Today is the 14th March and 20 years ago today on 14th March 1993 we awoke to 14 inches of snow at our front door.
The kids were young then and Fred and I were full of energy then too so as Fred dug down into the hard packed snow on the driveway and cut it away in blocks which the kids and I used them to make an igloo on the front lawn. Of course we could not form it completely to curve it in so it was an open-top igloo.
Then our neighbours (another couple from Northern Ireland) came out and we all went round to the back of our houses to enjoy sledding down the slope of our gardens which was a good distance because none of the houses had boundary fences or hedges or walls.
We just got on the sleds and slid until we came to a natural stop, or an unnatural one where we ended up across the side cul-de-sac and up to the front door of another house (but that was mainly Fred).
That is one of the greatest memories we have of winter in Delaware.
Well last Saturday here in Banbridge, NI we had some snow and even though it made us think back to all those years ago, we could not even make a snowball let along an igloo in our front garden here.
Memories are great, especially when they make us smile or laugh, and they are something special that we have to share together. However we need to have spent time together to form these memories and these days I often look at the kids in church and everywhere else and wonder what memories they are building up with their families for the future while they are so engrossed in all these electronic games and gadgets.
I am thankful to God for all the places we have been and all the experiences we have had as a family over the years but I'm also grateful for the fact that we became Christians before we had our children so that God was a part of our marriage and family life together because that makes such a difference.
Are there any children in your neighbourhood or church who do not have the privilege of growing up in a Christian family?
Can we not find some ways of making a difference for Jesus in the lives of those children?