15 November 2011

thankful.

it's two noisy weeks of splitting bathrooms eleven ways and cooking for a crowd and rousing games around the kitchen table and just like that they're gone.




[noel, mum, dad: a quick backyard portrait before flying out]



i tend to be a ridiculous version of myself when my folks are here. i'm a mess of petty and impatient, my jokes drowning in sarcasm. you'd think i'd be more careful with this small time pressed thin between years of absence.

but there's laughter too, and the sort of knowing that comes from decades of their stories twined with mine. and even if we spend half the time all up in each other's hair, these are my people.


poley
[left: noel's 'candid' shot, right: my veryfavorite little brother]



with the little bro
[photo courtesy of mom]



and i'm so glad i'm theirs.



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thankfuls #173-179:

noel charading 'cocktail dress'
boxes of fabric scraps from my late grandma, hoping to become quilts
hearty thunderstorms
tangy bowls of vegetable soup
flannel lined sleeping bags
my dad's wheezy laugh
a fresh stack of books from the library

18 comments:

Brandee Shafer said...

I'm a hormonal mess, but this post made me well up and sniff. As the holidays creep up, I want MY parents and MY little brother very, very badly. I'm glad for your blessed time.

lauren said...

goodness gracious. that is what i have been trying to say without saying... when my parents are around .. i AM a ridiculous version of myself. i always leave the time feeling so very full and so very aware of how many more things i have to let God sort through in this soul of mine. and ps.... you are a beautiful woman. yeah for a picture of YOU on your blog... although you KNOW how i feel about autumn leaves. :)

TheUnSoccerMom said...

what a beautiful family you have!!

I think I'd pay money to watch Noel charade: "Cocktail dress"... he reminds me a bit of Jon in the way of looks. A bit of a manly-man. :o)

fabric scraps from your late Grandmother, I think I may cry a bit. I've been trying and trying and trying to find my late Grandma's button collection. No one seems to know where it is. I won't give up though. I would spend hours playing with those buttons.

so happy you got to spend time with your people, your family. ((HUGS)) to you!

keeping you all in my prayers always, love...

Michelle said...

What gorgeous photos, Nic. And it's great to see a photo of you there. :-) Now, why are your family from Hawaii wearing t-shirts while you wear a jacket? LOL!
P.S. I know all about parents managing to push those hidden buttons to bring out the child inside. ;-)

Ostriches Look Funny said...

when people you love leave far away...it's unreal. You wash a cup they drank out of and wonder when they will drink from it again...it's bittersweet. I'm going to be praying for you. I'm glad with you that they were there for you these past few weeks. Enjoy your empty bathroom

Michele said...

Family is the best! I'll be they encourage and love that ridiculous version of you. It's what I love most about my family and friends.

kendal said...

you make me smile, nic! how did little m do with the visit?

hannah singer said...

beautiful, sweet family.
xo

happygirl said...

I swear, I'm about 13 years old when my parents and brothers and I are all together. Hilarious. but, I do love it. :)

Farmgirl Paints said...

2 weeks is a long time girlie. i am like a split personality when my folks come. forced sweetness on the outside...irritation on the inside. have no idea why that is. we just get along better long distance. maybe i'm a control freak...dont' know.

OH but to be surrounded by your peeps that you haven't seen in a long time makes the craziness worth it. love those pics of your sweet family. and the candids!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Can we discuss for a moment that we both have a brother named Noel/Noal?

And so, the list goes on....

So glad you were rescued for a bit by your people.

Jorth! said...

I'm loving those happy family smiles!

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Mindy said...

There is absolutely nothing like family. Even at 50 a part of me becomes a child in the presence of my parents. What gets photos of your family.

Katarina said...

Such a wonderful family!!!And talking about being "thankful", Happy Thanksgiving a bit in advance, all the best wishes to ya'll!!!xxx

emily wierenga said...

i'm messy and real around my family too, friend. this, what family is for, no? i'm so thankful you had this time of rest and joy...

lulu and family said...

wonderful to see you with parents and brother. we just got back from visiting family in tx. daily the house held 12. a couple days around thanksgiving my mother-in-law was sleeping 15. good stuff though.

Sareh said...

beautiful!! thank you for sharing!!glad i found your blog!