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 November 21, 2005 7:13 AM

LOLOLOL, it took me awhile before I figured it out.....  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous Sorry. November 20, 2005 9:24 PM

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anonymous Dissappearing act November 20, 2005 9:22 PM

Hi Rage and Betty. Sorry for being away for awhile,but we have been so busy. I don't know what happened. I got them to work in my album. I finally got that started, Still waiting on more pics from the rest of the family. You are all welcome to check out my album. Although it is not finished yet. I will try to send one more here. Have a great day everyone.Dana{5} Cheyenne{8mos.}she is one now.And me.Hope this one showas up

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 November 17, 2005 8:22 AM

Hi Michelle. I hope things continue to get better for you and we'll see you around more. Waiting for those pictures Beth. I can't figure it out! Rage  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 17, 2005 7:53 AM

Hello all, and to all new members. I see a few familiar faces here.

I am here, sorry I don't check in more often. These past few months have not been good. But am on the mend now.

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anonymous Sorry. November 17, 2005 7:34 AM

I am sorry. They came up when I was typing but not showing up now. I am still learning a lot about transfering.By the way, i loved the snow globe.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous Blessed November 17, 2005 7:31 AM

Hello everyone. It is good to be here. I am enjoying the group. I am blessed. All my grandchildren live within 2 miles of me. I have one that lives in Tennessee. Although they are close by, i know what it would be like if i couldn't see mine.My grandaughter with her friend. Andrea is on the left  .2nd photo, Barb{my daughter} ,my great nephew Cameron and my oldest grandchild Letecia{15}Still working on my care 2 album.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
 November 17, 2005 7:05 AM

That looks like my view out the window! If I scrape enough frost away to see out.........Very pretty!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 17, 2005 5:45 AM

Winter Scene Beth, it's snowing today so I thought this was prefect!!!!  ((smile))  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Welcome November 16, 2005 5:28 PM

Beth......glad to have you join us.

Hugs,

Bette Jo

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 October 28, 2005 8:11 AM

I was wondering about you Bette Jo.  I thought maybe you were working too hard.  Glad to hear you're ok.  New scanner???  sounds good to me.  New computer??? sounds good to me....   LOL

Welcome Mary!!!!!

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Welcome October 27, 2005 3:17 PM

Anita and Melissa and thanks for sharing your wonderful pics. I just got some new ones of my three grandchildren, but my scanner won't work. I guess I have to ask Santa for a new one, plus for a new digital camera for when we go visit the grandkids.

Sorry everyone for not being around much lately. First I had computer problems and then a touch of the bug. I am still not up to power, but thought I would at least hop on for a few minutes to see what I was missing.

Hugs to all,

Bette Jo

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 October 26, 2005 4:47 PM

Maybe a little good bye.  My computer screen keeps disappearing but I'll be around until it really dies.  I doubt it's going to last much longer. 

And then I have to get a NEW one!  

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 October 26, 2005 9:31 AM

Welcome Anita, I went through your album.  They are sooooooooo cute. 

Eating at the table with kids, my youngest is 6 yrs old and ugggggggggghhhhhhhhh!!!!  It's the getting up and down that kills me....  LOL

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 October 25, 2005 1:43 PM

This is awful.  I'm ashamed.

Every mealtime it's "my job" to say - "Oh, I hate eating with kids!"

Someone is always grabbing food out of my plate, spilling their milk, gagging and making a big show about not liking something... etc.  The kids expect it of me now, and remind me if I forget to say it.

When I saw all your little gang, Anita, I'm sorry.  I just thought about mealtime at your table. 

They are a cute bunch, though.  I'll be you all have lots of fun.  Don't you just love hugging them?!

