S: Griffin Family Archive
FC: Griffin Family Est. July 11th, 1959
2: William and Mary Jane Bennett Smith | Ike and Doris Ivers
3: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. | George Washington and Mary Jane Bono Ivers
4: Isaac and Doris Smith Ivers August 31st, 1932
6: Lloyd Asbury and Ruth Ellen Hofstetter Griffin
7: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.
9: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers
10: The early years | The Griffin Family
11: Carol Kay Ivers | James Edward Griffin
13: 50 Years starts here... On the back of Kay's picture: Jim: I know all of our plans will come true. We've got 4 years of waiting ahead of us, but it's worth it. | (Con't) I know I'll always be as happy as I was when you gave me your right at the "wee hour" of 1:00 A.M.
14: Jim Griffin: Football player, father, and all around cool guy!
15: Connie Sue Griffin July 21, 1960 Where do I start? I guess by thanking you over and over again for so many things that have happened in my life. I'm at a good place in my life and much of that is because of you. I knew as a kid growing up that I had parents that loved me but it wasn't until I had kids of my own that I really understood what a parent's love really was. I always thought it was something that you gave, but it is actually something you receive tenfold. I only hope to be as good a parent to my kids as you are to me. My greatest aspiration is to have the same amazing relationship with my grandchildren as you have with your grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren. You have always been there for my kids in so many ways, never judging, always loving. I want to be that person! I'm almost 50 years old and to this day, if there is something tugging at my heart, I have the need to talk it over with mom and dad. Sometimes you talk and other times you just listen. However you handle it, things just don't seem quite so tragic after talking with you. When I was little, you were able to fix things for me and now that I am older, we fix them together. (This will continue later in the book.)
16: Brenda Ann Griffin April 26, 1963 | Well, this is the daughter that is not good at writing so I will just start by saying I LOVE YOU VER MUCH! And I mean that from the bottom of my heart. You have always been there for me. I don't think I could have raised Bryce and Katelyn without your help. You always treated us girls equally and did not do something for one that you could or would not do for the others. And that is how I have raised my kids. You supported me through some tough times in my life and I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have the two of you there. It always made everything seem easier knowing you were there for me when I needed help. And for that, I thank you! Love you both, Brenda
17: Sue Ann Griffin June 25, 1966 | My beginning, my constant, my hope, my unconditional, my inspiration. I could go on forever. Definitive expression of feelings is impossible. I love you both.
23: Mark Lew and Connie Sue Griffin Misfeldt | September 16, 1978
24: Hard at work, building your new home
26: First Grandchild: Travis James Misfeldt September 4, 1980
27: The first one is always spoiled, but you kept it up for all the grand kids and great-grand kids!
28: Your first set of twins Tara Kay Misfeldt & Tricia Dee Misfeldt August 19, 1981
31: 4th Grandchild: Mitchell Wayne Bailey September 17th, 1984
32: 5th Grandchild: Bryce Allen Lack April 2nd, 1988
33: 6th Grandchild: Katelyn Yvonne Lack May 1st, 1990
34: Brenda, Bryce & Katelyn
35: Mitchell & Tyler
36: 7th Grandchild: Tyler Lee Greims August 28th, 1994
38: Good memories, good times
39: Great-Grand Children
40: Donovin Marley Bailey October 18, 2002
41: Nora Kay VanDeVoorde January 12, 2005
42: Liberty Claire DePorter January 26, 2005
43: Playing with Grandma and Grandpa
44: The second set of twins: Alianna Marie & Kaylee Grace DePorter February 15, 2007
46: Aaliyah Yazmeen Bailey August 8, 2007
49: Cooper Michael VanDeVoorde January 14, 2008
50: I love that I can count on you for anything. My favorite memory that would not have happened without you was my wedding. I am very grateful to have such a great support system! I am thankful that you both play such a great role in my life as well as my kids lives. I know that if I want something done right, I call grandma or grandpa! I look forward to every Sunday with you! Love ya, Tara | 50 years...what an accomplishment. And I realize just what an accomplishment that is with the anniversary Mark & I had. Thanks again to you, I have another goal...to have the kind of relationship with my children's spouses as you have with Mark. I often thought, Connie, you can never get divorced, they'll pick Mark! Just kidding! All drinking aside, I envy that relationship and I'm proud of it. It's nice to enjoy doing things together. Thanks for always having us at your house on Sundays, it has become a staple for my kids and grandkids...it doesn't hurt that you are a great cook! Thanks for always hosting every family event from parties to weddings. When I was little I never thought we'd have our own little party-ranch! How fun is that! Thanks for just being you, I love you with all my heart and more! You are the greatest parents a kid could ever have! Connie | A note from the people who love you!
51: Grandma...I have always loved coming out to your house on Sunday's for dinner to spend time with the family. My friends have always thought it was cool that we do that and they have even made it out for a few dinners. You always cook up some amazing food that makes me and TJ so miserable because we start snacking as soon as we walk in the door. I appreciate all the hard work you do to cook us all dinner and allow us to spend family time together. I have always looked forward to Sunday nights, but there have been a few worries. When I was younger, I worried that Uncle Mark would tickle me until I pee my pants in the living room. Thankfully, I don't have to worry about that anymore, but he does make up for it with his earring jokes! Besides the earring jokes, there has been something else the past few years that I have to worry about when I come over...the DREADED GRANDMA BURN! I can't count how many times I've fell victim to one of your favorite burns, but I am sure it's more than anyone else in the family. Each one is hilarious and priceless! Anyone who hears it is always laughing hysterically and rubbing it in even more, so that I won't forget that, Grandma, of all people burned me because I said or did something stupid. I always have to watch what I say when I am around you because I feel that you are waiting for the perfect chance to burn me. You don't make a big scene when you do it. Hell, most of the time you are washing dishes or cooking dinner and it slips out nonchalantly and that's what makes it so funny! I hope I made you smile because I definitely had a couple of laughs thinking about those burns you had while writing this! Merry Christmas and I love you! Bryce P.S. Can we have tacos next weekend for dinner?
