Tuesday, May 24, 2011


It’s been over 16 years since I experienced the miracle of watching my son Josh’s birth, and Dakota and I are proud to report that our new addition has finally arrived! Ava Louise Rollins was born on Sunday, May 22nd at 12:00 p.m., weighing 6 pounds 3 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches long.

Ava was early to the party, arriving four weeks prior to her expected due date. As you can see from the pictures, however, she is healthy and thriving, and Dakota is doing just fine. I’m certainly lucky and thankful for my beautiful family. Dakota and Ava are expected to be released from the hospital this Thursday, and we are anxious for our family to finally be together at our home.

I’m looking forward to spoiling Ava over the coming years, and I can tell you that she’s already got me wrapped around her very tiny finger. I know how fast children grow and plan on enjoying every minute with Ava. I still can’t believe that Josh is already a 6’4”, 200-pound 16-year old; it feels like he was born just yesterday!

Amusingly, my mailbox was full of letters from the AARP this morning. The irony did not go unnoticed; I am well aware that I will be 79-years old when Ava turns 18. However, if 62 really is the new 42, then everything will be copacetic. So far, so good – I have the energy of someone much younger than I, and I have the time and resources to make sure Ava is exposed to the finer things in life.

Admittedly, I was no spring chicken at nearly 46-years old when Josh was born. But for me, there have been many benefits to starting a family later in life. With Ava’s birth, my clients can rest assured that I will not be retiring anytime soon. I plan on working at Rollins Financial at least another 18 years.

Lastly, while Dakota and I appreciate your caring thoughts and sentiments during this exciting time, in lieu of your generous gifts, we kindly ask that you consider contributing to a 529 plan of a child to whom you are close (which Rollins Financial would be happy to manage).

Best personal regards,
Joe Rollins

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