It was one year ago last weekend that our granddaughter who had been missing from our families lives for 11 years contacted her Dad.
Wow, seems like yesterday and yet feels as though she had never been apart from us.
I remember writing about it and wondering how it was all going to pan out, so many questions.
It was several weeks until I contacted her via Instagram, and held my breath.
Those minutes of waiting for a reply or rejection felt like a life time.
The reply came and I will never be able to express how it felt.
At the end of some device our granddaughter was writing to us, and I know I have said it so many times, but it is true, never did anyone of us think this would ever happen.
The little girl who used to bound up our path was now on social media and all grown up.
So one year later, and where are we now?
We have travelled many memory miles, chatted and laughed.
Since last year she has visited us many times, and at the end of April we are going to spend a week with her in the North East.
She has grown into a wonderful young woman, she is caring and compassionate.
In her work I know she makes the sun shine for so many people.
I am not sure how she has managed to mature into such an amazing human being, as life has not been easy for her, and yet against the odds she has.
I am so, so proud of her.
If she reads this she will be hiding behind a cushion!
So apologies to her but just some times these things need to be said.
Thank you for being you, and for bringing such joy to each and everyone of the family. You may not have been physically with us for those long 11 years but you were always in our hearts as I have told on many occasions over the last year.
For those of you still going through the heartbreak of estrangement, I will never, ever forget the hopelessness of it all, and BGSG will continue to champion the rights of grandchildren.