What an unforeseen day yesterday was. When I left for school it was a clear and cool morning. I thought in my mind that maybe the forecasters missed the mark.
I arrived at school to a class that was missing several students. I just went on about my day as planned. Somewhere around 10:00 the snow began to fall. It was so beautiful. I think I was more excited than the kids! I just knew we'd be heading home soon!
Well, things went from beautiful to chaotic pretty quickly. The snow accumulated and the roads froze faster than anyone could have imagined. Kids were being checked out left and right! Finally we got word that we would be sending students home early and the hundreds and hundreds of phone calls began!
After several buses and vans had to bring students back to schools and parents were stuck in traffic and wrecks for hours and hours, many school staffers volunteered to stay and help with phone calls and supervising. So many parents were unable to reach the schools to pick up their children. It was nerve wracking and frustrating at so many points, but being able to spend time playing and loving on these kids was priceless. Thanks to everyone for their help and prayers!
Really, if you were going to be stranded somewhere, a school is a pretty good place to be. We had so much fun watching movies, playing games and cards, and traveling to the gym for basketball and other fun activities. We were so fortunate to have pre made salads and sandwiches in the cafeteria to make feeding everyone almost effortless.
The kids slowly were picked up throughout the evening as we would cheer for each child who's name was called for check out! We tucked the last two boys in around 10:00 pm, and by 1:00 am everyone was finally able to leave the school.
Our administration is truly amazing. They were patient and level headed. They worked through everything like Champs. The last little man whose parents were still stuck way out on the interstate, went home with our AP and everyone from our school ended up home safely.
I know it is a widely known belief that there should be a separation of church and state affairs, but praise The Lord that God does not believe that!!! He protected our students and our staff. He moved right on into that school through the hearts and love of his followers and provided for us all. God is not dead! He is alive and well and he showed up in full force yesterday as seen so promenently in the actions of his people all over this county and state.
While many people are angry at this person or that, I can only feel gratitude for good Samaritans, love for the children, sympathy for those stuck, and empathy for the decision makers who are being talked about so harshly. I know we all can agree that different decisions should have been made, but hindsight is always 20/20. We must show grace and mercy and remember that there is more to every situation and decision that most are aware. Be kind and patient. Love even when it seems impossible. And forgive as Christ forgave us!!