There’s No Place Like Home

I have the privilege and honour of being a care provider for my two grand daughters.  Lucy is 2 1/2 years old and Penny June is three weeks old.  I pack up and my husband takes me an hour away to their campus housing at their university.  It is an older apartment complex but not bad.  But I am without my Memory Foam bed and without my doggies and my warm house and my food.  Don’t get me wrong, I love doing this and I would do it over and over again.  Serving my children brings me great joy.  My son and his wife are moving forward in music related degrees and looking forward to their future.  I am needed.  There is no paycheck involved and that is fine.  They do feed me and give me coffee and an air mattress on the living room floor.  I think the insulation in these apartments disappeared years ago so the couch is warmer for me some nights.  The girls are awesome and I don’t mind being awakened to the cries of a newborn in the night.  I am really glad I don’t have to get up with her.  My husband and I hope to move to this small university town because we fell in love with it.  But until that is possible I go and I return four days later.

Sacrifice  can be annoying.  But that is up to us.  I chose to do this for the kids and therefore I will with a joyful heart.  It is challenging and my back aches and my shoulder aches – who would have thought a skinny eight pound baby could do such damage – and I miss the comforts of home.  But they are family, therefore, it is an extension of my home.  And it won’t last forever.  Who could resist this:

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Enjoy!

cate b

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15 Replies to “There’s No Place Like Home”

  1. Beautiful. Who could resist? Awesome job to take on but so worthwhile. A loving carer beats any sort of care hands down. A gran on hand was always the best I found. And such a relationship you are building with your grandchildren. My kids adored their Nana. And I valued my mum’s input so much. God bless your love.x

  2. what a blessing! enjoy it now, it doesn’t last forever, they will grow up…look how fast lucy grew!! she’s what i call a big “little” girl now…lol…(oxymoron, right…lol)
    giving your life for your children/grandbabies is always worth it 😉
    it’s a hard job, but you’ll be rewarded with all they’re kisses and plenty of lovin’…

  3. Cate I know this is not the ideal situation for you but like you said who could resist. Our kids and grandkids will always be ours no matter what the situation

  4. I love your attitude about this. The inconveniences far outweigh the joys spent with the grandchildren. Your idea about extension of home, and tying it to there’s no place like home–these are great images. My 2 1/2 year old grandson is half a world away from me. And while we can Skype, I can’t wait for the summer when I can see him and hold him. I am thrilled for you and for your grandchildren. AND you are awesome in that you are keeping up the blogging with all of this going on. Bravo! 🙂

  5. Sometimes we have to do what is right not what is the easiest. Bless your heart for helping the kids with their children until they can finish their education. You are rewarded every day by the children and then when you go to that perfect place called home sweet home you appreciate it and your husband more. Awesome lady.

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