We’ve been blessed this week. Last week we were worried my mother might never leave the hospital, and this week, now they’ve moved into the house with us, the girls have been getting some really special one on one time with them. We’ve also been blessed because my mom has made a remarkable recovery, at least in comparison to last week. The cancer’s still there, but she has more energy, and while she rests for a lot of the day, she’s tried to take on bath time as ‘her’ time with the girls. It’s been wonderful.

24/365 – A Nana’s Work Is Never Done

I was looking for something, and came across these two quotes:

Just about the time a woman thinks her work is done, she becomes a grandmother. — Edward H. Dreschnack


A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend. — Author Unknown

Ameli doesn’t know it now, but one day she’ll remember snippets and bits of pieces of this time, and she’ll be glad she knew her Nana.

25/365 – Killing Time

While my mother goes for her twice-a-week chemo-replacing intravenous vitamin C and blood oxygenisation treatments, the girls and I go to  park next to the clinic for a few hours. There are always lots of children, and Ameli loves it. I normally get an iced coffee, and once I’ve drunk it, Aviya will spend an hour or more just playing with the cup!

Oh, and did I tell you? 10 Months and 10 days, Aviya started walking. At the moment, like in the bottom left, her arms are outstretched as she walks, and she often growls. Kind of like a zombie apocalypse. It’s frightfully hysterically funny.

After treatment my mother usually has a good appetite and a lot of energy – so lunch in another park seemed appropriate. She still looks so well, doesn’t she? You wouldn’t think she’s nearing the end of 4 – 8 months they said she’d have if she accepted treatment.

26/365 – Magical Kingdom

I asked my dad if he could take an old box and some Makedo hinges and make the girls a little play house. Instead, he built them a kingdom.

Great fathers get promoted to grandfathers – Unknown

27/365 – Leading the Way

My parents bought me a new camera, and it’s waiting for me at home. In the meantime I’m using my mother’s camera, and I’ve passed my old one on to Ameli. She is loving it and here she was walking around with a group of random kids in the park, taking photos of things. I was so pleased. And then she buried it in the sand, so now the lens doesn’t retract, but I’ll open it up and look at it soon enough. It’s the thought that counts, right.

29/365 – PlayTime

The leader of a local AP playgroup invited myself and the girls around to her house for a playdate and we had such a lovely time. It’s amazing what a morning away from the pressures of real life can do for you, and what perspective it can give you. I know I’m tired, and a little worn out. Hopefully soon I can find some me time, but until then, it’s a blessed relief when your little one can have some fun independently of you.


Without further ado, here are the Mamatography 2013 participants!



Mamatography Week 5: Grandparents Galore

  1. Your children are so lucky to have such amazing and vibrant grandparents. It’s wonderful that you’re documenting all these memories now and that your little one is picking up on the photography hobby!

  2. That kingdom is crazy! How awesome! I wish I could remember the Gran quote I put on the calendar I made a few years ago. Sasha was too young to remember her and Spencer was conceived just a few months before she passed.

    I’m glad you’re capturing these moments for your girls!

    1. I know,right?! We still want to paint it and think it’ll have it’s grand finale at Aviya’s first birthday party, but I’m loving it 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

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