The whole family
Saturday December 26th 2009, 6:06 pm
Filed under: Family

Richard and Kim arrived yesterday afternoon at the airport, making our Christmas dinner and our joy complete.

This is the first time we’ve had all the children together since they’ve all grown up and been out on their own.   I wondered how it would all come together; I am here to say, while I have a moment while they’re out running an errand together, that I am extremely proud of them and of how much they’re enjoying each other’s company.

I think of the ten-year-old granddaughter of our older friends Conway and Elaine that I met at their youngest son’s wedding reception; that cute little girl, who seemed a bit shy then (and understandably so) among all the adult strangers, is now my beautiful, talented, and exceptionally kind daughter-in-law.

Today the boys tackled a task that has been physically beyond me for several years, and got it done. Michelle and Sam, who both love to cook, have been running the kitchen.  Everything feels like it’s coming together.

I remember a conversation with Cathy, a nurse then working for my family practitioner, back when I had four kids age six and under: she told me that when she got done with cooking the dinner and everybody was finished eating, she simply sat back–her kids were in charge of the cleanup and the dishes.

I remember looking at her in awe and going, Wow, how would that be? I looked forward to the day when I had a kid old enough to do the dishes!

I am here to tell every young mom, that day came.  But it didn’t stop there. It only got better.

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I am looking forward to that day as well! Glad u had a great visit~AG

Comment by Amy Green 12.26.09 @ 7:17 pm

Whoo Hoo. We got our last arrival today. Rebecca flew in. But she was in Utah on Christmas Day, so she was actually allowed to drop in on her missionary brother, so we have an eye-witness report. It sure is fun to have them all home. Sometimes the grandbaby messes up faster than we can clean up, but that’s good too!

Comment by LauraN 12.26.09 @ 9:46 pm

That has to be the nicest Christmas present of all! Congratulations on such a marvelous family.

Fun –

Two women are talking: “My daughter found bed bugs,” said one. “She’s frantic!” “I heard you can get rid of them by washing everything in eucalyptus oil,” said the other. “Yeah, but then you’ve got a Koala problem!”

Comment by Don Meyer 12.26.09 @ 9:53 pm

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas:) Hugs Darcy

Comment by Darcy 12.26.09 @ 10:27 pm

How wonderful – Christmas hugs to all. I’m so glad the last two made it in, after all the dire predictions of weather-related travel problems.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 12.27.09 @ 7:42 am

I have children at that useful age as well. They get along much better too than they did as children. A few years ago the daughter who wouldn’t let the son touch her teddy bear let him hold her preemie. That’s when I knew things had changed.

Comment by Panhandle Jane 12.27.09 @ 8:29 am

It’s even better when one of the kids takes over as the host/hostess. There were 22 of us at my daughter’s house, including four great-grands, with two, possibly three (twins), more in utero; and one of the great-grands threw up on my daughter’s carpet.

Comment by Abby 12.27.09 @ 1:46 pm

Here’s to many more lovely family gatherings and soothing surprises!

Your smile is shinning warmth through your post. Thank you for sharing your happiness with us!

Comment by Suzanne in Mtl 12.28.09 @ 7:09 am

That’s beautiful! Enjoy the visiting…

Comment by Channon 12.28.09 @ 8:43 am

Awwww so glad to hear your all enjoying each other this holiday. ::hugs::

Comment by Alicia 12.29.09 @ 11:00 am

I’m so glad for you. And I agree, it is wonderful to have competent adult children!

Comment by twinsetellen 01.03.10 @ 1:52 pm

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