Sunday, May 16, 2010
Visit to Crandall - Mother's Day
Few people can boast that every visit to the in-laws is an adventure, but I can.
A crowd of folks greeted us as we unfolded ourselves from the car. I didn't even know everyone, but I did recognize the Cheshire smiles of my family. The boys played basketball in the driveway for hours while the girls chased the kids and got dinner ready. Harper skipped around the yard in a pink tu-tu and a flower headband.
All was well until DRAMA pulled up to the house. The new guest, who wasn't on the guest list, stayed for almost two hours. The mood quickly changed from lighthearted and silly to tense. I kept wondering, "God, you have me here for a reason....what is it?" I'm not sure what the Big Guy wanted to teach me, but I did get to see my mother-in-law try to stall and distract the guest with all the sincerity she could muster. Grace under fire.
On Saturday morning the boys squeezed into Brianna's VW Bug to go play golf. The girls piled into the SUV for retail therapy. Well, the retail wasn't great and we needed therapy afterward! After time in the car with the Cauley girls my belly hurts from the laughs. I think it was my mother-in-law that said, "There's no such thing as a functional family!" The three of them: Jill, Renee and Brianna, are so lucky to have each other.
Harper and Baylor got plenty of snuggles from Mimi, Papaw and Aunt Brianna. Uncle Clint got one or two.