I am glad to say I have totally recuperated from my 2 week stint of taking care of Kennedy and Tucker in Austin. Well, we were actually in Austin about ten days and then we returned to Mammie and gDad’s for the last few days and got to welcome their parents back to the good old USA. It was a fun time to be able to pour into these two sweet grandchildren for an extended amount of time. I had prayed that I would not be all about my to-do list and really just spend time showing them God’s love. It is very hard for me to be a Mary and just sit, I really have that Martha nature. I got to use both-because all you moms know, or need to remember, is that sitting is not something that happens on a consistent basis with kids in the house. At any rate, I thought I was doing a pretty good job at stepping back into this mommy-role and handling lunches, baths, meals, laundry, playtime, nap time, school schedules and homework again. As the days went on I thought I was really getting into the routine of it all and feeling pretty good about myself. Other than the eye makeup, I left promptly at 7:25 every morning with all of us dressed, breakfast down, lunches in hand, backpacks, etc. to start the school routine. I discovered that a lot of you younger moms get to take kids to school without makeup on and hair somewhat together, but at the grandparent stage, I might look a bit frightful without some of the makeup being applied:) before leaving the house. Well about a week into my new found pride over accomplishing in about twice the time of what I used to accomplish about 25 years ago, I was pretty happy about myself as I settled down into bed one night. Well, doesn’t God warn us that pride comes before a fall? Early the next morning, I awoke to Kennedy standing over me staring down. Of course my response was “Oh sweet girl, it is way too early to get up-climb up in bed with me till morning.” To which she promptly responded, “No it’s not Mammie.” I grabbed my glasses and looked at the clock- I had slept straight through my alarm and was 30 minutes behind-so up I bounced to start the morning routine. As we hurried into her classroom I was apologizing to her teacher for our tardiness when she assured me that it was not a big deal since we made it before the bell. Well, all I know is that as I was walking out the bell rang and they started the pledge of allegiance. I had to laugh at myself since only a few hours before I had felt so proud of myself. It is always such a great lesson for God to show me that at any point in my life I can really get full of myself when I let my gaurd down and start depending more on me than on Him.
All in all, it was an awesome 2 weeks of fun memories and some pretty cute pictures too-some highlights:
Kennedy telling me daily how much she loves me
Watching Tucker try to sit down and get up without bending his legs after the boo-boos on his knees
Zilker Park and the train with gDad on the weekend
Introducing the kids to Jello Jigglers (they loved them)
Baking cookies and peanut butter balls with them
Tucker snuggling into bed and telling me how much he loved being at Mammie’s house.
Prayers, hugs and kisses at bedtime
Kennedy snuggling with me