Getting real... plus GRAND Social No. 321 link party for grandparents

Getting real

My mom is struggling to survive stage 3 lung cancer. My firstborn will soon deliver her firstborn any day now. Somewhere in between my utter despair regarding the one end of life’s spectrum and my sheer delight related to the other is the space where I, a writer and blogger, should be writing and blogging.

But I don’t feel like it. At all.

My daughter and my mom, at  Brianna’s baby shower  September 9.

My daughter and my mom, at Brianna’s baby shower September 9.

As a writer and blogger you’d think amidst such a range of emotion, I would want to write, would need to write.

But I don’t.

Which kinda stinks on a large scale, in the grand scheme of things. Especially in relation to my soon-to-arrive grandbaby. I'd like to have a better record here on how very special this little one is, want to share and shout to the world how blessed my daughter is to finally become a mama, how thrilled I am to finally become a local grandma.

Yet that thrill is tempered by the overwhelming sadness about my mom and my inability to do anything that makes a difference.

So I haven’t been writing or blogging… and my blog shows it.

Which is why I’m getting real with you today. Not for sympathy nor pity—though prayers and good thoughts on both fronts are welcome, sincerely appreciated—but because I want you to know why I’m not writing, not blogging much lately.

I will eventually return to writing regularly, posting more than you likely want to read. Eventually.

And I’ll surely share photos of my new grandson when he arrives. Soon.

Plus, I’ll do my best to catch up on my reviews, perhaps even share something new of another sort somewhere along the line. In hopes my blog won’t suffer too much.

In the meantime, though, thank you (thank you!) for reading when I do post. And thank you especially for continuing to participate in the GRAND Social. It means more to me than you know.

GRAND Social No. 321 link party for grandparents


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How it works:

  • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.

  • Grandparents who do not blog (or want to share something other than their own post) are welcome to add links to other posts grandparent readers may be interested in.

  • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to the blog or website home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.

  • I reserve the right to remove posts I feel are inappropriate. (Which hasn't happened yet, but I feel obligated to note that, just in case.)

  • Those who add links to the GRAND Social link party will be sent a weekly reminder when the party goes live. If you prefer to be removed from that email list, feel free to do so (and you'll still be more than welcome to join the party any time).

  • If adding your own post, including a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. 

  • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.

  • If you're not a linker, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, leave a comment, even if just "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit and comment on the links of other bloggers, as well.

NOTE REGARDING COMMENTS: There is a platform-wide technical issue with comments on Squarespace sites at this time, related to the browser used by the commenter, according to Squarespace. Many comments post fine but If yours doesn’t, please accept my apologies and sincere appreciation for your attempts. Hopefully the issue will soon be resolved. -Lisa