{The Ordinary Moments 15} #34 ‘Feeling Grateful.’


I’ve written about both sets of my grandparents numerous times before on this blog. I am really lucky to still have both sets, something which I guess is quite rare really at my age. One set, my maternal set I see all the time and they are my heroes, I am incredibly close to them both and we see them most weeks. My other set, my paternal side, I don’t see anywhere near as much as they live a couple of hours from us, but we do try and see them every couple of months.

Anyway I am digressing as usual. I was going to write about something completely different for my ‘Ordinary Moments’ post this week, but as I write this it’s Saturday afternoon and I am just have this overwhelming sense of feeling grateful for what I’ve got. LL is upstairs having a nap and Mads and Mr E are currently playing a game on the rug just in front of me.  We had a nice relaxing morning, we just went for a picnic and a bike ride and are now having a lazy afternoon. I get like this occasionally, usually if I am feeling particularly sentimental or over emotional about things, but I get this real feeling of gratitude for the people I love.

Our family isn’t perfect. We have our ups and downs, cross words, angry tears or heated disagreements. We have broken families, which does make it harder sometimes. It’s also pretty small, my Mum and Dad only have one sibling each and I rarely see my cousins now we have all flown the nest, but the small family I do have is tight. We love each other through thick and thin and I know my nearest and dearest would do anything for me. And I realise how lucky I am to have that.

I feel so grateful to be raising my girls in a family full of love. I am the eldest grandchild, meaning that our two little ladies are the first great Grandchildren on both sides, and as such both sets of my Grandparents adore them. I have always been overly emotional, but seeing my Grandparents making memories with my children couldn’t make me any happier- I feel so lucky to be able to have these moments, especially as sadly you never know what life can throw at you.

It’s wonderful to watch my Mum and Dad bond with Mads and LL, as I can see what they were like with me at that age. When my Dad goes all soppy and stares at LL or Mads with such love in his eyes, I wonder if he used to do that with me. Or how my Mum is their favourite person ever and the one they always go to for cuddles, just like I did when I was born. It’s the same with my Grandparents as well. On Tuesday we took a detour back from the Peak District to go and visit my Nana and Grandpa. They are 90 and 94 and we arrived to find that my Nana had hidden about 20 teddies around the house for the girls to find. They adored this game, running around seeing where she had hidden them. It gave me the biggest sense of nostalgia. I remember running around their house, with it’s same patterned carpet, old grandfather clock ringing on the hour every hour, and same pictures on the wall, all those years before.

Later that afternoon we sat down in the garden to read a book that my Nana had kindly bought the girls. As their eyesight is getting worse, I read it out loud for all of us, a silly tale about a grumpy bear. I looked over at my Nana at one point and she had tears in her eyes listening to the story with one of the girls either side of her. The sight made me feel both desperately sad and also incredibly grateful at the same time.

I’m so lucky to be able to experience these moments. Growing old is a funny old thing. It must be really strange and also very sad to think that you won’t ever know what will happen to further family generations down the line. Not to be able to see your great Grandchild get married or know what kind of person they will grow into. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. It’s the circle of life but if I think about it too much it makes me feel so so sad. Myself and Mr E were talking about it afterwards and saying that it was such a shame that I never got to meet his Grandparents- I would have loved to have met them and I would have loved for them to know how happy he was. How we are building our own happy family. How we make each other the happiest.

But I guess life itself is a funny old thing. No one can be sure what’s round the corner. So we treasure the extraordinary moments, the amazing times, the holidays and the fun days out.

But even more so we treasure the most ordinary ones of all. The teddy bear hunts, the playing board games on the rug on a Saturday afternoon and the way in which tickles makes little eyes shine and dance about in pure innocent happiness. Sure it’s not always perfect- it can be stressful, tough and all those other things in between.

But I’m always grateful. Always.


Some iPhone photos that I took at my Grandparents…

nanaandgrandpa_aug15_1The teddy that my Nana is holding was my Dad’s when he was little, he is nearly 66 years old. Mads especially found it fascinating that her Grandpa used to cuddle him when he was little. LL just wanted Baa Baa to give him a kiss!

nanaandgrandpa_aug15_2I love this one of my Nana and Mads.


 And this one too.


