Traveling with Grandma

We’ve had my Mum travel with us for 2 1/2 weeks, starting in Ulaanbaatar, and flying out of Shanghai. Its the third time she has joined us on our travels, and she is now officially welcome anytime.

My daughter Sparky volunteered to tell you all about it. (Sparky has Cerebral Palsy and is non-verbal. She told this story using her PODD, a book of organized symbols she scans with her eyes)

Travelling with Grandma – by Sparky

Grandma is great fun and wonderful. I think I’m lucky and traveling with her is awesome.¬†Grandma and I enjoy painting and standing together. I enjoy having many cuddles with Grandma.

I want to show you something. See what we made.


See what we saw.

Hiking around Tsetserleg, Mongolia


Wildflowers in Mongolia


Colourful mushrooms in Mongolia


Tsagaan Nuur-Tsenger Hot Springs, Mongolia


The awesome carvings at the Longman Caves, China


Traditional Mongolian musicians in Ulaanbaatar


I love listening to bible stories with Grandma, its beautiful. The story about Moses and the Red sea is a bit scary.

I want to tell you something that happened when Grandma was traveling with us in China. I got sick and had a sore head. I felt strange and bad.

Lets pretend that Grandma and I stay in China. We would play games like piggy back and baddminton. We’d play for fun, we would be lucky and we would see more

Thanks Sparky for the lovely writing. Here are some other places we visited after Mum left. She should have stayed longer!!
Who do you like to travel with?

Huang Shan (yellow mountain) where we wanted to climb with you


Historic town of Tunxi which we wanted to explore with you



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17 Responses to Traveling with Grandma

  1. Maria October 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Sparky, this is such a fantastic post! I’m so glad to hear from you! I absolutely love that picture of the hot springs. You all look so happy (except for Snowie, who looks a bit as if he’s going to slip underwater and swim off to scare someone).

    Miss you!

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  2. Jennifer October 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    What a great post – thanks for sharing, Sparky!!! Did you climb Huang Shan? I remember that both fondly and not fondly. Beautiful views, freezing weather and accommodation. Prayers for continues safe travels!

  3. Jennifer Pearce October 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    So great to hear about your adventures Sparky! What a lucky girl you are to have such an adventurous Grandma who likes to join in on your travels. The picture you made with your Grandma is so pretty! The photos are beautiful too. I especially like the photo of the Huang Shan and the Longman Caves. That mushroom is really pretty too.

  4. Carole October 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    LOVE this post, Sparky! Making art, lounging in the hot springs, misty mountains & colorful mushrooms, piggyback dreams, and cuddles with Grandma. Sounds like a bit of heaven…Thanks for sharing it all with us here in South Florida!

  5. Carly October 24, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    Great post Sparky, thanks for sharing your holiday with us. My little boy uses a podd as well so we’re using his book to talk about your adventures :) keep posting.

  6. sonja everson October 24, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    Thanks for sharing your experiences, Sparky. From the pictures you can see the love in your eyes when you look at your grandma. I would love to have travelled the world with my grandma, I call her Oma. She’s too old now (almost 93!). We were fortunate to spend time at the lake every summer. My kids are truly blessed to have 2 grandma’s and great grandma! Never take them for granted. They are a gift from God.

  7. Vicki October 24, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Thanks for sharing Sparky. I loved reading this and I loved the first photo – you looked so pretty.

  8. Granny October 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Sophie, you wrote a lovely ‘story’ about Grama’s visit with you in Mongolia and China! Your painting looked very pretty that you and Grama did. So, so,looking forward to giving you a huge cuddle in 30 days! Love, Granny xxxx

  9. Jane Farrall October 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    I’m very envious Sparky – I’ve never been to China. I love travelling lots though – and my favourite person to travel with is my husband. My other favourite people are my Mum and Dad – family are always good people to travel with! Hope you have lots more adventures – I’m looking forward to reading about them :)

  10. Next in line October 25, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    I love your post Sparky. We like to travel with my mother in law, my daughter’s Popo :)

  11. Trudi October 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    great post Sparky….I love the picture where you are showing your Grandma your painting…your face shows you are so proud of it & you love spending time with her. I love the photo of the mushroom as well.

  12. Cas October 27, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    wow! mushrooms really can be red with white spots!

  13. Aunty Sam October 27, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    Great writing Sparky. Just loved it xxxxx

  14. Barb January 9, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    I am an occupational therapist and wanted to ask a question about the head rest that you are using. Do you have any information on the manufacturer – it looks very supportive and comfortable. We have not seen one quite like this at our centre and were very interested to share it with other clients of ours. I also work in AAC and am impressed with your story!!

  15. Barb January 9, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    Sorry left the wrong email in my original comment :)

  16. Barb January 10, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    Hi I am an occupational therapist that was very interested in your amazing trip that you so kindly shared using your PODD. I am so impressed! I also really like the neck support you are wearing it looks very comfortable and supportive. I have other clients that I think this would work for and was wondering if you would be able to tell me what manufacturer made it. Thanks so much and keep up the great writing!!

    • Jill January 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Hi Barb. Thanks for you kind words. The neck collar is great isn’t it? I will there WAS a manuacturer who made them! I see so many kids slumped forward with nothing to look at but their own legs! Not to mention the neck pain. Sadly, we have been making our own collars for years now. We buy foam, cut it with an electric bread knife and glue it to the right shape with spray on glue. A proper seamstress made this cover out of nice fabric that doesnt rub, but in the past I have just sewed collars myself and made them removable for washing .

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