Sunday, June 23, 2024

Summertime is definitely here

 Good Morning Emma,

A short hello to you this very warm day in June.  I can’t believe how fast the time goes by these days.  Grandpa and I will be going to Indiana soon for Grandpa’s sister’s 91st birthday.  Sounds old doesn’t it?  Well it is and Mary is lucky to still be able to enjoy family and friends and be in her own home. Isn’t that wonderful?  

I wonder what your summer plans are and where you might be traveling to.  Wherever you go have fun and continue to be the sweet girl I once knew.  As my dad would say to all seven of us as he left for work in the morning, “ Be good and be careful”.

Hope you are happy.  Love, Grammie

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Good morning Emma


 Today is Father’s Day, 2024 and when I picked up my phone today a wonderful happy picture of your dad was right there . It was kind of like he was saying, “good morning Mom”.   Kind of surprised me at first but glad of being reminded of how much he loved me, where he is, with God in Heaven, his ultimate destiny.  My next thought was how proud he was of you.  He said that creating you with the love he had for your mother at the time was the best thing he ever did.  He was a man of great accomplishments and you were his greatest.  So Happy Father’s Day Todd, my son, your daddy, brother of Dama and Jody, uncle of Źan and Taj.  God’s Will placed him on earth with us and God’s will made him your dad.  For seven short years he loved you beyond any words or dreams you can ever imagine. I’m sorry his heart wasn't strong enough to stay here. Your life would have been much different, not isolated from family and people who love you and want the best for you.  

Thats all!  I’ve said my piece for today. You are always in my prayers.  Love,   Grammie

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

 Dear Emma Grace,

I have a very short note today for you.  Remember that whatever you’ve been told, your daddy’s family tried to protect you from harm.  We knew so much more and still do.  More than you’ll ever know.  From the very beginning when we were informed and had proof that you were living in a dangerous situation, we did everything we could to shield you from your predictable future with your mother and Scott.  Manipulation and control and isolation is not love.  Remember that. 

Love, Grammie

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

 Hi Emma,  your aunts and cousins and I were all together last evening and Auntie Jo gave me a couple things for me to keep for you.  They were yours when you were small.  Do you remember them?  I put the dolphins bracelet on and don’t you recall how popular those heart bracelets were?  You loved to play with them and dress up with them or pretty much it was your everyday wear!  You were the princess ❤️

Always remember you are beautiful, we love you and always will.   Your Grammie 



Saturday, January 13, 2024

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2024

 Almost two months has passed since we’ve written you Emma and I hope your holidays were fun.  Did you go anywhere special? Well, I had a lovely holiday and the only thing missing was you.  Only you, my son’s only child, my only granddaughter,  my first born grandchild and the girl I used to know and loved to pieces.  Christmas was fun.  You had a present under the tree.  An invitation to join us here in North Carolina was mailed to you and your mother but your mother declined. I was upset and sad because I sent it in good faith and willing to put bygones be bygones.  Your mother had other ideas.  My present for you reflects a time we had together shopping.  You stopped in the store, knelt down to look at all these cute things on multiple shelf’s then picked each one up and looked closely at how sweet they were. Sweet, just like you, innocent and only shown love in your life thus far.  You were never denied love from those who loved you and your world was huge with so many friends of your Daddy.  He brought you everywhere.  Your present will be saved for you along with lots of other items we have for you.  If I’ve passed on before you return to us, your aunts will know where to find them here.  After last August when we saw you for the first time in eight years, I was not sure when or if you’d ever come back.  Your reaction saddened all of us because we have done nothing to hurt or harm you.  It is important to us that you know the truth someday and about how much your Dad adored you and what has transpired over the past eight years.  You deserve to know. You think you know but I guarantee you don’t.  Life can be so complicated and the simple truth is the best and that information will come from us.  Difficult for you and difficult for us.  

I will share some pictures of my Christmas with your Aunts, cousins and Grandpa.













Never forget that we love you and will always try to protect you and put your best interests and safety as our goal. You are my son’s child and since he’s not here to protect you, we love you too much to not care what happens to you.

Always your Grammie

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving Sweetpea

 Hi Emma,

It’s Thanksgiving day, 2023 and I wish the very best day for you.  I give thanks today for the day you were born and the joy you brought to our family.  God hand picked you for our family so your absence has hurt.  We welcome you back into our family because actually you never left our hearts.  Maybe we weren’t allowed to see you and maybe you were told things about us that weren’t true but you never left our hearts.  In fact Taj and I were talking about another Emma who he spent a great day with and when he was telling me his story, he said “not our Emma, another Emma” .  You are in our present time everyday.  

Forget about how you treated us at the game. You were surprised, maybe you were scared, maybe you thought you’d be in trouble with Scott or your mom if you talked to us.  Yes, I was hurt but I forgive you.  There’s no room in my heart for sadness or unforgiveness.  Your mom, in her heart, knows the right thing to do.  You both must have courage to do what’s in your heart to do.  You know what that is. 

True happiness awaits you with clear understanding.  

Well honey, I’m going to my neighbors for Thanksgiving dinner.  I made cranberry bread and shrimp dip.  Everyone should like them.  The hostess with the mostest is making the rest.  Her daughter, three grandchildren and exchange student from Italy will be there so I’m anxious to hear the conversations.  

Life can be fun and I look forward to us being together.

I love you honey,

Grammie

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Emma, do you have Spotify?


Emma, for the past three years, I have been placing music into playlists for you. 

You may like some of these tracks and you may not like them - the point is -> you are on our minds and hearts. Why? Because you are our family, that's why. Simple.

This is what family does... makes playlists, sings, dances, goofs around, reaches out by calling, hangs out, goes on vacations together, goes out to eat, talks about life, goes to church, goes to the beach, goes to family reunions, checks out music concerts and sports games, learns stuff, laughs, cries, get angry... family is not meant to be isolated, alienated and all that... we have space for you and for whomever you'd like to bring with you when you reach out. You have our digits. For now, these playlists are from you from afar, but not that far because I'm in Naples... and have been since you were born. 

💜 enJoy, Auntie DDé

Playlist_1

Playlist_2 - I'm still adding to this one...