And, now, finally ... March 15, 2017

... introducing our newest family member, born Wednesday, March 15th, 2017.  

Everly Rose Jones

Matt and Jen's first child.  These two, married on April 1st, 2014, made a very pretty baby!

And here I am, over the moon in love with my first grandchild.
Everly just yawned.

Jen had a long travail; she and Matt spent three days in the hospital prior to Everly's birth. Inducing labor didn't work, the baby wasn't in the correct birthing position.  A cesarean section was finally performed Wednesday and Everly was born at 8:47am ... to the relief of all.  As you can see by the photos, our precious little bundle is healthy, for which everyone is grateful.  Jen is tired, as you can imagine, and recovering from surgery, but she's as excited and happy as can be.

We all took turns cradling the newborn.

Funny, without any planning, Alice and Tom (Jen's parents, above and below) and Jimmy and I arrived at the hospital elevator doors at the same time.  We four took a "grandparents" class six weeks ago, as a reminder that while babies are born every minute, times change and people with it.  It's a new day from when we had our children 35+ years ago.  Though we poo-pooed the class beforehand, we learned a lot and were grateful that we attended. 

Matt is a very happy young man.

I love this picture of Mom and daughter bonding.  Technically, the baby was due March 2nd, but she wasn't ready to see the world.  Everly Rose weighed 7 lbs, 11 oz and measured 20.5".  Opinions on who she looked like varied and were kind of comical, in my opinion, 'cause she looked like a newborn baby to me.  Nice that she has hair; Matt had none when he came into the world (via C-section) 37 years ago.  As handsome as her parents are, it won't matter who she favors in the gene department, she's beautiful now and I'm sure will grow into a beautiful woman, like her Mama.


  1. Welcome, Everly. I love the photo of your beaming face. Whatever did you learn in the grandparent ing class? I'm surprised they waited 3 days. Nice to know they don't just jump right in with c sections too quickly. So glad all are well. You are going to have so much fun teaching that little girl how to crack jokes. Love to you from both of us.

  2. So happy for all y'all! Such love, such joy!

  3. Congratulations! There is nothing like having children to enrich a young couples lives....but becoming a grandparent is the most magical life event...beyond compare!!! Treasure every moment! They will pass quickly. Beautiful, just beautiful!

    1. Thank you. I'll love seeing her grow.

  4. Congratulations, on the new addition! Everly looks beautiful and so good to hear that everyone is well and healthy. There are lots of proud smiles in the pictures above. Enjoy being a Grandma, I know that I sure do.


  5. Congratulations! She is beautiful. :-)

  6. Welcome, Everly. You are loved.

  7. Awesome pics and even more awesome is seeing Matt become a father. I know Jen will make a wonderful mom as well. She's got Jen's hair for sure. Hugs to all and hope to meet her one day.

  8. Anonymous6:50 PM

    Congratulations again. Pretty girl. Pretty name. Love to all of you.
    Anne and Rus

  9. Anonymous7:11 PM

    Amazing pictures! Everly Rose is just beautiful!! I am so happy for you all! Can't wait to show the kids the pictures. Congratulations!!! Rob and Kris

  10. Anonymous7:12 PM

    Adorable! I'm so happy for you all! Lovely little new one. Figured you would be in and out all week. Enjoy these new times 💕

  11. Congrats to all! Spending time with the Grands is always a lot of fun:)

  12. Anonymous7:34 PM

    BRAVO to all who made it possible for sweet Everly Rose to join us in this world!!!!!!!

    Wow, she is a beauty. A name sake too ... "ROSE" was my maiden name!!!!!!

    How lovely is it all?!?

    Congrats ... grandma and grandpa! WHAT WILL SHE CALL YOU?


  13. Anonymous7:35 PM

    I looked at your blog and saw the pictures of Everly Rose. She is a beautiful little girl. Have fun spoiling the new addition to your family. B.C.


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