Sweetie, who was sleeping over at Grammy and Grampy's this past weekend, was delivered back to us at just before 4 a.m. Sunday morning. She had a wonderful evening with them, but she came down with an awful earache in the middle of the night and just wanted to be home. (We took her to the doctor yesterday and she's got 1 and 1/2 ear infections. Her first ear infection ever! So I suppose, in that, we are lucky).
She asked to go to bed right away when home, but wanted to be read a story. She wanted Runaway Bunny - of that she was clear.
If you're not familiar with it, it tells the story of a little boy bunny who tells his mom he's going to run away. But no matter where the bunny says he'll run or what he'll do to hide from his mom, the mother always counters with her ideas of how she'll chase after him. Ultimately, the bunny decides it's just best to stay home and be with his Mama.
It's a sweet story and I thought - given Sweetie's health troubles and personal feeling that she needed to be home - that it was an interesting choice of books for her to want to hear.
Last night we three watched Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (as we pretty much always do). But this time it was special - the house they were building, the family they were helping, live in our state, not even 30 minutes from where we live.
This was a very deserving family, as their house was demolished in the Mother's Day Flood of 2006 and they had no resources for rebuilding. They were thrilled to be chosen by ABC to get the new home they needed, but they were also so very concerned about all the other deserving families in our state as well. Their house wasn't the only one destroyed in the flood. And there were certainly other NH families who had their own set of reasons for applying for Extreme Makeover to come build for them.
So this sweet family that was chosen? While they were eternally grateful to be chosen and their life has now completely turned around because of ABC's generosity - they actually noted feeling guilty that they were chosen and that all those other NH applications were now not going to be helped.
That's where the organization There's No Place Like Home came in. The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team heard about this NH group and decided to help them out as well while they were here. ABC gifted the organization with $15,000 towards the rebuilding of homes, and 2 families on the top of TNPLH's waiting list were given the keys to their new home that very week (instead of waiting the 3-4 months they were expecting to wait before their rebuilds was done). This, in turn, brought the next 2 families higher up the waiting list and, as it follows, now all the families waiting will be able to move into their new homes that much quicker.
Today Sweetie and I are laying low and enjoying a (mostly) at home day (I have to go out late this afternoon for a bit). We've both got The Runny Nose Blues and we simply feel like being home, with the warm fire blazing, and cuddling with tea and cocoa on the couch.
Yep, it's true. There's no place like home to make everything right.