Well, we made it back home after our 26 day, 4,630 miles journey.  It was an amazing trip and we had a great time.  I am actually having some withdrawal symptoms from the trip.  I would do the trip again, in a heartbeat.  In fact, I am already mentally planning our next trip.  I am thinking about a trip to Montana to visit a college friend and then on to Glacier National Park, for next summer, and thinking about Alaska for 2020.  We’ll see.

On Tuesday, Sebellah starting talking about wanting to go to “my home”.  So, although she clearly enjoyed the trip, I think that she had reached her limit of being on the road.  That being said, she has also already started asking when we are going on another trip.

So, we are back to facing real life at home.  Allene and I want to turn our focus to getting a support group started for grandparents raising grandchildren.  Our biggest hurdle is to work out the childcare part, so grandparents will not be hindered by the need for childcare for young children.  So, stay tuned for word about the support group.

My main takeaway from our journey is that new adventures are awaiting us.  We just have to be willing to take the challenge, plan well and face some of the risks involved.  The rewards are worth the risks and challenges involved.  Both we as grandparents, and our grandchildren, gain by accepting the challenges and trying new adventures.  Hopefully, this is just chapter one in our book of summer adventures for the young family.

I appreciate those of you who followed us along the journey.  It was therapeutic for me to blog about my experience.  I hope you enjoyed the stories and pictures.  Please share this blog with anyone who you believe could benefit from it.  I will continue to post blogs about the experience of raising a grandchild and share resources that I come across.

Sharing the Journey,

Rich, “Pops”


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I have been involved in the field of Human Services for 30 plus years. I teach in the field of Human Services for Purdue University Global. Allene is a stay at home "Lolli", after spending many years in the Healthcare field. We have 3 adult children and in May, 2018, we adopted our granddaughter, who is 6 years-old. We have had her since she was 5 months old. At the end of 2019, we moved to Mount Airy, North Carolina, as a part of a plan to downsize and give Allene the chance to retire, and be at home full-time. We are devoted to making a difference in Sebellah's life and also in the lives of other grandparents raising grandchildren.

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