We hopped aboard a train at Chicago's Union Station, laden with more stuff than we ever hope to carry on a train again. What fun it was to arrive at the station in Holland, Michigan, and be met by a crowd! We had not seen my brother, Jeremy, and his wife, Stefanie, for 2 years, and had never met their daughter, Mira. They came up from Kentucky and were able to stay almost the whole time we were there. It was nice being back in Holland--even though I have never lived there apart from my years at Hope College, it is where my extended family have always lived, and probably the place in this world that feels most like home.
Nana and Kate on a kiddie ride at the Michigan's Adventure amusement park
Will reads a book with Great-Grandma Jennie and Great-Grandpa Nelson
The kids loved hearing (and helping!) Uncle Jeremy play his guitar
Nana and Kate on the beach at Lake Michigan
Cousin Mira on the beach. She and Will were born a week apart!
Uncle Jeremy, Aunt Stefanie, and Mira
Blue Moon ice cream at Captain Sundae!
Eric and Will at Sandy Pines resort. My aunt and uncle have a vacation place here.
Will on the beach at Sandy Pines
The gang on the golfcart
My friend Sarah Jaros came up from Indiana for a weekend, and brought her husband and kids! Here we are at the Holland State Park, the Big Red Lighthouse behind us.
Kate hanging out with Zion Jaros on the end of the pier
Kate at Hope College. It was fun showing her around--should she ever decide to go there, she would be a third generation student!
Great-Nana and Will waiting for our train back to Chicago
What a fun place to visit! So much to do, and so many people to see! It's tiring, but worth it!
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