July 23, 2009

there's no place like home

I had my own illusions of their homecoming... hearing their voices as they climbed out of the car... and their traipsing of feet as they raced to the door... and into my waiting arms. But I am not that kind of Mama. I am the kind of Mama that is waiting in the driveway as soon as I hear they are getting off the highway... even though it is ten minutes away. I am the kind of Mama that turns her head to look at every passing car as it drives on by... even though I know it is couldn't podssibly be them yet. I am the kind of Mama that raced to the car door before it was completely open, so I could embrace those kids that I love so much.

I would have liked to take a photo of Cam tumbling out of the car... but then my arms would have been too full for him. I would've liked to take a picture of Laura's animated face as she told about her adventures over our pizza dinner... but her smile was brighter than a camera would have captured. Thank you, Jo, for reminding me of these things, and for reminding me that being in the moment is better than the photo you could snap.

They are still sleeping...snug in their freshly made beds... and as I wait for their sleepy eyes to appear this morning, I am thankful for...

...this beautiful mess.

7 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

Awww, so happy they are home and you have your crew back together!!!!

Jen said...

HA! Welcome home to the kiddos.

jenn said...

gosh, think about it...if there wasn't all that "stuff"--we really wouldn't have anything...because we wouldn't have them.

Bee said...

I'm the same kind of mama you are. When my girl is coming home for the weekend, I have her call me when she gets in the car, when she gets on the interstate and if she stops anywhere. Part of it's so that I'll know about where she is and that she's ok. But a big part of it is so that I'll know what time to be standing on the back steps looking for her.

Later, after we've gone to bed and I'm thinking of supper and what we talked about, I think, "Darn. She looked so pretty tonight. I should've taken a picture. Oh, well."

Melissa Stover said...

so sweet. it's always good to have everyone back together where they belong.

deb said...

love the mess! it's their life too right.
I'm almost the other way, drag the camera to all the special times and don't take pictures. I am always so angry with myself .
Glad they are home safe and enjoy them again!

Kat said...

Do I see a fudge box in that picture? Did they bring back yummy chocolate? Chocolate, beautiful, indeed ;)