My daughter has some of that luxury with my family being close. She gets to see her aunt and uncle and my parents every week. But I am learning there are some perks to having family from out of town too.
Today Farmor (father's mother, my mother-in-law) visits. Telling my daughter that Farmor is coming is similar to saying Santa is coming or that there is candy for her at the neighbor's house. It is magical and very exciting!
We try to call and chat now that my daughter is getting old enough to understand phone calls a bit. And Farmor sends her letters so that she can open her own mail. We make special treats and the excitement is palpable.
I'm grateful for a visit from Farmor. I'm grateful for how excited my daughter gets when we tell her the news. And I'm grateful for how the excitement is contagious. I'm grateful for all the special things Farmor does to make the connection even over a distance. I'm grateful to have grown up with a huge family, close-knit, and nearby. I'm grateful for the experience it gave me. I'm grateful that, even though I cannot give my daughter the experience of a huge family, we can still create the close-knit connection. I'm grateful Farmor is making the drive to be with us this weekend.
Whose visit makes you giddy with excitement? Who do you look forward to seeing, that you don't see as frequently as you'd like?
May today remind us the joys of the child-like excitement. May we find time for the people we love and may distance not be a factor in visiting. Have a beautiful day!