My mom's first great-grand baby was born in Florida a few months ago. It was my parents goal to be able to travel to Florida to meet baby Nadalie, but with my mom's health it just wasn't possible. When it became a reality that she wasn't up for traveling, my Nephew Nick and his wife Erica decided to bring Nadalie to mom! They flew all the way from Florida so my mom could meet her great-grand baby! Oh, and great-grandpa Chuck too!
My mom was in bed when they arrived but got up when she heard them coming in. We had her sit on the couch and Nick handed Nadalie to my mom to hold. All four of us immediately whipped out our cameras and started taking pictures. Poor Nadalie's eyes got huge as we were all standing around her calling her name, trying to get her to smile. It was only a few minutes before fatigue set in and my mom had to go back to bed.
Later that night, we were all sitting around talking; Nadalie was happily laying on her blanket on the floor when suddenly, my mom woke up and came out into the room. She didn't say anything to anyone but walked over to where Nadalie was and sat down on the floor beside her. She talked with Nadalie, eventually producing a big wide grin on little Nadalie's face. I think time stood still, we all stopped talking, in fact I think we were all holding our breath watching this interaction between great-grandma and great-grand daughter. I had a million thoughts and emotions going through my mind , I could only imagine what an emotional struggle it was for my mom as well. It only lasted a few minutes before my mom asked Nick to help her up off the floor. She got up and quietly went back to bed. I walked back with her to her bed and covered her up. It had taken all her strength to do what she just did but it was something that was very important to her .
I pray that Nadalie will remember her great-grandma Mary. I want her to know how much my mom loved her and had prayed for her even before she was born! I am so thankful that once again I was able to be a part of a very special moment with my mom, a time that we once again could see joy in the midst of such difficulties.