What a wonderful Christmas I had today - it was not about gifts but about family. My mom had been out of town for 3 weeks helping her sister who had fallen and broken both a wrist on one arm and an elbow on the other. She was mostly helpless and my mom flew across the country to her aid. We thought she would not be home until after the first of year but my aunt was doing better and able to do most things for herself so she bought my mom a ticket to come home on Christmas Eve.
She and my dad decided to keep it a surprise to all of us. So my dad was over for dinner last night and left our house around 8pm to go home and stoke up the fire and warm up the house before heading to the airport. Today around noon dad arrived as planned for Christmas Day and he walked in the house with his hands full of presents and then shockingly mom walked in behind him. I was so thrilled to see her.
My sister and her family arrived about an hour later and mom hid in the bedroom until they were all in the house. I took my 5 year old nephew and told him I had a surprise for him and brought him to the bedroom. When he saw Grandma his eyes lit up and he just launched himself into a hug for her. So sweet and we swore him to secrecy while grandma snuck out to surprise everyone else. My sister who has never spent a Christmas without my mom just got all teary eyed. Very sweet.
I hardly remember what gifts I got but I will never forget how mom surprised us all by making it home for Christmas.
I love my family so much.