It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Hosting Day 4

Day four found her waking up in the footie pajamas again. The funny thing is that JoJo bought them for Nan last year for Christmas. Nan HATED them and although polite to her sister, has refused to wear them.

We all sat down to eat breakfast together: Jo made the toast, N1 the bacon, Nan (May I call her N3????) set the table, and I made the eggs. It was easy to work together and felt great. After that we all sort of scattered for the day.  N3 (We decided I could call her that right?) had plans with Our Jessica. N1 and Michael headed out for a one-on-one date and some Christmas shopping so she could pick out gifts for the other girls. JoJo and I worked around the house. We convened in time to drive to St. Louis. Poor child still struggling with car sickness but did not actually throw up this trip! (Small victories but still progress!) 

She fried up all the bacon...and then ate most of it. 

She and JoJo looked through every picture we had saved on the computer...years and years worth. Sometimes she wanted an explanation or we explained who someone was most of the time we didn't. It is weird to be standing next to someone looking through your life, knowing that they don't have the same opportunities but desperately wanting to make memories with her. (But no words or the freedom to say that.) 
Checking into the hotel. This may have been a first for her. Michael had to be at the airport very early so we used points to stay for free. Hanging out, swimming, watching tv, eating pizza (and like a whole bunch of bananas)...just relaxing together. 

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