As long as U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver has served in government, the Mesle family has supported him. Our loyalty to him is ongoing because we believe he personifies the ethics, civility and judgment essential to wise governance.
On behalf of ourselves, and my late father, we ask for your support of Representative Cleaver. We believe he is good for Kansas City, good for Missouri, and good for our nation.
Today would’ve been Granddad’s 100th Birthday. I’ve thought about him throughout the day today, scrolling through many wonderful memories. One of my recent favorites was the day he threw out the first pitch at a Royals game. It was September 2010, and as the oldest Eagle Scout in the Midwest, he was the lucky man who got to go out on the mound and throw the pitch. He was so happy that day, with 4,800 scouts there to celebrate with him, along with his family. So here is a photo of him on the big screen, smiling ear to ear, in honor of the Royals’ incredible third win against the Orioles tonight, and in honor of his (almost) 100th birthday.
Big hugs, Granddad. We will miss you always.
It is with great sadness that our family deals with the loss of our beloved friend, father, husband and the world’s best “opa”. Born Roelf Michel Rooijen, but known to all as “Rudy”, he was one in a million. He was well-loved and respected by his family and friends. With his partner and equally wonderful wife, Evelien, he cherished his role as a grandparent and lived life to the fullest.
Terry, Meg and I met the Rooijens when Terry’s daughter, Laura, met and married Rudy and Evelien’s (also wonderful) son, Michel Rooijen. Thereafter we shared our lives with them as our children and then our granddaughter, Sophia, brought us together in Amsterdam and in Kansas City. We celebrated Laura and Michel’s wedding in Maastricht, Sophia’s birth in Amsterdam, Thanksgiving in Amsterdam and barbecue in Kansas City. Our lives are far richer because of our friendship with this special family.
His death was a horrible shock to all of us. A pillar of strength throughout his life, he seemed invincible. His death leaves a hole in our lives and our hearts.
There are few more scenic regions of the United States than Northern California. Meg and I spent 3 glorious days driving through and photographing the California Coastline, visiting Carmel and driving along Big Sur. As a mother, life doesn’t get much sweeter. As an amateur photographer, even my limited skills are bound to capture some of the beauty of the area.
This photograph of the bluffs, the water and the sky , is my favorite photograph from the trip.
Evening in Carmel has its own beauty. The softer colors of the sun and sky at dusk are worth experiencing.
The Green Lantern was a bed and breakfast located an easy walking distance from the ocean and the downtown restaurants. Definitely a great place for mother-daughter bonding.
Say it isn’t so! Seriously, Meg just doesn’t have time for a birthday. She is way too busy saving the world. Her life is in constant motion, working on Deb’s exciting campaign, protecting the environment and in all ways using her energy to make the world better, happier and more fun.
Meg In Overdrive
Her life is in constant motion. Meg celebrates life, not just on her birthday, but everyday. When she has free time she loves to:
Photograph her beloved California coast.
Hike with Jake and their beloved greyhounds.
And search for “made in the USA” clothing.
On your special day, Meg, relax and reflect on the great year you have had and the great years to come.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!