I got a text @ 5:30 this morning. M said they had left and were on their way. I was going through my morning routine... Let the dog out, give her food, make coffee, read my devotions, check email... another text came; "knock knock"... I thought she was going to tell me a joke. Then I heard a shuffling sound at the front door. I turned on the porch light and peeked behind the curtain to see them standing there!!!! Cricket didn't even have time to get worked up before her boy walked through the door and picked her up to cuddle her.
They're here! Safe and Sound! Home. They're upstairs sleeping now. Cricket's with her favorite fella. I've got a stew bubbling on the stove for lunchtime, and carols are playing softly as I putter around making the house festive. Later today we have 10 more coming for games and music and cookies and cider, but the 3 that matter most to my world are snuggled under great grama's quilts, curled up warm and cozy - here. With me. Now.
It is going to be a merry Christmas, indeed.