Beneath the Winter Hat and the Parka and . . .

Yesterday marked the 50th subzero morning of winter in the Twin Cities. It’s not the snow but the extreme cold that makes it brutal. According to the National Weather Service, this winter ranks fifth for Minneapolis and St. Paul in the total number of subzero low temperatures since 1871, when the U.S. Army Signal Service began recording weather observations in downtown St. Paul. So I hope that you’ll understand why I’ve looked like this while outside in recent months:

Winter Hat

In case you’re wondering, here’s what is beneath all of that:


And here I am with the love of my life, my wife and best friend Carrie:


These are our two children, nearly-three-year-old Ben and six-year-old Rowan:


Finally, here’s the whole family, including Tippet the Labrador Retriever:


7 responses to “Beneath the Winter Hat and the Parka and . . .

  1. Mollie Douglas Turner

    Wonderful pix, Neil! and now face fur to complement the hat–love it!

  2. Phyllis Svrcek

    We are looking forward to having you and your family at Palmer Memorial in Houston, TX. Blessings to you as you pack up for the trip to TEXAS!
    Ed & Phyllis Svrcek

  3. Look forward to your arrival in Houston. As a Salem College graduate…albeit a long time ago, I share a W-S and Moravian link with you. Jane Wells

  4. Barbara Hass

    We at Palmer are so excited that you and your family will be our new rector! We promise to do all we can to help welcome you. And you can leave those heavy clothes in Minnesota!
    Barbara and Bill Hass

  5. Patricia Hinojosa

    We are looking forward to having you and your family at Palmer. Mrs. Willard, your musical talents will be greatly used during our Healing Service. (More information when you get here.) and no need to pack those heavy cloths!
    Patricia Hinojosa

  6. Edna G. Houston

    I am looking forward to meeting you and your family and appreciate your missive and pictures. Now, I have a better preview of our next Rector. I await your arrival and am excited to welcome you and your family.

  7. Mary Tobin

    A hearty welcome to Palmer, Willard Family!
    Just to allay any concern about not finding anyone here who can relate to
    the beauty and charm of the laughing waters you’re leaving behind, let me guarantee an attentive ear–as a native Minnesotan (baptized at St. Clement’s in St. Paul).
    Have as tranquil a move as possible!
    Eagerly awaiting your arrival,
    Mary Tobin

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