Ode to my Nana….

    7
    50
    I am blessed to have such a special Nana {my Mum’s mum} in my life…

    Nana Dawn

    Mother to 12 + partners, Grandmother to nearly 30, Great-Grandmother to 7 + a few on the way…
    … when you go to my Nana for parenting or life advice, you know to pay attention & take note, because she is a woman who knows what she’s talking about!!!

    4 generations of our family…
    Nana, my Mum, Me (& Abbie in my tummy) & Hannah-Elise

     
    But despite the high numbers of our large family, one of the things that is extra amazing and special about my Nana, is that she never makes you feel like a number! Nana makes you feel unique and just as special to her as she is to us…

    Our very large family is extremely close, despite there being so many of us and the fact we are spread out over such a large distance.
    We know each other…
    We love each other…
    We laugh together…
    We support each other…
    We rally together…

    Whether it be Christmas, weddings, births, or the unfortunate event of a funeral, we rally together as a family and show tremendous support to each other. Many a person has said to me in amazement that they can’t believe how committed and close to each other we are as a family, especially given that we are such a huge one!! (I think invites to my wedding for my family members alone were about 75+)
    I sure know and am blessed to have each and every member of my extended family!!

    That is a credit to my Nana!
    She is the glue that holds the family together.
    She has done an amazing job bringing up her family & I aspire to be like her!

    Her love an devotion to her family is so clearly summed up by this little photo series of her feeding Hannah….
    ***

    Another thing I love about my Nana is her creativity/craftiness…
    In my early childhood years my Nana had a love for pottery. She was very clever at it. I can remember even as a young child my fascination with her kiln & her latest “fires…” I still have a couple of the ones she gave me as a gift. I can’t remember for which birthday now – possibly my 10th birthday I think…

    When my Nana decided that it was time to stop “pottering” with her pottery (haha) my parents inherited the kiln. Unfortunately though we never got it wired in, so I never had a chance to use it myself. What a shame – that would have been so fun!

    All the while I was growing up I can remember Nana with knitting needles in her hands. She has knitted I’m sure for each & every one of us on multiple occasions, so I’d hate to even hazard a guess at how many garments she has knitted to keep her family warm!

    Here are but a few of the special things that she has knitted for my family:

    Hannah wearing a dress that Nana knitted me as a toddler
    Me wearing my favourite jersey as a child…
    Maybe Nana was being prophetic because this actually has Koala bears on LOL…
    Holding a 1 day old Hannah who is kitted out in one of the many outfits Nana knitted for our cold NZ winter…

    A very cozy warm sleeping bag. My brothers had one of these when I was growing up – now my girls do too 🙂
    Knitting not just for new babies – but also for Hannah’s dolls too – how cute!!
    ***

    Another thing that I just find so remarkable about my Nana is that she is not afraid to embrace technology!… For a woman in her 80s my Nana is a technology whiz kid!

      **  She can find her way around her “mysky” (cable tv & recorder) in a flash whilst I pick it up and wonder which end of the remote control is which because it has so many foreign buttons!…
      **  She uses internet banking…
      **  She emails us all funny jokes to keep us entertained (although I have to admit that she has one wicked dirty sense of humour and some of said jokes could probably get someone fired if sent to their work email address LOL….)
      **  We love to Skype each other…
      **   She has been known to read my blog!
      **  A couple of times when I was planning a visit I told my Nana that I would ring her when I was leaving so she knew when to expect me – she told me “don’t worry about doing that because I will probably be down in the garden – just send me a text…“!!

    And on that note my Nana has an amazing green thumb.
    Sadly I have not inherited even one ounce of that talent and my thumbs are completely brown. How rude! She keeps a fabulous garden right through from an abundant vege garden, to a shade house containing the most incredibly beautiful begonias, to a thriving rose & flower garden. She keeps very fit maintaining nearly all of it (with the exception of the occasional lawn mower man) herself.
    Unfortunately I do not have any photos to share…

    ***

    Nana & her husband, my Grandad, were married for over 40 years –

    Dawn & Ramsey – my Nana & Grandad…

    … until he passed away when I was about 14. I’m sure at times they had their many differences & looking back on it now as an adult I can’t imagine my Grandfather especially always being an easy man to live with!… (not that he wasn’t an awesome man too – and especially an awesome Grandad – but I reckon he would have had his moments as a husband that’s all…) but I love & admire how they stayed committed to each other for all those years, and they are both a shining example to me in my marriage to Neil!!

    ***

    So that is a little information in honour of my Nana.
    I am SO truly blessed to have such a wonderful example of a matriarch in my family! and I just thought I’d document a little bit of that blessing and share it with you today…

    One of my biggest sadness’s about leaving NZ is that my girls are missing out on growing a relationship with my Nana, and growing their own fond memories, like I have… lucky we both love to embrace technology so much hey! 🙂

    I love you Nan!!

    7 COMMENTS

    1. I love, love, love this post…infact so much so that I am crying 🙂 You could very easily be describing my nana (maternal) whom is missed VERY much. I have lost 3 grandparents in our time in Australia and it is so incredibly hard but I carry their memories in my heart and share all the wonderful stories of their lives with our children all the time. And I was also very fortunate that my bigger kids had wonderful relationships with them.

      Gosh you have made me even more homesick now 🙁

      xx

    2. You are so very blessed. And its wonderful for you to document all of this for your children to see in the future – and reflect on later in life. My grandmother will be 102 in October! She did many of the things you describe and continues to be the glue that binds our family together. Though she has suffered great hardship and loss, she rarely complains and continues to encourage us to find what makes us happy. She still strives to help others each day – even if that amounts to simply saying please and thank you to her caregivers. How fortunate we are to have these stories to share with our children!

    3. That is a wonderful post, Kat. I hope your Nana reads it! One of the hard things about having your kids late is it means that their grandparents are that much older. (You know John’s mother just turned 88 this week – she had her kids later too.) So one of the good things about us living in the UK, not Canada, is that the girls have had the chance to build a lifetime of memories with their grandparents and that is invaluable. Lucky you to be able to such a great relationship with your Nana and to share that with your girls.

    4. What a lovely tribute to your Nana. She sounds extraordinary. My Nanna wouldn’t even get an ATM card let alone get on the internet or own a mobile phone!

      I think the relationship some people have with their grandparents is ultra special and it sounds like you’re one of those people.

    5. What a beautiful post and we can feel the love of your family. Your Nana is an amazing woman and you are lucky to have such a special relationship with her still. My Gran was very special to me even though she lived in England and I grew up here in Oz. I was lucky enough to go and live with her in my early 20’s….I’m sure she would have embraced modern technology if she could have. Such beautiful knitting and your photo is so pretty, love the Koala 🙂
      PS thats what I was meaning about modern technology and all the stimulation to our kids…..life seems so much faster and accessable now than it ever was before. We try to avoid the TV too, it just hypes my kids up 🙂

    Comments are closed.