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Karen Bailey and her husband, Brad, were so impressed with the Legacy Grandparenting Summit they attended simulcast they attended in Las Cruces last year, they have not only made plans to attend again this year, they also are volunteering to help with the event.
The Baileys have 29 grandchildren who live in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, D.C. – and Washington, D.C.
“We have to be intentional if we want a relationship with our grandchildren,” said Karen Bailey, who retired in 2021 after a long career with U.S. Bank. She also started and was the coordinator of Coats for Kids of Las Cruces for 26 years.
Bailey said the faith-based summit and its “great mix of speakers” gave her and Brad a lot of really good ideas on how to connect and stay connected with their grandchildren.
“What do we want our grandchildren to remember,” Bailey said. “What do we want to pass on to them?”
The summit coordinator is Tim Steele of Las Cruces, who, along with his wife, Sheila, are FamilyLife Ministry nonprofit representatives for New Mexico. FamilyLife is collaborating with Legacy Coalition and Crosstown Ministries of Las Cruces to bring the summit to Las Cruces, Steele said.
“This is a faith-based couple of days,” Steele said, but the summit is not “preachy or churchy,” and attendees do not have to belong to any organized religion to participate.
“You just have to want to be a more attuned grandparent,” Steele said.
People who are not grandparents but interested in what the summit will offer are also welcome, he said.
“This is for any grandparent,” Steele said, including single grandparents and couples, grandparents who connect remotely with their grandchildren and those who are estranged from them “due to circumstances or choices,” he said.
Steele said the simulcast will be presented at 110 locations across the country and will include 20-25 speakers. The Las Cruces simulcasts will include recordings of 10 of those speakers and eight sessions, he said.
The Steeles have seven grandchildren, Steele said, including three in Las Cruces. That is why Tim and Sheila decided to move here three years ago from Family Life Ministries headquarters in Orlando, Florida.
Last year’s summit “was right in our wheelhouse as grandparents,” Steele said.
The summit simulcast will be held at two locations in Las Cruces:
Contact Steele at 501-626-6353 and TSteele@familylife.com.
For more information, visit http://legacycoalition.com/summit.
For a list of summit speakers, visit https://legacycoalition.com/summit/speakers/.