My Mother's Day gift from Mimi last year were these matching t-shirts!
Ellie playing Peek-A-Boo with her Mimi over Skype!
And she sure has you attached to her hip from the time that she gets here to the time she leaves.
Ellie's onesie says 100% loved by Grandma- so true!!!
Grandmom's beautiful butterfly watercolor that was made just for you Ellie!
Grandmom not only attended a variety of art classes through the years, but she also joined art clubs and taught classes herself! Your Uncle Steve who at one time played all sports now coaches baseball, football and loves to play a round of golf with friends. Your Aunt Sheri enjoys dabbling in different art media and also researching our ancestry.
Mimi, Aunt Sheri, and You Ellie-Girl... this is an awesome trio of fabulous women!
I think I am still searching for my passion Ellie as it seems to be more advanced at hiding within me. I need to look deeper than underneath beds and in closets! I do love to write though, and this is the one passion that has lasted past my "2 year" mark. Hmmmmm... could this be mine??? Your Great-Grandmom also showed us by example to take an active role in family. Besides the yearly cross-country vacations to Philly and the weekly weekend vacations to Wheeler Lake, my mom was always taking us and friends to Bay Beach, Seymour Lake or the movies. Your Great Gram also taught us from a young age on to stay within our means financially. She was a strong believer in the idea that nothing comes free, you need to work hard and earn your place in society. When we were young your Great-Gram had what she called a "Job Jar" set on the kitchen counter for idle children.... meaning children who whined that there was nothing to do the day after school let out for summer vacation; actually had plenty to do! The "Job Jar" was a glass jar and rather large so as to hold many slips of white paper with various jobs written on them. Example: dusting to weeding and everything in between, she covered it all! So if we dared to complain, (which of course we did given our ages) we were marched right over to the job-jar where we would stick in our hand and pray that we did not pull out the "Clean out the window-wells" card. Too many spiders - eeeeeeek! Sometimes we got a fun one such as the card that read "Pull everything out of the kitchen cupboards and clean thoroughly!" I don't know what your Aunt Sheri and I were thinking at the time, but now looking back on those days, I think your Great Grandmom Jones violated most of the child labor laws! We tease her now Ellie but during our growing up years, she was one tough cookie. Anytime we "wanted" something but didn't have quite enough money to purchase it ourselves, my mom would lend it to us and quickly enter our name, the date and the amount we borrowed in her little Black Book. It was expected that we always pay back our debts and we did. The three of us have since agreed when she passes from this world, that little Black Book is probably going to get buried with her! Heaven help those in heaven! Speaking of heaven, she also taught us to live by the same rule her mom taught her.... Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. She attends church faithfully and is an active volunteer member in her community. Ellie, this is one of your Great Grandmother's greatest gifts that she has instilled within me. I too find strength in my faith. I too find volunteering important and a way to use our God given talents in a positive way. It certainly validates a purpose to our lives. When your Great Pop-pop Bud passed away 12 years ago, my mom was so appreciative of the kindness and compassion that Hospice bestowed on him, she "Paid it Forward" by joining their volunteer team and helping others in similar situations. I admire her greatly Ellie and love her with all my heart. She is the best role model God could have given me. Even though there are many miles between us, she is only a phone call away. We chat frequently. And our teatime is taken in spirit.
Listening to your Gigi read aloud! You like her choice of books! Love you Gigi!