Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Time to say good-bye

Tomorrow we will bid farewell to the newest members of our family: Doug and Lisa. Four days of books, art, movies, sports, horses, Smoothie King, Thai food, baseball practice, church services, a jazz show, Guitar Hero, Teavana, chocolate almond clusters, sweet potato chili, salad, taking and looking at photographs, coffee, toast, laughter, hugs, basketball, tea, Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, Trader Joe's, Earth Fare, sitting on the deck, baseball, discussions about vitamins and supplements, lobotomies, and chewing gum in the operating room, and so much more - they are all coming to an end.

Did I mention that they wash the dishes, dry them, and put them away??!! Did I mention that they make their own coffee in the morning and then clean up after themselves? They talk to, listen to, and honor my children. They watch Masters Golf on television with Steve and go to the local art museum with Kristiana and me. Who would not want people like this around for a long time? All the time??!!

I know tomorrow will not be the end of our new blended family. Their visit this week signals the beginning of something brand new. Something unique and unexpected and yet familiar and ancient - all at the same time. Something beautiful, loving, gentle, and eternal. We just have to figure out how to make more of this - whatever this is - possible.

Traveling mercies to you, Lisa and Doug.
Our home truly is your home. Anytime.
We will miss you. A lot.


Amy said...

That was a beautiful poem Lisa wrote on her blog about her visit. It sounds like you all covered some territory! Meeting through your blogs ... what an incredible thing! I hope to someday enjoy Caribou Coffee with you, too, Gail!

Lisa said...

This is beautifully eloquent. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Our house is strangely quiet, empty and lacking spirit this morning.

A bientot~