i love my grandparents. i am a lucky enough gal to have had three sets. and until about 10 years ago i still had three great grandmas.
hold the phone three sets? yes my moms parents got divorced and re married before i was born. which would be considered un lucky on most occasions but when you are a kid having one more christmas party, birthday party have two more fans at school events is awesome.
when you are an adult and understand why you have three sets….well i still consider it luck because i can’t imagine life without my grandma arla or my grandpa bob. so while a series of unfortunate events led up to my third set, it’s a blessing because i love them all.
this is not the point of my blog post. however this is.
i have been staring at my bare family room walls now for about three years. what did i want to do with this blank slate. then it hit me. family room should be filled with family! i have decided that i will be filling my walls with family pictures of the past.
i was supposed to be to my grandma hoppen’s by 5:30 but i was a little early. so i stopped by my grandpa pressey’s old house (the one i remember as a kid) (once known as home and restaurant, the dominihuis). i sat across the street and snapped this picture. it is my dream someday to buy this house back and make it my own. if you grew up being babysat here and have your holiday parties here, you would want it back too.
anyway once i pulled my head out of the clouds i drove one street over to my grandma hoppens house.
i pulled in to the driveway that has been in my family (i learned last night) for the past FOUR generations. there are parts of my grandmas home that have been there for over 100 years!
we combed through pictures for over three hours. my sister olive came along too.
here are some things i learned.
my great great grandpa hoppen came here from Germany when he was only 19 and my great great grandma came from the Netherlands. my grandmas great grandparents were english. which is a fancy shmancy way of saying..the hoppen children are all mutts.
my great great grandparents settled here got married and started a farm which was then passed to my great grandpa Cornelious and then to my grandpa hoppen and now to my uncle brian, uncle terry and dad.
my grandma told me that she had once taken a job at pine rest to raise money for college. on her first and last day she was assigned to the shock therapy area. she went home that night and begged her dad not to make her go back. she then met my grandpa got married about a year later. shortly after their wedding my great grandpa Cornelious had a heart attack on the farm and passed away, leaving my grandpa Don Hoppen and grandma Jan Hoppen to be farmers.
i had such a wonderful time going through all the pictures i can’t wait to make copies of them and hang them up. i had such a good time that joe and i decided we should do this with all of our grandparents. hear about their lives and histories and in a sense figure out where we came from.
ps. does anyone know a good place to take old photos to get them re done?
here are a few photos of photos i took. it was a lot of fun!