There's Nothing Like Your Mama....that's for sure.
My mom has been so selfless these last couple of months. I've had several births, and my mom willingly came to stay with us to help us out when I got "the calls." I wanted to secure some care for River, so I could assist these women in labor. The other day we were all in the car, and Ryan jokingly said to my mom that taking her on a picnic was the least we could do since she's been living with us for 5 or 6 months. HA! We all laughed. We ended up adding up the weeks she's spent with us, and it did come to about 5 or 6 weeks since the end of May.
She's been riding with The Jenk Adventure through some feats. She did the sell of the house with us and the move to the cabin in the woods. She's been loved by chiggers and bit by ticks. She's been a trooper with our mouse problem. She even eventually offered firmly to get back on the sleeper sofa after I demanded she sleep with me until the problem was solved. She helped unpack, clean, wash clothes, garden, cook, and on and on. She's slept on the "decked" out sleeper sofa for at least a month. She's had Grammy Time at all hours of the day and night. She lasted through the 54 hour birth I attended. She's listened to Ryan and me tease each other and discuss finances. She even went to a baby shower for someone she didn't know. She's helped take care of good ole' Chaco. And all the while bought a house of her own.
We have been so fortunate to have her here. I don't know what we would have done without her. I'm guessing we would have "survived," but I would have definitely been more stressed and probably shed a decent amount of tears. We are very excited that they are moving here to Tennessee to be a big part of River's life. He loves his Grammy! It's amazing to watch them. They are already developing their own thing, and I love it! It feels good as a mom to know that someone else besides his own mommy and daddy loves him and knows him well.
We could never repay her for her time and energy these last couple of months, but I did give her a massage and we did take her on a picnic per her request. Here are some snapshots from our picnic/playground date. Thanks, Mom! We love you!