz there is more homeless adventure ahead! :-)

Lumberjack's Wife ~ Thanks for stopping by!

Mrs4444 ~ Me too!