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Bill and Emily Brook Family Information

A History of Bill Brook and Emily Coleman Brook

Christmas time, with the wonders of the season, the joys of family, church activities and other reminders of Christmas, is here. Of course, we have no snow as yet, just COLD and sunny skies. Nevertheless we are gearing up to celebrating one of the great times of our church and our family life.
We have enjoyed our time spent following our grandkids in their school activities--football, swimming, band, cross country, as well as T-Ball and softball games. With three schools involved, we keep moving.

APRIL - Bill had the opportunity of attending Promise Keepers, held at the Silverdome in Pontiac. 72,000 men reaffirmed their commitment to the Lord. An inspiration to those who met there as well as us at home who listened to their reports!

JUNE - A big event in our lives--making us feel that we are aging! Three of our grandchildren graduated from high school, receiving honors of various sorts. We were very fortunate to be able to attend both Graduation Ceremonies--St. Johns at 2 p.m. and Haslett at 4 p.m. The twins, Jeffery and Jeremy have chosen different schools. Jeffery is going to Cornerstone College in Grand Rapids. Jeremy is at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. In September Jessica went to Germany to spend a year with their former exchange student at Haslett. She will study at her host sister's high school for the year, improving her German and learning more about Germany. What an opportunity for Jessica.

JULY - our youngest grandchild, Coleman, had a 2nd birthday celebration at Worthington, OH.

AUGUST -Emily's sister and brother-in-law from California visited here. We had a Coleman reunion at sister Harriet's during that visit. Four of our sisters were present, as well as nieces and nephews that were able to come. A niece, Stephanie and her two boys came from Canada. We went to Kalamazoo to see the 6 horse hitch, which is sponsored by Rehman Publication "Reminisce" magazine. What a wonderful show of horsemanship. These monster Belgium horses were able to pivot around while pulling a wagon filled with people. Guess they liked to show off for people!

SEPTEMBER - The U.P. and Wisconsin beckoned us. We visited sister Helen and son Lee and wife Judy on their farm. Bill enjoyed getting a little nostalgia in the barn during milking time! They had added a vegetable and herb growing and sales venture to their dairy farm business. Their new 14x90' greenhouse with drip irrigation helps lengthen the growing season. They sell at farm markets locally. I thought I'd like a green house, but not that big. We toured the area around Porcupine Mountains, saw Lake of the Clouds and Ontonagan on our way to sister Wilma and Keith's home at Dollar Bay, in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Leaving there, we visited Bills' sister Judy and Allan on Sand Lake, near Shingleton. More sightseeing took us to Grand Sable Banks and Dunes and Grand Marias "on our way" to home to join the "Trolls" below the bridge.

OCTOBER - The new addition to our Public Library was finally started, amid a few setbacks. Bill, as President of the board, has been busy overseeing the project, answering numerous questions of the "side-walk" superintendents--all of whom seem to know the best way to proceed. When finished, it will provide almost double the space for patrons to use.

As all of you friends who have retired know, we had more free time while we were working--but love the busy life we now have. Sewing projects, wood-working, and other crafts, as well as volunteerism, have left little time to sit and "vegetate". We also spend some time with our children--keeping up on their activities. We now have more Llama "grandchildren". One of Brian and Judi's Llamas had a new little one recently.

As Christmas greeting start filling our mailbox, we reflect on you, our friends and the memories we have. They bring a warm glow. We feel very fortunate and blessed. Yes, our life is full and overflowing.

As we remember the true meaning of this Holy Season, our prayer for all of you is a healthy and happy new year, filled with challenges for each of you.

MERRY CHRISTMAS to each of you.

Bill and Emily