Be Still

BE STILL


It snowed today in Tucson, Arizona, which pretty much never happens.

I've been waiting all winter for snow. It actually does flurry every five years or so and every time it rains during the winter, I run to the window and stare, intently, to see if I can catch just a smidgen of a flurry. Usually it's no dice.

But today was different. We got snow this morning. Real, live, snow. And then we got it again! And again! Big, beautiful flakes!

You know what happens when Arizonans get snow?

They take pictures of themselves in the snow without makeup. Or is that just me?

I didn't care. I was so excited I was squealing like a little kid. Surely, the neighbors were wondering what idiot was carrying on outside in the freezing cold. This idiot right here.

My husband was trying to talking to me and actually told him, "I'm sorry I can listen to you. It's snowing!!!"




The snow was exactly what I needed. I've been reading other bloggers' words about finding balance, getting back to what matters, focusing on what's important. I'm right there with them.

This morning I felt weighed down. Weighed down with worry and malaise.

Should I take my son to school today? It's cold and he's been irritable. The house is a mess. I need to stop blog reading and start cleaning. What is going to happen with my husband's job situation? What am I making for dinner tonight again? I need to read blogs from this bloghop and go visit pages and obsess about blog design and followers and numbers and shouldn't I be more interested in readers than numbers? How many people are coming to my cupcake party? Should I take my dog into the vet to get her teeth cleaned? Her mouth smells like garbage...

And then the snow came. 



I dropped everything. We threw on whatever we had for cold weather, which isn't a lot in Arizona.

We caught snowflakes on our tongues. I brought nothing but my phone for a few pictures but ditched that after I got what I wanted. No more worrying about anything. Just soaking it up. Watching my daughter have her first experience with this white stuff falling from the sky.

We wrote her name in the snow on her slide. We made snowballs.

Aside from all my carrying on about how excited I was, everything around us was peaceful.

Then the words fell from the sky with the snow as if delivered from above.

Be still.

Snow fall brings so much peace and a deafening silence that you're forced to listen to. Just stop. Be in the moment. Soak it in. Listen to the silence and be still.

So I soaked it in. And took pictures. And did some more soaking.



We came in from this and made hot chocolate and soup and it was all very sweet and cozy. Then Lola burnt her tongue on the hot chocolate and I later knocked it over pushing her soup over to her. So life carried on as usual.

Later in the afternoon it snowed again! By that time my husband and oldest son - the usually unimpressed teenage boy - were home. But something about the rarity of snow in Arizona got us all outside. Even the teenage boy.


Is this reaching a tad?

That's my husband, by the way. Snow makes us goofy.

But we soaked it up and all was right with the world.



22 comments:

  1. These pics are awesome! We get a bit more snow on the west coast of BC Canada but not much, more rain. I do the same thing, stare out the window and constantly check the weather! Glad you had some fun today!

    xx Kelly

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    1. Thanks! I'm always hoping I see snow but it never happens. Until Wednesday!

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  2. Love this! Snow in AZ (well, the southern parts of AZ at least) is SO rare. We got a little bit of sleet in Gilbert and I was freaking out haha so I definitely know how you must have felt!

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    1. Hello, fellow Arizonan! No snow for you guys? It was awesome for the day it lasted. But I'm an Arizona girl through and through and couldn't handle this on a long term basis!

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  3. You should come here and soak up the next 3-5 inches we are supposed to be getting in the next couple of days :) Love you Sista!

    Lisa

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    1. Love you, too, Lisa! Have fun with that snow for me!

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  4. Incredible! I'm not a huge fan of snow, despite the fact that I live in the northeast, but got WAY too excited in November when my daughter witnessed her first snowfall! I was outside like a lunatic making people take pictures of the tiny snowflakes swirling around here! it was awesome.

    livelafelove.com

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    1. I couldn't get enough of it! I just kept taking pictures!

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  5. What a beautiful story of enjoying the snow. For me, in New York City, snow is just a pain in the behind, but it's wonderful to see and read how you and your family had so much fun (teenage boy included!).

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    1. I know you New Yorkers get enough snow and get tired of it and probably think we're crazy over here!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Aww how fun! Sometime's it is those little things that make you stop and realize what is important and just soak it all in.

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    1. Absolutely. Sometimes we just need reminders!

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  8. Newest follower from the blog hop!!

    I'm glad you guys are enjoying the snow :) if Ohio gets anymore ill send it your way!!

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    1. Yes! Send some more! But not too much.

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  9. Man, i am so done with the snow here in Utah! WE WANT SUMMER! haha

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  11. I'm so glad you found me, so I could find you! :)
    We get a good amount of snow here in KY. I could SO do without it, I hate being cold! But it is very beautiful and peaceful. I love going outside, especially at night when everything is quiet, and just watch it come down.
    And having hot chocolate at the end of it all, makes it perfect!

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  12. This is so sweet. It's amazing what these kind of moments can do for the soul. Everyone gathers together and syncs. Thrilled that you and the family got to enjoy the snowfall!!

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  13. I live in South Carolina and we get snow once every ten years or so. February 2010 was the last time it snowed and it really came down, too! And whenever we get the slightest hint of snow, EVERYTHING shuts down because absolutely no one around here knows how to drive in snow.

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  14. Bahahaha that last pic of your husband is hilarious :)

    That's so cool that it snowed. I love the snow and palm trees. Such a cool shot!

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  15. Saying hi from SITS Saturday Sharefest. I have those unbalanced moments so often. How great that the snow came and shocked you into remembering to just enjoy the moment and sometimes balance returns! Great post.

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