Nice to have another Kiwi friend on board. How's Wellington? It's nasty weather wise here in Coro today but every day's a good day with the Lord aye. At least better than a day without Him - for sure :)
Hi, Robert - Well, they said we would get more today and truthfully I really didn't really think it would be as much as they were predicting. Boy, was I wrong. It is really quite serious -- there are thousands without power, and many people assumed it would be our typical "1-2 days" without being able to get out. There are still people who are stuck in their homes from last weekend's storm, let alone today's. Many stores yesterday were completely or almost out of bread, eggs, meats...I've never seen them so unstocked. We are doing okay, but I'm very fearful for the elderly, and for people like my dad who has to have dialysis treatments 3xs a week and couldn't get to his treatment today. So, all your prayers in sunny Sydney are very much appreciated! You going to catch a Hillsongs worship service while you're out there?! We just spoke w/our dear friends outside of Oamaru tonight. The kids were swimming in the river...and the weather there is warm and sunny! Hard for me to imagine right now.. :-)
Robert -- oh my! It's been something! They've yet to plow our street...praying no one in the neighborhood needs an ambulance for any reason, because there isn't a chance any vehicle can make it down our roads. Even cars with chains are getting stuck! The cities are just not prepared for this kind of snowfall....roads and highways are still shut down, and *everything* was closed today. Tomorrow, *all* the local churches are closed. I've never seen it quite like this before, and I've lived here all my life. The kids are absolutely having a BALL....building igloos and tunnels, etc. We are *extremely* fortunate that my father purchased us a snow blower a few years ago, so my husband didn't have to shovel the driveway today at all. He was also able to help some neighbors, which was good. All in all, it's been amazing. My biggest fear (your prayers appreciated) is that our roof, and the roofs of our friends and families will stay stable with the weight of all the snow. We don't get light, powdery snow at all -- it's *very* heavy, wet snow. And 30 + inches is more than they are used to. I am trusting all will be well! For the most part, we're loving it...and it's a beautiful thing to see. It will probably not ever happen again in my lifetime, as the last time we had this much snow was in 1922! Thanks so much for checking in on us...it's so nice to know there are people on the other side of the world thinking of us!
Here are a couple of photos. One is taken yesterday, and the other was taken this morning around 8am.
Oh, Rob! I'm so sorry I didn't know you were in town and so close!! Yes, we're just about 30-45 mins outside of Washington, DC. Well, please let me know next time you're here, and IF we're still here, you will have to come over for tea!! Have a lovely trip home, and enjoy that warm weather!