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 October 25, 2005 1:36 PM

Oh how cute they all are! Thanks for sharing them! Do they live close? It's nice to have cousin's near the same age. You're a lucky Gran, Granny, Grama what ever they call you! Rage  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
These are my 6 grand children. October 25, 2005 1:23 PM

Sarah sarah Jayne 5yrsold

Kian Kian 3yrs old

Rebecca Rebecca May 2yrs old

Aaran Aaran  18months

Jack jack. 1hr old and 6 weeks prem.

Tori Tori 1 hr old.

My little Pumpkin this is Jack now 3 months old and ready for trick or treat.lol

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 October 25, 2005 1:11 PM

Melissa, what a perfect picture.  Very perfect with that beautiful little girl. 

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Hello group October 25, 2005 12:51 PM

Hello.  My names Anita. I live in England and i have 6 grand children. 3 boys, 3 girls   and i love each and every one of them.

1 I dont see any more, which breaks my heart. but  I still send cards and presents to her.

Thanx for the invite Dian.

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 October 25, 2005 8:42 AM

Melissa!!!!

So glad you're here.   U don't have to be a long distance grandparent to join.  We just enjoy sharing our grandkids and pictures and venting stream every now then.  Guess it would also be a brag group too.  LOL,  your little haunted pumkin is just tooooooooooo cute.  I wanted Jennifer's baby to be a girl.  I think you can spoil a girl grandchild a lot better than U can a boy baby.  But, that's guessing on my part.

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Hi! October 24, 2005 8:14 PM

I'm Eliana's Nana...She's my only grandchild, so far. I have two sons also...but, if they're anything like their dad...they won't marry until they're close to 30! I joined because Dian invited me. I'm not really a long distance grandparent...my little darlin' and my daughter moved in with me about 6 months ago from across state...Eliana is really a wonderful little gal and I try to take her on outings as much as possible. Last weekend we went for a nice hike at a nearby dam. Here she is. She was wishing that we were on the bike trail, but... was pleasant about the change of plans, and began checking out an interesting leaf. At one point she mentioned that she hoped that we weren't lost.  She turned five years old the 4th of Oct. She's my little haunted pumpkin.

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 October 10, 2005 5:55 AM

good morning. I haven't been able to see a birth yet. My daughter will let me if she has another one, but not Holly or Renee. I'm sure of that! It's Grandparents Day at Chris' school this week, me and my Mom are going. It is so good to be close for things like that. Well, for anything. I know the feeling of missing the first steps, smile, whatever they may be. I wish we all could live close to our little blessings. Rage  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
you are so right October 09, 2005 3:05 AM

Laurenda........you are so right, there is nothing like being there for the births. I was with my oldest two grandchildren and could not be there when my newest granddaughter was born. I spent the whole day crying.

Rage.......I raised three boys myself and believe me I know the rough and tumble and my grandson is the same way.......LOL..........

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 October 08, 2005 6:33 PM

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 October 08, 2005 6:29 PM

oh you guys i was totally torn apart tonight cora called and said lil amon is now walking she was sitting in the yard and he just took off out her lap. I have a feeling this is one of the many first I am dreading missing with him . I am glad this group is here I sooooo needed a place to vent.  Thank You all You have already become very dear to me

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 October 07, 2005 8:28 AM

Would we miss anything that wasnt a grand-blessing? I'm glad u get to be there for the birth there is nothing like being there for a birth of a blessing. my favorite saying is....There must be hope for the world or The Lord would not give us children....I wouldnt trade the few months I had with Amon for the entire wealth of the world. Enjoy your time with your children you never know when it will end and they grow far away before you know it.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 07, 2005 8:25 AM

Aw Man, I just want to gather U all together and hug and cry with you.  I just can't stand the thought of missing anything.

My daughter is coming out next Thursday and she called saying that maybe she and Bryan will fly me out there after my grandson is born. 

I love the term U used, grand-blessing!!!   Hugs to all.

