After two weeks of having a fabulous time in Germany with Rachel, Josiah and Annika, the time has come for me to say good-bye. Thinking back on my stay, it makes me tired to think of all that we have seen and done. From the German/Austrian Alps to the Schwäbisch Alps, from Patch Barracks to Panzer, from pre-school to t-ball, from playing with the Thomas trains to playing with the toy ponies and puppies, from the playground to shopping in Vaihingen, from watching movies to talking to Hans via video camera, from baking birthday cakes to enjoying picnics, from reading stories, to taking long walks with Annika, and much, much more, I've enjoyed every minute!
Tonight when I go to bed, I will miss my little bed partner Annika. She has been so sweet - just an angel. She was always fast asleep when I came to bed, so once settled in, I would take ahold of her little hand for a minute and tell her how much I love her.
Tomorrow when I return to work, I will miss Josiah saying, "Grandma, do you want to play trains with me?" Has there ever been a more loyal Thomas fan than Josiah? I think not.
At dinner time, I will miss Rachel asking, "Grandma, what would you like for dinner?" and "Please let me do the clean-up. This is something I enjoy." She has helped make my stay so pleasant.
Yesterday was Josiah's 5th birthday. From the moment I got up until I went to bed, it was fun celebrating with him. He is such an amazing child! I can say that - I'm his Grandma. He's been reading to me and just yesterday, he astounded me with his ability to put together a difficult bridge from a new toy from his Aunt Heidi and Uncle Chad.
So to this part of my dear family, I say auf Wiedersehen. Vielen Dank für alles.