Chil­dren of our chil­dren, part2

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Heartbeats -

Lit­er­ally after I had fin­ished writ­ing the first “Chil­dren of our chil­dren’ my daugh­ter, Mi­randa, said that it was time to call the mid­wives. After the hor­ror de­liv­ery of her first child, two years prior, she de­cided that an­other ap­proach was needed. And so Raf­ferty Oisin Grant (at 4.4kgs) was de­liv­ered at our home in Glenorie. Tears, ex­cite­ment and pride. It is a very dis­arm­ing and at times, dis­turb­ing view­ing plat­form for a mother watch­ing her daugh­ter han­dle such an ex­pe­ri­ence.

Hav­ing all sur­faced from this joy all fam­ily mem­bers then trans­ferred their at­ten­tions to my el­dest son and his part­ner who were on the thresh­old of par­ent­hood. Ten days after Raf­ferty was born, In­di­ana Som­er­set Stokes was wel­comed into the world. After hav­ing 4 sons (and one daugh­ter), 2 son in laws and 2 grand­sons, it took me quite some time to un­der­stand that we now had a lit­tle girl to help bal­ance the fam­ily dy­nam­ics.

Of course my son Roly, the great ad­ven­turer named his daugh­ter In­di­ana and we were all de­lighted that Mi­randa’s mid­dle name, Som­er­set was cho­sen to ac­com­pany In­di­ana through­out her life. Busy times for me as Raf­ferty’s other grand­par­ents, from Hous­ton stayed with us for 2 weeks and then Am­ber’s (In­di­ana’s mother) par­ents came from Auck­land to share in the hap­pi­ness.

I am off to Nairobi in early July, to help Mi­randa back with her boys….I’ll see you at the other end but I do hope you all have some de­lights come your way which you are happy to share…

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