Snow day in North Carolina #PhotoEssay

For just a few hours Sunday, Wake Forest dressed up like a Hallmark Christmas card. When we woke up for coffee the neighborhood was already blanketed with the kind of quiet that told us the snow had come well before we even looked out of the windows.

1-IMG_2087It didn’t take long for Rebekah to invite me outside – on a pretense – only to pelt me with a  barrage of prepared snowballs. Then, with that out of the way, I picked up my camera to see if I could capture some of the magic. I was not disappointed.

The day was dark and the snow shifted to sleet followed by ice-cold rain as the afternoon progressed. The birds huddled for shelter in the trees. The temperature never made it beyond 33-degrees. I served a lot of hot tea.

The only downside was having to cancel church – it always leaves a huge empty place when we miss worship with our faith community. But it was a good day. Relaxing, invigorating, fun, different…

… and picturesque. Enjoy the photos and – like Rebekah – carefully plan that next attack on your unsuspecting spouse!

Still loving North Carolina – DEREK

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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