Have you ever fallen in love??

Have you ever had your heart so full of love that you feel it could burst?

Yep, that’s me at the moment 🙂

I bought a beautiful children’s book in a local shop today.  It’s called In My Heart, A Book of Feelings written by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey.

My Heart

I know it’s aimed at explaining feelings to children but the page I randomly opened up at said exactly what I’ve been feeling lately.

Sometimes my heart feels like a big yellow star; shiny and bright.  I smile from ear to ear and twirl around so fast, I feel as if I could take off into the sky. 

This is when my heart is happy.

A big heart full of love

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Have you ever fallen in love? 

You see I became a grandmother last week and my heart is bursting with love; not only for my new baby granddaughter but also for my daughter and son-in-law for producing such a perfect little baby and their new life with everything ahead of them; love for my family who have been through so much this year and love for myself for being tenacious and hanging in there when the going got tough.

I’m proud to be a grandmother, to know that my genes have contributed to this little baby girl’s makeup, who I know I will love unconditionally forever and ever. Falling in love again is a wonderful feeling.

But my heart doesn’t stay sad.  Like springtime after winter, the sun comes our again.  My heart grows tall, like a plant reaching toward the sky. 

This is when my heart is hopeful.

Granny Debs and baby Emilia

Granny Debs and baby Emilia

I think finding this book was quite fortuitous and very timely. I can highly recommend it, it is a beautifully written book suitable for all ages!!

Have you had a full heart lately?  Can you relate to this??

Feel free leave me a comment below. I always enjoy hearing from you  🙂

Have you ever fallen in love? Becoming a grandmother for the first time.

Deb xx

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  One thought on “Have you ever fallen in love??

  1. September 17, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    I’m writing a post on grandmotherdom being the best kept secret Deb. I had NO idea how much I would love my grandbabies – I just wish I had more of them! I’m so glad you’ve fallen in love too – it’s so special and so unexpected! I just wish mine lived a bit closer.

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    • September 17, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks Leanne, it is a completely different feeling isn’t it? But then it also raises more feelings of worry and fear for the future, I’m just focusing on the happiness and love at the moment. This was just a short post, I have another one telling more of the story in my drafts sitting waiting for me to get to but in the meantime I’m pretty happy with this 🙂 It was heartbreaking to leave them yesterday but I’ll be an even more frequent visitor I’m sure. I’m just so happy.


      • September 19, 2018 at 7:14 pm

        I try not to think about the future world our grandchildren will live in Deb – people were doom and gloom about the world we were giving our kids and I think it’s still pretty good, so hopefully things will be okay for the next generation – especially if they are as well parented as they appear to be. So lovely to have you in the Nana club xx
        #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM

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  2. September 17, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    I’m so happy for you and your family Deb. What a beautiful post. It reminded me of how I felt when I became a mum for the first time, that all consuming feeling of a heart full of love and happiness. Enjoy it all my lovely friend. Life is good. xx ❤️

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    • September 18, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Yes Miriam, I know exactly what you mean. I’ve been back to those early days of my newborns and it’s so clear in my mind. All that love, feeling overwhelmed, the joy and the exhaustion- all rolled in together. So nice to be the grandmother this time. Life is very good at the moment!! Thank you Miriam, I always love your comments, so positive and uplifting, you truly understand xx


  3. September 17, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    How beautiful. I loved the way you expressed yourself. I could truly feel the love in you. ❤️

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    • September 18, 2018 at 11:19 am

      I’m so happy to know my joy came through my words. Thank you for your lovely comment ❤️ enjoy the week ahead.

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  4. September 17, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Beautiful post and such a happy time for your family, Deb!

    SSG xxx

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    • September 18, 2018 at 11:18 am

      Thank you for your kind words, it’s an amazing feeling. X


  5. September 17, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Congratulations to ALL!!!

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  6. September 17, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    I can’t imagine the joy … but hope to one of these days!

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    • September 18, 2018 at 11:17 am

      I hope you get experience it one of these days too!! It’s amazing. ❤️ thanks for dropping by.

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  7. September 18, 2018 at 12:33 am

    What a lovely photo! I’m not a granny yet, but the time will come, I’m sure!

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    • September 18, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Thanks Susie, it’s a wonderful new stage of life for me and I couldn’t be happier. ❤️

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  8. September 18, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Hi Deb, once again congratulations and such a very special time for you all. My daughter bought Ethan this book and it is lovely. I loved the way you included not just your new love for your darling granddaughter but also for her parents and your family. A beautiful week for you all and you deserve it. Enjoy!

