Ruth's Story

So who is the Ruth for whom the cottage is named? 

Ruth's Retreat is named after my grandmother and best friend Ruth Vink.  A native of Grand Haven for over 60 years Ruth grew up, married and raised her own children in a home built by her father and uncle that is located several blocks from where Ruth's Retreat now stands.  Ruth also worked for several years in downtown Grand Haven as a sales woman and purchasing agent for Steketee's Department Store (Now the Tri-Cities Historical Museum).

Every summer we would come to Grand Haven to visit family and friends with Grandma Ruth, and I quickly fell in love with the town she had called home for so many years.

A well spent summer afternoon at Grand Haven State Park
Grandma Ruth as she was affectionately known to many "adopted" grandchildren as well as her own was a woman whose home was always a welcoming place full of fellowship, laughter and fresh made goodies.  It is my hope that Ruth's Retreat will embody this woman and the legacy she left.


lanecheer said...

How blessed you are, Christina, to have had such an inspirational and exceptional woman in your life.

.....and best of all, is that you have the wisdom to recognize that blessing.

I miss Aunt Ruth so very much, but I know she is still keeping an eye on every one of us.

Christina said...

Thanks Ashley - we were pretty blessed with some wonderful family as kids. It has been fun to reflect back on those blessing during this process!

Marian Hall said...

What a wonderful tribute to a special lady. Grandma Ruth was such a blessing to her church family in Colorado. I remember fondly a ladies' tea at your parent's house hosted by your mom and Grandma Ruth, the beautiful hand-knit baby sweaters that caused many bidding wars at annual church auctions, and Ruth's beautiful smile every Sunday morning. It still seems wrong to see your mom in the pew in front of us without Ruth.

Your house looks lovely. I'm looking forward to a retreat there soon!