Singing and dancin’
Dear Guillianna and Elijah –
Yes so this photo popped up in my memories from a few years ago – and you may not remember but Elijah fell in love with this one song in Arizona long ago – it ironically caused him some grief at school once fit to the wording but oh my how you both love music and how much fun we had taking turns picking songs on the way to school every morning. So many good memories for sure. Morning sillies were the best ! Music, dancing and singing ! From the minute you woke up- we would start with the “Good morning song that Eli would finish off and well there was no stopping the little singer and dancer in Guillianna too!
We can remember The two of you putting on shows for us and when all the cousins or friends came over the productions that would be created ! Rylee’s mom has videos she shared of some of the playdate productions too that are just so adorable. Again these uploads can be kept for viewing on a private page since for Nana the technology skill set is limited and I am still working on pixelating images. There are so many on this site and it is quite a process for me to save the original image, create a new image and make the archives but I work at it daily. The objective of this site is to make certain you will always have warm happy feelings inside when it comes to the Mitten, for all of your family and your friends here! It is our hope that you will fully understand the amount of love that was then and still exists now, and that you will remember the amazing life shared and fully know it to be as special as it truly was. Until you’re able to spend time with your grandparents and family in the Mitten, we hope to protect you’re sweet hearts from any possible trauma endured from the loss, sorrow, and loss of trust it could feel in such an unusual situation. There is so much medical literature to support the need for a person to know and feel these sentiments, to know and feel truth, and support. As we have tried to convey so many times and in so many ways through these love letters – you are loved by mom and dad, you are loved by all of those you have impacted through nine and six years of your now 10 and 7 year old lives. You have made it through 365 days without two people you could not bear to leave or be with out – and we are forever hopeful you know we will always wait for that ‘call’, or that chance to hug you and tell you to your faces how truly happy we are to see your growth, your scholastic and non academic achievements! To share actively and be present in your current or future lives! We also know that if the independence or separation from all those in the Mitten continues and is more comfortable for mom and dad, we will hope you’ll one day understand and you will know we did not abandon you two and we understand you did not have ay ability to change the situation . We understand that loving and missing here would be so hard to share when you’re expected not to . Or would feel you have Dissapointed anyone if you did. A terribly hard place for anyone to be in especially a child. We hope you’ll one day know that we supported our daughter for all of her military career and while she was working she was able to go to school. She did all that she could to advance in her job and to provide and be the stability she needed to be for you both. She could not have worked the type of full time job that the Army is and gotten her college studies done without help from so many who love her, her grandparents, her mom and her dad – so many people have been part of mom’s life from the start – and she will make sure she is there and had set up plans for you both. It’s our understanding that her work over these past ten years and more, will have allowed for you two to go to college one day! Now that dad is out of the Army you two have begun the next chapter of your journey but our love letters are written to make sure you know your family will stay your family regardless of next duty station, or destination in your lives. Nana and Poppy have so much experience in the cause and effect of attachment issues related to loss and major change therefore we will always do what we can to help you see that you can trust, you can believe, and you can love! That even if not all people are in agreement on the necessity or value of all things, relationships, people that have been left behind in the Mitten, we do agree in the shared and true love for two special people ! Love of you both is a common thread and it cannot be broken .
We will love you to the moon and back – we will always be your cheering section , and we will always keep safe the story of our lives- the beginning of our journey, the story of our hopes and dreams, the journal of the events in our lives, for all or any of our grandchildren who look to understand this unusual situation, seeker of the how and why, the history .
We are so grateful for the great things you bring to us in life. You two make our hearts sing ! You have so many little friends who have tried to write and keep contact with you. If mom should get the chance to bring you for a visit we will be sure to arrange for you to visit your old school or make a play date … and if not this letter can serve to tell you they all miss you both very much and loved time spent with you! It’s how everyone in the Mitten feels! Nothing but love for you both ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Forever and for always ,
❤️Nana and Poppy❤️🍪