Since the Rothfus family has been suffering from “Snow Deprivation” (We hadn’t been in snow for eight years!), we took full advantage of the snow, the cold, the shivering, the… hmmm…Wonder why I missed it so much?  But, anyway, we had a lot of fun building four different snow forts.  Here are the different models:

1) This geometric masterpiece was design by Jonathan and Daniel.  It was precisely engineered with 90-degree corners.  Each block was pressed from an Igloo 9 quart (8 liter) ice chest (seen pictured here in the foreground).  After the walls were meticulously crafted, a loose layer of snow was applied to the interior in order to duplicate a midwest stucco effect.  The temperature was 31 degrees, ideal for this architectural undertaking (very symmetrical, I might add).

2) This country-Christmas-style living space, built on December 23 in the Adirondack Mountains in Uncle Teddie and Aunt Ivy’s front yard, is a covered, three-room igloo.  It features a living room, a den, and a family room which can hold eight people uncomfortably (ten if you get a running start).  The special feature of this fort is the medieval turret positioned in the center of the roof so that the inhabitants may pop up at a moment’s notice to pelt unsuspecting snow marauders and parents.  This fort was constructed in 10 to 15-degree weather and required most of the snow in the front and side yards (and many hot chocolate breaks, with marshmallows :o)

3) This little beauty features an arched doorway (the Roman Aqueduct flavor including keystone), a feature never before seen in a Huntsville, Alabama, snow fort (and most likely, not to be seen again for another 20 to 25 years).  This fort was constructed rather quickly in 34-degree weather using neighborhood cooperative efforts and talents.

4) This is our eclectic garbagecan-washtub-tupperware model, also constructed in 34-degree weather.  An early Romanesque-style arch was used in the doorway, an excellent collapsing feature useful for hindering the enemy during the war (unfortunately it collapsed on the owner of the fort).

5) This was the big snowball war that led to the destruction of forts 3 and 4.

With all this goofiness said, I was reading in Genesis this week.  God says to Noah in chapter 8, verse 22, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”  I guess I had never really realized the depth of this wonderful promise of God until it was shown to me against the back drop of another country’s seasons.  You see, in Kenya, there are two seasons–dry season and rainy season.  There is no snow to mark the winter, and the sun’s difference between coming up and going down during the yearly cycle may be all of 25 minutes as we live so close to the equator.  There are season’s in Kenya, but they are different from what this “Northern Boy” has experienced for the majority of his life.  Now that I have already walked two years into this fifth decade of my life, it has been a blast to come back to a very snowy “winter season”.  But, I must say, now that I am a little older, after a snowy winter, I think I am ready for “Spring” (actually, am I really ready :o)

We love you all.

Much love in Jesus,
Ed, Debbie, Jon & Jennie

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