I just spent a week with Melanie, Jared and the kids. Jared took time off from work during the first week Melanie and baby Luke were home. I was honored to be there to help out during the second week. It was an awesome time...fun, hard, hilarious, tiring, special...unforgettable! I loved it!!!
I have several good blog ideas after my time with the grandkids! I also have a couple of good ones about Melanie and Jared. But this one is about how I felt when the week was over. I had three almost simultaneous thoughts/feelings as I returned to our home in Bowling Green:
*How extremely blessed I am
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the grandchildren. Sure, there were a few meltdowns, some tattling and whining that I helped deal with, but the hugs & kisses, bright morning faces, cooking together and tucking in at night definitely outweighed those little incidents.
I loved watching Melanie with baby Luke. She's a nurturing, precious mother who loves her children dearly. It was neat when Jared came home every evening to "Daddy!" from the kiddos and to see him holding the "little" one.
*How I love peace and quiet
As I walked into the house in B.G., I actually said, "Ahhhh..." For the first time in several days, I had complete peace and quiet. If I wanted to go to bed, I could. If I wanted to watch t.v., read, go shopping or do absolutely nothing, I could.
*That Melanie rarely gets to experience this peace and quiet but will one day be where I am.
Melanie can't "go home" to the freedom, peace and quiet I described above. She IS home! Home is an 8 1/2-year-old (going on 13) daughter who is into "all things fairy" right now.
Home is a 6-year-old son (Melanie calls him "her happiness") who is finding his place in the middle of the family.
Home is a 3 1/2-year-old son who is loud, constantly busy and likes to annoy his big brother and sister...but...is just the sweetest, cutest and funniest little boy ever!
Home is a precious 2-week-old baby son who, of course, takes up most of her time right now.
But one day she will turn around and they will be adults! There will be no more toys strewn all over the house or children arguing and tattling or complaining about what she's fixing for supper. One day she, too, will have a peaceful and quiet home, get reacquainted with her husband, enjoy being a grandmother, go to the bathroom alone, have a telephone conversation without a dozen interruptions, do pretty much as she pleases...
That day is not today...
I love you and respect you and Jared so much!