I would say that the biggest thing for me has been being with our kids. Doing 'normal' family type things, that we miss out on by not being here. Like eating meals together, playing cards, hanging out.
Another side of that has been the joy of my sons asking me to 'do them a favour'' - like drop their truck off for an oil change, check into some thing for them, pick something up or them, etc. Getting to be "MOM". No words to describe what that does to this mom's heart.
I just love that part of being back. Now there are things that I can do without. There are some things that one just puts up with...like the weather. Like, this up and down weather bites! Lovely mild day, sunshine, etc one day, and cold and rainy the next. Then add to this that they think it is SO HOT hear that they have the air conditioners cranked to the max. So cold outside every other day but cold inside ALWAYS with the air conditioners. Can't seem to warm up.
I might just add another little thing I have noted. We as Westerners have this idea that we are "all that and a bag of chips". We think we do everything right. Although we get frustrated when visiting abroad we just attribute things to it being a foreign country. Like saying, "It's Mexico, what can you expect?!" Well I am once again noticing that we don't always do things right. The construction areas here are driving us crazy with how illogical they are doing things. I must confess I expect it in Mexico but not here. Rant over.
Most things are enjoyable, however, but the things that are enjoyable are people things. Connecting, seeing old friends, hearing their stories and updates, laughing together. Those things you can't put a price tag on. You can enjoy those even if the weather bites!
|Margaret and I|
|Britt and Jason's wedding (nephew's daughter)|
|Some of my Penner cousins|
|Peter and Jessy - great friends who will be getting married while we are here.|
And an extra special blessing, Ernie will officiate their wedding.