I am spending the day being very thankful.
I am thankful for a warm house.
I am thankful for a pantry and fridge full of food.
I am thankful for a husband who left work ahead of the chaos and was able to get home in 'only' two and a half hours...
as opposed to 6...
or who is still stuck out on the roads.
It's a mess out there and people are just getting home.
It's taken people almost 20 hours in some cases.
Others gave up and are still at shelters.
We have friends and coworkers who got stuck spending the night at the office.
We have friends who left work at 2:00 yesterday and got home at 2:30 this morning...
with their two year old in the car...
I am thankful my husband has four wheel drive.
And I am thankful he is the type of person that he is.
He could have stayed at home with us last night, while all the chaos was going on outside, but he didn't.
There was a guy who got stuck on our road. He doesn't live in our neighborhood.
He lives about 45 minutes away on a good day but was cutting through our neighborhood because his GPS told him the roads weren't as blocked.
Which was correct, but that's because we live on a massive, steep hill that everyone in the neighborhood knows not to attempt during a storm.
He has a friend who lives about 10 minutes away, on a good day.
My husband took this poor guy the 5 miles or so up the road, to a midway point, where his friend could come and get him.
It took 3 hours to get there and back and my husband had to walk the last half hour because the entrance to our neighborhood was completely blocked with cars.
Now, those aren't just cars pulled over to the side of the road. The white SUV and white minivan on the left side of the road, those are two of four vehicles that are all crashed together. Several of the cars on the right are also 'bumped' together, so it's not even a matter of just moving cars out of the way. There's some damage issues too.
I am very thankful for our many blessings. I am also thankful for a big hearted and helpful husband who does whatever he can for strangers stuck in the snow. :-)