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Grace Elizabeth is Five Today

Updated on January 10, 2015

The Birthday Girl: January 13th

Grace posing with Mom and brother, Alex
Grace posing with Mom and brother, Alex | Source

Who are Grace and Alex?

I have two grandchildren by my oldest daughter, Cara, whose birthdays are ‘special’ in their own way. The oldest sibling, Grace Elizabeth, was born on a Friday the thirteenth. I remember the excitement of her birth and the long wait to see her and my daughter after the birth. As a nurse, I recall being concerned that it seemed to take an unusually long time to get mom and baby presentable for the welcoming committee, however, all ended well.

My grandson, Grace’s baby brother, was born one year after her birth on the fourth of July. Rest assured, there were plenty of fireworks to celebrate the occasion. He is six now and quite the family clown…I can only imagine what a cut up he’ll be in school.

Because I cannot always be in Michigan to celebrate family birthdays, and other special occasions, our family Skype's or uses Face Time. Thank goodness for modern technology. I still get to meet with them face to face to share in their special festivities.

When she turned five, I wrote her a poem. I also gave her a camera for her budding photography interests-a pink camera, which is her favorite color. I know it sounds like an expensive gift for a five year old, but I have seen the photos she’s taken and she is very good.

Photo of Grace

Grace is a joyful child
Grace is a joyful child | Source

Growing Up

In 2014, Grace asked me to come to MI for her next birthday; she will be turning eight this year. I made a conscientious decision to do this by requesting that weekend off from work. Next, I shared this information with my daughter, who will coordinate the birthday celebration. We both agreed to keep my arrival a secret for two reasons: 1. Flight weather in winter can be very precarious. On more than one occasion I've arrived at the airport only to discover the flight had been cancelled. 2. The second reason is for the element of surprise.

For the past three years I've enjoyed watching all of my grandchildren grow in size, facial appearance, lose their baby look, lose their teeth...through visits and photos, as well as Skype. It is amazing how quickly changes happen when you live at a distance.

Pink is still Grace's favorite color, and I found a pink necklace with 'Grace' spelled out in purple. I have not decided if I will make birthday cupcakes or buy a cake, but am sure either will be appreciated.

She is now in second grade and is a sharp student. Her grades are high, she is a good listener, and she eagerly helps her classmates when they are stuck getting a concept.

Grace is a very busy girl, these days, taking after school classes, studying for her First Communion, and participating as a Brownie with the Girl Scouts. She's a real smart G.S. cookie!

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Acrostic Poems for young girls

Here is the acrostic poem I wrote for my granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth, when she turned five years old. An acrostic poem can be similar to a word puzzle with a letter or letters from each line spelling a word or phrase.

Grace Elizabeth is Five Today

Grace was born in January,

Rosy cheeks, she’s smart and sweet.

At five she dresses up like a fairy

Creating magic with whomever she meets.

Everyone agrees she’s a real treat.

Expect great things from Princess Grace.

Laughter and love from her come naturally.

I think she has an angel’s face.

Zest and zeal flow easily.

And little Alex joins in the fun.

Birthdays are a way to celebrate

Every way Grace is special to me.

Truly a miracle God did create…

Happy Birthday, Dear One, from Grandma Dee.


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    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Linda. :) I'll be with her at the end of this week to celebrate her. It'll be a surprise.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy Birthday Grace! Wishing y'all a wonderful celebration :)

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you, Vellur, I appreciate your comment. She is a cutie, but I need to update my poem for a seven yr old now,lol Thanks for the vote.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Grace looks amazing! She will turn out to be a real beauty! Great poem about your granddaughter. Her brother looks smashing too!! Great poem, beautifully expressed. Voted up.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Randi, that's, I don't think so. But, she had her tonsils taken out when she was on school break-maybe one about that! ha ha. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. She is a cutie, just like her mom. Her brother is Mr. Slapstick comedy!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      7 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      loved this!!! Time for a new one, huh?! Grace is turning six!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Perspycacious-thanks for visiting and sharing your experience of being a grandparent. I couldn't agree more! Wow-16 grandchildren-lucky you!

