A baby girl. Parents who are full of love and dedication to their child.
Years pass. So much love and pride in their daughter as they watch her grow.
She never doubts, questions or wonders about their love.
Hugs and kisses flow freely, even in those “tween” years when she’s pretty sure she doesn’t want them.
But parents know that children need constant love and affection.
It’s what parents do.
More years pass.
That baby girl falls in love. A wonderful man who loves her dearly and treats her well.
Dating. Engagement. Marriage.
She never doubts or questions or wonders about his love.
Hugs and kisses flow freely, even when times are tough and they don’t always see eye to eye.
But my husband knows that I need his strong love and affection.
It’s what he does.
More years pass. …continue reading
Sometime in the summer of 2010, my husband made a suggestion that I initially laughed off as completely impossible and absolutely absurd. His suggestion? ”Let’s go to the cabin in the mountains for the week after Christmas!”
To provide some background – we found a cabin in the mountains of PA, about 4 hours from our home, where it doesn’t cost to take our 3 kids or our 2 small dogs. It’s close enough that it’s not a long trip, but far enough away that we feel like we’ve actually gone away. It has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom with a shower, all bedding and dishes and cookware is provided. We just take ourselves, our clothes and our food. It has heat, there’s a lovely gas fireplace to sit and enjoy at night, and a place to make a campfire outside. My favorite thing is to sit on the porch swing and enjoy the fire outdoors. We’ve gone up a few times as a summer getaway, but the idea of a getaway the week after Christmas seemed absurd.
My thinking: The kids would get new clothes and toys for Christmas, I’d have MORE work packing everything up after they just unwrapped and opened everything, they’d miss the toys they didn’t choose to take and would surely fuss about that. Basically, I saw “more work for Mom”.
My husband’s thinking: We need to get away, the kids will enjoy the time in the mountains, we can have some family fun complete with hot cocoa, 1000-piece puzzles, time to unwind from the busy schedule we juggle, you don’t take new clothes camping so you can pack the week before Christmas, they can pick some of their new toys and fill their own backpacks for the week. Basically, he saw “fun family getaway”.
It turns out, he was right. And as the parent who does most of the schedule juggling and thinking about how things will affect the kids, I was surprised how very wrong I was about this post-Christmas getaway. …continue reading