Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Southern Way

All's quiet in the house now. I just laid down my sweet boy and I'm sitting here at my desk in suspense. "Why" you ask? This morning was the first time he crawled out of his crib all by himself. This is a game changer folks. He is no longer contained. It does affect my nerves just knowing that. But so far so good now. He's still in there...

We recently got back from our annual trip to Kentucky to visit my family for Thanksgiving. I am still stuffed from not just one big Thanksgiving meal, but multiple large feasts. It seemed every meal was a big deal, but that is my Granny and that is the Southern woman's way. I love my family. Even the short amount of time that we get to spend each year...we are bound by our past experiences. By my childhood and their memories of me as a child. They are all such good people too. People that make you feel important and listen to you and ask you relevant questions. Some of my favorite memories of them are sitting around the table long after the plates have been cleared and Dad telling stories and everyone laughing until they cry. I pray that laughter becomes an integral part of our own little family. There is nothing more healing and restoring as a deep, hearty laugh.

We're back to life at home again. In some ways I am grateful. It was hard traveling with a busy toddler. But I have new, warm memories to carry with me for the coming year.

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