Saturday, March 23, 2013

Remembering our photo at a time

I have been going through some of Grandma Ruth's old photo albums recently, picking out a few old photos that I want to use in the house.  I have always loved these albums, I loved leafing through them as a kid, asking grandma for the story behind the photo or spotting an item that I recognized like a doll, chair or wash tub that had somehow survived over the generations. I cherish these little glimpses into the past, the memories and stories that they hold generations later.  I love the candid shots, babies crying, kids sledding and ridding bikes, families living life together.  While not a candid shot, or even one with people in it, this photo of my grandpa's service station caught my eye today.  It was located only 4 blocks away from Ruth's Retreat - the house I now own in Grand Haven, what a neat glimpse into history and life, grateful for old photos and the memories they hold.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

May 2013 Events in Grand Haven

I don't know about you, but I am ready for spring..summer...sunshine!  I was the girl who wore sandals to church this morning... and while waiting for lunch with friends looked out the window and saw a few snowflakes!  Oh well... here's to hoping for warm weather!
In my summer weather excitement I wanted to look into what activities would be going on in Grand Haven as the weather warms and afternoons along the beach and boardwalk seem to transition seamlessly into evenings of sunsets and maybe a little ice cream!  Thanks to Grand Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau for some great inspiration!
So here are some fun things to start looking forward to - start planning a visit to Grand Haven, and maybe even a sweet stay at Ruth's Retreat
May 3rd - First Friday Gallery Walk (runs all summer)                                                                                                Art, refreshments and a great way to start off a Friday night! The event starts at 6:00 pm at C2C Gallery - 104 Washington Ave, Grand Haven                                                                              
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May 11th - Farmers Market (kicks off for the summer!)
This Saturday starts one of my favorite Saturday morning traditions in Grand Haven.  Head for the green canopy next to Chinook Pier in downtown Grand Haven, less than a 5 minute walk from Ruth’s! Enjoy local fresh seasonal produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and so much more.

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May 17-19 - Great Lakes Kite Festival
 Enjoy a day at Grand Haven State Park Beach as the sky is filled with colorful kites of all shapes and sizes!  Stunt kite flyers, kites that are larger than a school bus, or your own kite – a fun filled afternoon is sure to be had as a spectator or flyer!  I had the chance to be in town for this a few years ago and enjoyed a great afternoon on the beach.  Was a great windy spring day, not warm enough for swimming and bathing suits quite yet – but an afternoon well spent!
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May 22nd - 27th - Fruitport Old Fashioned Days
Head to Pomona Park in nearby Fruitport, MI for this long running annual festival that boasts a carnival midway, fireworks, 5k/10k run, ice cream social, parade, and the very popular and intriguing sounding Ox Roast.
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May 24th - 25th  8th Annual Memorial Day Rib Fest
It's the annual "Battle of the Bones" - hosted by Grand Haven VFW Post 2326.  Area BBQ enthusiasts compete to win Judges and People's Choice for the best ribs! Live music, entertainment tent, and of course ribs!
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May 25th Kick-Off to Summer Run
Love a family friendly run; bring your strollers, kidos and grandparents!  Pick from the 5k along the beach, the Tot Trot obstacle course (for ages 3-6) or the 1 Mile Family Fun Run.

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May 27th - Spring Lake Memorial Day Parade
Head across the bridge for the Spring Lake Memorial Day Parade and celebrate veterans from around the area with this annual tradition.  The parade starts at 10:30am  
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May 27th, 2013 - Troop Train and Memorial Day Parade
Take a short drive to the Coopersville & Marne Railway for a unique event for everyone that honors veterans from all wars and eras in this reenactment of the famous Troop Trains of WW2. Upon the train's return to Coopersville, the passengers will be met by patriotic music provided by our Hometown Brass Band, dignitaries giving speeches of thanks, loved ones and friends waving banners of support!
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May 31st - June 2nd - Grand Haven Offshore Challenge
Head over to Chinook Pier for this annual fishing tournament with awards for all categories including kids, women, amateur, and professional.
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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Summer is coming...and Ruth's is ready!!

Hard to believe as I sit on my deck in Virginia wearing my beloved Chaco sandals, that a week and a half ago I was shoveling 12+ inches of snow at Ruth's in Grand Haven!  A week ago my mom and I talked about how great it will be for people to sit on the we shoveled the snow off from it! That reality seemed so far away both in weather and the work that remained inside the house, but it is amazing what a week can bring!

Just as hard for me to still believe is that this crazy idea of buying a house in Grand Haven that I cooked up a little over a year ago has quickly turned into a reality.  I am a firm believer that if things are meant to work out, they will.. in God's timing not mine. It has been both a blessing and a challenge to my patience to see this unfold in the last few months. 


Looking back through my photos was a good reminder too of just how different things can look in just a short amount of time.

These two photos are of Central Park in Grand Haven which is located a block from Ruth's.   Both beautiful seasons in their own right, just different. 

So for now... please enjoy some photo updates of the work inside the house, and remember summer is coming!  Will you be coming to Ruth's this summer??

Cozy living room downstairs

Master Bedroom on main floor

First room upstairs

Twin beds now in addition to the futons upstairs


Desk/work area in dining room

New dining room table

Small eat in kitchen breakfast area


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Our week at Ruth's

Look for more details coming soon... for now wanted to leave you with a taste of our time last week!  Cleaning, coffee, tools, family and friends...and yes there is a washer and dryer sitting in the dinning room in one of these photos.   Thanks to all the friends and family who helped and celebrated with us last week, and to my amazing parents who drove cross country and were a HUGE help all week!