Sitting in the living room, Matt and I heard footsteps coming down the stairs well after bedtime.
Bennett appeared around the corner, grinning.
“I can’t sleep. I’m too excited!”
Luke appeared later, saying the same thing.
Excited for what? Well, it’s the same thing I’m excited about too!
Tomorrow evening, I’ll be meeting my mother-in-law, aka Nana Jo, to drop off the boys with her for THREE WHOLE DAYS. The boys are beside themselves in anticipation. And I *may* be just a little bit, too. The kids and I have scarcely been apart since school let out, so I jumped at the chance to get, ahem, a teeny bit of a break in order to restore my sanity before school starts.
And while I’ve mentioned her on the blog before, I’ve never given her a post of her own. So here it is.
I married into a wonderful family. Matt’s parents and sisters treat me like one of their own, and have for a long, long time. Matt and I had the good fortune of being from the same town, and though our families didn’t know each other before we met, they got to know each other as well, and our siblings became friends with each other, too. Knowing there’s so much harmony between the families has been a huge blessing to us, especially when working out where we are for holidays, etc.
As I reran this post about my mom passing away, it occurred to me that I’d never mentioned what Jo did for us when it became evident that my mom didn’t have much time left. The boys and I went to Effingham intending to spend one night visiting Mom. Jo had just left (the day before, I think) for the family’s lake cottage in southern Wisconsin with several of her friends from church. By the following night, she was back home, taking care of me and the boys (and Matt, during the times he could be in town) so that we could be with my mom for as long as we needed to be. And we ended up staying for two full weeks at their house. See? Amazing.
I could go on and on. It’s no wonder the boys are so pumped to go spend a few days in Effingham with her! We are beyond thankful for having her, and the whole family, in our lives.