Long Distance Grammom

I just returned from British Columbia where I took my daughter Nellie and two teenage granddaughters, 14.5 year old Kalia and 12.5 year old Livi. We spent time on my son’s farm on the Sunshine Coast getting to know my two baby granddaughters, 2 month old Clare and almost 2 year old Elsie.

 

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Clare and Elsie

Nellie, Kalia, and Livi had never met Clare and Elsie before but I had spent time with them recently when Clare was only a few weeks old. We had a grand time playing with Elsie and holding Clare.

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Kalia, Livi, & Clare

 

Kalia, Livi, and Nellie also helped with some farm chores like feeding the goats, chickens, and rabbits as well as helping Rob install some gate posts. We picked cherries at a neighbour’s farm too and enjoyed them fresh and in a homemade pie. And of course we went to the beach every day looking for driftwood and beach glass!

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Elsie, Kalia, Livi, & Nellie on the beach

It wasn’t easy saying good-bye.

Kalia and Livi (and my other 4 grandchildren) live near me so I’ve seen them often for their entire lives. We’ve spent birthdays, Thanksgivings, and Christmases together and sleepovers in between. It’s taking some getting used to being a long-distance Grammom.

Email, Facebook, and Skype have all helped me feel like I’m participating in Elsie and Clare’s lives. Pictures are a big help too. But nothing is better than holding your grandchild in your arms and watching them sleep or smelling their sweet new-baby smell or reading the same stories 10 times in a row. I feel like their Gramma when I’m with them.

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Grammom and Elsie on the beach

 

I’m grateful that I’ve been able to travel across the country to spend time with them even though it’s only been a couple of times a year.

As my wee granddaughters grow, I hope to be able to visit them as often as possible and stay in touch through the latest technology.

……. because I love them as only a Grammom can.

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Rob and his girls

 

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Connie Logue Chudyk
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 13:49:41

    Lovely stories and pic of you and Elsie Linda.

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  2. Diane Downey
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 19:40:57

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful family and their stories with us. I know how much you love and appreciate them through your writings. You’re so blessed to have these stores to tell. I have no grandchildren at all and live vicariously through others.

    Reply

  3. Glenn Wightman
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 23:39:15

    Grannie, I need some updates for tree. Thanks. Glenn

    Reply

  4. betty
    Jul 14, 2018 @ 19:42:32

    What a great blog!! I hope to meet Clare some day soon and visit again with Elsie… I’m sure she’s saying more than “BOO” now… that was fun playing the “boo” game with her… sweet kids… and it was nice seeing Kalia, Livi, Nellie, and of course… my baby sister – You!!… it’s only a short plane ride away!! 💜

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