"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

the visit


Wow, it sure feels good to be back in blog land. I don't know. Something about being able to stop and put my days into words makes me a better person. It allows me to think about my actions and thoughts. I guess that pretty much means that blogging is in my blood, to stay.

It's been almost a week since my last post. For those of you that aren't on my nemesis Facebook or follow me on Twitter, you may not know that sweet hubby's Mama was down here visiting us for a week. While I squirmed, fretted, and had complete anxiety attacks about her Marie from Everybody Loves Raymond's visit, I have to admit that I'm glad she came. My own cherished grandmother went home to be with the Lord over 6 years ago and I miss her dearly. It's important to me that my kids know both their grandmothers the way I knew mine, and that they create treasured memories with them. The bottom line is that I'm pleased with the fact that she was able to spend some time with her grandkids and her son.

I was happy that she got to see how funny Kai is, what a snuggle bug AJ is, and how sweet Anna Grace is. I loved watching how the kids made her smile and most of all, loved hearing from her, "what nice kids you have" or "you and Scott are doing a great job with them". Those are things that I already know, but as a Mom and a wife, there's just something about having that approval from the other side that makes it just a tad bit sweeter. It's comforting to me for her to realize that her son and grandchildren are well loved and taken care of.

The kids may have been overwhelming to her at times, but I just know that at some point when she returns to her quiet, senior-citizen lifestyle, she's gonna be sitting around one afternoon and will stop and think, "Boy! I sure do miss those little ones."

Most importantly, knowing that their love was etched, even if only a small amount, in her heart is well worth the extreme mental agitation that I bring onto myself prior to her visits. It was a good week.


Amy - AKA - TigerMommie said...

That's a great picture! Love your header too!!!

He And Me + 3 said...

What a sweet picture and how fun for all the kids and grandma. Yes, she will miss those little ones greatly when all is quiet.
Hey...did you notice something disturbing on 24 Monday night or was it just me or did I just imagine I saw something disturbing? email me...

Patricia/NYC said...

Beautiful photo!! It really is wonderful for the kids to have some "grandma" time!! I never knew either set of my grandparents, as all passed early on, & feel that I missed out on something fabulous, but I make sure Kiara has a special relationship with her grandparents! :)

Glad to have you back in Blog land too!

Jill said...

I have been out of the loop for more than a week as well with my in-laws visiting...I quickly snuck into the computer to look at a blog or two and feel like it is caffeine to my caffeine seeking soul!! I need to "catch up" on my blog reading! I miss it so much! I hope to have time tomorrow after they leave to sit with my coffee and read and read and blog a few entries I have been thinking about for days!

Glad you had a good visit...really great photo.

sara said...

that is so great!!! I have missed you in blog land!!!

this will be ME next week! :0

Terynn said...

OHILDA! I am so proud of you! You found the jewels amongst the rocks!! That a-baby! You *didn't* disappoint me!

Cyndi said...

Congratulations for not only surviving the visit, but doing so with GRACE. I envision you had a guardian angel with his wings wrapped around you the entire time...using his wings to shield you from the comments that might not have been kind. I know, because I have a guardian angel with HUGE wings that not only brush off the comments but also cover my mouth. :o) 2 weeks in July/Aug at their house....I know my angel is lifting weights in preparation. :o)

Aus said...

Fr. Aubert (Order of Friars Minor) taught me many things over the 7 or so years we interacted, how to grow things, how to build things, how to speak, act, sing (all like no one can see or hear you!!) - how to pray. He also taught me that 'poise' is 'power - under pressure - under control'.

Looks to me like you were very poised this weekend - nice work! :)

love you guys - and like you - super glad that the kids got some grandma time!

hugs - love ya's - aus and co.

Amy said...

OMGosh, Ohilda...the "Everybody Loves Raymond" comparison says it all...well done handling the visit with love and grace!

How in the world do you find time to twitter and Facebook, O? It's all I can do to post an entry on the blog...and I STILL haven't figured out how to put the "email me" gadget on my sidebar. You are amazing, girlfriend!

Love the photo of the kids with Grandma! It's so awesome to see Kai healthy and able to enjoy the visit!


day by day said...

What a precious picture! You should frame that and give it to her for Mother's Day.

How nice that she said such kind words about how you are raising the kids...I am sure that meant a lot to both of you!

geminirn said...

Love the photo,bet Marie...or ah I mean MIL would also.Happy you all had a great visit.

Keisha said...

What a Great Picture!!!!! Sweet!
Okay.. I need a bloggy lesson.. how do you cross out your words?? You've got me stumpped!

Michelle said...

That is such a special relationship between a grandmother and her grandchildren. So glad to hear it was a great trip for all!!

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