Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

Michigan:Zion(Tim) Our extended family came up to what we call the Michigan House to celebrate Christmas. We arrived in batches Wednesday and Thursday, and are leaving in batches yesterday and tomorrow (Saturday and Monday). The first pic is of Ben and Michal's youngest--Zion Bjorn. I tell them they spelled it wrong--that "this one is Zion Born"--but they don't listen.

MichiganHouse:JosephKidsThe house bubbled with chidren. Here Joseph reads a book to four while the others are...somwhere else. Eating, taking a nap, in the bathtub, nursing, having their diapers changed, eating, having their nose wiped, eating, playing ping pong, eating, and asking questions--Josiah's specialty.

Twice, we've been over to the Michigan Dunes State Park to sled, and it was there we came to know what it's like to suffer through a Sahara Desert sand storm in mid-winter Siberia.

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Bitter wind blowing snow and sand--horizontally. We stood at the top of the dunes facing into the wind coming off Lake Michigan, thinking hard about sliding down the hill so we could climb it again. MichiganDunesSledding2And came back the next day to do it again (but decided to stay on the back side of the dunes the second day).

Jeff'sTreeFortOn the way home from the dunes, we stopped to admire Jeff Davis' seventy-five foot tall tree fort. Magnificent. Jeff stood patiently out in the cold without a coat, explaining the fort's lights, height, and history. JeffMr.WoodThen, a real gentleman, he posed in front of "Mr. Wood," another one of his creations. A few years ago, he'd built Mr. Wood to advertise wood for sale to summer campers driving by on Red Arrow Highway.

MichiganHouseSnowmanOf course we made a snow man, but he's vertically challenged.

Yesterday, Ben and Michal and Joseph and Heidi, with their kids, left for home, so Mary Lee, Taylor, and I, Doug and Heather, Lucas and Hannah, with our kids have been left behind to hold down the fort.

 This morning, we worshiped at our favorite church-away-from-home, Sawyer Highlands Baptist Church here in Sawyer, Michigan. We always appreciate Pastor Jeff Dryden's ministry, along with the sweet spirit of the congregation. If you're anywhere near Sawyer, Michigan, I strongly urge you to visit this faithful church, and if you don't have a church home, make this one yours.

 MichiganHouseSnowWe thought we were going to leave this afternoon, but we decided (you can do that, you know) to get snowed in. Since we arrived Wednesday, it's not stopped snowing and it's snowing harder now than it has any of the previous days. MichiganDeer
Here's a picture out our front door, followed by another picture taken out the living room window of two deer standing knee deep in the snow.

MexicanTrainMost of the family is at the table playing Mexican Train (dominos) while Madden1Jonathan and Nathan are playing Madden NFL on Taylor's Touch and Lucas is writing a six-page paper on the entire Middle Ages while Bayly looks on, transfixed.
Lucas:BaylyLife is filled with perfect gifts from our Heavenly Father. Here are some pics you may enjoy, including one of the fam gathered around the computer using Skype to talk with all the Zambia Wegeners.

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Comments

Sounds fun! I appreciate the church recommendation. Others of us may be up that way vacationing and wondering what church to go to.

What a balm to my soul when I am having a genuinely awful day at work!

Thank you so much!

Kamilla

"The house bubbled with children."

Nice turn of phrase.

Man, it makes me wish I could get snowed in somewhere.

Adam,

The first time we got snowed in where I work now, I discovered the best-kept secret in the entire hospital - the Doctor's shower in the morgue. A genuine WaterPik shower head with *no* flow restrictor. Ahhhhh!

Kamilla

Wow! That's what I call a tree house!

One picture of the dunes looks underwater. Amazing.

Aha, what a great place, I stayed there once, and fondly remember Heather, when she was 3 or 4 jumping on my bed and waking me up. It was during the summer and was beautiful, I remember going over the dune to the beach. It is so nice to see that your family continues gathering there. Enjoy being snowed in. I used to get snowed in as a kid visitng my grandparents at Rennie Lake just ouside of Traverse City. Sledding off the roof, skating down the hill onto the lake and having bonfires on the ice and picnics. I love winter..

Suzi

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