Welcoming Gran

We looked forward to March 10th with great anticipation. We were welcoming our first guest here to Vienna–Adam’s mom Kathy, known to the majority of our household as “Gran.”  I should begin by saying thank you to all of you who made the trip for her possible–the one who gave sky miles to purchase her flight, the one who sent money for her to get her passport, the ones who gave so generously so she could do all the things she wanted to do while she was here, and the ones who were willing to do without her for six weeks so we could have this special time.  I cannot begin to express how dear the memories of these past three weeks have been, how dear to me the smiles on my children’s faces are that she brings. Thank you is not enough, but thank you.

When we purchases furnishings we got the basics, so before Kathy arrived Gabriel and I made a trip to IKEA to pick up some extra things needed for hosting guests as well as a few other things we had been adding to a list. We had a great time together–he chose to help me shop rather than going to play in the children’s room.  He made fun of his own as we gathered up items. He did accidentally startle someone who walked past  and saw him unexpectedly in his “car.”

We made a special nook in the living room for Kathy and future guests to call their own. IMG_4346 We marked off days on the calendar. Gabriel made a paper chain to count down the days. The boys prepared a welcome sign. Finally the day came that Gran was to board the plane in Birmingham for her first ever flight. She gets five stars for bravery to make her first flight one that would carry her over 5000 miles from home and to do it all by herself.  About 20 hours after her departure I took the train to the airport to meet her. Unfortunately, the train I was supposed to take was cancelled, so I arrived about 30 minutes after I had planned. But it worked out perfectly and I got there just after she had picked up her bag and walked out.  I only got about 5 phone calls from the boys while I was gone asking if we were almost home. IMG_4402

We have been busy showing Gran all the places we like to go and the things we like to see and what our normal, everyday lives are like.


Showing Gran Stephansdom for the first time.


The Kunsthistorisches Museum


Schönbrunn Gardens


At the park close to our apartment where the younger 3 boys like to play.


I have always told the boys I am too big to slide on this slide, but to their delight Gran did it!

We have introduced our favorite foods.


Kebab sandwiches. Gran liked them, but after she tried falafel, she hasn’t gone back.


Mozart Chocolate

She has made the boys laugh as they try to get her to say German words. She has been here to anticipate a much longed for Spring with us. IMG_4456We have talked and laughed and wondered together and just been. And it is wonderful.


About Wendy McCollum

I am a single mom to five wonderful boys. Life is an adventure, with many twists and turns. We live in hope, always, for our great God can redeem all things. There are so many funny and precious moments that slip by too fast. Perhaps here I can save them for when my own memory fails.
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One Response to Welcoming Gran

  1. Carol Wolfe says:

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful visit.

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