During Thanksgiving week, LOVE came to town. LOVE came to our home. LOVE invested in my kids. LOVE served Grady and I. LOVE drove 26 hours and used vacation time to sleep in a preschoolers bedroom and spend a week with our family.
And I'm so thankful for that gift of LOVE!
Grady and I took everyone to see The Real Christmas Story at Narroway Theater as a birthday gift for my mom. Sometimes an experience together is a good idea over a "thing" to unwrap and have as a gift. The music was fantastic, the acting/dancing was okay, and the animals were an added bonus of fun (like when a camel p**ed during the climax of the wise men caravaning and singing their hearts out in worship).
In between all the out-and-about activities, we had some time to play and relax together at home. Annalyse styled Grandma's hair (!!), Grandpa threw a football, and all of us played card games and board games again and again.
Grandma willingly and enthusiastically obliged (or maybe it was because I asked with sad and pleading eyes) to help Annalyse assemble a project for her book report. Fact: If something requires a hot glue gun I'm out. I can't do it. I'm sick. Or I'm tired. Or I'm busy. But I can't. I just can't.
But Grandma can. And she did!
Some more good news: my parents have a wonderful pedometer to track steps and miles. Some even better news: it was safe and sound in the van instead of with us on our hike. (Sigh.)
Challenge accepted and everyone did!
Grady and Micah received NBA shirts from their favorite, but opposing, teams. Annalyse received an antique tea set, which she asks to use every.single.day. Jaxton received a remote controlled truck that has suffered quite the abuse as he learns to manage the remote, and a rifle with "real" sounding (and obnoxious sounding) noises. Because, obviously, grandparents buy the noise-making toys, smile happily at their grandchild's excitement, and then say goodbye and leave the noise-making toy for the parents to endure.
LOVE left town. LOVE drove back to their home. ANd we are so thankful for that gift of LOVE!