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 October 07, 2005 8:19 AM

My boys were rough ones too my oldest son got his first black from a fight with a church tree. lol. Hard to explain to the school when they thought I had hurt him because he kept saying it was just an accident. Where we lived at the time was riddled with child abuse so of course they automatically thought it couldnt have been an accident. I almost had to have my pastor come to school to vouch for me. He has since figured if he was going to get black eyes it would be an animated thing giving it to him. And that he would give as much as he got he still has to learn being rough gets him only one place. Where mommy cant save him lol  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 07, 2005 6:32 AM

He's good! Probably will fall off something at the playground today. Boys are so rough and tumble. Mine were I know!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Rage October 06, 2005 3:55 PM

sorry to hear about your grandsons injury. I hope he is doing ok now.

Hugs,

Bette Jo

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Laurenda October 06, 2005 3:54 PM

He is truly a little doll.

 I would like to say it gets better, but I am realy not sure. I have my days. Like when we go pass the pumpkin patch and wish I could take them and Halloween coming up seeing them all dressed up and so excited. My son called me last night and my newest granddaughter and my two yr. old granddaughter went to spend the night with my youngest sister who also lives in Virginia and I cried, because my oldest two grandkids first sleep overs where with me. I am going to miss all the firsts from my newest granddaughter that I saw with the first two and I worry about not developing a bond like the first two.

I have three sons, ages 25 (the dad of my grandkids) the middle on is 21 and the youngest is 16.

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Bette Jo

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 October 06, 2005 1:03 PM

Rage sorry to hear he got hurt and your right you shoulda been asked to tend to him ut kids seem to think after they r raised parents become incapable...wonder why that is. I couldnt imagine Amon going as far as Japan he is gratefully only 700 miles from me I guess in an emergency I could find my way to them. I have 4 Children they are 16,17,18 and 20 and only the one grand-blessing who as I have said is 6 months old  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 06, 2005 12:54 PM

Laurenda, he really is a cutie! I can't imagine my daughter moving back to Japan and me not seeing Chris. It would drive me crazy. He's 6 years old. Just fell down the other night and spent 4 hours in the E.R. Bit the inside of his lip and didn't need stitches if he takes his penicillin. (?) His Dad stayed home from work the next day because they didn't get back until after midnight. I was a bit miffed because she didn't call and ask me to take care of him! I had my first when I was 17, then 18 and then 19. Phew. and I have 2 grandbabies on the way. One in March (a boy) and one in April. So, that's me! Good to get to know you and I'm happy you found your way here. Rage  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 06, 2005 12:03 PM

Oh how cute......  I know you are going to miss him alot.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Thank You October 06, 2005 11:55 AM

I'd like to thank all of you for your words of encouragement Cora seems to be happy I know I should take some solace in that but I feel so robbed of grand-parental rights. I just wish she was young enough for me to make her do as I say again.lol. then again if seh was I would be angry that she had a baby so young lol. Here is a pic of my sweet amon. This was taken 1 week before he was forced to leave his grandmas arms.

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Laurenda October 06, 2005 10:51 AM

My daughter is having my 1st grandson this Feb 2006 and I'm already torn about not being there for him.  My daughter lives in Louisiana and I live in Ohio.  I don't see too many visits for me either.  She is coming out next week so I at least get to see her pregnant once.  Maybe something will change and bring your daughter back to you.

Lots of shoulders here to cry on and vent.  We try to be here to support everyone.  Hugs sweetie.

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Laurenda October 06, 2005 10:46 AM

I'm so sorry for the situation with your daughter.  I live 1100 miles from my Grandchildren.  But we talk every week, and when lucky, I can fly to Indiana to see them once a year. (very very poor) 

But welcome to the group !  We're here for each other, through it all.  I look forward to getting to know you better, let me know if there's anything I can do to help.  Words of encouragement ?  Be brave, your family will come together sometime.  Keep love in your heart and with your daughter to help mend any broken fences.

