Christmas in July

• 06 July 2009

When it became apparent that more work needed to be done at La Maisonnette before it was ready for vacationers, we were faced with two options:

1. Send out the Husband again for a month and be apart as a family

2. Call it Christmas and send out the entire family

After much discussion amongst ourselves we decided to present the situation to our two oldest children and see what they had to say. We explained that we couldn’t afford to provide both Christmas presents and 5 airline tickets to France and then asked them if option 1 or 2 sounded best to them. Since E. recently returned home from being away an entire month she knew first hand how it would be to remain apart even longer...I held my breath. After as much mature thought as a 7-year-old could muster, she chose #2…but wanted to make sure she’d still receive presents from her grandparents ☺ My son wanted to do whatever his sister wanted to do so that made the decision unanimous!

So here we are…together as a family. This is really how it should always be—being apart is so taxing on a family unit and unless wholly necessary, I wouldn’t recommend it. Eating together tonight was such a joy and I am so grateful option 2 played out so nicely. There is nothing better than creating memories when all family members are present. Wouldn’t you say those are the best kind? Now I’m crossing my fingers again…but this time I am hoping they each remember something from this amazing experience. I know it will be a boon to them when they are older and {hopefully} wiser.


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