Posts Tagged ‘ Minnesota

Our Cotton Anniversary

The traditional gift for a second wedding anniversary is something related to the material cotton. It symbolizes the need for a marriage to remain strong and be able to adapt to changes. Cotton is sought after because of its practicality; the many uses include clothing and household materials. Its longlasting aspect is hoped to be reciprocal in a marriage.

Read more: The Meaning of Cotton for a 2nd Anniversary

Ryan getting ready

Ryan preparingRyan preparing to give his dad’s eulogy on our anniversary (2011)

Eden Prairie: Prins Family Lunch at Baker’s Ribs

Papa Prins’ Posse after the ALS Walk eating delicious barbecue


“Michael Prins of Eden Prairie, MN passed aw­­­ay peacefully in his home on July 30 at the age of 60, after being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in October 2009. He was born May 28, 1951 in Grand Rapids, MI to George & Dorothy Prins. Mike was married to Cindy Schleif in 1974. He is survived by his wife; his three sons Ryan (Jamie), Paul (Jordan) & Kyle (Kelsie); and brothers, David (Teri), Bob (Merry) & John (Barb).

Mike was raised in Bloomington, MN and graduated from Bloomington Kennedy High School in 1969 and from the University of Minnesota in 1973. Mike dedicated 37 years to the insurance industry working most recently for Aon then Hays Companies, specializing in energy & utilities. He retired as an Executive Vice President from the Hays Companies in September 2010. His sense of humor, gentle spirit, quiet dignity, and loyal service to God will be deeply missed. Mike loved sailing, travelling, playing golf, was a member of the Hazeltine National Golf Club and a great storyteller, husband, father, brother & friend to all who knew him.”


My favorite lines from my father-in-law to me:

“So tell me, do you use chopsticks at home?”
– First time we met

“Want a piece of advice? Be careful about drinking too much at a business event.”
– Every dinner out

“You look beautiful.”
- Every time I wore a dress

“Jamie, you honor our family by joining it.”
– Wedding speech

“Pour me a glass, I can’t let Jamie drink alone.”
– Last Christmas

“You know, you’re the best thing that’s happened to him.”
– Last Week

Photos at Salty's
Brunch at Salty’s in Seattle 2008

My Last Visit with Ryan's Dad
Last Weekend in Minnesota 2011

Walk to Defeat ALS

St. Paul: The Herald Angel Sings

Stone Angel in Rice Park | by jamiey

Truth Be Told

Holidazzle 2010 | by rprins

I’m not a fan of below freezing temperatures.

Ryan took this photo of me trying to stay warm during the Holidazzle parade in downtown Minneapolis. The funny part is that this was probably the least cold (and thus best) night to go during the time we were there. Climate aside, it was super cute and we ate hot mini doughnuts as waited for the parade to start. Besides, these guys were DELIGHTFUL. Paul and Jordan joined us too! It was a nice night in the city.

Mrs. Prins & The Messrs. Prins

Mrs. Prins & The Messrs. PrinsRyan and his brothers in the rocking chairs outside Cracker Barrel over Thanksgiving