We are having an unbelievably mild winter. We had one snowstorm in November that blanketed everything and we were sure it would stay until spring. It melted the week of Thanksgiving, and we've only had trace amounts of snow since then. The temperatures have been warm. It is hard to believe that these pictures were taken yesterday and today. Today it was 52 degrees F when I sent kids outside to play. Unreal!!!
Josh is lying on the ground, and he's not too cold. It is warm enough to do that. Well, and he's wearing snow pants too. There is still some ice in our backyard because it is almost completely in the shade for the entire day (during the highest part of summer solstice, the shade doesn't even cover our deck).
For some reason, Tirzah loves digging in our garden.
Yes, I asked Malachi multiple times if he wanted a coat on. He assured me he was "hot". He was running a LOT, and he was coming inside regularly. They broke all the stalks from the sunflowers and used them as javelins.
I am really loving this warm weather!
Warning...the rest of this is pretty much a "sound off". I guess I had it building...
There are the pessimists out there who are spouting climate change (their nice term for global warming), and it's the only thing that puts a damper on this weather for me. I really get so sick and tired of the way they take data and twist it to present gloom and doom for the future of mankind. ::sigh:: Seriously? Yes, we may be in a drought. Yes, there may be more severe weather during the next year. Yes, bad things may happen. They always do, don't they? But my trust is not in a world that is falling apart, nor in mankind to save it. My hope , my trust, is in Christ.
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience."Let me say this again...the pessimistic scientists of our day take data and twist it to present gloom and doom for the future of mankind. They present to the reader only the data that proves their point. They compile it into neat little charts that try to show patterns with which we can predict something that is going to happen in the future. They try to use correlation of different types of data to show causation in ways that it really shouldn't and would take someone with a statistics degree to unwrap. And get this--their "data" comes from a whopping 150 years of recorded data. (No matter if you believe in a young Earth or an old Earth, 150 years is too short a time to make conjectures on what the current weather pattern really is.) It's frustrating! It is my belief that there's very little we can change about the way we live that will have a positive impact on our environment. How do I know? Where is my proof? Genesis 8:22 "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease."
(Romans 8:18-25 ESV)
For once I would like to pull up the weather and hear that there is no snow and are temperatures are warm because all the cold air is stuck in a holding pattern over Northern Canada and there's no wind to push the stream further south and hold it there. No other conversation about the theories of how this relates to climate change, hotter summers, more violent storms, etc. Ok?