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!