This weekend brought central Iowa’s first Winter storm of the season. Normally, weather such as what we are experiencing ensures that this stay-at-home mom stays home! But, this weekend, instead of hunkering down in our warm, cozy house, my family and me were out braving the wind and cold for the sake of… music!
As the storm blew across Iowa on Saturday and approached the Des Moines metro, I got a call from our friend Laura. Because of the weather and advisories against travel, she and her husband had ended up with four extra tickets to Saturday night’s performance of the Broadway musical Mary Poppins, which is showing in Des Moines; and, they wondered if we could use them! With the impending weather, we weren’t able to jump on the offer quite as frantically as we wanted to; but after some careful consideration, we said yes!!! Our kind neighbors walked across the street to stay with Isabel and Elliana; and Travis, Abel, Amariah, and I got dressed up for a night out!
Needless to say, the show was every bit as wonderful as I expected it to be. Having seen the Broadway musical The Lion King with my husband in January, I was super excited to be able to share a similarly awe-inspiring experience with our children. I think I smiled through the whole production as I sat in continual amazement of the incredible talent before us. We are so sincerely thankful for the generosity of both our friends and our neighbors in giving us this joyous and unforgettable Saturday evening.
Sunday night once again took us out into the bitter cold for the sake of music, this time on a much less grand–but still blessed–scale. Our church put together its first of what we hope will be an annual Christmas celebration, an event dubbed “Christmas Sweet.” Our neighbors (the same ones who babysat Isabel and Elliana on Saturday night) attended this evening of Christmas music (and Christmas sweets–hence the name) with us, and we all had an enjoyable time.
You’ll notice that the original date for Christmas Sweet was Saturday, so had it not been postponed to Sunday due to the weather, we would not have been free to take the Mary Poppins tickets! Mary Poppins says that “anything can happen if you let it.” In this case of blizzard warnings and travel advisories, I’d have to say that anything can happen if the weather lets it!
Thank you, Jeff and Laura, and thank you, Steve and Kathy, for giving us two wonderful and heart-warming experiences on two white and bone-chilling nights!