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Fifteen Minutes

February 17, 2014

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
– Anne Bradstreet

While we haven’t always received very clear instructions about Mary’s condition or syndrome, one was quite clear: Do not let her get too cold or too hot. In fact, too cold would actually be more dangerous than too hot.. One of the many symptoms that Mary struggles with is an inability to properly control her own body temperature. She overheats quickly in the summer months, but has had some equally frightening episodes with getting too cold- even in the summer, like at the beach. So with the intense polar vortexy kind of winter we’ve had here this year, she just hasn’t had much of an opportunity to get outside. We’ve maintained a pretty solid snow-pack here this year too, and Mary loves the snow, so it has been tough keeping her inside much of the time. But today, it warmed slightly. We got into the upper 20’s, so relative terms here. 😉 Since my husband was off from work today, we had two grown ups. We decided we would take her out just long enough for some quick sledding. We started to bundle her up…..

And she fell asleep, mid-bundling.


Another one of her little symptoms is fatigue- she sleeps through much of the afternoons, and through many outings. So we put her up in her bed. Troy and Joyce went out sledding with Daddy, and even got me to sneak out for a few minutes while Mary napped.

But, when she did wake up several hours later, we tried again.



Sledding with Daddy


My little thrill seeker


In order to get her back up the hill, we tow her lying down. She loves tasting the falling snow on her face as she gazes up at her beloved trees.


We each got a couple of turns taking her down the hill. She had a blast.


Once at the bottom of the hill, next to our creek, deeper into the forest, she reveled in the sensation of the snow on her face.





After fifteen full minutes of intense fun, it was more than clear that it was time to get Mary inside and warm her up. I carried her inside and snuggled her next to the fire. But oh, those fifteen minutes of winter were priceless.


Mary’s view from her spot at the bottom of the hill. All her favorite things- leaves, trees, snow, and water.


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  1. February 17, 2014 2:22 pm

    Simply adorable!! I am sure she had a blast! She is just adorable.

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