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      Demas W Jasper 

      8 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      We have a Gracie of our own, eight granddaughters, in fact, to go with eight grandsons. Five is such a special age, and our youngest grandson is three. Like the tried and true expression "If I had known grandchildren are so much fun, I'd have had them first!"

      Happy B'day Grace Elizabeth.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Acaetnna-Happy Valentine's Day to you! I'm sure you'll be writing something special for the man of your dreams. :) Hugs.

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      8 years ago from Guildford

      It is easy to tell. Even though you are my virtual friend I can simply tell by your amazing writing!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Frank-I'm a little behind in my responses due to my work schedule. Cheers.

      Hi Sunnie-thank you for your comments. Yes-thank goodness for skype. Hopefully I will be there in person soon...

      Mr. Smith-great minds think alike! Thanks for reading and sharing your experience.

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      Mr. Smith 

      8 years ago from Indiana

      My grandson (5 in April)got a camera for Christmas. Grandparents think alike... gotta nurture that creativity!

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      Sunnie Day 

      8 years ago

      Oh Denise they are such beautiful grandchildren and lovely daughter. I know you are so proud. What would we do with out skype? lol I know you miss them as I do too..You sound like such a loving grandmother. I know they must love you very much. Your poem was perfect and lovely as can be. Thank you for sharing.


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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      God bless them all.. beautiful Grand.. :) Frank

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Kim-thanks for reading and sending Grace belated birthday wishes! It's never too late to wish someone H.B. is it? Thanks for stopping in. :)

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      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Aww, they're too cute. And happy belated birthday to Grace!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Derdriu-thank you! I appreciate you reading and commenting, as well as the vote. Have a wonderful week. I'm heading into Michigan next month for a visit and can hardly wait. :)

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      8 years ago

      Denise, What an endearing, innovative, pleasing birthday present to your granddaughter and birthday announcement to your readers! The photograph is as beautiful as the gift. It's so wonderful that you thought of giving your Grace a photographic/video camera in her favorite color. Additionally, the acrostic poem has such a gentle beat and includes such agreeable wishes and pleasant images.

      Best 2012 wishes to you and your family as well as best birthday wishes to Grace Elizabeth!

      Thank you for sharing, voted up + all,


    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi tlpoague-thank you for your comments. I'll be visiting her next month and can hardly wait to see what she's done. Previously, she'd taken her mother's video camera and made a song/video for her teachers about her new kitten, LOL.

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      8 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful tribute to your granddaughter. I hope you post her photos here with your wonderful hubs. Thanks for sharing this precious moment.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Acaetnna-how could you tell? LOL Thanks for peaking in.

      Hi Sophie-you are always welcome to any party, time is never an issue! Thanks for reading.

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      8 years ago

      I am late for the party... But please do wish Grace on my behalf. I can see why you are so proud of her.. you happy grandma. Beautiful poem and I am sure Grace would be happy to read that. God Bless! Sophie

    • acaetnna profile image


      8 years ago from Guildford

      Oh wow you are so obviously completely proud.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Dexter-so nice to see you. Thanks for reading and your vote up. :) She's a 'big girl' now...ready for Kindergarten.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      8 years ago from United States

      Hi Denise! What a wonderful tribute to your granddaughter! Voted up, up and away!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Rosemay-Thanks for reading and commenting. I am sure I will be seeing the product of her efforts. :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Happy birthday to Grace. You wrote her a lovely poem. It sounds as if she is going to have fun with her new camera.

      The photo is just lovely Denise. Thank you for sharing

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi MM-thank you for reading and commenting. I look at the photo and see the love in my daughter's eyes and her pride in her children. :)

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Happy Birthday Grace, this was so lovely it bought tears to my eyes, the photo is beautiful.

      Thank you for sharing voted up/beautiful

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Ruby-thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

      Stessily-you are too kind. Thank you for sharing that bit of info again about your mother's birthdate. I had forgotten. :) My oldest granddaughter is the newest generation of writers in my family. I wrote a hub about our family of writers. It's called, A Circle of Women.

      Gee, thanks Writer20-I appreciate your comment. I just wish this grandma lived in Michigan with them! Thanks for the vote up.

      Hi B. I do have much to be grateful for. I am truly blessed. Thanks for stopping by.

