I have three intelligent, beautiful daughters. Yes, I know that everyone says that about their children and I am “one of those parents.” So keep that in mind if you ask me about my daughters – you might be there for a while as I brag on them.
In order of birth my daughters are: Dawn Dingman (Will), Elizabeth Bramhall (Brian) and Corinne Smith (Zach) and yes, they are all “taken!” Dawn has two Boys, Caleb and Billy and you will often see them around the church – and they are way too comfortable in the building because it is like home to them! I have 3 delightful extra grandchildren in my life, Nick, Noah and Natalie who have been added to the abounding love when their dads joined my family. Dawn and Corinne live in Michigan and Elizabeth lives in Maryland.
My family of origin came from Harrison Twp., Michigan. My four brothers and I were raised in a family business and grew up in this creative, entrepreneurial environment. Since the family business was a marina, we worked hard even as young children in many aspects of the business. One of the side benefits though was the opportunity to spend our days on the lake with customers and their children. We loved to play on the marsh, fish, swim and in the winter dig tunnels through the huge snow drifts created between the boats.
I love to garden, read and craft when I have time. Lately I occasionally garden, I read on vacation and have not crafted in …… a LONG time. As you might expect, I enjoy water activities, but I prefer non-motorized recreation, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting and rowing. I have rowed for several years on the Detroit River and I am looking forward to June 2018 to return to my crew!
I love walking in nature and I need to more of it, especially in the winter. Admittedly, I am not motivated to do this alone, but I have a goal to be in hiking condition before spring 2018 so if you are looking for a partner - give me a heads up!
My favorite family tradition:
Wow, that is a tough question!! Favorites would include eating dinner nightly with my children and have deep family discussion at the dinner table. I loved reading to my children and grandchildren – they selected the books and they loved “sneaking” Dr. Seuss books because I hated them. (smiley Face) Happiest tradition was spending time at Metroparks on the weekends and Apple Tortures in the Autumn (they said it that way and we never corrected them because it was hilarious - or at least we thought so.)
I think my daughter would say that they loved hearing their birth story each year on their birthday. Funny that they occasionally will ask me to tell them now, even as mature adults.