Last Friday I woke up and performed the necessary emotional gymnastics of talking myself into getting up and facing life. I did a pretty good job, I thought, telling myself that everything was going to be okay and that after I taught piano that morning I could rest and look forward to the weekend with my Sweet Ones. I staggered downstairs with vague intentions of making a pot of oatmeal for breakfast.
DC was already in the kitchen and motioned for me to look in the family room. I turned my head and saw. . . . my sister-in-law Lori sitting up and smiling at me from an air mattress! And next to her, my brother Jofus! And in between them, adorable baby Benjamin J!!
It was a huge surprise. DC knew about it and had welcomed them late the night before. I couldn’t believe it. I was a little nervous about having company with the struggles I had been having, but DC and Lori handled nearly all of the cooking and I just let go mentally of everything else that I would have done and just ENJOYED them.
We went on to have one of the best weekends ever. . . .
A trip to the park and Benjamin’s first ride on a swing.
Really, really good food.
detail: Homemade ice cream (Lori’s original Key Lime Pie ice cream and Reese’s peanut-butter cup), French toast with tons of buttermilk syrup and fresh strawberries, Biscuits and gravy, Lori’s super yummy chicken enchiladas, Fruit pizza, etc.
Hyrum knit Benjamin this groovy scarf.
A trip to rural Colorado to be with DC’s brother and sister for a late Christmas get-together (already planned before the surprise :).
10 days and about 10 lbs apart! :)
Watching The Hobbit and playing Tapple and Ticket to Ride Europe edition
Going to church together and visiting the temple site
I could not believe how my spirits lifted having these two funny (and may I mention, nice!?) people and one very adorable baby nephew around. It felt like the sun had come back out.
Since then, DC has started classes again and we are completely back into the routine. And I am doing better. . .so far (may it continue and increase!).
So grateful for modern medicine but even more grateful. . . .
. . .for Family.