Be well.  Hope to hear from you soon... Peace and Grace,  Nina

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Thanx :- ) Bette October 06, 2005 10:10 AM

My little Amon is just 6 months old and my daughter decided 2 days after his 6 month birthday to wretch him from my life I was the only person there to watch him come into this world and as soon as his eyes opened I ws his first blurred vision (poor thing)lol. A nd every day since he was my world. I have been a Mom since I was 17 it's all I've ever known and with my children almost on their own I decided to wrap my heart around my precious grandson He was at my house every moment since he left the hospital. Now I have this great emptiness that I'm not sure I will ever be ever fill again. Does the feeling of dread ever let up?Amon  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Laurenda October 05, 2005 4:17 PM

my heart goes out to you. I at least had a couple weeks notice before my son and g/f decided to tell me they were moving. They knew further in advance, but putting off telling us. It wrenched my heart out when they moved. I also have a three month old granddaughter who was born since the move. I have seen her once for a weekend when she was one month old. I was the grandma who had the kids just about every weekend and we went to visit them at least 3 or 4 nights a week. They all lived with us for a year too.....

I am glad you decided to join us.

Hugs,

Bette Jo

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thank you October 05, 2005 11:09 AM

thank you for ur thoughts and as things r right now i dont see too many visits to see them, hoping my daughter keeps her promises to visit us. I am VERY sad she was supposed  to go to a wedding then come home but called in the first week and broke my heart. wasnt expecting her to stay there and never even got the chance to truly tell my grandson bye since he is deaf i cant even talk to him on the phone and it torments me every moment.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Laurenda October 03, 2005 4:26 PM

Welcome to our wonderful grandparenting group.

It is  hard when the grandchildren are so far away. I hope that circumstances will allow visits.

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Bette Jo

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 October 03, 2005 7:58 AM

Laurenda, my heart go out to U, do you plan to go and visit your daughter and grandbaby??  That will make a difference regarding him remembering U or not.  Was this not a pleasant event with your daughter or are you just very sad??  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hiya'll October 01, 2005 8:37 PM

I'm new to care2 but i do have a grandson who was ecently ripped from my arms by my daughter and moved 700 miles away from me. He is only six months old and deaf so I guess what I'm wondering is....does anyone in here think there is the slightest possiblity he will remember ever?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 01, 2005 1:06 PM

Oh Oh, so Blue Berry is really a Mary???   LOL, we're on to U....   LOL  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 01, 2005 12:06 PM

Ah hah! One of my favorite people in Care2! So happy to see you here Mary! Jeez, that's a long ways. Do you get together for any holidays or anything? I'd be too. My daughter wanted to move to Washington when she finishes school. She has changed her mind to southern MN now. I hope she keeps it that way! Granny Rage  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  September 30, 2005 7:56 PM

ThankYouKitty  for the warm welcome...I know that I am going to like it here!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
Hello Blue Berry September 30, 2005 6:09 PM

Glad you stumbled upon our wonderful group of grandparents. Glad to have you here. We are a new and small group of wonderful people who like to share our thoughts and feelings about our grandchildren.

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Bette Jo

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 September 30, 2005 9:24 AM

Hey Blue Berry, U don't need an invite to belong here with us grannies and grandpa's.  U R so welcome to our little group.  Look around and add a story or joke or hints or etc etc  LOLOLOL  and find out that we are a great group of people here.

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anonymous  September 30, 2005 9:11 AM

talking smileyI am new here and kinda just stumbled in without an invite....I see a few familiar faces and can't wait to meet some new ones...I live in No. Central Texas & have 2 gorgeous granddaughters that live 1000 miles away in Illinois   It is very hard not to be able to hold them close to my heart in the physical sense...so I must make do & keep in touch with them in any way I can...this group looks great and I am glad to be here!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
hello Annie September 27, 2005 4:46 PM

and Welcome.............is the baby here yet?

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Bette Jo

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 September 27, 2005 10:05 AM

A baby yet Annie? I'll write in pink and blue since we don't know what to expect !!!! Granny Rage  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 September 26, 2005 12:45 PM

It's almost 4 here so I gotta go, C ya tomorrow.