  • This is lovely. I think I’ve mentioned before I don’t have grandparents on my side. My husband only has one grandma. The family on my side is minuscule but I’m so close with my mum and stepdad that I guess I almost don’t notice. My husband family is massive too so it helps compensate. I think it’s good to sit back and appreciate it all and realise how lucky we are for family. Lovely post xxx

  • Suzanne says:

    What wonderful photographs Katie and beautiful words to go with them. My grandparents are still alive (maternal side) and at my age, that really is incredible! I try to see them as much as I can, every year thinking this may be the last. They too adore their great grandchildren. Quite a special relationship isn’t it? x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I loved reading about your grandparents on your recent blog post Suzanne. And yes it definitely is a special relationship. x

  • I only have 4 cousins and I was lucky to have a great Gran until I was 20. I just have my Gran now who is 82 and sharp as a knife! Since losing my Mom we have grown so so close and I absolutely adore her. I think when all is said and done – it’s all about family and I’m blessed with such a supportive, loving family. There may not be many of us but I am truly lucky to have them all xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      That’s how I feel too Beth, there’s not loads of us but I am lucky with the ones I do have. Your Gran sounds fab!

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Such s lovely lovely post. I have no grandparents left at all and my grandmother, who was the last one left, passed away about a month before I got pregnant. I often wonder what she’d say about Z, probably that he never sits still and never stops talking :). It’s so lovely to see the bond between your girls and grandparents. So many very special moments and memories being built and even more lovelier that you keep in touch with them all properly. That can be quite rare these days xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I am sorry to hear none of your Grandparents met little Z, I bet they would have loved him. It’s definitely something to feel grateful about- making all these memories. xx

  • Alison says:

    Beautiful post Katie. You really are so lucky to have grandparents and the picture you build of your Nana having tears in her eyes as you read is so lovely. I’m grateful that my gran got to meet and get to know Mark before she passed away. I really miss her.

  • Hannah says:

    Beautiful photos. I think the best photos are the ones that capture moments, the one of LL and Baa with Nana is perfect. It’s lovely that your Nana & Grandpa took the time to hide all those teddies, you have a lovely family Xx

  • What a beautiful post Katie, I only really had one grandparent and he died when I was 14. He was my hero and I always feel a little sad that he didn’t see me grow up and meet my family, I took it as a good omen that my husband and him share the same birthday. My one thought is that he never got to see me drink a cup of tea, such a silly thing but he used to nag all the time that I didn’t drink hot drinks when I was younger and he would have been so weirdly proud to see me with a brew. xx

  • Such a beautiful post! I think it’s really important to treasure the time we have with our grandparents! I often think about that circle of life and how strange it is that we won’t know anything of the future when our time comes. My nana often talks about not knowing if she’ll still be here if we had another child, and it’s so sad to hear. But then I guess you have to celebrate the life they have already lived, and feel happy that they’re still here for now xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Chantal, it definitely is important to treasure the time. It is sad to think and hear others talking about the circle of life, it’s enough to give me tears in my eyes just thinking about it. x

  • Lovely words, and it definitely is so important to really savour each era of our lives, things change so fast! Gorgeous photos which I’m sure you’ll love looking back on forever! X

  • Such amazing pictures huni! You are all so lucky to have your grandparents around, but you know that. Such a lovely post. I too have days when I just feel so grateful for what I have xx

  • Sherry says:

    Lovely photos as always Katie. My grandparents on my dads side are still with us and in their 80’s, though on my mums side we only have my granddad as my nan sadly passed a few years back. Every time we see them I always forget to take my camera out and to date don’t have any pictures of them together. This has inspired a visit and pictures! Happy Sunday x

  • Mummy Fever says:

    This is lovely – none of my children have ever met my grandparents. 3 of them had died by the time I was 10 and the last when I was 18. Also my parents live in France and we only see them a couple of times a year. My partner still has two grandparents though and we all celebrated one of their 90th birthdays last year which was amazing. Enjoy and treasure your family x

  • These are absolutely stunning pictures – with an iPhone you say? Beautiful. It’s so important to be grateful, I totally agree. I feel utterly blessed for my little family. Also hugely close to my grandma who sadly has dementia but one of my wishes was that she would see me happy with children and I got that just before she deteriorated. Linking up for the first time to #TheOrdinaryMoments what a gorgeous linky! Kat xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Kat, we should definitely treasure family. I am glad that your Grandma got to see you happy with your children. xx

  • Such a lovely post, Katie. And you take such gorgeous pictures even on an iPhone! Funnily enough my ordinary moment this week is about visiting my Grandma too. I hope that T will have a similar relationship with his great grandma as your girls have; at the moment he is very shy around her as we don’t see her very often. I love that your Nana hid teddy bears around the house, and what a beautiful and poignant moment when you were reading the story. I can tell you really treasure these times- such precious memories. Xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Helen, and I really love these photos. We are definitely lucky to have these Grandparents aren’t we? I loved reading your post about your Grandma! x

  • Katy says:

