Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Snow Day and Strep Throat

Missy Tippens here.
A snow day. And Strep throat??
The two don't go together very well, do they? But that's exactly what happened to my daughter this week. We got 5 inches of snow on Sunday near Atlanta. Five inches!! More than we've seen in probably a decade. And oh, my. Huge, gorgeous flakes made it look like a giant feather pillow had exploded in the sky.
And there sat my poor daughter. Throat raw. Head hurting. Stomach hurting. Dragging from door to door to watch the white stuff pile up. Poor thing. We finally gave her Motrin and she felt okay enough to bundle up and go outside for a while. Then once she came back inside and warmed up with hot chocolate, we watched the TV news for school closings. And sure enough, our county schools closed for Monday. Finally, a snow day! And she ended up spending a good chunk of that day at the doctor's office, drugstore and grocery.
What a bummer for a middle schooler.
Do you ever feel like that--totally bummed? Does your timing ever seem perfectly...not perfect?
It took me what seemed like forever to finally sell my first book (Her Unlikely Family, Feb. 08). But as I looked back right after that first sale, I could see God's hand at work. His timing was perfect. (Again, remember I was seeing this after the fact. I didn't do a very good job of seeing His timing while I was waiting!)
Have you had a time where, in the middle of a situation, it was hard for you to see that God was at work? But afterwards you could see His perfect plan? I hope you'll share your experience with us!
His Forever Love, June 2009
A Forever Christmas, Nov. 2009


Margaret Daley said...

Five inches in Atlanta! I bet the kids had a great time playing in it. I remember when I was growing up in Biloxi and we got an inch of snow and everything stopped.


Missy Tippens said...

Yeah, Margaret. We usually hear we're getting snow, everyone flips out and makes a frantic run on the grocery store so that the stores run out of bread and milk. Then we get a half inch. :)


Vince said...

Hi Missy:

My sister lived in Atlanta for many years until just recently. If I remember right, wasn’t Atlanta going to run out of water? I think I heard they only had 89 days of water left. Is the drought over? I would think you would love snow.

Is your picture from the doctor’s visit or is it a stock picture? I see a future nurse or doctor in that photo.

I’m looking forward to “His Forever Love”. Stay warm.


Missy Tippens said...

Thanks for stopping by, Vince. Yes, we've been having a terrible drought. Thankfully, we've had a fairly wet winter. But the lakes are still very low. I hope we have a wetter summer!

It's a stock photo I got from istockphotos (where I buy all the photos I use for my blogs). I loved it! Thought it was really cute. When my kids were smaller, they would always want to play with the doctor "tools"! But there was a sign posted asking not to. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Vince, I just this minute saw an update on the drought on the weather report! The area where I am is still considered a severe to extreme drought area. Atlanta proper is in a moderate drought.

Interesting that they showed that today. :)

Pamela Tracy said...

No fun, strep throat. I've never been to Atlanta, but it's on my list of things to do.

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Missy, love snow days. Hate strep throat.

Sickness seems to be really prevalent this year.

You asked for a time when we had to wait for something...well I didn't get married until I was 29. But wanted to get married from the age of 19. Those ten years of waiting seemed like torture. I try to remember those days whenever I get the urge to gripe at my husband about his dirty clothes not making it into the hamper.

Great post!