Decided blue in case it's a boy!!   hehehe

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 September 26, 2005 12:43 PM

Annie, let us know right away if you're a Grandma to a baby girl or boy.  Open a new thread OK???  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 September 26, 2005 12:42 PM

I would think with 14 grandbabies, she would have a lot of stories to tell us....   LOL  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 September 26, 2005 12:37 PM

Thank you Dian, yes let waiht for Marscha she also belong here!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 September 26, 2005 12:36 PM

Annie, so glad U made it.........  waiting 4 Marsha

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 September 26, 2005 12:00 PM

Here I am, I haven,t the time to look, but now I sea it, this is the right place for my yes yes yes!!!!

I have 3 grandson one is on the picture beside, and one will be ecspecting tomorrow, I,m a little tense now.

I can,t write good English, so I write not much, but I mean it good, love from Annie

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 September 17, 2005 12:51 PM

  all new members.

I have to apologize for not being around too much this past week. Had a fall and have been having trouble with my back.

I  hope to be up and back at it this next week.

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 September 17, 2005 9:17 AM

Hello everyone!

I am a little behind in my welcoming all the new members of our group. I've been away on my so called vacation (should have stayed home and kept working).

I truly hope you all enjoy being here, as much as I do. Bette Jo is just a super hostess, as are all the co-hostesses and our very special co-host.

Welcome all!!

Hugs from Grandma Elaine

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Veronica September 17, 2005 8:49 AM

Welcome to our wonderful group. I am glad you are here.

As far as I am concerned any distance it to far if I can't pop in for a vistit or bring the grandkids home for the night. I was so use to doing that before they moved away.

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Veronica September 16, 2005 8:55 AM

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 September 15, 2005 2:45 PM

Hi there! I have one who lives 7 miles away, the next will be about 45 minutes away and the next will be 2 hours away. So, guess I can go cuddle in any direction! The 'almost' 6 still loves to cuddle and sleep with me and my girls (dogs) when he stays over. Grandkids are so cool. Reminding you of how sweet your kids were then, poof, send them home! Nah, well, yeah, send them home if they get snotty. Funny thing is, they are much better behaved at a Granny's house than they are with their parents. I love it!!!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
New here September 15, 2005 2:36 PM

Thank you for the invite Dian and i am happy to be a member of this group with other grandparents who are here for one another.

I have a 4 year old grandaughter who luckily lives quite near but in February my son and daughter in law are expecting their first baby, they live about 2 hours drive away which isn't far compared to the distance some of you are away from your families but it is far enough away that we don't see them as much as we would like.

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LOL September 14, 2005 10:29 AM

I know it is funny huh?

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 September 14, 2005 7:40 AM

No wonder I like U Bette Jo.....   LOL  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
or September 14, 2005 6:28 AM

May 6th my birthday!  V  [ send green star]
 
Hello everyone September 14, 2005 6:25 AM

I am so glad that I finally started this group. I thought about it for awhile before I did it. I have made such wonderful new friends here and I enjoy sharing all of our grandparenting stories.

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 September 13, 2005 9:48 AM

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 September 13, 2005 9:28 AM

May 3rd is a great day, I know, I was born on it.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 September 13, 2005 7:11 AM

Get used to it! that's just me! And, my newest grandbaby it seems! (to be) They went in for their first appt. yesterday, guess it is still too early. They can't go back until Oct. 3rd now. stupid insurance! They couldn't hear a heartbeat yet, so April might stretch into May. Well, the Dad (Lyn, my oldest) was born on 5/5 so maybe???  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 September 13, 2005 7:06 AM

 Kevin, and Ganny Smith, oops, Rage, what took U so long?     [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous Meet and Greet September 12, 2005 1:29 PM

Hi Bette Jo - and all you beautiful, loving grandparents (and to be's!)....You all touched me with your experiences with the 'babies' and it's amazing how much the same we are....singing, creating, refurbishing, shopping! and, in a big way, coping with the separation from the children.

