Guess who has been visiting for the past week? You know, the one who can make all my kids laugh. The one who finds joy out of doing housework for me. The one who considers it a privilege to play games and read books to high-energy kids all day long. The one who is almost willing to give her right arm if it means more time with my family.
Grandma swam laps and laps (and laps and laps) with the boys. She threw diving sticks again and again (and again and again). She watched cannonballs and twisty-jumps and backward falls and can opener jumps over and over (and over and over).
And, not to be outdone by her grandsons, she showed them a thing or two about making the splash of all splashes when cannonballing. No pics of the (hysterical) moment, but trust me, it happened.
Not only was Grandma the most fun board game player, she was also the favorite before bed reader. And shower giver, and teeth brusher, and anything else that is normally part of the parenting hum-drum. Now that I think about it, she basically gave me a week of vacation!
One morning the temperature hadn't yet his 90 degrees so we opted for a bike ride along the trail in the woods. We stopped by a small bridge over the creek and Grady Lee had the genius idea to play hide and go seek. Just what every Grandma loves to play. In the woods. With spiders. With mosquitoes. With hot, humid temperatures. But, because Grandma is awesome she eagerly closed her eyes and began counting. I think this earned her some extra jewels in her heavenly crown.
It's true: Grandma changes everything. The boring becomes fun. The mundane becomes new. The laughs are a bit louder. The smiles are more frequent. And, somehow, Oreo cookies and mint chocolate chip ice cream and gummy snacks end up in the house. Apparently when Grandma goes grocery shopping she can't say no to pleading eyes that ask for treats.
Today I asked the kids what their favorite part of Grandma's visit was. Honesty is, indeed, precious.
Grady Lee: "My favorite thing about Grandma coming was that she bought me the treat I wanted even though she didn't have a coupon. And, Grandma likes to play Battleship a lot of times in a row with me and she is a good diving stick thrower."
Micah: "My favorite thing about Grandma's visit was that she bought me Nerf bullets and that she liked to play games with me whenever I wanted."
Annalyse: No answer, just smiles and a quick waddle to her picture sitting on a table in the living room.
Not sure when we see Grandma (or Grandpa) again, but we're looking at the calendar and hoping that the weeks or months until our next visit pass quickly. We love you, Grandma!
(And, if I can be bold, can I ask you to continue to pray for complete healing in her back? She still has occasional pain and inflammation that makes it a challenge to do much, let alone sit or lay comfortably.)