Friday, June 5, 2009

No News is Good News

Nothing new for Chris & I, actually what I have to say is not news at all. Sometimes you gotta say things outloud to remind yourself how much you appreciate them. As I am nestled in bed, I wanted to write about one of those things...

Today my father turned 60 [more on that later]. I decided several months ago that this was an occation I should not miss. So, this morning I woke up bright & early- kissed my stressed, studying-for-the-bar husband & boarded a tiny plane headed to SLC.

My mother picked me up & I can't tell you how good it felt to hug her. When we arrived home it was, as it always is, like I was the most exciting person in the world. Seven children, 2 dogs, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 1-sister in law & my dad were all waiting to greet me. The kids were jumping and screaming when we pulled up & they rushed to the car. If I were to describe the feeling I get when this happens it would be: joy. As I am smothered in hugs, kisses, tails wagging & "Hey Mares!" I let go. Any worry or stress is out the door, and I only care about being there.
It felt marvelous.


Oh, and I got a kick out of my dad when I saw this on the front porch:

It's things like this that make me adore him even more, he is quirky & cool- and is happy to be himself. I love that about him.
Rock on Dad!

Being here for less than 10hours I already feel my batteries recharging. My parents old house has a charm to it, every corner, window, & piece of furniture hold a memory. I used to see it as just a small old house- but luckily my eyes have been opened. Although this place may need a little work, it's a great home & I feel grateful to have been raised in it. Mom, knowing that I am a sentimental kind of gal, does her best to do my 'favorite' things: Shirley's raspberry rolls, bran muffins, late night chats, hot chocolate, going through photo albums with me, etc. Then apologizing for all the things she wasn't able to do before my arrival. I walked into the guest room & an amazing smell hit me: "I know you have a sensitive nose" she says. "So I wanted to make sure you smelled something good & tomorrow I'll go to the store early & make a yummy breakfast for us". I see the bed has a new quilt, and am reminded of how I love my mothers taste: eclectic with a twist of her country roots. I do not deserve such a sweet, loving mother. I am very blessed. I met my nephew Dylan for the first time today, finally! I hated not knowing him! He is so sweet & cute- you can expect photos soon. I haven't seen my family since Thanksgiving, and it's going to be very nice to be able to catch up & spend time with them.

So as I sit here, weary from my over-worked schedule, I am grateful. Although, having Chris here would make it so much better, it's nice to be home. To be reminded of why I love this place so much & the people in it. To recharge, refresh, snuggle with cute babies & kids, play late night cards, watch british comedies with my parents, and laugh til my sides ache.
Home Sweet Home.
I'm savoring it.

12 comments:

The Alvords said...

You deserve it...enjoy!

lori and clark remington said...

Mari,
It made my heart feel so warm to read the way you describe your family, especially your mom. I hope I am a mom to my kids like that and they feel the same way about me. Sometimes I feel because I am still raising younger ones, I am too tired at the end of the day to pay special attention to the older ones. I hope they don't feel that way! I am going to try and be aware of that from now on!
Very special post!

US said...

I'm so glad you are home. Your family is amazing! You are so lucky to have them there for you when you need them and be so close to them. Maybe one day we can get the old crowd together and have water fights, play kickball, ride bikes around the block, and finsh the day wih some night games. Awww the memories! Enjoy your time at home Mari!

Love Stitched said...

So great to be home and be with family:) enjoy it!

Alison said...

Oh wow, isn't being home the most wonderful feeling in the world?! Enjoy the family and fun!

Amanda and Ry said...

Geeze girl, I feel like I'm reading a book when I read your posts. You are so discriptive! I'm glad you get some time to relax with your family, although we'll definetely miss you when we go home this weekend to visit mine.. Oh and since I won't be hear for your booth, can you pretty please post some pictures of your new headbands?? I need to order some.

the organic kitchen said...

Tear.... seriously sweet post. The old saying 'there is no place like home' is so true! Enjoy your stay! We will miss you.

Chalonn said...

I love this post...way to put your words into a reality!!! I love your parents house but mostly I love your family...I hope you have an awesome time!!!

Claire said...

I'm so glad you're having a nice visit with your family!
Have a great trip and see you when you get back!

Kristi said...

Hi! I was searching for Kevin and Lindsey Ten Eyck's blog when I came across yours. I am a friend of Lindsey's and am trying to get in touch with her. Could you pass this message on. my email is kristiluclark@gmail.com. Thanks!!!

Melody and Nathan Pellegrin said...

That's beautiful. Makes me miss my family...

Bobbilynn said...

I loved this post. It was very well written. Thank goodness for awesome families huh?