We don't normally take two trips so close together, but it was Howard's 60th high school reunion this summer. We decided that we would go to it.
We left home and stayed one night with our daughter, Erin, in Brownsburg, IN. They were celebrating Colter's 18th birthday that night.
He is a senior this year. It was a fun evening. Erin and David had open house at the high school that night so we played a game with the kids.
McKenna, Colter, Grandpa and Townsend. Clayton had already gone to bed. I didn't get a picture of him. :(
The next day we drove up to Michigan. This is the home state for both of us.
We went out to the farm that Howard grew up on. The woman that lives there was very friendly. She let us walk around and take pictures. She even took us through the house before we left. The farm is located outside of Caro, Michigan
There used to be a huge barn on the place but it has fallen down. :( This place was built by Howard's great great grandfather.
Our kids have fond memories of visiting Howard's parents and playing in the barn. It was a big part of their summers growing up.
We visited Bud and Iola. When we were first married we would go to their house and watch TV and talk with them. We spent many evenings at their place.
That evening was Howard's High School Reunion. 60 Years!!
It was a fun evening of talking and catching up with each other. I (Ann) didn't know a lot of his classmates, but I did know some. We had a catered meal and sat around under the tent. It was a beautiful evening.
(Howard is second from the left in the last row)
We went to church the next morning. We saw more family there. We spent the afternoon driving around to the different sites around town.
This is the high school Howard graduated from. It is an elementary school now.
When we were married we moved to Caro. Howard taught three years at the high school he graduated from, after he graduated college.
This is the apartment we started our married life in. Two of our children, Laurie and Larry, were born while we lived there.
We visited Don Mantey. Don was in our youth group that we were leaders of when we were first married. He has been up to Alaska the last three March's we were there. He has helped us get prepared before our teams came in. He gave us some delicious sweet corn that he grows.
We stayed with Howard's nephew, Stuart and his wife Brenda while we were in that area of MI. Their daughter Erin and grandson Asher came over quite a bit.
We left the thumb area of Michigan and drove over to Mt. Pleasant. This is the town where I was raised.
This is the house that I was born in. My sister and I were born at home.
This is the house I spent most of my childhood in. When we lived there it did not have the car port or the entry way. It was very small--two bedrooms and there were five children there (Maybe the sixth was born there, I can't remember) We all feel like we have to have big homes now, but we certainly didn't at that time.
The last couple years of high school we moved to this house.
When I was a senior in high school my dad started teaching at Ferris State College in Big Rapids, so we moved there.
It was in Big Rapids that I met Howard. He was going to the college and I was a Sr in high school.
This is the house that my folks lived in while I was dating Howard and where I lived when I got married. It has been remodeled since we lived there.
This the is the high school I graduated from. It is a charter school now.
It was a fun day for us to think back to that time in our lives.
We drove to Grand Rapids and spent a couple of nights with my brother. We visited missionary friends one morning. David and Lisa Balk are in Grand Rapids for the year. We went out one afternoon to my sister's lake house. I was with three of my siblings for the evening.
Becky, Mary Jean, Dan and myself. Yes we are in order of age. I'm the oldest!!
View from the deck
A fun afternoon playing Ripple Golf
Molly, Ben (Mary Jean's son) Jim, Howard and Mary Jean
After our two nights in Grand Rapids, we drove down to Covington, KY to spend a couple of days with our son Matt and his family.
Evelyn and Abigail helped me shuck the corn we brought down from Michigan. Boy was it good!!!
The girls love being read to
I made a small quilt that matches the book that Howard is reading. As he come to the pictures Abigail points out the picture on the quilt.
It's always sad to tell grandkids good-bye.
Abigail and Evelyn
Amy and Evelyn. Amy and Matt are expecting a boy the first part of November.
Laurie and Brett came right after we got home. They are on their way out west. Laurie and I went and got pedicures together. It was a nice time to catch up.
Yes, we did have the total solar eclipse here Monday. It was so amazing.
We sat on the patio watching it with our eclipse glasses. It amazed me to think how God was so precise in creating the planets. He is an awesome God.
My best picture of the eclipse. It's not very good. Yes, it did get very dark. It amazed me how much light a sliver of the sun gives to us.
Until next time....