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    • September 18, 2018 at 11:12 am

      That’s great to hear you have the book too Sue! It’s perfect for Ethan’s age and explains things simply and clearly. Thanks again for your support and congratulations, it means a lot to me. X

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  9. September 18, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Congratulations! Although I was rooting for “Spud” to be the baby’s name (maybe the middle name?), Emilia is probably much more appropriate 🙂 She is gorgeous and you look so happy. Love is truly like a “big yellow star; shiny and bright.”

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    • September 18, 2018 at 11:11 am

      Thanks Janis! I am so over the moon 😃 . A week ago she came into our lives and I can’t imagine life without her in our family. It’s a huge event after so much sadness this year and I think that’s why I feel so blessed. Emilia suits her much better than Spud, now that I’ve seen her but she’ll always be Spud to us. I really appreciate your lovely comment x

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  10. September 18, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Congratulations on becoming a grandmother. If I’d known how wonderful being a grandparent was I would have become one first! Love her name.

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    • September 18, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Thanks Chris! I love her name too and as we didn’t know the sex or the name beforehand it was all a lovely surprise. I think I’m with you, it’s such a great time why didn’t we do the grandmother but first!????

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  11. September 18, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Congratulations to you and your family, Deb! A sweet name for your granddaughter. Enjoy every minute with her. #lifethisweek

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    • September 18, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Thank you Natalie, it’s a lovely name and suits her beautifully. I really appreciate your popping by ❤️


  12. September 18, 2018 at 9:51 am

    oh yes yes yes – I know exactly how you are feeling – and it doesn’t stop and might just even become greater! can you even imagine??!! just wait! Yep – my heart is so full it could burst!!! ❤ So happy for you!!!

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    • September 18, 2018 at 11:05 am

      I’m thrilled you feel like that too Jodi and based on your comment I’m so looking forward to the feeling continuing and even getting greater ❤️ I always love hearing from you and your positive attitude, so many thanks to you x

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      • September 18, 2018 at 11:18 am

        On the other side of the world from each other, but bound by the things that make life so precious ❤️

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  13. September 18, 2018 at 10:06 am

    just bought that book …. and two more by the author… on Amazon – they look so adorable!!!

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    • September 18, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Oh I’m so happy to hear that Jodi! I love the one about feelings, it is so well done ❤️

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  14. September 18, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I have four grandchildren, and I think being a grandparent is nature’s reward for being a parent.

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    • September 18, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      That’s a lovely way of looking at it Stevie, thanks so much for sharing that with me at this time. ❤️

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  15. September 18, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Congratulations on becoming a grandma and a nanny. Which are you going to be? Amazing how one event can completely change your life and perspective isn’t it? Enjoy every second.

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    • September 18, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks very much for your congrats! I’m amazed at how it changes everything. I’m going to be called Granny Debs. I’m so looking forward to this new stage of life as a grandmother. Really appreciate your lovely message. ❤️

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  16. September 18, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Congratulations! We have 14 grandchildren (our 3 daughters have big families) and I never knew I could fall in love so many times! The majority of them live out of town, but that just makes our visits extra special and fun! Enjoy, because not only do you fall in love ~ it grows enormously! I have to get that book!

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    • September 19, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Thanks for sharing – it’s so lovley to hear you have 14 and still find enough love in your heart. The fun has just begun I think 🙂 The book is so lovely, I hope you can find it.


  17. Jodie
    September 18, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    What a wonderful time for you and your family, Deb!! The joy is written all over your face!

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    • September 19, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Thanks Jodie, it’s just such a happy feeling knowing she’s here safe and well. Now the fun begins 🙂


  18. September 19, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Congratulations, Granny Deb! Grandchildren do have a way of expanding our already full hearts. Beautiful post!

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  19. September 19, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Isn’t it the best thing?? So much love for the little munchkins.

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  20. September 19, 2018 at 11:06 am

    It is the BEST feeling of love but a different one too. I so recall it and am so happy for you too. As you said, coming from a really difficult time in your family’s life, this little girl is such a symbol of love, hope and continuity. Big hugs to you! Denyse #mlstl

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    • September 19, 2018 at 10:41 pm

      Yes indeed she is Denyse. Thanks for the hugs 😊


  21. September 19, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Loved this post twice!! Thank you for linking up for #LifeThisWeek. The optional prompt next is: 39/52. Last Thing I Bought. 24/9/18. Denyse

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  22. September 20, 2018 at 2:36 am

    Congratulations! I do know the feeling of having a heart full of love, although I do not yet have grandchildren. I look forward to that day. Enjoy your precious little one!

