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To The Moon and Back

If you were to ask Liam what that expression means he would tell you that that is how much my Nana loves me...and he would be right..I have been telling him this each time I see him, for five years now..I am having a hard time wrapping myself around the fact that he is turning five..I remember, like it was yesterday, the first time I held him, in a hospital room, thirty minutes after he was born. From that very first moment, he stole my heart and has never let go..In this last five years he has grown into a lovely little boy...full of life, laughter and love.  He has given us so much joy and happiness.  

Both Papa and I have so many wonderful shared  moments with him to smile about..we cherish each visit with him and have been so privileged to have had him each week in our care.  Next year he will be in kindergarten all day, making friends and beginning his "big boy" adventures...and although we will continue to be important to him...he will grow into his own little for the rest of this year, I will hold him close, enjoy the bond that we have formed and wait and watch to see how he  expands his horizon. 

I know you have seen so many photo's of him over the years...but I just couldn't let this day go by without a few of my favorites as he's grown.  Time spent..that's the gift we have cherished the most  with him...and now Jaxson. I always wanted to be a Grandmother but honestly, I never knew it was going to be this takes some of the sting out of "maturing..



How quickly the years have flown by, like a lazy Sunday afternoon...I look at him now and know that he moves on in confidence and a sense of his own as he rides off, leaving his toddler hood behind, Papa and I will always be on the sidelines, watching and loving him..Ah these kids, what a great ride they both have given us...I think we'll sign up for another year of learning and laughing with them.

Happy Birthday Lil Man....

"It's the little moments, that make life big"..Kobi Yamada

"If you want to keep your memories, first you have to live them." Bob Dylan




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Reader Comments (15)

Oh my gosh I so understand everything you say here. Grandchildren are like no other blessing. I try to see mine at the least every other week. Our busy lives don't always allow us to see them weekly although if it were possible you can be sure I would. The photos you picked are indeed special and show just how much he has grown! Enjoy him to pieces!

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Thomas

What a SPECIAL birthday gift, to have you honor your little boy in such a beautiful way with words and images.
I wish I could say we're lucky if we get to see our granddaughters once a year . . . twice is an exception.
So I live through your JOY and appreciate all you so generously share.
Please give Liam an extra special hug from me . . . just one of his grandma's friends from afar!
I dream of how wonderful it could be if your boys and my girls could play together!
Oh my . . . xox . . . HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIAM!

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

Thank you Liz...I know you feel the same way...they do grow so fast...enjoy them whenever you can.

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Oh Antoinette thank you so much for your lovely are the best buddy for my writing..I know in your heart that you would love to be with your girls more...and someday I know you will...but in the meantime I am happy to share my boys with you...if they met you, they would love you...xoox

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Oh Cheryl, your words and photograph's are so very touching, you actually brought tears. Such a wonderful way to start off my morning, thank you!
The relationship you have with your grandchildren reminds me of the relationship I had with my Grandmother. Very special and one I will always hold close to my heart. As always beautifully shown and expressed!
Love you! xo

November 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKim Menzel

Thank you Kim for your visit and your most lovely comment...I value your words and know that you speak from the heart...Lovely to know that you had a special relationship with your me hope that someday the boys will read my blogs to them and remember how much they were loved...all children need to know how special they are...have a great you to...xoxo

November 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterCheryl Crotty

Beautifully said. Your children and your grandchildren are so blessed to have their life in print. You have captured such precious moments, or maybe the moments are so precious because YOU have captured them in such a beautiful way. I always look forward to your photos! Miss you !

November 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSue Guptill

He really has grown into quite the little man. Fun times ahead with kindergarten and exploring the world in a whole new way.

November 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

He is precious and how nice that you get to spend so much time with him. Such a special relationship...he will have so many wonderful memories to look back on someday. You are both very lucky to have each other! I'm hoping for grandchildren one day!

November 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Oh Susan Guptill so nice to see you here celebrating Liam's birthday with him and me...your words warm my heart more than you know..hope you and Pete are enjoying some warmth and sunshine...we miss you trip to Maine, first week in you.

November 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Sarah thanks also for your visit and wise advice...yes, I need to look forward at all the adventures still to come...thanks for that reminder.

November 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Susan...oh my I know wish grandchildren for everyone but all in good time...thank you for stopping by to see us today...your visit is always something to look forward to.

November 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

I flash forward to when Liam is all "growed up" and is going through these gorgeous images and poignant words about his childhood with his own kids. How amazing that will be! And he will have all this to bring back childhood memories thanks to you!

November 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSherry G.

Cheryl precious memories what a lovely young man and he is lucky to have such a great grandmother..

November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell

My comment here is late because I was so overcome with joy and how your love and admiration for your grandchildren is so great, and I miss this age so much with my grandchildren. This is truly your share your thoughts, and you express each grand child is so special in their own way. Your words are like gold to me, and I hope one day when your grandsons are old enough to grasp your words, they will also feel that way. And, I truly hope you are putting these things into a special book for them. These are simply amazing posts! They leave me speechless so many times. xoxo

November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

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