We're Now Grandparents!!!

Beautiful Violet Audrey
Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts -

Now I get it.  We don't lose our memories because we age, we lose our memories and become forgetful because there's no room left for anything but this new life who has graced us with her presence. 

Violet & her Papa Justin

Violet's first pic

Violet and her tongue

Violet & her Papa nap

Violet is LOVED

She is all we can think about.  She is our first thought when we wake and our last before we sleep.  I didn't  chose to have children, so I didn't know that this is what happens to your brain and heart with babies.  I just discovered this when I became a grandparent this week.  And the funny thing...we haven't even smelled her or held her yet.  She lives far, far away, across a Big Pond in a place called England.  But when her Mommy & Daddy bring her to us in June you can be sure there will be a long line of her people waiting their turn to love on her.  We're already plotting how to we'll buy a pony and bribe her into coming to live with us one day...

Welcome to your family Precious Violet.  We are honored beyond words that you chose us.

With Love,
Grandpa Earnie & Grandma Ellie & Auntie Myrtle

Being Human

Dear Friends of Earnest Efforts -

Saturday we drove up to Eugene to see my Nannie, Opal Robbins, who will be 94 years old in April. There are a thousand stories, but I'm just going to share a few pics today.  Every day we are filled with gratitude for our Grandparents.
Nannie when she was 51 and I (Ellie) was just 3 days old and mad that I'm wearing pink.

Here she is at 93 and me at 43.  Myrtle is only 4.
Nannie's hummingbird feeders.  My job is to keep the feeders full!
Nannie & Earnie

Earnie on his Grandparents farm in Southern Indiana ca. mid-1950's
Take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh,
Ellie Efforts