Every year during Mardi Gras season, Jacob has to work a ridiculous amount of mandatory overtime. I'm definitely not complaining about the over time check, but we don't see him for about a week to ten days. So, we make the most of this time and head to Gram and Papa's (my parents) in Tennessee. This year, we left about a week earlier than we had planned and will spend two weeks, instead of one, in Tennessee due intense nausea Baby #3 enjoys gracing me with every day.
Monday night, after our first full day here, I did the usual bedtime routine with the girls. As I tucked Anna Beth in, she said 'I don't want to sleep in Maci's bed.' I asked her where she wanted to sleep and she said, 'I wanna to go my house and sleep in my bed.' I told her Monkey was in her bed at her house taking care of it and we would go home next week and she could sleep in her bed. She seemed okay with this and went on to bed. Then, on Tuesday evening, just before supper, she climbed into my lap and said, 'I wanna go home.'
Hearing her say this made me a little sad and I didn't want it to hurt my mom or dad's feelings. I really wasn't sure where this was coming from - she had been talking for weeks about coming to Gram and Papa's house and was so excited in the days leading up to leaving.
I was talking to my mom about it after getting the girls in bed and my mom said, 'Doesn't it make you feel good that home is a place she wants to be?' I immediately said yes, but then after I went to bed, I really thought more about that. And you know what, it makes me VERY happy that home is a place my child wants to be.
Jacob and I work hard to make sure our home is full of love, happiness, and security - all starting with a foundation of Christ. Our home isn't always neat and tidy....I'm usually behind on the laundry and there are at least a few toys out on a daily basis. Sometimes I do frozen pizza for lunch and grilled cheese for supper. Right now, I'm pretty sure I need to dust. So, our house isn't perfect, but our home is somewhere my child wants to be and I really couldn't ask for more.