Cousin Bash is shopping…
Dear Guillianna and Elijah:
We figured you would really enjoy seeing your cousin getting ready for Christmas! So cute, right? Actually this photo was taken for Christmas by Carlos 2, and yes it is a real tree on top of the car! He is getting so big isn’t he? It’s so hard to believe time is going by so fast.
I know you must miss him so much. The two of you truly are good cousins to he and all of your cousins ! We know you must think about them all. Just like we think about you two. There have been a lot of changes for the two of you, and good things are hopefully happening for both of you.
Things generally in the Mitten are pretty much the same, and it is our hope, or our true Christmas wish that your family will get to come visit. We say that as a dream or our hope, since in reality I am sure you all have plans already, and like with Thanksgiving you may be making all kinds of new happy memories. It will surely be a very different Christmas this year for everyone. What matters most is that you are all healthy, happy and that you know you are loved so much. We hope you will have gingerbread houses to build, elves, visits with Santa, cookies to bake , stockings to hang and packages under the tree Christmas morning. But before all of that, it is a very big day on Tuesday.
One week away, the oldest grandchild of ours turns TEN years old! We wonder how it is leaving behind the single digits and approaching 10. Wishing I could make another cake like this one for you. Do you think that a ten-year old thinks different from when they were 3, 6, or 8 years old? We hope that as you grow older, you learn more and are able fully understand the love Poppy and I have for our entire family. As you grow, and change, it’s our hope that some details about you, like your personalities , in particular, the kindness and compassion within you – won’t change. As both of you get bigger we know you will also grow emotionally and learn so many things, most importantly we always hope you stay happy, be as kind and thoughtful as you always have been. That you stay respectful of parents, teachers and others in your lives. Helpful, and enjoying life as you always did when you were with us. One day we hope you will be able to tell us all about it, or if you’re so much older that you can’t remember your tenth birthday – we will hope you will have photos of it, just as we hope there are photos of Eli’s birthday from this past September. The good thing about photos, is that no matter when it is that we are able to see you both again, the photos are an image that remains for the rest of time, to help us all remember our “history”…. and to see everything and cherish the times of your lives, as we all grow older. Photos capture moment and can bring us all closer. So do not worry, no matter what, we can hope to one day catch up on all of these things in this part of your life journey. We will always keep on loving you, wishing you happiness always and we will be patient until that day comes. Yes, we are always going to be your Grandparents, and we will always love you. We don’t have all the answers about when or if we will get to hug you again, or make you feel the joy you’ve always known around us, or talk to you again, but we certainly can promise you that our love is true. It is honest and it is unchanging! Our love, all of the fun and wonderful memories, will live inside you for your entire lives. The pages of this site, will forever live and hold part of your history. They tell your story and there are pages that will tell the story of our lives, how it all began so long ago. The story of a true love, and dedication, and how important it is for you to always look for truth. Our wish, will always be, that you have peace and happiness when you think of the Mitten, that any somehow, any potential issues, from the drastic, dramatic and sudden loss you’ve experienced will be softened with the warm memories and smiling faces that adorn these love letters. The dream is that we can see you , and the hope is we can see you soon. Of course, we are always hopeful that we can be invited to your birthdays, to your school events, your sporting events, or to weekend brunch, and a million other things.
I know that images keep popping up on our phones, from great memories and is these images that inspires the love letters we write today. We have sent the special boxes for your special day, celebrating your birth, the day we became NANA AND POPPY and want very much for you to enjoy them.
Birthday gifts for Guillianna and a “little brother” gift for Elijah went out UPS so that in time for the big day, just like when we sent Elijah’s birthday gifts in September, and a “big sister” gift for Guillianna, you will smile again.
We hope you have had a great Wednesday, that you enjoyed seeing the Christmas tree shopping photo, and a few of the other old memories with us in the Mitten.
Love you both to the moon and back, forever and for always,
❤️Nana and Poppy❤️🍪