I’ve lived in Michigan my whole life and I just wasn’t feeling in the Christmas spirit until we were back in the land of snow. Yes, we saw snow in Georgia, and Kentucky, and Indiana. But for me it wasn’t Christmas until we were back on Michigan soil, with the barren trees and white fields, and the crispness in the air.
Since being back we’ve split time between MsBoyink’s parents in the Kalamazoo area and a graciously lent-to-us-condo back in our hometown of Holland.
We had (and still have) a number of errands to do and people to see but it’s definitely been a different-feeling visit—especially the Holland part. I felt like I was back in my hometown, but it wasn’t home. Oh, we visited our house (we had some stuff-trading to do because you never have quite the right stuff with you and the ideal stuff is what you left behind). We got to see some of the changes our tenant has done (can you paint the kitchen? Uh, sure!). But the house is someone else’s home for now. The condo was awesome (rooms for everyone and a king size bed to boot!). But it wasn’t home. And it’s been great to have in-laws willing to shack us up (and even longer now with the truck repairs). But that’s still not home.
It’s really kind of crazy to think about, but our home is a 30’ fifth wheel trailer currently parked next to a friends pole barn in NE Georgia. It’s small, it’s on wheels, it’s got a license plate on the back, but it really is home, and we miss it.
Not that it hasn’t been a good visit. We were able to attend family Christmas parties on both sides with siblings and nieces and nephews. We had our own family Christmas with a borrowed tree and a modest pile of gifts. We did our traditional “go out for Chinese” lunch ala’ A Christmas Story. MsBoyink’s family re-instated their traditional fondue meal now that all the grandkids are old enough. I mounted a new set of horns on the truck hoping for little more attention on the road (see the before and after videos).
So - while we’ve sung along to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” we truly are dreaming of being able to get back to our new on-the-road life. Pray that those truck repairs are done on time!