Good friends from California are visiting us. They have two daughters, ages 10 and 12 and then our girls plus the adults and then Mike's parents. With four floors, 3 1/2 baths and 6 sinks, the house supports crowds. And, I love them in my home. I'm not much of a mall shopper, party go-er or bar person, but I love hosting people and more and more that includes kids. I like the rhythmic process of putting together the meal, feeding everyone and then letting the kids go off into various corners with make-up, yoga DVDs, books, music and a mountain of pillows and blankets. I watch our girls with the older girls. I see them growing up. I also see that kids are kids and that some of the things I sigh over with my girls will continue; we are not alone as parents. Comforting thought even if it means a few more years of crumbs under all the chairs and sopping wet hand towels in the sink.
Rejoice in the daily details!