God never leaves nor forsakes us

Gail Malick

Winter 2022 to 2023 has thus far been a mild one with temperatures averaging near or above the freezing mark and little snow here in southeast Michigan. What precipitation we did receive has been rain. Only at Christmastime did the bitter winter winds bring subzero wind chills with a few inches of snow.Not long ago, I mentioned to Ed that the mild temps were perfect for maple sap collecting and cooking into syrup. There were even times when the spring birds sang their happy songs. The air smelled like spring too. Oh, the tease weather can produce.Now the last week of January is producing a significant snowfall with colder temps in the forecast. The mild winter may turn out "normal" after all. I must admit that I am grateful for any mild days as I dreaded the extra challenges of getting my immobile father in and out of the vehicle for appointments, church attendance and other events. With the incoming snow, I will tackle this challenge head on.Unless there's an elderly person in a household (or anyone physically challenged), winter is just another normal season to live through and maybe enjoy the adventures awaiting on the sledding hills, ski slopes or ice rinks. Now I see a different perspective of life and understand more of what others deal with season by season. This is a good learning experience for me.To those in the Farmers' Advance family who are challenged with physical limitations in yourself or a family member, know that you are not alone! Many others face the same or similar hurdles that you do and hopefully you have family or friends to come alongside you for the difficult tasks in difficult circumstances (like snow)!Also, our Heavenly Father is with us ALL the time! He never leaves nor forsakes us, so rest in His comfort and care. I sure do!Gail loves the Lord most of all. She delights in her calling to be a wife to Ed Malick and a mother to seven children ages 23 to 40 and grandmother of sixteen. Ed is sixth generation on the homestead family farm in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan.