I’ve gotten really good at putting on a show. Acting like it’s totally fine that I don’t live close to family. Convincing myself that I’ve built a strong community of friends here in Indy that are “just as good as family”.
I’ll never deny it, I do have amazing friends. Friends I can call on for anything. Friends I feel safe telling my darkest secrets too. Friends that will do anything for me, and I for them. Friends I could not live without.
But at the end of the day, no matter how awesome my friends are, sometimes I just need my mommy.
I’ll let you in on a secret. My husband has been gone for almost 2 weeks (which has felt more like 2 years). But alas, he’s flying the friendly skies as I type this, and will be home in a matter of hours. Thank you Jesus.
In his absence, my mom came down to help out for a few days. While here, she amazingly took over and helped me get my lazy homemakers act together. She accomplished more in 3 days than I typically get done in a months time. For serious.
While here, she:
Read aloud stories
Played board games
Cleaned the kitchen (without calling me disgusting)
Babysat (and put to bed) my children (while I went to dinner with my friends)
Sorted and matched 3,945,837,837 pairs of socks
Ironed my husbands work shirts
Spot treated and vacuumed my (nasty) stairs
Dusted (even above the refrigerator)
Went shopping at Anthropologie with me (and helped me justify a new cardigan)
Repaired a huge rip in one of my sofas
Took my family out for pizza
Watched Desperate Housewives with me, after the kids were in bed
Cleaned my baseboards with something chemically delicious that smelled like pine
Deboned a turkey, and made fricassee
Didn’t judge me when my 3 year old threw an earth shattering tantrum
Rocked my *almost* one year old until he fell asleep
Drank wine with me, until way past my bedtime
Bathed my kids
Cleaned and organized my bathrooms
“gramma tulip”, take by Casey
She’s pretty amazing. I need to spend more time with her. Maybe someday I’ll move back to Michigan. Or just get her and my dad to take up residency in Indy. Yeah, that sounds like a great idea.
*disclaimer: no gramma was harmed in the making of this post. I swear, the only thing I asked of her was to spend time with us.