This is my second blog written to capture memories made with our grandchildren. The link to my first blog, "Meet Our Grandchildren," is listed below in the right hand column. Hope you have time to read some of it. Our journey to becoming grandparents has been full of adventure and much love.
October 1st begins Breast Cancer Awareness month. Both Papa and I have family members who have fought this cancer. Right now, our daughter, Kristen, is "fighting like a girl" and showing astounding strength and courage as her treatment brings her closer every day to becoming cancer free. Your family applauds you, Kristen, for your ability to stay totally focused and think positive. We, as a united family, stand tall at your side.
Last Saturday we had pink hair extensions added to our hair in support of breast cancer awareness month. Kristen, you have so many friends and family doing everything they can to make your walk through your cancer as tolerable as possible.On October 21st there will be over 80 people walking with Team Kristy to raise money to find the way to rid the world of this disease.
Hugs and kisses,
I'm finally getting caught up on some of the important days in your lives. Kara could not wait for the first day of school. Kara, Nana is going to remind you of that in a few years. But then, I have to remember this is Miss Kara's first year in Middle School.
Our Miss Emily always says she hates school; she hates cheerleading, she hates soccer. Truth is we know she loves all of them. And a little birdie told me she is the quietest kid in her class. We won't go into why.
Alex is in first grade and seems to be happy. One thing I do know, he hates homework!! Alex is a soccer player and really enjoys it.
Zack is in his last year of Middle School. Music is his favorite class. That is a given. He has been asked to join the High School Brass Band. I'm not sure who was more excited, his Mom or Zack. Zack, I know your music is important to you. You practice diligently and should be very proud to have achieved so much being so young.
Papa and I are looking forward to sharing in your school year. Special Person's Day and the talent show are only celebrated in Elementary School. Alex and Em, we look forward to them. Then there are the concerts for all of you. We don't intend to miss one thing we are invited to attend. We are so proud of all of you and it is important to us you realize this. We are wishing you happiness and success in the coming school year.
Emily had a great birthday. The day began with Dad bringing her friends and her to Build-a-Bear, where everyone got to make a bear to bring home! They had cake and goodies. Everyone was happy.
Later that day Aunt Shell and family, Grandma and Grandpa and Papa and I got to enjoy cake and ice cream with Em and her immediate family. All you kids got to swim, jump on the trampoline and play games in the yard. Aunt Shell got to do something she has always loved. She and Papa helped Em put together her awesome Lego Set from Grandma and Grandpa. Emily was very happy and showed that sweet smile of hers all day.
Hugs and kisses,
I love the Cape. I love the quiet, the sand, the shells, the seagulls, the hydrangea, the rambling wild rose bushes; I love it all. It is so peaceful and serene. Papa and I have been spending about a week each year in Dennisport for over twenty years.
I love my memories of each one of you vacationing there with your forever family for the first time. You were only babies. I will hold these memories in my heart forever.
This year we all needed to be together to absorb what was happening in our family. Whenever we need to face a serious situation, we all come together. We don't need to talk. We find the strength we need as a unit; a family. We spent our time together and geared up for what was to come; not really knowing exactly what that was.
I know you are all getting older and want more excitement on your vacations. This may have been our last time spent together in this small town on Nantucket Sound. But that's OK; Dennisport will be there if and when we need it again.
It will always be your Nana's and Papa's castle in the sand.
Hugs and kisses,
know that I live on, vibrating to a different measure -- behind a thin veil you cannot see through. You will not see me, so you must have faith. I wait for the time when we can soar together again, -- both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life
to its fullest. And when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart . . . I will be there.
The above rainbow appeared over Amanda's garden shortly after her family planted it. Truly a sign our Special Angel Baby is watching over us.
I have been blessed with a wonderful husband, Ken, two amazing daughters, Kristen and Michelle, their husbands, Corey and Don, and five grandchildren who have touched my heart in more ways than I can ever verbalize. My fondest memories are of my Dad spending precious time with my daughters telling stories of times gone by, building forts in his living room, eating corn toasties dripping with butter. The list goes on and on. My daughters recount these memories of Grampa Harpy to their children. This blog is my endeavor to recount special times shared and many memories made with my very special grandchildren. It is my hope they will share them with others as the years go by.