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Sharon de Bruyn

Skype Brings Us Together

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Due to the huge distances between us, the internet has been a godsend for me.  My daughter publishes a lot of photos onto Photobucket and Facebook, so I can easily share in them.  From there, I am able to pass them onto others as well.

Skype Brings My Grandson Closer

I am eager to share how Skype is bringing us closer to family.  As you know Skype is used for chatting online or talking via video cam with friends and family.  It is great for accessibility and reducing phone bills.

Well now, it has opened up a whole new world for me.

My daughter rang and asked me to put Skype on.  Well, the video screen opens up and there I am watching her give Kaiden his first meal.  What an experience!  Rachel has a laptop, so regularly now, when it is convenient for her, she will call me on Skype or text me if I am not in the office, to hop online.  I am greeted with scenes of Kaiden, either being fed, on the floor playing or in his chair.

It is like they are in the same room as me.  I am able to talk to him and he responds.  Kaiden is able to see and hear me clearly.  It warms my heart to see him concentrating on the screen and babbling away to me.

Our little grandson is 6 months old now.  How times flies!  It doesn’t look like it will be long before he crawls.  I watch him on the mat, getting his backside up in the air and his legs moving, though his arms and legs have no idea yet that they need to work together.  Regardless, bit by bit, Kaiden is able to inch his way towards the laptop to get closer to me.  I guess it won’t be long before Rachel will have to keep the laptop out of his reach.  I remember mine rolling over and over to get where they wanted to be before they could crawl.

Rachel has started taking Kaiden to swimming lesson.  He is loving it.  I have posted one here for you to see.  He is cute isn’t he?

Here is another cute one 🙂

I look forward to catching you next time.

Have a top day 🙂

Sharon

Meet Kaiden…..He Is So Cute

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My  goodness, the time has flown and it is now the end of September.  So much has happened, so much to be thankful for.

We Have A Lot To Be Thankful For…..

Our gorgeous little grandson arrived on the 26th April early in the morning.  Our daughter handled it all so well and Kaiden Joel arrived safe and sound without problems.  I was privileged to be present during the birth, a very special occasion.

Two months later my husband, son and I moved to Victoria.  The last few months have been very eventful for me.  We now live in a beautiful farming village fairly close to Melbourne.   So while we get to enjoy the beauty and relative quietness of the countryside, we are not far from the conveniences of the city.

I have booked flights to visit the north in the New Year for which I am very grateful.  Catching up with friends here has been a real treat.

We have had lots of rain here, so it will continue to be green here for a long time.  Quite a contrast to where my daughters live in North Queensland.  We live in an amazing country to be sure.

I won’t let it go so long before I post again.  Take good care until I see you again.

Sharon 🙂

A Bun In The Oven

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As I write this, I am filled with joy and anticipation in the knowledge that we will be grandparents in the New Year.  27th April 2009 to be exact.

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Holding a newborn baby in my arms is a wonderful experience but to know that this child will be our first grandchild fills me with great emotion.  Memories flood back to my own children as babies.  It sounds a long time ago but it doesn’t seem that long.  I have been looking forward to grandchildren for some time even before my own children were fully grown.  Babies, I love babies!  As mine grew, I longed for another and another.  But after four, my husband said he thought that was enough.  Over time, I gradually adjusted to the idea and was very thankful for the family we now had.

My Mother was one of 12 and my Dad, one of 4.  Having four children was a reasonably small family unit as I grew up but by the time we began to start our own, a family of four was classed as large.  Usually, people had to buy another car with a bench seat, a 4WD or a Tarago.  We drove around in two cars for the first 6 months if we needed to go out as a family or one person would stay behind.  These days, there are many more cars to choose from and more family friendly.

On the accommodation side of things, we added an extra bedroom after a few years.  I remember visiting my Grandma’s house and wondering how she slept all her children in the tiny two bedroom home.  My mum laughs and says that they slept 3-4 in the double bed and top to toe in the single beds on the veranda.  I might add that the verandah was not enclosed so they used to burn manure outside at night to keep the mozzies away!  Also as the new babies came along the older ones left home.  Gran’s kids lived outside during the day and only came in for meals, baths and bed.  They lived a very happy, carefree life.

Times change and I wonder how people’s lives will be in another 30 years or so.  Technology has progressed so quickly, it is hard to keep up, but also it brings us together.  The World Wide Web has brought us so many possibilities.  We can choose to shop online, study online, explore online, talk to family and friends online.  Even work online.  The possibilities are endless!

I have been browsing maternity sites, nursery sites, baby name sites, book sites and it goes on and off from the comfort of my own home.  Actually, time disappears when I am online.  There is so much to see and be involved in.  My daughter keeps in touch through the net, so she doesn’t feel far away.

I am sure we will be grandparents more than once and I look forward to it all.  To see life through the eyes of a child is to relive your own childhood experiences again.  If anyone out there is in the same boat as me and awaiting a grandchild, please add a comment to my blog so we can share in your joy as well.

To give is to receive.

Want to know how our family survived living on $20 a week?  Look out for my next blog….  😉

Sincerely,

Sharon
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