Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Father's Day 2017

Sunday was Father's Day here in the USA, and we made the most of gorgeous weather right here in West Michigan. Before heading out to Clear Lake to be with the Ten Have-Chapman and Galloway clans, we stopped by Woodlawn Cemetery to pay our respects to a pair of special fathers. We made our way to visit Tunis VandenBerg and say hi.

Afterwards Bernice and Susan visited Emo Van Halsema, Bernice's father and Susie's grandfather, to pay their respects as well.

From the cemetery we made our way to US 131 and headed north to 10 Mile Road and Clear Lake for an afternoon of warm conversation, good food and lots of stories.

While there's always plenty of good conversation to be found outside on the deck, around the table or inside serving food, one of the more interesting events of the evening occurred late in the evening. After dinner was winding down Matt Makowski spent a half hour or so asking his wife Lisa's grandfather John Ten Have, the patriarch of the group, about his early life. Catching only snippets of the dialogue, Matt's genuine interest in the stories of days long gone but whose impact is ever-present in many around the table was fascinating to watch.









Bernice and her niece Jennifer


the setup

Gordon and Bernice
Scott, in between grill duties


the boys: Brenton Smith, Joe and Garrett Ten Have-Chapman

Lisa Makoswki

Maria, Zach and Susie








Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer evening on Lake Macatawa

Last Tuesday Susie and I drove out to Lake Macatawa near Holland and Lake Michigan to spend an evening with a few of her classmates from days long past.

It was a night of good food mixed with lots of laughter talking over old times when everyone was much younger. Although not a member of the West Michigan High School Class of 1970 it was a privilege to be included in such a group of friendly folk.

A warm evening, which some spent kayaking before dessert, passed quietly and too quickly.

 Thanks to Dave and Jane for hosting!

Don, Mary Beth and Brent

Jane and Luanne









Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day, Tune

Tunis VandenBerg, 1921-1999. Husband, father, grandfather, a small town physician who was part of the Greatest Generation. . . Photo taken c. 1944.

Happy Father's Day, Tune!


Happy Father's Day, Pop!

Dad and his older brother Carroll -- I'm guessing sometime in 1910 but, of course, I wasn't there so I can't be sure.

 I love you dad. Always have. Always will.


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

A little distraction please

Even if you've never seen the movie or know Morricone's music, chances are you're going to love this anyway. . .

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Memorial Day at Clear Lake

It was a perfect day in West Michigan, to be on a lake, savoring the cool breeze, warm sun mixed with good food and warm friends and family.

And that's precisely what we did on Monday last.

After paying our respects to Aunt Marian in Plainfield Cemetery, Susie, her mom and I drove the five minutes to the Ten Have-Galloway-Chapman clan on Clear Lake: it was the day of the big potato cookoff and we had a half dozen different potato recipes to enjoy along with several salads and grilled brats from Kingsma Market in Grand Rapids (they make their own thank you very much).

A wonderful day with nice folks enjoying each other's company. One could ask for nothing more except maybe no double vision but that's another story. . . Be well, be happy and remember life is short!

Susie

Laurie and Susie




The new grill!

brats on parade




Melissa




Bernice

Aunt Bernice with nieces Melissa and Jennifer


Matt

Karen and Marianne