IMG_2099As I write this blog I am holding back some tears and relishing memories of my dear granddaughter Mairin as she prepares to move to southern california for college. When Charles and I moved to Watsonville to be closer to her and her parents and siblings ten years ago, Mairin was in third grade, age eight. She often slept overnight in our guest room, helped me cook, played games, and appreciated my help on school writing projects.

Now she is a grad, a fully-grown woman in her own right, and a beautiful human being who many love and admire.

How the years do pass. I now have eight ‘grands’ and two adopted grandchildren and one great grandchild. Wow!

We can’t stop the passage of time but we can ‘make memories’ (as my father often said) and return to them often. And in so doing we leave a legacy of love and warmth and guidance for those who come behind us.

I wish Mairin and all the new high school grads a blessed journey . . .


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)




Off to college! — 12 Comments

  1. Beautiful reflections. How wonderful that you had ten years of a very close relationships. I’m sure Mairin has been impacted in wonderful ways.

    • Thank you, Kathy. I will miss her but our relationship is strong and we’ll stay connected.

  2. It is ironic that you moved to Watsonville and she is moving to San Diego! Wonderful though. Love her so much. Didn’t know she was home. Glad for that!


    • She arrives tonight in S.F. And yes, how ironic that she ends up where I moved from! 🙂

  3. It is wonderful to have such great memories! I am so happy for both of you that you have been so blest to be close for all of these years. I am sure you have been an inspiration to Mairin and she has been a delight for you! I like the verse of scripture you included. One of my favorites!
    Blessings and well wishes for many more happy memories.
    love to you. Margaret

  4. So much happens in a mere ten years, but what sweet memories have been built between you and your granddaughter. She takes these with her while you hold them close to your own heart. Many more to come, just different and spread out by time and miles.

  5. Though there may be miles separating the two of you in the future, your heart-connection will always keep both of you close. Love to both of you!

    • Thanks, Glenda. How interesting that Mairin moves to San Diego, the home town I left to move north to be with her and her sibs and parents ten years ago. So glad I did for now we have a solid relationship.

  6. What a treasure you have in your family, Karen. I know you’ve impacted Mairin’s life, as you have other grandchildren; and am glad for these ten years where you’ve lived near her and shared a good portion of life together. Bittersweet time, huh, the joy of seeing desired growth, goals, development; and the sadness of seeing her move away for her next step in life. Bless you both!

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