I have only seen my grandson for 5 short weeks, when my son was living with us back in Feb/March 2011.
|Dan, Matty & me, March 2011|
I have some wonderful, and unexpected news!!
In early September, I received a phone call and, then shortly after, a knock on the door... It was my oldest son, Dan! His return has not been under the best circumstances... He and his wife have separated. I knew deep down that it would have to come to this for us to ever see him again.
He has currently been denied access to his beautiful children, Matthew (4), Annabelle (almost 3) and Sophia (almost 1). I do hope he is able to resolve this for their sake and his! It is always the innocent children who suffer in these situations.
Here is a relatively recent photo of the children (it's all I have):
|Bella, Sophia & Matty|
The entire situation has been incredibly difficult for him, but I am so glad that he knew that he could turn to his family in any time of need. Although he turned up on the doorstep totally broken and a shell of the young man he once was, it has been wonderful having him home and watching him gradually relax over the last 7 weeks.
He has finally had the time to begin the long process of rebuilding his life and finding himself again. To see him smile and laugh again daily is an incredible gift. His witty and cheeky sense of humour is remarkably intact. He has so many gifts and talents that had been squashed deep down over the last 7 years; he is a brilliant musician, artist and writer. He also loves surfing... another passion he was forced to give away over the last 7 years. He's looking forward to some visits to the Gold Coast over summer.
|This is not my son but I hope to capture some images of him surfing over summer.|
His step-Dad & step-siblings are finally getting to know the Daniel we have always described. He is a wonderful, loyal, loving and caring son and brother. He is a survivor, and I know he will make it out the other end; much stronger, happier and more at peace.
The light at the end of the tunnel has finally been switched on...