Snowstorm in West Virginia!

The power has been out here for over 4 days now, longer than ever before in our family’s experience! On Friday evening, February 5, the rain turned to sleet, and then to a thick snow that stuck to everything and mounted up to twelve inches. The scenery was breathtaking, especially in the forest where even the tree trunks were white and small trees bent over with the weight of the snow. But even more beautiful has been the way neighbors have looked out for one another. There have been hundreds of thousands without power. Unlike our adventure in the snow on Rt. 77 back in December, when we were quite well prepared, this time we were caught off guard. We have been learning to communicate, do without, help each other, and just relax, trusting the Lord. I am able to write this because our good neighbor and Christian “friend in need” has allowed us the use of his generator so that we can run some basic “necessities”. We praise the Lord for the sacrifice of so many who are working day and night in all kinds of weather to restore power to homes across the disaster zone. We also praise the Lord for those who use their preparedness to help others, rather than just enjoying personal comfort. This is as Christ has commanded: “…Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Hope to have some pictures up soon!)

7 Comments

  1. Mrs. Gunn February 9, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    Good to know you’re ok out there. We have other friends in that area who had their power out for days, so have been praying. Thanks for the update!
    Mrs. Gunn

  2. James February 9, 2010 at 9:28 pm #

    It’s been great fun telling everyone here at HQ about your adventures! It’s neat to see so clearly in your post how God is using the weather to pull the community together. In some ways, I wish I was there! That “more family time” is sounding awfully attractive…

  3. Ginger Dawn Harman February 10, 2010 at 5:18 am #

    Our Family too has been enjoying the extra time together! The snow is absolutely beautiful and just amazes me of Gods creations and blessings. We have had power but are glad your family is safe.

    Harman family
    Inwood Wv.

  4. Joshua February 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    It was so good to talk with you, Mr. and Mrs. Staddon on Monday and to hear of the exciting adventure there in your hollow. Glad the you were able to hook up to a generator!

    You know, times like these are good to go through since I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t have more similar and intense ones in the future. These may be the training grounds…..

  5. Esther Staddon February 10, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    I heard you got even more snow today totaling 15 inches! The sledding trails sound like so much fun! Way to make the most of it everyone!

  6. Jamie Parfitt February 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    I am eager to see the pictures! I’m glad you are so close spiritually, since being homebound would be quite a trial if you weren’t!

  7. Kathryn February 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    Sounds like some adventures that have happened to us recently! It is so true that things like that pull friends and neighbors together.

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