“Sure, Mom!” answered Ruth. She helped three year old Ben pull on his coat. The freezing air hit their faces as they walked outside, and they stepped back a few paces. “Wow, its sure cold and windy out today!” exclaimed Ruth, as she and Ben ran to get their sled. Matt did the same, and they were soon puffing up the steep hill.
“I can’t wait to try out this new sledding hill!” said Matt.
“Yea! This is going to be so fun!” replied Ruth.
When they were finally at he top of the sledding hill, Matt Jumped into his sled, and, with a shout, zoomed down the hill. Ruth Put Ben on the front of the sled and then she sat down behind him. She gave a small push, and they went sliding down the hill. Ben was a little scared at first, but when they reached the bottom he laughed and started back up the hill to do it again.
After Ruth, Ben and Matt had slid down the hill several times, it started to snow harder. They decided that they should go inside, since the snow wasn't letting up. In the house the trio took off their coats, and began searching for something to do. “We could read.” suggested Ruth.
“No, thats too boring!” Matt said.
“It is not!”
“Yes it is!”
“That’s enough kids!” They heard Mom shout from downstairs.
“Well, could we play a board game?” asked Matt.
Soon they were engrossed in a game of Sorry.
“Sorry!” Said Matt as he pushed Ruth's pawn back into the starting position.
“Oh, that always happens!” complained Ruth, “Why don't I ever get a “Sorry” card?”
“You do! Just not as often as me!”He laughed.
“Can I play?” asked Ben.
“Not this time.” answered Ruth “We already started and besides, you’re to young to play Sorry.”
“But you can watch!” she added, when she saw Ben's face.
Ben sat down happily to watch.
When they had finished their game, Matt stood up to look out the window.
“Wow, Ruth!” he exclaimed “The snow must be several feet deep!”
“Wow! Do you think that we’ll get snowed in?”
“I don't know, but I think it would fun!”
“I want to see!” exclaimed Ben “Lift me up!”
Ruth lifted Ben up so that he could see the snow.
They all ran downstairs to give the news mom, but they could tell that she already knew. She had a worried look on her face.
“Do you really think that we’ll get snowed in?” asked Ruth.
“I hope not.” answered Mom. “But it is seeming more and more likely. The weather channel on the radio predicts a blizzard tonight.”
“A real blizzard?” asked Matt.
No one answered him.
“How will we get our animal chores done tonight?” asked Ruth.
“I don't know…” sighed Mom.
“We could do them early.” suggested Matt.
“I suppose so…”
“What about Dad?” cried Ruth “How will he get home tonight?”
“I called him.” answered Mom “He is on his way home now.”
“Oh, good” said Ruth.
Lunch time came and went and still Dad had not returned. They did the animal chores before it got too late. Supper came, and still, the drive- way remained empty. Mother began to worry. The snow was getting deeper every minute.
Ruth, Matt and Ben went to bed, but Mom insisted on staying up to wait.
Finally, in the middle of the night, Mom heard the door open and Dad walked into the house.
Ruth, Matt and Ben woke up and ran downstairs to meet him.
Everyone was glad to see him! Ben jumped into his daddy’s arms and hugged him tightly.
Dad told his story to the family.
“I was driving home” he began “There was a lot of traffic and at several times, I almost fell asleep, because we were going so slow! At the time I didn't know why there was so much traffic for so long until I drove past the cause. There was an accident on the icy road in front of us. Someone had slid on the ice and crashed into a pole by the side of the road. If the pole hadn't been there, they would had crashed into the ditch beside the road! After I got past that, things went much faster and I drove the rest of the way home. And here I am now!”
“I am glad that you are home now!” said Ruth
“So am I!”Said Matt
“Well,” said Dad “Lets pray and thank God that I made it home safely!”