Today I'm super blessed to have Michelle from The Momma Bird blogging here for me. I have been so blessed by her blog, and I hope you enjoy this post and pop over to her blog.
Being a military spouse we live far from our family. Far as in - we used to live 18 hrs from them and now we have an entire ocean that separates us! Our kiddos have never grown up with lots of family around, just the 4 of us. They know their grandparents from our short visits and from weekly Skype calls. It didn't use to bother me, and most of the time it doesn't but lately I see Cohen, our almost 3 yr old, starting to turn into a little boy and it kills me. They weren't there for all of this 'firsts', they aren't seeing our youngest, 1.5yrs old, turning from a baby to a toddler. They don't get weekends with the grandkids, special days together or fun trips. They get phone calls and skype.
Well. God is good and knows that my heart is hurting over this. A few weeks ago we found out that my husband has a conference to go to in DC in the spring. When we mentioned it to my inlaws they insisted on buying the boys a plane ticket so we could come visit and we would only have to pay for my ticket. When I spoke with my parents about the idea, since they were planning a visit in the spring, they said they could postpone their visit and pay for my ticket since they would be seeing us.
|In Germany with his PopPop|
|Visiting Nonna before our move to England|
This spring the boys and I will be spending 3.5 weeks in Florida with my inlaws and 3.5 weeks in Ohio with my parents. I'm not sure who is more excited - me or the grandparents?! This will be such a wonderful time for them to connect, bond and enjoy being with their grandbabies. I will get to experience life around family aka MOMMA NEEDS A BREAK! And Jesse and I plan to go on multiple date nights and even a date WEEKEND! You guys, we have only gone away ONCE for 1 night since the kids have been born - and it was when I was pregnant with Lucas! IT. IS. TIME!
It's funny how prayers get answered in the most random yet thought out ways. I can't express how much gratitude I have for our families helping us so that we can be together, even if it's only for a few weeks.
Thank you Jac for having me on your blog today & thank you for challenging me to look for the 'gratitude' in my life.