52: Grandpa: I thought I would start this on a lighter note by saying, I will NEVER hit the wrong buttons on your remote again! Even though I knew how to fix the problem the whole time, I won't be making that mistake again after the ass-chewing you gave me. On a more serious note, when I was younger, I never felt that you and I weren't that close and that we didn't talk as much as you did with the other grandkids. But, over the years, that has all changed and you've had a bigger impact on my life than you then your probably think you have. You've always been there to give me advise and a well needed reality check when I lost my way. Anytime you tell me something, I take it straight to the heart and listen because I know you only want what's best for me and want me to be the best man I can be. I know I'm not the handiest man and I don't know my way around the shop like the other guys, but when we work on something together, you are patient with me (for the most part) and you teach me how to be efficient and do things the right way. Bryce Thank you Grandma and Grandpa, for bringing the family together every Sunday for dinner. I love you guys and I am grateful you are my grandparents. I couldn't ask for better ones! Love ya, Katie
53: Grandpa: I'll never forget the time you asked Nick, Dorian & I to help gut Sue's house after the fire when we were in high school. You told us to tear out all the sheet rock in the small back room and you let us loose with hammers and crowbars without saying anything. We were kicking, punching, throwing hammers, and beating up those walls any way we could. We were having a blast doing it, but we thought we would never finish. When we told you we finished the room, you went in for a quick inspection and we did not damage anything. After that, you took all us into another (much larger) room and asked us to watch you do what it took us 2 days to do. You ripped down a whole wall of sheet rock by yourself in a matter of 5 minutes. Boy did we feel stupid! Between the three of us, we could have finished the small room in 15-20 minutes if we would have done it your way. That was a prime example of you showing me how to do something the right way. I will never forget that moment. Bryce I have a story like that too. Jake & I worked for 4 hours on tearing up our floor in the entryway. I was so glad to see you and your tools! I laughed when you told Jake it would be done by the time he was ready to sand, but we were! I was amazed! But I should have known you would have had all the answers! Tara
54: Some things never change...except the beard!!
55: From Bryce: Grandma: You've always been there when I need you and I can't tell you how much that means to me. I have had a lot of stressful times throughout my life and I always seem to beat myself up at those times. But I know your always there to cheer me up or maybe even throw in a quick grandma burn just to get my mind off things and make me smile. I don't thank you enough for that, not so much for the burn part, but the you always being there for me part! So THANK YOU! I am proud to say that I have a strong, caring, and heart-felt woman as my grandma. Everyone knows you are the glue that holds this family together and no one could ever replace you or do the things for the this family that you have done. Thank you for everything grandma, and I love you! Grandpa: I want to let you know that anything you have taught me or told me has not been forgotten. I may not show it in the best way, but I appreciate all you've done for me to make me the man I am today. I respect how you live your life more than anyone in the world. I am, and will always be, honored to say that I am a grandson of Jim Griffin. If one day I could be half the man you are, I would consider that successful because I'd still be twice the man as anyone else. I love you grandpa and I just want you to know that TJ isn't the only partner you have to RIDE THE RAIL with! P.S. My NIU friends are begging me to get you to have another guys day filled with keg's, food, and, of course, BASKETball!
56: Thank you, Grandma and Grandpa, for bringing us together for dinner every Sunday. I love you guys and I am grateful to have you as grandparents. I couldn't ask for better! Love ya, Katie | We are all so lucky to have such a caring and selfless family. You both have had such an impact on all of our lives. It shows because of the many things you taught us, you especially taught us courtesy of the two of you. Many lessons have been learned at your house: Grandma taught us not to pick on our cousins but especially our sisters! The way to take care of your house, garden, and property shows us pride, responsibility, and a good work ethic. Grandpa taught me that if I ever run out of mortar mix, that gravy works as a good substitute, if you add enough flour! Inviting all of us over for dinner taught me the importance of family. I also learned that raw oysters are not my favorite food, or maybe that was grandpa's lesson! Seriously, you two have been there for all of us whenever we needed you and taught us to have a caring and selfless attitude. Everything we are is a product of what you two have helped us to become. We are all very lucky! Thank you for everything. Love you both, TJ
57: Grandma & Grandpa, you are the glue that holds this family together. You are truly extraordinary people. I don't know anyone else that has Sunday dinner with their family. I love the tradition and hope to pass it on for many generations. You guys like to have the most fun out of any grandparents I know. I don't know any grandparents that went to their grand-children's 21st birthday party in a college town. That was so much fun and is a memory that I will have forever. I give you two all the credit for our family's selflessness. I don't know any other grandparents that are willing to do housework and yard work everyday for someone else. I don't know how I would have gotten through be bed-ridden during my last pregnancy without you two. You guys did my yard work, cleaned and even did my laundry. My life would have been so much more stressful without your help. I will never forget what the both have you have done for me. I have learned a lot from you and hope to pass it on to my children's children. I love you both very much. Thank you for everything you have done for me. Tricia
58: You are both so generous to your grandkids. We are all grateful to have you in our lives!
62: Fun at the Golf Classic... Where 'Jim Griffin' is a celebrity!
63: Most of all, you taught us love and family values. Merry Christmas! From your loving family.