Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Grand Finale

We finished off the week in a flurry of school and church programs, a visit to Santa, a day trip to Girona, a few final scoops of ice cream, and lots of hugs.  As a final gift, NanNan & PopPop bought new Barca futbol gear for the boys, and tickets to a real live Barcelona game for the whole family.  (The excitement of this in our household cannot be underestimated.) The boys are ecstatic.

Basically, our time ended as it began, with a lot of love, excitement and fun.

Mid-way through the week, I ran over to lend a hand to some girls who were working on a sewing project.  They asked how it was going with my parents, and I said something like..."Oh, you know how it is, the kids are just making such fantastic memories and having so much fun. My parents are totally spoiling them but it's like a year full of special moments piled into one special week. We're loving it."

My friend, whom I had forgotten has a difficult and complicated extended family, responded, "Wow. No, I don't know how that is.  But it sounds wonderful." There was no bitterness or rebuke in her tone, simply an honest, gracious reminder that it is a huge gift to have a family who loves us well and thinks of how to bless our kids.  Not a perfect family by any stretch, but a faithful one. That simple response sweetened the end of the week for me even more.  And turned my prayers toward a generation to come, that we would so build into our family and marriage now, that my grandchildren might receive that gift as well.

Farewell for now, NanNan & PopPop! We love you!

1 comment:

Kelly Brasher said...

Well, that just made me cry...sweet tears of joy knowing that my Mom and Dad, even in his short time with my kids, made beautiful, unforgettable memories. Knowing that Greg and I now have the opportunity to do the same with ours. That it won't always be as easy for us as it was for my parents. That it could be much harder than it is now. That being intentional with our time spent, regardless of how little or much, is imperative. That you and I are blessed to share some wonderful people, like my parents and yours, as family. Hope your Christmas is merry and bright! We love you so very much!