I was in NY for the birth's of both Kyle (7) and Kerin (4) but here in the middle east when Adelise (5 mos) was born.  I held Kyle and Kerin just hours after they were born (and sang to them) - haven't met Adelise yet.  My son sent me a video which includes her birth (right after actually) and continues thru the first three months or so.  I was doing fine until the near the end of the video when they all said hello from the living room....the kids ended with the admonition to, "Keep sending the surprise packages"! 

From what you all have written and the distances involved I feel very fortunate to have the option to be located closer to them when I finish my work over here (which may be a couple more years at least).  I'm planning on a visit around Christmas.

Take care all - Kevin

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 September 12, 2005 12:43 PM

for the invite! I have to go and call my son (the oldest) their first dr. appt. was today! I'm so excited!!!! This is their first. Granny Rage!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 September 12, 2005 8:08 AM

Charlie Sweetie,  A huge welcome and a great big hug.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hello September 12, 2005 4:41 AM

Charlie .......

Welcome to our wonderful group.

Oh, the joys of grandparenting. There is nothing like being a grandparent.^

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Hello September 12, 2005 12:59 AM

Well hi..my name is Charlie and I would like to thank dear Dian for inviting me. We too are not grandparents yet ,If everything sticks to the plan our family will be blessed with a little girl about the first week in December. We are very very excited !!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Oma September 01, 2005 7:58 AM

A big welcome 2 Diane from another Dian (only they didn't know there was suppose 2 N an E at the end).  LOL.  I'm Native America.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Welcome August 31, 2005 3:54 AM

Diane.....

I am so happy to have you here in our new group.

Oma I love it!

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Bette Jo

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Being a grandmother is simply the grandest thing in the whole world! August 29, 2005 8:50 PM

I have 4 grandson and 2 granddaughters. I am there Oma!The ones by my oldest daughter I only get to see onces every 2 years. she got on drugs and lost 2 of them My oldest granddaughter who is 13 and my oldest grandson who is 11 now I got to se them this summer they had grown.to her first husband who lives in Utah we live in california her third son who is 10 was adopted out she turn him over to the state I found out who adoped him and see him about once a month.  My yopungest daughter lives in Oregon she has 2 boys and just had a beautiful little girl June 1. I see them about every 3 month it is a 10 hour drive But my husband is crazy about our grandkids as I am so we talk to them on the phone and my daughter send photos on the internet and we visit when we can. I was there for all of there birth is is wonderful thing. I miss them dearly there is nothing like grandchildren.

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I am so glad I started this group August 26, 2005 11:23 AM

It is great meeting other grandparents who enjoy their grandchildren.

I bought Morgan an outfit. You will laugh. It is realy for a boy, but you got to know the story first.

My oldest Morgan's dad and my husband are both big sports fans only they never like the same teams. Like for baseball grandpa likes the Yankees and daddy likes Baltimore. Well I got Morgan the cutest little Yankee outfit. I will send it and tell them I want them to take a picture of her in it.

Well I probably won't be back on until Sunday. We camp every weekend and I start a new job tomorrow too! Good thing we do not live far from home.

Well everyone have a great weekend and keep on posting.

Hugs,

Bette Jo

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 August 26, 2005 7:24 AM

It's wonderful talking 2 others that enjoy being grandmothers and 2 share it.  I'm so excited.  Next month she should find out if the baby's a he or she.  LOLOLOL.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
I love being a grandma August 25, 2005 7:38 AM

Dian that is so awesome that you can at least participate in the experience via pictures. There is nothing like being a grandmother.

Michelle like I said I talk with Morgan on the phone when she is awake when they call or I call. I swear she knew my voice already when I finaly got to hold her when she was a month old.

I don't have a lot of talent, but when they moved I did make Cody and Natasha each their own photo album with their own special pictures. Natasha is only 2 and I have to buy her a new album she is wearing hers out already......and I need to make one for Morgan.

