We live in West Michigan.

We get snow in the winter. “Lake effect” snow.

The kind of snow that falls in HUGE flakes and sticks to everything.

Snow that turns a crispy icey texture when a sudden “deep freeze” hits us.

Snow that blankets the world we live in and covers all living things for a long winter’s rest.

Snow that doesn’t close schools because we’ve seen worse.

but that can put a halt to everything with just the right direction of the wind.

We get the kind of snow you see in Christmas movies.

We like to hibernate in the winter in these parts.

A photo journal entry…show us what winter looks like in your town.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. You need to come to FL for winters We were in tanks today at the park 🙂

  2. I live on a lake in New Hampshire, and it’s pretty much exactly what you just described. It is currently snowing right now – we have about 2 feet on the ground and another storm predicted for Friday. Joy.

  3. We get snow here too. Today? Freezing rain in the am.
    But I wouldn’t live anywhere else. I truly like winter and love snow.

  4. Ooooh, chillywilly.
    We almost got snow this year on a strange freak of a day, but it somehow missed us. It landed about a mile all around us, but nary a flake landed at our house. The children have never seen snow. We sure would love to, though!

  5. Holy cold-snap batman!!! That looks frigid…and I live in South Dakota. Send some of that snow to the Black Hills….we would like some to go sledding!!

  6. Yeah. You definitely need to come out here! I’m cold just looking at all that snow!

    I grew up in Connecticut, btw, so although we sure didn’t get lake effect snow, we still got our share! Also, I lived in upstate new york the winter they got 130 inches of snow. Good times!

  7. Tim@sogeshirts says

    That really does look like snow from all those Christmas movies. You all are tough out there. There is no way school would go on if that ever hit California. We are wusses.

  8. Ooooh I love this show your town thing! And I love seeing the north because seriously, that’s all this girl gets when it comes to snow–pictures.

  9. gorgeous! I wish I would take the time to take more photos.

  10. Burrrrr….
    We had all that snow and then some but then it rained and now it’s a fracken sloppy mess out there.
    Gotta love winter. I blame Michigan.

  11. Your pictures are beautiful. I don’t know if I could handle that much snow.

  12. I do NOT miss that! Born and raised in So. Cal, but liven in Midland, MI for 6 years, did not have the lake effect but damn I remember the ice storms!
    come out here to So Cal! It’s beautiful here!

  13. I am having flashbacks to my childhood in Maine.
    You are a cruel woman, Katie. Cruel, I tell you!

  14. Brrrrrr!!!! It looks beautiful, but I’m staying out west!


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