My parents have spent the last 18 months serving the people of Kemi, Finland. They served a mission for our church and laboured in sharing the gospel but more so in serving and helping the people over there. They left when I was 4 months through my pregnancy and it hit me hard that they wouldn't be able to meet him until he was 14 months old. Skype made the distance considerably smaller but I still couldn't wait for them to meet him and for him to get to know how awesome it is to be loved by my parents.
We have a tradition in our with the grandchildren in our family, that on their first birthday, my parents give them a beautiful jointed bear. They just happened to pick Noah's bear up in France and so we named him Pierre the Bear. I had to snap these really special moments as they were able to snuggle and coo and bond like they were never apart. At the first meeting Noah was a bit stand offish but it did not take long for them to feel that familiar connection that family feels. Plus it didn't hurt that they were the givers of lollies and chocolate ;)
We got to spend 5 lovely days together before they headed back home to Adelaide but I will be down in Adelaide next month to do a photo shoot and I'll be staying down there for 1 week and a half