Oh the joys of being a grandma...

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Bette Jo

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Grandma's August 25, 2005 7:15 AM

Congratulations Dian. Wait till that baby gets here. The feeling is such an awesome one.

Bette Jo, I wasn't there for any of the births except for Coy's (he's the youngest). Like I said, I sang to Gracie over the phone from the time she was born. My daughter would even call me at night, and ask me to sing to her, so she would fall asleep. I got to see her the first time when she was 3 months old. She first looked at me, screwed up her face, looked around...LOL she had no idea who I was. Then, I started to sing to her, and she broke into a HUGE smile and wanted me to hold her. She screamed terribly when I had to leave. But I ended up moving back to Missouri because she cried so bad...LOL

Since I was there for Coy being born, he was able to "know" Grandma from minute one. My daughter didn't live too far from me, so either she brought him to me, or I went to him, to sing him to sleep. Even now, when I talk to him on Saturday mornings, he will get me to sing to him over the phone... my daughter says he gets the dreamiest look on his face...LOL

Don't worry about not being talented...buying is good too. And believe me, I do my fair share of that too...LOL!

What we Grandma's won't do for our Grandbabies!

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 August 25, 2005 7:03 AM

Thanks Bette Jo.  She did send me the ultrasound pictures, we are very close.  She has a disposal camera and she is taking pictures each month and then will send the camera 2 me so I can have pictures.  There's just something about your baby having a baby  LOL.  I've been waiting 2 be a grandma a long time.  She's 31 years old.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Dian August 25, 2005 6:44 AM

Welcome....

Not being there for Morgan's birth was hard for me. I am the paternal grandma, but I was there for the birth of the other two and I spent the day Morgan was born crying.

I hope you will enjoy being here with rest of us grandparents.

Hugs,

Bette Jo

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 August 25, 2005 6:32 AM

Thanks 4 the invite.  I'm a new grandparent, my daughter isn't due till February 2006.  She lives in Layafette, LA and I live in Ohio so this is really sad 4 me because I'm not going 2 be close 2 watch her go through the pregnancy or delivery.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Welcome August 24, 2005 9:39 PM

Michelle........

Wow 1,000 miles away!

I also talk with my grandchildren as often as I can on the phone. I even talk with Morgan on the phone. My hubby and youngest son pick on me, but when we went for our short visit I swear she recognized my voice. She stopped crying when I held her and talked to her.

I was there when the first two were born. They share a birthday Cody was born January 1, 2000 and Natasha was born January 1, 2003. I cried all day the day Morgan was born because I could not be there.

It is 12:30 am here in New York and I can't sleep. Today is Cody's first day of school and I won't be there to see him get on the bus for kindergarten. But I will be here when he gets off the bus and calls me and tells me how his day was.

I have not made anything for my grandchildren. I am just not the talented kind I guess. I am one of those who shops. When I see something I think they will like I buy it and sometimes put it away for a surprise for the next visit or more often than not I mail a surprise package.

Well I think I should try to go to sleep again. So good nite my new friends.

Hugs,

Bette Jo

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New here August 24, 2005 8:30 PM

Hello all,

First I would like to say Thank you for the invitation.

This is a good group. I'm glad that I am here.

I have 6 Grandchildren total. Three boys three girls. They range in age from almost 2 to 13. I have not seen the oldest Shelly since she was a tiny baby. She lives in Illinois. The next 3 live in Indiana, Christopher, Dakota and Jasmine. (These 4 share the same Father, My Son Chris). My youngest two Grandchildren, Grace and Coy, live in Missouri.

I live in North Dakota. So I am about 1,000 miles from any of my Grandchildren. I spend Saturday mornings calling Gracie and Coy. They sing, I cry and wish I could have them with me to cuddle. How I miss them. I know this may sound terrible, but, I am closer to them than the others. I was there when my daughter Sara, had Coy. I was the first Grandparent to hold him, and when I did hold him, I started to sing to him.  LOL

My daughter says that I started something when I did that. I reminded her that I sang over the phone to Grace from the time she was born until I made it back home, so I could sing to her in person.

