If anything, though, that just reinforces the joy over getting to go to "Grammie's house".
Obviously my kids enjoy it -
4-wheeler rides, a cookout house full of riding toys of all sizes, endless land on which to run and scream without having to worry about disturbing the neighbors, toys that are dragged out by Grammie with the anticipation of the arrival of the grandbabies, treat bags full of candy with their names Sharpie'd onto them before we even arrive.
But it's not just them -
At Grammie's house, I have freedom knowing full well that Grammie & Grandaddy truly desire to hang out with my kids and just enjoy them. Whether they worked all day or they've been off for a week, they have a houseful of youngins who can't seem to stay away. Here, there's always more than one pitcher of sweet tea chilling in the fridge so that it never runs out. There's a jar of pistachios and a tray of cream cheese danish on the counter. I can sit on the couch or in a rocker at the cookout house overlooking the pond with a book of my choice (today, it's Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire) and just read without distraction. There's the new Southern Living Christmas book on the coffee table for me to thumb through a time or forty while I'm here. There are fresh sheets on the bed. And after the kids spend the whole day outside getting dirty and tracking it all over the house, the motto is, "It's okay. Grammie has plenty of soap and water."
This has become, over the past nine years, one of my most favorite vacation spots. A real home away from home. And even without all of those things I listed up there, this place would be just as special...because of the sincere love we feel when we walk through these doors.
I'm thankful today for this visit - however brief it may be. And grateful for this family that has embraced me as one of their own from the very first day.
What are you thankful for today?