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  23. September 20, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Deb I remember when my first granddaughter was born and the overwhelming love that came over me the first time I saw her. My son had only been married about a year and a half when they decided to have a baby and I thought this was too soon. But the evening she was born I took one look at her and would have given my life right then to save hers.

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    • September 20, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Oh I know that feeling Victoria!! I can imagine how lovely it is to look back on those early days of falling in love and then see it grow over the years. Thanks for sharing your memories with me.


  24. September 20, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Oh, the joy of being a Granny!!! I am the proud Grammi to three amazing Grandsons…now ages 19, 17 and almost 13. I was at the birth of 2 of them (the oldest and youngest) and was on the phone listening as the middle one was born. There is nothing like the love you feel for a grandchild…it’s so different than anything else you’ve ever felt. Congratulations to you…may you always have a special relationship with Emilia as she grows and changes!!

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    • September 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks Pamela, what a lovely comment full of ‘love’. I’m enjoying myself immensely so far but we live about 3 hours drive away I’m missing seeing my new little baby girl! You’re right it is a very different love and I can’t wait to build a special relationship with her. ❤️


  25. September 21, 2018 at 1:04 am

    A lovely post, Debbie, and many congratulations to you and your family. Also, thank you for finding and following me on Twitter, I’ve returned the compliment. I thought I was already following your blog but it appears I wasn’t – omission now rectified 😉

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    • September 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks very much Clive, I enjoy finding new bloggers to follow too. I love my family and blogging but my daughter is a bit concerned about sharing too much on line and so I can’t share photos of the beautiful new baby girl. I can assure you she’s gorgeous though. 😊

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      • September 21, 2018 at 11:24 pm

        I can understand her concern, and haven’t shared many of my granddaughter either. It’s a sad commentary on today’s world when we have to be so circumspect, isn’t it?

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  26. September 21, 2018 at 4:32 am

    I’m thrilled for you and your family! I don’t know what it’s like to have children or grandchildren, but I imagine it’s a profound feeling of love and gratitude and responsibility. Wishing you all continued health and blessings. #MLSTL Brenda

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    • September 21, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks very much Brenda, I can assure you it’s a beautiful feeling. I appreciate your visit from #mlstl


  27. September 22, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Wonderful thoughts on the emotions of love and the heart. Loved your post!
    Sharing for MLSTL

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    • September 22, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Thanks so much Trisha, it was fun writing it and a special time in our lives. My daughter and husband aren’t keen for Emilia to have much of a presence on social media, so as much as I’d love to post gorgeous photos of her I am happy to respect their wishes.

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  28. Molly Totoro
    September 23, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Your joy is evident from this photo. Congratulations!! As someone who struggles with sharing and acknowledging feelings, I think this book sounds perfect for grandma (and then I might pass it along to the children). Thank you for the recommendation 🙂

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    • September 23, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks so much Molly, it’s certainly a great new beginning for us. The book is beautiful for all ages.


  29. October 11, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Will surely try the book as recommended, Debbie…….love is the answer, no doubt about that..

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  30. October 12, 2018 at 8:17 am

    This is a beautiful post Deb. I love the excerpt from the random page. You’ve brought back memories for me of when my first grandchild was born. My immediate love for him caught me by surprise. Sharing on SM

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    • October 12, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Really appreciate that Jennifer, thanks! It was a lovely post to write and I’m so happy with it. I’m lucky to be able to spend time with my daughter and baby Emilia as I’m staying with them, helping my daughter out after her unexpected c-section.


  31. November 6, 2018 at 5:50 am

    💟 such a lovely post! Brighten my day!☺️

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 7, 2018 at 10:53 am

      That’s made my day to hear from you! Thanks so much 🙂


  32. November 11, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    I love that book! I use it often in my therapy sessions with kids–it does such a great job of putting words to feelings and the illustrations are beautifully simplistic, which allows us to then create our own drawings of feelings without the child feeling like they can’t draw as well as the book. I’m glad you were able to find it and see the value in it for yourself and your little granddaughter as she grows!

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    • November 11, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      That’s great to hear you use this book too! what a great resource to have in your work. Thanks for letting me know 🙂


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