6:44 AM

I hate ice. I hate it with a hatred normally reserved for fish eyes, horror movies and the teachings of Calvinism. Black ice, grey ice, clear ice-it doesn't matter. I hate it all!! Yesterday I chipped ice off of the windshield of my car, thinking, "this is annoying." And then I started on my merry way in my journey to work. Most of you know that I drive to work in the early morning hours, when it's still pitch black outside. Reality set in quickly.... this was not gonna be a fun drive. Inching ever-so-slowly, I made my way down the mountain. I stopped several times to consider walking back up the mountain and getting The Little Bro to help, but I didn't think he could do anything and even stepping out of the car was treacherous. The road was solid ice. I drove hugging the right side, praying fervently for God's protection. As I came to the steepest and most dangerous part of the road, my neighbor walked up the beside my car. Just to clue you in on the intensity of this drive, she was crying and shaking. There wasn't anything she could do to help, as the chains from her SUV wouldn't fit on my car. But she did walk beside the car as I drove down the remainder of the mountain. It is true-God is "a very present help in time of trouble." The drive that usually takes 5 minutes had taken 35 minutes. But I was alive! Praise the Lord!

When I came home last night, The Little Bro was waiting at the bottom of the mountain to escort me on the 4-wheeler. In the driving rain. That was SCARY. (mostly because he was driving and I couldn't see the road in the rain, so I had to trust him completely!) But at least, he brought me coveralls so I wasn't too soaked by the time I got home. Woohoo!

I know, I know---now I have completely ruined any chance of my friends coming to visit Hidden Haven in the wintertime. But really, it's usually not the bad! Even the snow is lovely and nice for driving (most of the time). But the ice. Wow, I hate ice.

PS-Many thanks to my friends who offered me a place to stay last night and called to make sure I got home okay. I really, really appreciate your love & concern!!!

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