How this Bittersweet Baby Brings Joy!

This was the last "must-stop" destination, after months of being on the road, before I reach home. And, here is why...

My Grand Neice - Harley Anne 

One of  my sisters, Linda, passed in 2012. This is her first grandchild. Now, even though she is my niece, Harley is one of my Grand babies. She is just a few weeks old and my sister would be over the moon with joy meeting her. I was. Lu, as we called my sister, has been on my mind so very often lately. I miss her and wish more than anything she could be here. Looking at this beautiful baby and knowing she will never meet my sister, never learn from her, and never hear Lu's infectious laughter is bittersweet. I look forward to the days when I can take Harley for walks, push her on a swing, and tell her how wonderful her grandmother was and how she is missed by so many that loved her.

I had the great privilege of being Harley's first babysitter and though she won't remember, I shared a few memories of Lu with her. Made me also think of how much I missed my grandchildren being so little!

Bittersweet Baby

Not all of my time at my nephew Vincent and his wife Cassies', but most of it, centered around this little girl. We also toured Fort Macon State Park. The main attraction is the perfectly restored Civil War-era fort.  It sits along beautiful shoreline and the whole area is prime picnic fodder.

We also spent a wonderful day celebrating Cassie's niece Skylar's birthday. My nephew took me on a ride in his Harley down route 70 and through charming farm country. He pulled a few moves that had me hugging him as if he were a life-preserver! It was great to have that time with him, despite his crazy moves.

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Priyadarshini Rajendran
Priyadarshini Rajendran

Your attitude in embracing the little one is lovely . It is always great to reminisce of old memories close to heart.

Stephanie | You Are My Son Shine
Stephanie | You Are My Son Shine

Aww, what a bittersweet moment you got to spend with such an adorable little girl. She may never meet her grandmother in person, but she lives on through the family who loved her. That’s the beauty of memories and photos/videos, we get to “meet” loved ones we may not otherwise have a chance to see.

Jessica Hughes

What a beauty Harley is! I can understand how seeing her must be bittersweet for you. Thinking about your sister never knowing her is sad, though on the other hand she is a piece of your sister that you now have to love. And you will be able to teach Harley all about her Grandma and that is a precious thing.

Angie D. Hills

What a beautiful story! I loved hearing that you shared memories with the sweet baby, even though they may not remember – I’m sure those memories and feelings of comfort & joy were felt by her non the less.

Cassie Liz

What a beautiful baby! I bet your nephew would have been so thrilled to have you there and to meet his new baby. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to have a baby and not have your mum there, so sharing the joy with other family members would be a huge help

Alice Boswell

Welcome to the world Harley. I send you kisses and hugs from Canada 🙂
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved sister. I am sure she smiles at her from above. 🙂

Jill Fickling-Conyers

A time that you will remember forever. Harley is adorable.


Awe your sister’s grandaughter is so preciousI I love the name Harley!


I’m so sorry for your loss. Such a lovely post, put a lump in my throat.
Big hugs to you!

Ashley Weasley

I am very sorry about the loss of your sister. It is great that Harley will have you to tell her all about her.