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Growing Up So Fast

Posted on: February 21, 2020

The youngest member of my immediate family, my great-granddaughter, just turned ten. Ten! How did that happen? She is an amazing kid, wise beyond her years, kind, smart, funny, hardworking and an animal lover. Even though I don’t see her often, I have a close bond with her. She even goes to the school I attended all those years ago, and she is an Amanda fan. I spoke to her on her birthday, which made my day. Here are just a few pictures of her through the first ten years of her life. Some taken by me and others by her mom and other family members.

A sweet baby
A determined toddler
Visiting me in Vancouver
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Best buds
All ready for school
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A visit to Santa
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So excited
An Amanda fan
A real sweetheart
Helping me sell books
A school project based on a book I gave her
With some of her dog pals
Almost as tall as me.
Four generations of women
Reading to her dog.
Playing with her cat in the snow
Getting ready.
Ten years old. Love this little woman.

“Don’t try to make me grow up before my time…”
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

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68 Responses to "Growing Up So Fast"

They grow up very quickly, in a blink they are taller, stronger and smarter than us!

Terrific photos and celebration…thanks so much for sharing with all of us!

Thanks, John! I live far away from her so this is my way of celebrating.

She is such a happy child. Is she as tall as you? Oh my…

Not quite as tall as me but it won’t be long and she will be.

Congratulations. I’m sure you’re a great grandma, but are you certain you’re a great-grandma? I find that hard to believe. I imagine she’s quite proud of you.

I know. We have our babies early in our family so, yes, I´m a great-grandmother. She is my mom´s great-great-granddaughter! She was delighted when I came to her school to do a presentation.

I can’t believe my baby is 10 years old and already entering puberty. It honestly feels like yesterday I was dropping her off at Pre-K. It may not feel like when you’re raising them 24-7 but the time does go way too fast.

Thanks for stopping in. You know first hand how fast it goes. Enjoy your ten-year-old. They are sp precious.

She is precious – and what a smile! There is something about that first granddaughter (and in your case GREAT granddaughter – can’t believe it) that blooms such intense love in our hearts. We are bonded with them forever. xo

I know. She is so precious and I love her smile. I know what you mean, I had that same feeling with both of my granddaughters and now my great-granddaughters. That connection is so strong. My mom feels the same way.

A bond that goes beyond DNA and into the soul. ❤

Your great-granddaughter is gorgeous.
This is such a great reminder of how quickly time flies…especially as we age. I have now been retired for five years. FIVE! How did that happen?

I´ve been retired for 5 years too. Where did that time go??

You will probably see a great great grandchild !

I am sure I will, all being well. My mom has two great-great-grandaughters. We are a lucky family to have 5 generations alive. (My son is missing from the generation picture.)

She looks like a real sweetheart!

She really is. Love her to bits.

The best testimonial of all is when your granddaughter likes your main character and books. It’s particularly sweet that she goes to your old school.

Near the end of my career, I got the pleasure of teaching quite a few second-generation students. It was pretty wild to have a parent conference with someone who used to be one of my students.

That must have been special. A friend went to see a doctor, only to find it was a guy she taught at one time. Yikes! I went back to my old school and did a presentation to my great-granddaughter´s class. It was quite a nice feeling. I wrote about it here: https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2019/01/25/back-to-the-future/


Happy birthday to your great-grandaughter. I think it’s cool that she goes to your old school, and awesome she loves your books.

I I think it is so cool as well. I went back to the school and did a presentation. A super cool experience.

So sweet!! Fun to see the development and progression photos. Happy birthday!

It was fun to put this together. Thanks!

Beautiful photos Darlene the bond between you is there for all to see.

Thanks so much, Barbara.

Lovely pictures of your great granddaughter’s first ten years. You really don’t look old enough to have a ten-year-old great granddaughter 🙂

Thanks. I don´t feel old enough either, and many will say I don´t act old enough to have a ten-year-old great-granddaughter. That´s what happens when you start early.

Hi Darlene, How lovely to see your great (!?) grand-daughter’s progress from baby to ten-year-old. A real sweetie. xx .

