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Celebrating the First Day of Spring!

pict6687-1.jpgSo today is the first day of spring! And around here that means it is the seasonal grand opening of Rita’s Italian Ice! So we decided to celebrate with many others in the area by going to Rita’s because they give out FREE Italian Ice to everyone. (see the picture of my cup of Pina Colada)

Now the funny part of all this is that after dinner we began to get ready to go and had to get all bundled up to celebrate spring. I had long sleeve shirt, a fleece and my winter coat. Not only was it 40 degrees, but also had winds of 22 mph!! We got there to greet a line of about 35 people all bundled up waiting to get their celebratory ice. It was freezing cold. Some others were draped in blankets and after getting our orders we ran to the car to turn the heater on so that we could eat our ice cream. It was also fun to see familiar faces there, like the Glicks, Gregory’s, and Kubinec’s!  The kids loved their ice and at home, Owen followed us all around, mouth open like a little bird screaming for more.

img_0125.JPGIt was a fun and memorable time! Just another reminder that we are still not completely used to living up north! My aunt sent a picture from TX of my grandmother’s Azaleas in FULL bloom!! Now that is what we grew up remembering about the first day of spring!

global warming

Those who know me, know that I am a bit of a weather nerd. I watch the weather online, read weather blogs, look at forecasting maps like the NAM & GFS, and get depressed when a snow storm misses our area. Honestly most of this is in the winter, trying to sniff out when we might have snow which I love so much. How did a guy who grew up in South Texas get such a love of and hunger for snow??
Well the winter here in PA has been a terrible year so far for snow which always brings the global warming debates to mind! And recently we at the Moore house have been increasing our “green” awareness and thinking about how we can reduce our carbon footprint more. This past summer we listened to a great sermon series with Matt Krick and Rob Bell from Mars Hill Bible Church called “God is Green”.

recycle-logo.JPGI am a bit ashamed to say that when I was younger my attitude was “it’s all going to burn anyway, so why worry about it!” But this goes contrary to everything that I love. I grew up spending a lot of time camping, hiking, and loving the outdoors. I realized that this is something that I treasure and want to pass along to my kids too and that if we don’t make a priority to care for the creation, they won’t be able to enjoy it as I have.
Additionally, listening to Rob Bell, he pointed out that this is a sanctity of life issue! How long will life be able to be sustained on this earth if we continue treating it with neglect. So I am seeking to be more Pro-Life, for the unborn and the born!

Of course WHAT to do is a much more complicated issue. We do things like recycle aluminum, plastic, etc. We are hoping to gradually get some better gas mileage vehicles (although I don’t know that we can afford the new flexfuel Suburban!). There is much debate going on about global warming or global atmospheric cycles and some seems to be just politics as usual. I was excited about the recent rise in ethanol production and use, flex fuel cars, and other carbon reducing measures. But changing one thing causes a ripple effect to other things in the world economy.

Check out the video below to hear an alternate perspective on what we should be doing about global warming. And then share what you do to lessen your carbon footprint.

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