We met Joe and Hope about seven or eight years ago when they lived in our old neighborhood (we have both since moved) and five years ago I was asked to photograph Hope’s mom and dad in celebration of their 50th anniversary (see that here). What a joy to be around their sweet love and and caring of one another. Sadly, Hope’s dad has since passed away, but this past weekend Hope and Joe had a flux of family come from all directions so I got to photograph them again — and again it was a joy to be around this fun family. Aunt Martha (Hope’s dad’s sister) came from Texas, Joe’s parents Harry and Edie, and sister Tami, came from Albion, and Hope’s brother, Wim came from Seattle. Then there were Hope and Joe’s children — Aidan now 19 and home from the Navy for a short break, Megan, 15 and in 10th grade, and Megan (Joe just tells people they liked the name), 17 and a senior. When we lived in the neighborhood, the youngest Megan would come down often to visit and sit and pet our dog, Sammy, who was often laying in the front yard. Megan was always smiling, always curious, and always sweet. What fun to see her so grown up with that same smile and laugh. While time was short (they all had dinner reservations) I could tell these were good and hard working people and it was fun to be around them. Much thanks to Joe and Hope (first picture below) for the call. It was great seeing you all again.
Below is Edie and Harry, Joe’s parents, married over 50 years. A beautiful thing.
Below is Wim and Hope with their mom, Sue.
This is Hope’s Aunt Martha and Tami, Joe’s sister. Martha called herself the “monkey” because she often stood behind me making people smile. Loved that.Keep smiling you guys. It looks great on you! Thanks for the memories. 🙂 Mary