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      Grace is truly a Beautiful Little Princess, and at Five, she looks so full of "Fun and Wonderment". I Loved your Poem, a very Sweet Tribute. Denise you have much to Treasure in your Lovely Family. Thanks for Sharing.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      8 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You are an awesome Grandma and lucky to have two cute grandchildren.

      Voted up awesome and Beautiful.

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      8 years ago

      Denise, This is another lovely birthday tribute! Your acrostic flows with love. Not taking any credit away from Grace's own photographic talents, but she certainly has inherited some of your photo skills. Your photo of her and her brother with their beaming mom (your oldest daughter) is well done, aesthetically, compositionally, thematically. Is a love of writing evinced in any of your grandchildren?

      Thank you for sharing your lovely birthday poem, which is as unique and charming as your tribute on Cara's birthday in December (same date as my mom's, 12/5).

      Kind regards, Stessily

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Aha sweet. You have a beautiful family..Thank you for sharing..

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello Carmen-thank you for your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. She is a cutie with a very sweet personality. Reminds me of her mom, hubber cardelean. :)

      Genna-you are so right. For me, my family is so important to me. Thanks for stopping to read.

      Hello Eddy-so nice to see you. Thank you for your comments.

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      8 years ago from Wales

      How beautiful Grace Elizabeth??

      A beautiful name for a beautiful little girl. I know you are so proud and it is so nice to be abe to share your gems with friends on here.

      Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.


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      Genna East 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Happy Birthday Grace Elizabeth - such a beautiful name, as is this poem. I'm certain Grace will cherish this dear poem and for many, many years. To have such a wonderful family is one of God's greatest blessings. :-) Up and beautiful.

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      Carmen Beth 

      8 years ago

      A beautiful poem, Denise! I'm sure Grace is extremely proud and grateful to have a grandma like you. Thanks for sharing a picture of her. The name Grace aptly fits her; she looks very graceful. And here's a Happy Birthday to her from me too.

      You are really good at writing poems, aren't you : )

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Danette-that photo was taken last year at Easter at Cara's church. She's so beautiful (Cara) I know I'm biased. But, it is a super nice photo of the three of them.

      BTW-I read a hub today about sock puppets-making them, by K9 from the weekly topic and it was just minutes before the skyping when the kids opened their sock puppets from you, LOL They really enjoyed them.

      I'm glad you liked the poem. :) I know you miss everyone. We miss you too. Maybe this summer?

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      Danette Watt 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      Dee, I enjoyed your poem and glad you were able to skype with the kids today. Miss being with everyone. and I love that picture of the 3 of them, it's beautiful!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Gail-thanks so much for your comments and observations. If I hadn't already read Cara's comments confirming it, I would have said Yes, Grace's photos have shown up here already, because I knew someone had to be taking those photos when 'mom's' hands are busy, and daddy isn't home. LOL It will be interesting to see what she comes up with next!

      Hi Cara, I'm glad you and Grace liked it. I know she is excited about her gift. Wish I could be there with all of you tomorrow. Let me know sometime how it goes.

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      8 years ago from Michigan

      Beautiful Mom, I know Grace loved it. Actually Gail I have used some of her photos in my hubs (usually cooking ones when my hands are tied) and have credited her. The only difference now is that she will have her own camera to take them and not with mine. She takes great video too and even took a video of our new kitten and sang about him in it to her teachers. She is waaay too grown for her age!

      Mom, she talked about how she's going to take pictures with her new camera tomorrow at her party and told my inlaws all about it.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      What an awesome hub and poem written by a justifiably proud Grandma. I always love seeing your grandchildren in hubs as they look like little models and they always seem so "into" the topic at hand!

      I hope Cara will be using some of Grace's photos in future hubs. I bet she'll be surpassing us all quite quickly in her photography skills.

      Voted up, beautiful awesome and interesting.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Fiddleman, I just finished skyping with her and she is very excited. I asked, "how do you feel now that you're five" and she said, "nothing...maybe when I'm six" LOL Too soon to tell, I suppose. Thanks for stopping by.

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      8 years ago

      Happy Birthday to Grace. I know you are a proud grandmother and have much of which to be proud. A mighty handsome family!!!


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