Monday, December 28, 2015

An Unexpected Good Time

I'm a planner -- through and through. However, my parents are decidedly fans of "playing things by ear" and I married into a family of impromptu folks.  Over the years I've learned to embrace the unexpected because more times than not -- good things come from it.  Like earlier this month, my mother-in-law was in town (or should I say "near our town") in Ft. Leonard Wood to watch her granddaughter's husband graduate from boot camp. Steve took the opportunity to drive two hours to snatch her and take her home to us for 36 hours before her flight home to Ohio.  Our impromptu visit turned out to be one filled with many endearing moments.  My mother-in-law had the opportunity to enjoy an uninterrupted conversation with her son, my children made some of their Grandma Connie's favorite holiday cookie recipes and I gave myself permission to stop and soak it in.  Since she lives nearly 600 miles away and we see Steve's family so infrequently - I often feel compelled to cram in as many sights and adventures as possible. This time was different. We stayed home. We baked. We talked. We made some really great memories. 

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