I'm usually pretty quiet with my private life - but yesterday my beautiful eldest daughter (Teagan) and grandson (pictured) moved from where they lived close-by, to 10 hours drive North from here, and *wow* am I missing them already.
I've shared a LOT with my daughter, in my mind - more than a lot since she grew up with a terrible physical disability (juvenile polyarticular rheumatoid arthritis) where much of her life was spent at hospitals, doctors, specialists, physios, OT's, naturapaths... you get the picture - if there was someone who I thought could help, we'd see them - even resorting to some questionable therapies.
Well in the end modern medicine has helped her a lot and she's been able to fall pregnant with her second child. Unfortunately this time around her arthritis has not disappeared - or lessened - like what happened with her first child, and she's had to go on cortisone to keep her knee swelling down and the swelling/inflammation behind one of her eye's under control (she's almost blind in that one eye).
Anyway, long story short - I'm so damn proud of her and what she's achieved, I get teary eyed even now just thinking about her!
And all going well, by May she'll make me a proud grandmother for the 2nd time!!