Christmas lights are twinkling through bedroom windows as nightlights and I pray over cherub faces and tuck each child in with the requisite two stuffed animals and/or squishy toys. We whisper our good-nights, the boys in one room, and 4 little girls next door.
I give the regular if-you-wake-up-before-everyone-else-please-just-read-a-book-and-don’t-wake-your-cousins speech, though I know with 100% certainty that it will be ignored at 5:54 am sharp tomorrow. Still, I go through it and ask one more time: Did you go pottie? Brush your teeth? I add more blankets so they won’t get cold. They kick them off, “I’m hot, Nonna.”
Everyone is tucked. I can’t help but pray over them again and again for God’s anointing on their little lives and for peace and joy and for good restful sleep and a smile in their hearts and for God to heal little sniffles and keep them safe from evil, who lurks near our babies – this, we know. I pray and I pray and they let me. They make their requests known and soon, if I don’t say amen, we will be up all night praying over every detail in their universes…
More hugs, more kisses, more one-last-drinks…whew. We made it.
I walk into the hallway and through my house. O.my.goodness. There are globs of toothpaste in every sink, toothbrushes teetering on counter edges. There are overcoats and outer-wear and underwear strewn about in bathrooms, entry, living room, family room, and yes, even in the kitchen. Every couch pillow and cushion has been used otherwise and our floor is covered with blankets and baggies of cheese balls and water bottles with names written on them. Are there any toys left in the playroom, I wonder?
Is that a marshmallow gun target on our front door? Why, yes, it is. Why do you ask?
Evidence of a family feast-night and a disco dance and watching the Turtle Man- Christmas episode and a couple of Gilligan’s Island re-runs (to my great dismay) and my house is in utter, complete and total jumbled, snarly, tangled, topsy-turvy, chaos and clutter, with a side order of full-blown dishevelment. Yep. It is a mess.
And me? I love it. I am neck-deep in grandbebes and it is grand!
Still basking in the glow of the holy days of the holidays. Merriment continues…