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life lately... our OGL family grows!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

We're taking a departure from our

normal blogging content this week


there's a GRAND reason for doing so!


As a result, we've changed things up a bit!

As retirees, we love that we can do that now whenever we feel like it!

So, in place of the previously planned Our Grand Lives (OGL) post,

we’re highlighting a little bit about the past few weeks in our lives...

including a special introduction, too!

To learn more, read on…

One of our favorite things about the month of May is the celebrations that take place,

including one that happened this past weekend!

For those who celebrate,

we hope and pray that you felt the love

and had a memorable Mother’s Day!

Laurie and her Middles (her grown kids and spouses) went to a 

family Mother’s Day outdoor work-out class with her!  

Then they all came home and enjoyed the sunny 85 degree weather 

(yes, in Minneapolis!)

with a glass of wine, snacks and playing in the backyard! 

It was the perfect way to celebrate!

Laurie with her Middles and Littles!

Meanwhile, Laura’s Mother’s Day was truly memorable, as well!

In fact, the first two weeks of May have been unforgettable!

We are excited to share that

our Our Grand Lives family continues to grow!

You may recall, that Laura’s Daughter J and SIL 

had not learned the sex of their baby beforehand!

Well… we all got our answer a week earlier than expected!



 Our own Little P arrived on May 4, 2024!

Little P was the perfect gift for her mama (Daughter J

who then got to bring her new baby home

on her own birthday, two days later!

This happy family of four had lots to celebrate!

Hubby and I got a few GRAND snuggles in during a quick trip to Wisconsin

the weekend Little P was born

and then again, with a return visit these past several days!

Oh those sweet squeaks and glorious cuddles!

There’s nothing like it!

Our Little P (not to be confused with Laurie’s Little P

is adorable in every way (as is Laurie's Little P)


our precious Little L (now 2 ½ years old) loves being a big sister!

Laura was grateful to be with ALL her girls

this Mother's Day (which also happened to be her Daughter A's birthday this year)!

Talk about a full heart!

Those of you who have followed Our Grand Lives 

since we published our first post in November of 2022,

may recall that the above phrase is our mantra in writing this blog!

When we began this journey, 

we were recently retired kindergarten teachers and fairly new grandparents

As our families have grown, we’ve shared our ideas with you, 

we’ve received great advice and ideas from many of you, our readers,

and, of course, we’ve learned valuable lessons from each other!

We’re not experts by any means,

but our passion for our loved ones is at the heart of all we do! 

What a blessing it is to share

Our (growing) Grand Lives 

with you all! 

If interested, you can find out more about how we got started here and more about the two of us and our friendship here.  Our goal in writing this blog has always been to share our experiences - one as a distant Grand and the other as one who lives near her Littles!  We love sharing what we’ve found successful - especially with our Littles (but also with our Middles - our own children) as we build a library of resources to use now and in the future while also offering ways to tweak or change an idea to meet differing needs.  At the same time,  on occasion we use this platform to share insights or to revisit and document happenings in our own GRAND lives with family, friends and now, our blogging community!  

Thanks for joining us on this journey!

As always, we invite you to follow us on any or all of our three social platforms!

You can find us on Instagram and Facebook

where we share content regularly!

 and you can find our growing collection of ideas on Pinterest, too!

We’d also love it if you’d consider subscribing to our blog!

And, if you know of any other GRANDS on a journey similar to ours,

we’d love it if you’d share our site with them!


Next time, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled post!

Since we both (still) have babies on our mind, our topic will (still) be 

We look forward to sharing easy and engaging activities,

specifically geared toward Littles, 0-6 months old!

Thanks again for reading along as we share our joy!

Now we’re off to get in a few more sweet snuggles!

❤️ We are delighted to join the following link up parties and blog hops!










2 days ago

Congratulations! I so enjoyed reading this lovely post! Thanks for sharing this post with us at the Will Blog for Comments #38 linkup this week. Hope to see you there next time, too.

Our Grand Lives
19 hours ago
Replying to

Thank you for your kind words and for providing a wonderful place to share with our blogging community! See you soon, Jennifer!


2 days ago

So very sweet. congrats on the newest addition to the family. Happy new week and thank you for sharing at Love Your Creativity.

Our Grand Lives
2 days ago
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Thank you! Wishing you a wonderful week, too! -Laura


3 days ago

Aw, such a sweet post. Congrats on the newest little one. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post with us at The Crazy Little Lovebirds link party #38.


Our Grand Lives
2 days ago
Replying to

Thank you! As you can probably tell, we are in love with our Grand lives! -Laura


3 days ago

What a delightful post and I'm loving all the smiling faces. New babies bring so much joy don't they? Enjoy your week. x Sue from Women Living Well After 50

Our Grand Lives
3 days ago
Replying to

Thanks so much for stopping by, Sue, and for your kind comment. There really is nothing like that joy a newborn brings to a family! We are in love! -Laura


4 days ago

Aw, what a great wrap up of what's been going on and Congrats to Laura on the new addition.

Our Grand Lives
3 days ago
Replying to

Thank you, Joanne! Our hearts are full! -Laura

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