something happened in Texas today… | McGowan Images Blog


something happened in Texas today…

I’ve seen snow, don’t get me wrong. I’ve even seen snow since we moved to Texas, although it’s more often been mixed with sleet and other nastiness.

But today, in North Texas, there was a bona fide blizzard. With real snow… big soft flurries of gorgeousness, piling up all around us. I really couldn’t believe my eyes.

Still, we didn’t think it’d get THAT bad. I mean, it’s Texas. So we decided about 1 p.m. to head the 12 miles to the nearest Wal-Mart and pick up what we needed to make a pie. You’d think Wal-Mart on Christmas Eve would be the crazy part of my story, but it really REALLY wasn’t.

It took us nearly 3 hours to drive that 12 miles back home!!!

First, we headed north on 281, until we were stopped. There, we sat for 1/2 an hour, until someone told us we could turn around, so we did.

There, we sat for 1/2 an hour, until we got around a wreck. Then, although we were only about 3 miles outside Stephenville, it still took us 45 minutes to get back into town so we could take our alternate route home.

And once on that alternate route, it took us nearly 1.5 hours to drive 30 miles. CRAZY! Mack handled the Yukon like a total champ, and even though we got the Tokyo drift experience a few times, we managed to make it home in one piece.

The best thing about it, though, was that I made the trip to town equipped with our 5D Mark II and the 85 mm 1.4 lens. That means I was able to get some really fun pictures! And in the 15 minutes between now and the Christmas Eve service at our church, I decided to blog them, so they’d be easier shared with friends, family, and blogstalkers alike…


Oh how I love this toothless little boy…



Forgive the red-nosed hideousness of this next picture… I wasn’t prepared to model, but it’s a special picture to me because of the rarity of it all. So I’m swallowing my pride and posting it, grateful that Mack snapped it!


Jack making his first snow angel:



And finally, my favorite picture of our Snowland Adventure!


Merry Christmas, internet! To those of you kept away from loved ones because of this storm, may your hearts be filled with Christ’s  joy as we celebrate His birth! And may the rest of us hold one another in love on this special day…

To all, a good night!

  1. Crystal says:

    What fun pictures!! I didn’t let Kayeleigh play in it although she has been coughing.. We did venture out to my parents house, we made it block away and had to reverse down a hill… Then it took us 2 hours to get home, after being pushed up a hill by local fire fighters.. So I know how your trip to Wal-mart was.. I had one like that! Merry Christmas! Hope you have a wonderful night!!!

  2. Hi Chelsea, I am a new fan of your amazing gift & really enjoy photography myself. My children are Michael & Angela Webb. I’ve been harassing them & their two older siblings for years with the camera. Michael & D’Lynn, & my older son & his family from separate routs in Ft.Worth were turned back by firemen today as roads were closed toward Stephenville. Angela & I did well to make it to the Bosque River Shopping Center in at least six times the usual amount of time. Of course your snow shots are GREAT !!

  3. Ambo says:

    Love it, Love it, Love it! Such amazing pictures! You guys are so amazing! I’m so glad you made it home in one piece, wish we would have got to make it to the Christmas Eve service.
    Love you!

  4. annie says:

    I also love that toothless boy!! Fun pictures!!

  5. Lyndie says:

    I am in LOVE with the last picture. So seriously in love that I want to blow it up on a canvas and hang over the couch. You should take that exact picture for each season. Toothless Jack pictures are awesome and make me smile!

  6. Katie says:

    What wonderful pictures! (and great memeories)

  7. Christian F. says:

    oh it is so great that you capture everything!! I check the blog every day!

  8. Misty says:

    Wow, that sunset shot is just beautiful…
    SNOW! It was a Christmas miracle!!!! 🙂

  9. that last shot is AMAZING!

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