Ever skied down hill on one ski? How about arm in arm with your spouse who is also on one ski also? Well, someone thought that a down hill race on one skii was a good idea. And yes, Ruth Annie won! But barely… I mean, who doesn’t want to scream and laugh hilariously all the way down the hill? And of course it is great, when there is a soft landing zone of unplowed snow at the bottom. Now if we could just figure out a way to get airborne!
We have been busy of late working, rearranging, and organizing, oh and playing in the snow. As I sit near to the window of the local coffee shop Jitters, I look out and see the darkness still hovering over the earth, no I am not up very early, this is simply Alaska. I just dropped Stephen off at work and now am enjoying a moment of catching up on internet things.
There is a very interesting tradition here. I did not know when we moved here that on cold dark winter days and nights an enormous white star would grace the sky. Then I read about the star in the base paper. This 300 foot diameter star made of 350 60 watt light bulbs hangs at 4000 ft altitude upon the near mountain on Fort Richardson in the Chugach Range. Maintained since 1958 by work crews from Fort Richardson, this star remains lit until the last musher from the Iditarod crosses the finish line in mid to late March. In the mornings as I drive to work the mountain remains dark and it appears as a lone star of lights hanging freely in the sky. Other times there is fog below and the mountain faintly visible with this wonderful star shinning ever to brightly at the top.
Well, as for other details of life Stephen and I now relax at night on our nice couch that Stephen borrowed the neighbors truck and son to pick up from the warehouse. We also enjoyed wonderful food and fellowship yesterday at our neighbors house for a festive dinner.
May the Lord bless all our loved ones in this day and grant you joy and peace.
We are nearly through a week of laboring. Today we both have off! Praise the Lord! and Sunday we both have off as well. Ruth Ann has had to work the last two Sundays.
On Monday she was invited and went skiing in Alyaska! It was a breathtaking drive there, two hours away, and it was great fun with the Christian family we are neighbors with. Also their was a family from church there.
Today we were able to a cross country jaunt as well. Also last night, a quilt rack appeared on the wall for quilt hanging. Now to set up the quilt making room!
Well, 50 days later we find ourselves situated in a house the Lord has provided for us, in a state the Lord has brought us to, and in the winter season, which most likely you are also experiencing… The weather actually warmed up the last two days, and it actually got up to 36 degrees. Which was not good for driving as the roads became slushy and slippery. And then there is a concern of icing on the roads at night, as the temps dropped again with wet melty snow all about. We shoveled the driveway last night in preparation for that.
The Lord is good in providing Christian neighbors three houses down the street, whom we met through the local Friday night fellowship/bible study we have been attending. We look forward to future fellowship with them. They have been kind in offering us help for different things if we need. It is nice to know, that if we needed help with something, they would be able and desirous to help us!
We are a single couple, working two different jobs, but in the same career field. But with our different schedules we are now seeking to grow as a couple in seeking to plan on days that we could actually do things together. Stephen is reverting back to an old form of communication known as email and phone messages.
Ruth Ann’s job is a little busier than her previous hospital. Her co-workers and management seem to be good to go. One of the top dogs in the hospital is actually a Christian, and Ruth Ann got a briefing with her piers from him, where he said that “he worked for them, and he was there to serve them.”
Learning will be on the agenda for Stephen as he learns the ropes at the medical clinic. His co-workers have been helpful to him in this process. It is answer to prayer for him getting this job! And from what they tell him, there is an eagle’s nest in a tree right outside the premises. And as Stephen was driving home from dropping Ruth Ann off at the hospital one morning, he saw two moose just standing there next to the road in the cold snow. It was kinda surreal!
You know your in Alaska if: you see someone shoveling their driveway in shorts in 20 degree weather. If you see a dump truck going by with snow in it. When every tenth truck you see, has a snow plow attached in the front. If when you are at Costco (there is only one) you see your co-worker there.
The population is pretty small up here. But there is quite a bit of ethnic diversity, including Russian, Hatian, Phillipino, folks from all over Asia, Native Indian, military folks, and the list keeps going…