The Family That Eclipses Together

I set my alarm for an hour earlier than usual. It was a big day, after all – the lunar eclipse.

For the first time in 150 years, it was a lunar eclipse, a super moon, a blue moon, and a blood moon. So obviously…. yeah, I had to look up the significance of that because I didn’t know it was a big deal until the internet told me so. (As with most things in life…)

I hit the snooze a few times and finally drug myself out of bed to view the show in the sky. Little Miss woke up at 4:50 am because she was so excited to see the eclipse. She was lying in bed until she heard movement from us so she could get up.

This is another of life’s mysteries… my kids function on 12 minutes of sleep. They fall asleep later and later and wake up earlier and earlier.

There is not enough coffee to parent that kind of anarchy.

I digress.

Y’all… the moon was gorgeous. Bright, full, and huge. And the eclipse was starting as we donned our winter attire to stand out in the driveway with the telescope to watch it.

It was 12 degrees with a slight breeze, so the “feels like” temperature was drumroll… One degree above zero.

At 6:00 am with our pajamas, coats, hats, gloves, and snow boots, we were standing in the driveway taking turns glancing through the telescope, which Hubs so graciously set up for us with optimum viewing angles.

Little Miss was so excited, she couldn’t stop talking (which was adorable, but Mama struggles with chatter before coffee) and she declared, “This is a really special day.”


First, I thanked God the sky was clear. You never know around here, especially in winter, if you’ll have clear skies. This morning worked out in our favor.

Next, I thanked God for the beauty of it all. Yes, it was freaking cold, but the wind wasn’t roaring like it had been mere hours earlier. The fact the sky was clear, the moon was huge, and we were watching the phenomenon of the earth casting it’s shadow on the moon in the calm quiet of dark and early, all struck me as beautiful.

As the eclipse went on and I started to lose feeling in my fingers, I turned around to catch the first glimpses of daylight behind us, one bright star above the trees and the horizon slowly becoming lighter. Another dose of beauty.

I had two cups of coffee drank before 8:30 and the kids have a memory of that time we watched the lunar eclipse as a family outside. In January.

It really is a special day.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, this might be the longest blog post ever, because I’m going to post all the pictures from this morning’s event.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
 Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
 They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.”

~ Psalm 19:1 – 4

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