It was early on a Saturday morning when I woke up and saw that the world was covered in white. Admittedly, the white was not very thick and I knew it was going to last maybe a day, but my heart leapt into my throat and I ran down the stairs. My stay with the Russ's had perhaps reached its one month mark and when I saw my two little girls, Aylin and Melis downstairs, the excitement could not be contained. "Schnee!! Snow!! Schnee!! It snowed!!!" ensued by lots of jumping and waving of hands and squealing.
That afternoon we all took a walk together down to the forest that is situated right next to the Saint Francis Domain where I used to live with the Russ's. We reached the pond at the bottom of the hill, in the middle of the forest, and discovered a frozen skating rink, slightly iced with snow. Roland and I made a skating "line" where we could take running head starts to then hit cleared runways where we would slide until the end. We made snow angels, drew hearts and wrote our names in the snow with our feet. It's one of my favorite memories with the Russ family and looking back nearly a year since then, I am grateful for such a wonderful, white, and Christmasy memory.