Wordless Wednesday: George and Josephine (BUSH) DeVRIES

Source: DeVries, Jarig Egbert Binnes “George” and Johanna “Josephine” (Bos/Bush). Undated second-hand digital copy of original photograph. Privately held by Brian DeVries, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Belmont, Michigan. 2007.

It’s a Girl!


Jillian Faith Burns was born 28 July 2008 in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., Michigan to my cousin Joy and her husband Joseph. She weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. Little Jillian joins big brothers Joshua and Jarrod. Mother and baby are doing well.

Joy was named after me (that’s my middle name), and Jillian is named after my mother (Faith), who got to hold her a few hours after birth (my parents have been visiting family in Michigan this week). This makes grandchild number five and granddaughter number one for my uncle and aunt.

It’s a Girl!


Jillian Faith Burns was born 28 July 2008 in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., Michigan to my cousin Joy and her husband Joseph. She weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. Little Jillian joins big brothers Joshua and Jarrod. Mother and baby are doing well.

Joy was named after me (that’s my middle name), and Jillian is named after my mother (Faith), who got to hold her a few hours after birth (my parents have been visiting family in Michigan this week). This makes grandchild number five and granddaughter number one for my uncle and aunt.

It’s a Boy!


Ethan was born 10 July 2008 in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., Michigan to my cousin Mark and his wife Annette. He joins big brother Miles Danger–yes, danger IS his middle name! Mother and baby are doing well.

This makes grandson number four for my uncle and aunt. Stay tuned as I will be announcing in the very near future grandchild number five/granddaughter number one!

It’s a Boy!


Ethan was born 10 July 2008 in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., Michigan to my cousin Mark and his wife Annette. He joins big brother Miles Danger–yes, danger IS his middle name! Mother and baby are doing well.

This makes grandson number four for my uncle and aunt. Stay tuned as I will be announcing in the very near future grandchild number five/granddaughter number one!

Cousins in the News

A couple of weeks ago, when my Internet service was out, I received a large envelope in the mail from my maternal uncle. In it were several news clippings: one from the 1950s about the house he, my aunt, and my mother had lived in with their parents which had been purchased by the government and then moved to make room for an interstate coming through the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The article showed 505 Shamrock along with neighboring homes up on trailers being ready to be transported to their new locations.

The other article is more recent. It features my cousin, Mark, and his wife Annette, and the alternative ministry they operate out of an alcohol-free nightclub (more photos are here). I get The Grand Rapids Press news feeds in my Google Reader, but they pile up fast (30 to 40 a day!), so occasionally I dump them out without reading. Apparently, I missed this when it showed up in April.

I’ll be saving this clipping in our family scrapbook for future generations. It’s part of our family history.

Cousins in the News

A couple of weeks ago, when my Internet service was out, I received a large envelope in the mail from my maternal uncle. In it were several news clippings: one from the 1950s about the house he, my aunt, and my mother had lived in with their parents which had been purchased by the government and then moved to make room for an interstate coming through the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The article showed 505 Shamrock along with neighboring homes up on trailers being ready to be transported to their new locations.

The other article is more recent. It features my cousin, Mark, and his wife Annette, and the alternative ministry they operate out of an alcohol-free nightclub (more photos are here). I get The Grand Rapids Press news feeds in my Google Reader, but they pile up fast (30 to 40 a day!), so occasionally I dump them out without reading. Apparently, I missed this when it showed up in April.

I’ll be saving this clipping in our family scrapbook for future generations. It’s part of our family history.