This is David & Susan Sifford's journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matt 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

Icy What You Did There (New Year’s Eve Snow Storm)

One thing you can count on about Texas weather is that you can’t count on it. So, when they predicted ice and snow for New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day, we had no idea what to expect. But it came through and we thought we’d share a few pics from it! We’re thankful for the moisture from the storm and for God’s mercy in the weather.

New Year’s Eve day started out rainy and turned to icy rain and then it turned to snow:

Ice Storm Ice on Trees

By the next morning several inches had fallen. Our cows had tried to take shelter under our porch roof in the middle of the night so Dave had to get up a few times to shoo them out. Most people wake up groggy on New Year’s Day for “different” reasons; ours was “cow shooing” in the night haha:

House & Snow

Our firewood pile got completely covered with snow. Thankfully, we had staged a lot of firewood under the porch roof before the storm so we had nice dry wood to keep the stove going. Dave builds a mean fire and the house was nice and warm, thank the Lord:

Firewood & Snow

This is one of our garden areas:

Garden & Snow

The cows didn’t seem to mind the snow much after it had stopped falling and enjoyed their New Year’s Day breakfast “alfresco”:

Cows at the Hay Bale in the Snow

Our local hay man was so kind and thoughtful to contact us and ask if we wanted him to deliver any hay before the storm. It would be difficult to deliver afterwards due to mud, etc. So he dropped off a few bales and Dave put out a couple for the cows before the storm arrived:

Hay Bales & Snow

The weight of the ice and snow on tree branches wreaked a lot of havoc all over the region. The power in our local town went out for many hours due to fallen branches, etc. And Dave has been busy cutting up more firewood from the fallen branches all over our land. We’re very thankful no person or animal was injured by any fallen branches:

Broken Tree Branches After Ice & Snow Storm

Here’s a token goat picture for any goat lovers. We brought all the goats in the barn to keep them warm and dry. Elvis is sporting his black and dark blue checkered ensemble:

Goats in the Barn During Snow Storm

On New Year’s Day our neighbors snuck over and were building a snowman behind our house but I happened to look out the window and we came out and caught them. I think it’s the equivelant of getting your house “TP’d” haha. With an excellent suggestion from one of the children, we decided to call the snowman “Bill”:

Neighbor Children Building a Snowman

Here are the usual suspects (all very special and precious to us) and Bill!

Neighbor Children & Their Snowman

Then yesterday we had another snow storm come through which dropped even more snow than this one. I’d better go look to make sure there are no new snowmen behind our house. :))



  1. Shannon

    Oh, I'm so glad you got a picture, Susan! I am laughing because I think only in Texas would you have a skinny snowman like that. 🙂 And what did they use as the eyes and belt?! Those suspects… haha.

  2. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Shannon!

    Haha a skinny snowman named Bill – I love it. It looks like they used rocks for the eyes and belt, but I'm not sure. I'll have to go out and look on the ground in that area. We do have lots of rocks around here! I think it was a lot of fun all around. Thanks for your comment!

    Sue 🙂

  3. Vicky

    Hi Sue, thanks for posting, it was lovely to see some of your place and people over there again. Those children have surely grown up haven't they? I don't think I've seen a taller or slimmer snowman before… it would have been SO funny to walk out in your backyard area and have him just watching you!?!?
    May the Lord richly Bless you and Mr Sifford and the community there,

  4. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Vicky!

    It's so nice to hear from you! Yes, it was s lot of fun and, yes! Those children are growing fast! I've been wanting to send you an email for so long and hope to do that very soon. Thank you so much for your prayers and blessings. May God abundantly bless you and your family, as well. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment!


  5. Unknown

    I guess only in Texas would the snowman have dirt clods for eyes! Pretty fun for the kids, not so fun for the cows! Happy New Year!

  6. David and Susan Sifford

    Hello Unknown!

    Haha, yes I agree to all of the above. :)Happy New Year to you, as well, and thank you for stopping by!


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