Friday, September 4, 2009

A Little Something Special

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This has got to be one of the simplest and BEST ideas I have seen in a long while.

In celebration of Grandparents Day on September 13th, I bring you, a website honoring the relationship between the Grandparent and the Grandchild.

Many families over the years are forced to be separated from their loved ones for one reason or other. I have a lot of family that lives in other states and it seems like the distance between us grows further each year. My boyfriend, Ollie, has five grandchildren ranging in age from 8 to 14 and, because he travels for work, he doesn't get to see them for months at a time. It's sad and many years get wasted. You miss out on all the joys of their growing up. Sure you get your pictures, maybe an occasional phone call, but you miss them and miss hearing their voice. has found a way to bridge the gaps in families and bring them back together through a FREE program called "Your Voice" that enables the Grandchild to record a message to send to their Grandparent(s) through an e-mail.

Here are the simple steps:

Click on "Try it now!" and you are taken to this page:

Not sure what to say? Get some ideas. (Great to have ideas for people who aren't sure what to say and it also has recording samples you can listen to.)
Dial 1-585-295-6784
Enter Secure PIN (8 numbers +#)
When you've finished recording, press # or simply hang up and click the button below to continue
I have finished recording

Once you complete each step (long distance fees apply at your regular rate) and click on the "I Have Finished Recording" button, you are then taken to the next page where you enter your name and e-mail address and the e-mail address of the recipient. There's also a box so you can enter a personal message. Then, press SEND.

They receive this in their e-mail:

You have received a recording from Gena

A recording was made for you by Gena using YourVoice at Keep this e-mail in a safe place so you can listen to this recording again and again.

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The Grandparent simply clicks the "Listen to your recording" button and it will connect them to the "Your Voice" page and the player. At that time, just click the "Play" button and your are good to go. Simple, huh? They also get the option to download the recording to their computer so they can listen to it any time they want. Can you imagine, your child is grown and, along with those embarrassing photos, they have this heartfelt recording from their youth. How precious to hear their sweet little voice again.


This fabulous website is also full of fun ideas of things that Grandparents and Grandchildren can do together. The website is broken down into groups based on the child's age to make it even easier.

I encourage you to sign up for the newsletter, too. It is full of ideas for activites to do together, what type of gifts to buy, recipes... Lots and Lots of interesting items that can help families, not just Grandparents.

Please, join me in celebrating Grandparents Day on September 13th. Utilize this fabulous, FREE tool and give the Grandparent(s) a memory to last a lifetime.


I also asked them if they would be adding additional programs so anyone can use it and was told to GO AHEAD. Although it is set up for Grandparent and Grandchild to communicate, they welcome ANYONE to use it to open the lines of communication.

Since Ollie is so far away at times, what a pleasant surprise I can send him to remind him that I love and miss him!

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Shop with Me Mama said...

Happy VGNO! Have a wonderful weekend :)

~Sandy~ said...

oh wow this is awesome!!!!

Native American Momma said...

happy VGNO

Mandala Michelle said...

Have a great VGNO, what a nice thought!

Carolee / Home4ever said...

Thanks, Gena.

I think I'll have my daughter & my moms other 2 grandchildren who are local record something.

Have a Happy VGNO!

Kari said...

Hooray for Grandparents Day! I know I'm extremely blessed that my parents do so much for me and my family.

Happy VGNO!

jamaise said...

Looks like there's a lot to do there. I bookmarked it so I can go back and explore. Grandparents are Grand!

hondaray6 said...

As aGrandma of 14 I can appreciate this! am lucky enough to have all mine nearby...and they have me tweeting~ but this will be a good surprise for the teens! They are amazed when Gram-Gram learns something new! ;-)

lmurley2000 said...

i love grandparents day, got my cards about a week ago, dont know what i will get them yet but have some ideas, i dont have any grandparents alive any more, but i still have my mom and dad. i miss my grand parents so those who have them enjoy them while you can.

cdmtx said...

neat ! thanks :)Happy VGNO!

Katmagick said...
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Katmagick said...

I miss all my grandparents. They have been gone for a very long time.

momster4de3 said...

My granddaughter is only 20 months old and fortunately I talk to her most every day on the phone -- she is just across town. Unfortuntely, however, my son just got married and lives 1,000 miles away. When he has little one's I'll be sad not to be close and this is a great tool to keep them close! Thanks for this opportunity.

alicia27 said...

That is so awesome! We live a long ways from any of my kids' grandparents, and I know it is hard on both the grandparents and kids, as well as me! This is an awesome program, and I can't wait to share it!

Tamara B. said...

WOW what a fantastic program to have to bridge the gaps in families and bring them back together through a FREE program called "Your Voice" that enables the Grandchild to record a message to send to their Grandparent(s) through an e-mail.

sweetpea08 said...

What a great website! Once my son is a little bit older we will have to do some of these great ideas!