I have five images for you today. I spent one of the most enjoyable days in recent memory yesterday. It started when my good friend Mike picked me up and we drove out to the Thunder Hills Country Club for a round of golf with three other good friends.
I was a member of that club for over 20 years but as I devoted more time to my photography my enjoyment of the game began to wane and as a result I am now just a once in a while golfer. Not a very good golfer either.
Anyway many years ago a young high school girl with bright red hair began working at the club as a waitress. I remember those days well and she would always have a happy greeting and a smile for all the patrons.
Her name is Angela Osterkamp and she has dedicated the last thirty years of her life to serving the members of Thunder Hills Country Club. She has seen several managers and other staff come and go but Angela has remained dedicated to the club. For most, she is the face of Thunder Hills Country Club.
So last night the membership threw a huge surprise party for Angela to celebrate her thirty years of service. It was a real treat for me in that I was asked to be the photographer of the event and I got a double treat in that I was able to reconnect with so many of the dear friends I had made while I was a member there.
The image above only shows about one-third of the reception area and the whole room was packed with admiring and grateful current and past members. Angela was overcome with joy and I didn’t get one image of her without the ever-present tears. That is one of the things that makes her so special is that she is emotionally involved with the club and its members.
The above image is of Angela and her Mother. I was also moved to think that a large group of people would take the time and expense to show their true gratitude to someone who has given so much of herself. Made me proud to be a small part of the Thunder Hills Club.
Anyway other than my terrible golf game it was a day for the memory book. I think I did a lot of damage to the golf course but only to the rough as that is where I spent most of the day. 🙂
Enjoy this beautiful day and be careful.
I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration. Today I have three images for you and they are all about family. We started off with early church and then went to Angie and Ben’s home for Easter Brunch. Lot’s of visiting and playing and then just before the brunch Angie invited us all to the back deck for an announcement.
She gave each of the children two balloons. Josh got two blue, Gabby two pink, and Austin two yellow (the yellow plays not part in the story.) 🙂
Josh and Gabby were told to release the balloon that did not bare the gender of the unborn baby that Angie is carrying.
Now I had a feeling for the longest time what the baby’s gender was going to be and so I really focused on Josh and sure enough he let go of his balloons right away. Gabby dutifully held on to her pink balloons, (YEA) and Austin wasn’t sure what he was supposed to do so he just smiled.
So now they will have two boys and two girls. I feel so blessed and I am so happy for them.
Mark and Julia were able to join us for the brunch and celebration. Then it was nap time for Grandpa. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Short post today with only one image. Sunday evening we celebrated Jeanne’s birthday with Angie, Ben and the grand kids. It was a wonderful evening with good food, conversation and celebration.
When we were ready to leave we found this sign had been put in the front yard of their house. As you can see Joshua is very excited. He usually doesn’t like me to take his picture but was a willing subject this time. 🙂
That’s it for today.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
A short post today as it’s been a long week and there are lots of chores I need to catch up on around home. Yes we made it home yesterday around 6:30 p.m., safe and sound albeit tired after a 12 hour drive.
So many images to process and show. So many memories to think about and learn from. So much information to absorb and retain.
This is the group that attended the class. Great bunch of folks, some of whom I formed wonderful relationships with and will stay in touch with them. It was so cool being around people with the same passion as mine. We talked a common language of gear, f-stops, shutter speeds and ISO. They are very talented, gifted, and super nice people.
The little secret I didn’t tell you about this past week was that Angie, Ben, and the kids were in Nashville as well. They rented a nice home in Nashville and really got to explore the city and its sights. Jeanne spent her time with them and I was at the hotel absorbed in the class. I got to be with the family Friday, Saturday, and most of Sunday. Ben picked me up Thursday afternoon and we all attended the concert together.
We all traveled together yesterday and had lunch together. Now it’s back to our normal lives and thinking back from time to time about a magical week.
So in the coming days I will write much more about the whole experience and show you a lot of my images. I hope you enjoy.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day. Be careful.
Back from Ames and the end of life celebration for Jeanne’s Mother. It is always a difficult time mixed with fond remembrances, emotional good-byes, and the closeness of family and friends. Our Grandchildren were a source of joy and comfort and their energy knew no bounds.
Austin has learned to crawl so we cannot just lay him down and know that he will stay there. He has really perfected the crawling thing in the last couple of weeks. 🙂
Some dear friends from Dubuque, Al and Sue, drove over from Dubuque to Ames to be with Jeanne. They did that when her Father passed as well. Amazing.
Yes I always have a camera with me. I don’t always use it but there were moments I wanted to capture at the visitation that will be looked upon in later years with some good memories.
Mark and Taylor were at the visitation as well.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Bittersweet day yesterday. Good in that I got to spend most of the day with my wonderful daughter Angie and her youngest son Austin. Sad that we made the trip to Ames to say good-bye to Jeanne’s Mother Jay who is in Hospice. It was a day of reflection, respect, admiration, love, and sadness. There was also joy in that we brought a smile and some comfort to a great lady who has been a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
After dropping me off at home Angie texted me and told me I needed to go outside and see the beautiful moon. I share that with you today.
Reflect, count your blessings and be careful…