1. Hi, Christie – I hope that you had an awesome time at Bear Lake. I look forward to seeing your photos. We are currently awaiting the Ferry to drop off our granddog at our son’s house. This summer we have had wonderful, extended visited with our grandson (3 years old), granddaughter (19 months) and our granddog. Your are absolutely right – grandparenting is simple, uncomplicated and joyous!

  2. My children are still teenagers, and I’m relishing these last few years with them at home. I so look forward to the day I’m a grandparent. I can only imagine the joy. #MLSTL

  3. I can’t wait to have grandchildren … but alas none yet. I have twin boys aged 25 both still living at home, and a daughter aged 23 who moved out just after her 21st birthday. None are married. My last holiday (vacation) was a beach holiday at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast here in Queensland, Australia. 2 weeks of relaxation back in February. I feel the need to get away again – even if just for a weekend! 🙂

  4. I never knew how wonderful and special being a grandparent could be…until I became one! I’m Nana to 4 precious kids and I love them all so much. It’s a long distance love, as they are all about 1100 miles away from where I live. But I visit as often as I can, and they all know me pretty well considering the distance. And, they’ll all be coming to see Nana in a couple of months…can’t wait!

    • It’s impossible to describe the wonders of having grandchildren. You have to experience it for yourself. I’m happy for you that you have been able to maintain a loving long-distance relationship with your grandchildren. Enjoy your visit! I know you will.

  5. Christie I loved this: “Our relationships with our children and our parents are complicated. Relationships with our grandchildren are simple and joyful.” it’s so true – our little granddaughter is only 2 but she brings such joy and love with her. We are bulletproof in her eyes and that does my heart so much good. I’m not sure my children ever gave me such unconditional love (they probably did but I was just too tired to appreciate it at the time! By the time I got some sleep and sanity they’d moved on to the next stage!)
    Loved your post and I couldn’t agree with you more – and so lovely you had more time with them last week xx
    #MLSTL 🙂

    • It’s so true, Leanne. With my own children, I was so worried about whether I was doing things right (or messing them up for life). Then, of course, there’s the need to discipline. I know there were moments of exquisite joy, but also much exhaustion and worry. With grandchildren, it’s all of the good parts of loving and nurturing and teaching without the weight of parenting.

  6. Hi Christie, I couldn’t agree more. How lovely for you to have had such a special time with your family. I have two grandsons on my side, Ethan and Elliot (9 weeks old yesterday) and they bring such joy to my life. I couldn’t imagine the depth of love that we feel towards our grandchild. I am also fortunate to have a granddaughter and two grandsons on my husband’s side who also love their Nanna Sue and the birthday cakes I make for them. Thank you for expressing what all of us as grandparents think and feel. It is lovely to have you join us at #MLSTL and have a beautiful week. xx

    • We have a blended family as well. Larry and I were married before the grandchildren came along, so it’s wonderful that we have known each of them since birth and they have always known us as Papa and Grandma.Thank you for #MLSTL and enjoy your week!

    • Two great-grandsons! That’s amazing. Sometimes my husband and I bemoan the fact that we don’t have any more babies in the family (our youngest is turning 9 soon), but I forget we have great-grandchildren to look forward to down the line.

  7. I feel as though we lived parallel lives this past week 🙂 I also spent five days with our 3 children, their spouses and 2 grandchildren at a friend’s lake house in the Ozarks. I’m afraid I did not gravitate to grandmotherhood as quickly as you (I wasn’t ready to be a grandma at the “young” age of 51) but the idea is growing on me now. I love the definition you gave for grand … I think I will put that on my refrigerator.

    • Sometimes the picture we hold in our heads of grandmothers is not an accurate depiction of today’s grandmothers, so the word can be a little shocking–not to mention the impact of realizing that our children really are adults starting their own families. I wasn’t yet 40 when my first grandchild was born. That seems crazy to me now. I know when I see a 40-year-old, grandma certainly isn’t the first thought that pops into my head!

  8. Hi Christie, great timing with your lovely post. We’ve got just four weeks to go until our first grandbaby arrives and we’re so excited 🙂

  9. Fun read….well, we live on vacation (we’re retired…LOL) As to grandkids, well, we were widowed when we met and both came from 20+year blended marriages. So LOTS of kids (11 – 9 living), means LOTS of grandkids (25) and the latest count for great-grandkids is ten!

    #MLSTL visitor (shared on SM)

  10. Cindy

    You are such a good grandma Christie, and I think you know how much I love my grandchildren and being a grandma. I hadn’t realized I would feel so fiercely proud and protective of them as I did with my own children.

    I loved the quote about nothing being more rewarding then being a grandparent or a grandchild-that started me thinking about my grandparents. They are all gone now but I have fond memories with each of them and truly miss them. I’m grateful I was able to know them and have relationships with them while they were here.

  11. No grandchildren for me yet Christie, but we just spent 4 days with nieces and nephew and many of the things you wrote about were true for us too. We especially enjoyed our 4 1/2 year old niece, who it seemed had eyes full of wonder about everything, even mundane things like hand cream (“can I have some?”) and telling jokes (so not funny they were hilarious). Her lack of guile was very endearing (“how did you get to be so old?”) lol.
    Also visiting from #BloggersPitStop xx

    • Four-five is a fun age. As you pointed out, everything is wonderful, and they are typically so un-self-conscious and truly in the moment. I’m glad you had fun. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Christie

    You said it!! There’s no other love like it. Grand kids rock.

    I remember the special feelings I had for my grandmother. She was dear to all of us kids. She smelled good to.

    I missed this post the first time around so I’m glad it was grandfathered in.

  13. I know you all had a wonderful time together. We just spent about 6 weeks with ours at the beach house and every moment was cherished. It sure is a satisfying experience of having the wonderful opportunity to be a grandparent. I had to laugh, my husband says this all the time – “If I’d have known grandchildren were this much fun, I’d have had them first.” Those who don’t have grandbabies just don’t know what they’re missing. I didn’t until I became a Grammy! Oh and the first time you hear them call you by your Grammy name, nothing could be sweeter! Grandbabies are a joy and a blessing and I’m sure great-grandbabies will be the same! Shared x 4 ♥

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