Do any of you find yourselves building, painting or creating things just for the Grandchildren?

I recently re-furbished a set of chairs that belonged to my late mother, so that they would match Grace's comforter on her bed. Doing a rocker now for Coy.

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Hello August 24, 2005 6:45 PM

I have three beautiful grandchildren. Two girls one boy. The oldest is my grandosn Cody he is 5. My granddaughters are Natasha 2 and Morgan almost 2 months.

When Natasha was a baby they all lived with us for a year. I was like Natasha's other mother. It was hard when they moved out. It was nice having our home back, but Natasha and I both had a hard time to adjusting without seeing each other every day. Then boom a few months later they decided to move over 500 miles away. It is hard and I want to be able to continue the closeness we have always shared. It is going to be hard to build that new bond with my newest granddaughter, Morgan. Natasha and I share that bond and when we do go to visit that girl is joined at my hip.

My dad always said it would be nice if you could have your grandkids first.......LOL......

Hugs,

Bette Jo

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anonymous  August 24, 2005 4:18 PM

Grandchilden are an extention of our life. I had a doctor tell me one time that a woman has not lived until they have held their grandchild. I agree, but then I am lucky to have the chance.

I have four. Three girls and one boy, and I just love them to pieces, kiss them good-bye and they go home.....lol They all live here, except our oldest grand daughter, so I have been blest.

This is just a great place to share. Thanks again Betty-Jo.

Hugs to all Granny's and up coming NEW Granny's.

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Welcome August 24, 2005 3:26 PM

Elaine..........Linda and Fae.....

if you have any ideas feel free to post..........

Hugs,

Bette Jo

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Meet and Greet August 24, 2005 3:13 PM

Put me on the Granny Ship. 
I'm not there, but I will be soon.
Their doctor thinks it will be January.
I don't care if it's a  or a .

When I met my husband he was .
Back then I was .
Since then I've changed once then back with a few gray and blonde.
Meanwhile, my husband is trying to look the part.

So think good grandma thoughts for all of us.
The little critter is bound to be a squawlling wall crawler like his daddy or a yowling rugrat like his mama. And we'll love whoever we get.  --Linda
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anonymous  August 24, 2005 2:27 PM

Thank-you for the invite Betty-Jo....what a nice idea. I have four grandchildren. The oldest girl just left for University, we will surely miss her!!!!

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Hi Bette Jo August 24, 2005 2:07 PM

Thank you for the invitation.

What a great idea, this board!

I have six Grandkids, five boys and one very special young lady!

I have not seen one Grandson since he was two weeks old. He just turned six. I saw his brother five years ago. My son and wife split up and we don't even know where the two boys are now.

My daughter's two, I last saw three years ago. Her oldest, I had custody of for five years, so I really miss seeing him. They are 14 and 11.

And the other two, I haven't seen for four years. The youngest was just taking his first steps. (Now he sings to me on the phone!)

My son was going to try to bring them down to see me, but whether he will make it or not, I don't know. I do talk to my Grand-daughter fairly regularly. She is 14.

I'm not sure how active I will be on this board, I am working a lot of overtime right now, as we had someone quit, and haven't been able to replace her. But even if I don't post, please know that I will be peeking in to see what's happening!

hugs, ~Elaine~

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A place to meet and greet August 24, 2005 10:37 AM

I have been thinking about starting this group for a long time and today just seemed like the right day to do it.

I thought it would be nice to meet other grandparents who are in the same situation.

I have three grandchildren who live in Virginia. The last one not quite 2 months old. I was not there when she was born and finaly saw her for one weekend when she was a month old.

We can share ideas and our joys of our long distance grandchildren.

Hugs,

Bette Jo

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