    I still have my maternal grandparents, I lost my paternal side years ago. I wish I were closer to them but they live so far away i have never properly known them. My girls are lucky to have theirs just around the corner so they have that magical bond as your girls do with your mum. Gorgeous photos! x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Oh I am sorry to hear you don’t see your Grandparents much Katy, but it sounds like your little girls have a lovely relationship with theirs! xx

  • Lovely post. I agree. Family means SO much to me. I only have my Nan’s on each side now and sadly only one is well enough to enjoy my children. I want our parents to be in my twins lives so much…it is so important. Stunning photographs of lovely captured moments xx

  • Mary says:

    I love the pic with Grandma and the teddies – its lovely and so much fun!
    You know we have huge families, which is mad and a lot of fun, but big or small kids are lucky to be surrounded by so much love. You are unique to have all of your grandparents, which I always love to see on here and read of and yes they are so special…Of course you are grateful, this is your beautiful family and they influence your girls for the better, a wonderful post and beautiful pictures x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Your family sounds amazing Mary, totally crazy and sometimes I wish I had a bigger family. It often makes me wonder whether to have more than two little ones, as I would love a big crazy family around me in years to come. Thank you for such a lovely comment. xx

  • Kerri-Ann says:

    Such a beautiful post. I don’t have grandparents and neither does Mr H so sadly G hasn’t met anyone other than Mr H’s parents. We have a very small family. You are very lucky to have so many family members close to you and I’m glad you are able to still spend time with them. Time really is precious. Have a lovely week x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Kerri-Ann, ours is pretty small too and Mr E’s side is even smaller, but I will always treasure mine. I love them to pieces. Time is certainly precious. xx

  • Claire says:

    This is so lovely. I am in tears. I only have my mum left and I am so grateful to have her. Dave has both parents and three of his grandparents and we feel so grateful to have them too. I love visiting them as you do. The teddy bear hunt sounds amazing! What a cool great- gran! :-) We definitely need to appreciate people while we have them. xxx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Sorry to make you cry Claire. It’s lovely visiting family isn’t it? And I agree we definitely should appreciate the people who love us unconditionally. xx

  • Ann Winters says:

    You are so lucky to have your grandparents around…. I miss mine so much! These little moments are definitely some to be treasured and surely to be grateful for. x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Definitely something to feel grateful for Ann, I am incredibly grateful. I know I will miss them more than anything when they are gone. x

  • Such lovely memories Katie, you are so lucky to have them all I think and I can understand why it makes you think about life and old age. I have my paternal grandma but she is in Oz and I’ve only met her once, but hubs has his Grandpa who is 93 close by and it’s lovely seeing him with the kids, but he is now in a nursing home and, well it can be tough and really makes you think about life and old age!! Xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I can imagine it’s tough when they are in a home, mine are all still quite healthy really although they are getting very frail. It’s sad but inevitable to think of these things. It does make me get upset though. x

  • Lauren says:

    I love seeing photos of these two. They have the kindest, beautiful faces and just seem so happy. You are very lucky xx

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    Such lovely photos. I think it’s great you and your girls have such a close relationship with your grandparents. My Grandma on my dad’s side is still alive and she regularly visits the kids and they adore her. She now has 7 great grandchildren; 4 girls and 3 boys. I wish my Mum’s mum was her to see my kids but I’m sure she’s out there somewhere watching over us all. It really is strange to think about growing old and all the future generations. I’m sad that we don’t have a boy in our family to carry on my maiden surname as all the children born to my Grandma’s children are girls.

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks lovely. I am really lucky that we are making these memories. It’s lovely you are making memories with your Grandma too. 7 Great Grandchildren is quite impressive! xx

  • Donna says:

    Without even saying it you can tell from previous posts how grateful you are. Love literally pours from your family and it really is a beautiful thing. I don’t really have that extended family, and my children don’t outside of Hubby’s wonderful parents but I know that my children will have the foundations to pass this sort of family onto their children – and that makes me happy. I’m grateful I have the opportunity to make a better future for my children.
    Beautiful post as always Katie x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Donna and I know we have spoken before about family. Your children will definitely grow up in a family full of love. They are very lucky to have you and your husband teaching them what family means. xx

  • Nicola says:

    What a beautiful post Katie, and it really hits home. I was so close to my grandmother and sadly she only got to meet my husband when we had just started dating. I would like to think she is smiling down on us from up above and see how happy we are and how gorgeous her great grand children are. I am so blessed to have amazing parentswho adore our two babes, and watching their bond gets me every time. such precious moments x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Nicola. I don’t know what I believe but I really do hope that she is smiling down on you! Definitely happy and precious moments. xx

  • such a beautiful post. Your love for your family is so beautiful. They are as lucky to have you are your are to have them.x

  • How lovely to see the different generations captured beautifully. X
    P.S.very lovely new design on your blog :)

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