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18 August 2009

Five Generations

One of the perks of being fairly young parents is that we can count five whole generations on either side of the family. On my side we have Gretchen, myself, my mother, my grandmother and my Oma (aka great grandmother). On Ryan's side there is Gretchen, Ryan, his mother, his nan and his great nanny.

A few weeks ago Ryan & I went to a family shindig out at a relative's cottage and I managed to get a five generation shot of us ladies.

Left to right: Great nanny, nan, the little miss, Ryan's mother & myself.

How many generations do you have on either side of your family? Do you have family close to where you live now? Do you have a very large, or small family?



Blogger verygoodyear said...

My great-grandmother passed away about three months before Maia was born. It was unexpected (in that she wasn't sick, she was just elderly) and I'm so sad that she never got to hold my baby.

We live far from my family and close to (within an hour of) my BIL & FIL, so we see them at least once a month. I miss my family, though. I talk to my mom daily & she reads my blog, but it is just not the same.

You are so lucky to have that picture! It's gorgeous :)

August 18, 2009 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Do you know how rare that is? So far you are the only other person I have encountered since having my children that has a 5 generation picture.

We took one when our first son was two months old. It was him, me, my dad, my grandfather, and my great grandfather. Sadly, my great grandfather passed away when my son was just 10 months old.

Treasure that picture forever!!

August 18, 2009 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Verygoodyear: I'm sorry to hear that you didn't get that photo, that would have been so dear.
It's nice that you mom can read your blog too -- my mom is computer-ly challenged and has no idea!

Hannah: I do! And I'm so happy to have it!
I actually have a five gen. photo from when I was a baby with my mother, gramma, my oma and her mother! It's a bit of a tradition!

August 18, 2009 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Nadia said...

My maternal grandmother and paternal grandparents are still alive however my husband's parents and grandparents are not.

I have a picture of the 3 generations but five! You are blessed indeed.

We live about 6 hours away from my family in Toronto. We moved up here 5 years ago when we bought our business.

My brother in law and sister in law live close by so we are able to see them periodically which is nice.

August 19, 2009 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger JJ Keith said...

Wow! Five generations. I was pretty thrilled to get a four generation photo a few weeks back. I think my great grandma has probably been dead for forty years or more though. What a beautiful photo. Perhaps frame it for little Gretchen?

August 19, 2009 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger mommymae said...

how lucky you are! we have 4 generations on both sides. my husband has both sets of his grandparents & i've got a grandma. my mom set up a photo shoot with her, her mom, me, my sister & our 5 girls last fall after my last babe was born. twas sweet

August 19, 2009 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger disenchanted said...

hopefully my nanna (mums mum) will hang on til i settle into my new house and have a baby! theres only 3 gens for me, sadly my dads mum is dead, im quite short on relatives! we're a late reproducing family and sadly will never get anything as precious as you have. if i get pregnant before 28 i will be the only one in 2 generations to do so! my cousins are lucky theyre babys can interact with nanna, and their other gran as thats their 4 generations! my boyfriends mum and sisters wont speak to my boyfriend, so our baby-to-be will have a very tiny family circle :(

August 19, 2009 at 5:35 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Yay for young parents!
I have just one grandparent left because my Dad is her youngest child, and my parents had me in their 30's. At the age of 90 it is unlikely that my grandma will still be around to see me have children, but she has about a dozen great grandkids already!

You are incredibly lucky to have five generations on BOTH SIDES! It's amazing. You should get that photo of your side of the family while you still can :)

August 19, 2009 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I am lucky to have 4 generations on my fathers & mothers side. But, 5 that is fantastic!!

August 19, 2009 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger . said...

We would have had 4 generations on my partner's side of the family, but his grandpa passed away just over a month before our baby Bram was born.

Did you know that the word "Oma" means grandma in both Dutch and German by the way? Otherwise it's a funny coincidence :)

August 19, 2009 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger m a m a :: m i l i e u said...

My little Noah Finn has two sets of great grand-parents and a third great grandma! As well as two sets of grandparents.

He's very lucky in that respect--but not so lucky when it comes to proximity. They all live 3,000 miles away. And, it's very sad.

August 19, 2009 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Awe, it's so nice to learn a little more about your families!
I feel so blessed to have family close & so many generations! It's lovely!

August 20, 2009 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Heart Felt said...

How wonderful and precious. xx

August 21, 2009 at 4:05 AM  
Blogger alivicwil said...

My family is small.
I'm an only child. My parents both had a brother, but my dad doesn't speak to his, and my mum's brother lived 1400km away (though he passed away a couple of years ago). I've only ever had one set of grandparents.
But, when I was born, I was lucky enough have a great-grandma, too. (She turned 80 the day *after* I was born. Apparently she was very disappointed I couldn't wait another day so we could share birthdays!)
We have a photo of my Nanny, Grandma, Dad and I, which I adore. (I really should get my own print of it, shouldn't I?)
The only picture I have online of my Nanny and I is here http://alivicwil.livejournal.com/250850.html


August 29, 2009 at 8:54 PM  

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