Yup, her mom is my granddaughter. A real sweetie for sure. I hope they come to visit someday and you can meet both of them. xo

Bless! Happy 10th Birthday to your bright, bubbly and beautiful great-granddaughter! You both look so wonderfully happy together and can just imagine you both getting up to mischief! 😀

We do have fun together. The thing with grand and great-grandchildren is you can get up to mischief with them and it’s OK!! They are so wonderful. xo

How the years fly by! She is growing into a beautiful young lady. wonderful to have such a fan of your Amanda series. Such a special thing to be able to share with her.

To think I started writing this series when her mom (Amanda) was 12! I now get ideas from her. She is so much fun to be around, but I don’t need to tell you about that.

Such a joy to have them in our lives!

She’s beautiful- you must be so proud!

I am so proud of her. She helps her mom and dad with their pet boarding business and cooks and cleans as well. She is such a good kid.

Such lovely photographs, Darlene. What fun to have a granddaughter.

I am so lucky. I have two granddaughters, two grandsons, and two great-granddaughters. These are my son’s kids and grandkids. From one son I got all these amazing people in my life!

How lovely to have been part of her life and to know that you have so much more to come with her as she grows into a young woman.. xx

Even though we have never lived near each other, and now I’m even further away in Spain, we have a great connection. I am hoping she comes to visit me here one day.

I am sure she will Darlene.. and that will be some visit I am sure…hugsx

Thank you for your photo story. Your grand-daughter has an adorable smile – and a face open to adventure. My youngest grand is twelve, and I too wonder where the years have gone. They do indeed grow up so fast.

Also, she helps sell Amanda books. Wow!

We’ve talked about Jenna helping promote my books, perhaps wearing a Mennonite prayer cap, but it’s not gone beyond the talking stage.

Great post, Darlene, and another deposit in the family history bank.

They grow up so fast, especially when you don’t see them very often. That would be so cute if your granddaughter would be willing to come along and wear a prayer cap at one of your signings. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

Just wonderful, Darlene. Our grandchildren grow up way too fast. She is delightful. 🙂

Yes, and before you know it they have babies of their own!

I’m not ready for that yet! 😀

They certainly grow up very fast. She looks adorable.

Wonderful photos, Darlene. It must be wonderful to be a great grandmother and watch this generation grow in a world that in many ways is so different from our childhoods, yet you can still develop a bond. Kudos to you!

It is amazing. In fact, you will find you can be in some ways closer to your grandchildren and their children and have more in common than your own children. This child has so much in common with me, she lives on a farm, goes to my old school, loves the same books, enjoys cooking and is an animal lover. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow up.

Aww what a sweetie – you’ve got some great photos, and some lovely ones of you both together to treasure forever, Darlene. She looks like a happy girl, I hope she stays that way forever. Not sure when her 10th birthday is but Happy Birthday in advance!
Caz xx

Thanks so much!! I will treasure those pictures forever. She is usually a pretty happy girl. Her birthday was on Feb 18th but accepts best wishes at any time.

She looks so lovely, Darlene! And she is a lucky girl to have such a caring Grandmother.

Thanks, Shelley. I love her so much and we always have fun together when I see her. xo

How lovely to have such a wonderful family and such a beautiful granddaughter. I never got to know my great grandparents, and my grandpa died with I was a baby, so I knew one grandpa, but not the other half of my family on my dad’s side ever. That is beautiful, and I can tell that the nature of your books is just fantastic, and something young children and even older ones would so enjoy. One of the things I learned in my tutoring of illiterate adults is that most of them have never had the beautiful childhood experiences, anyone to read to them, or anything similar to a normal childhood. There are so many reasons why but it all boils down to the same thing. People love to be read to, at any age. So thank you for fgiving people something that they can read, be read to, and learn from. You are a wonderful person!

Thank you so much, Anne, for these very kind words. I agree, without being read to as children many adults have issues. It is the best thing parents can do for their children. I love it when I hear that the children and adults read my books together. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family. xo

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