There’s so much news this week, this will be more like a letter than a postcard!
I guess I’ll just go in order of importance, so here we go . . .
Ted has gone from being an only child to discovering he has two half-sisters, Sheryl and Deb, and a half-brother, Ross. He had another half-sister, Rhonda, who passed away in 2011. He also has an Aunt Marcia, an Uncle Paul – and an Uncle Ken, who is 93 and lives in Arizona. Because of some health issues in their families, we haven’t had a chance to meet the half-siblings yet, but something tells me that might happen before the summer is over and we return to Florida. We sure are hoping so!
Today, another first cousin, Kel Bennink and his wife Gwen, arrived on Mackinac for a day trip. Throughout this process of learning more about Ted’s birth family, we’ve been told over and over how Ted looks like the “men in the family”. Today we saw how true that is!
Kel and Gwen arrive this morning on Shepler’s. Kel says Ted is a carbon copy of his brother Marv, but Ted and Kel look a lot alike also. At least that’s what Gwen and I thought.
Standing side by side on the Grand Hotel porch, the resemblance is even more pronounced.
We had a great few hours with the Benninks, showing them a little of the island and having lunch together at the Chippewa.
We are loving meeting all these new relatives – what a wonderful new family Ted (and I) can now claim! Happy Birthday on Sunday, Gwen!
WHERE TO NEXT?
Sunday night will be our last night in the condo in the Mission, and boy are we going to miss this beautiful place! Being able to sit out on the deck and people watch, with freighters passing in the background, has been just about a perfect arrangement. We are going to be “homeless on Mackinac” for one night (not really, we’re bunking in with friends), and then we’ll move up the hill into the new condo on Tuesday. We’ve hiked up there a few times already to check everything out. It’s two hills short of where our old condo was, but the Grand Hill hasn’t gotten one bit less steep. But, for the first time since we moved into our new house in Florida, we’re going to be in a one-level residence. I’m going to enjoy that. As soon as we’re settled, I’ll be showing you around the new place!
PHOTOS FROM AROUND MISSION POINT
Since we’re leaving this area and won’t be down here nearly as much, I wanted to give you one more night of photos from this end of the island. Mission Point is so beautiful this year. The Ware family, who bought the resort a year or so ago, is really doing a phenomenal job with renovations, new shops and cafes, and gorgeous landscaping!
I mean really, could it get anymore relaxing than this? Two Adirondack chairs – under the trees, and by the water. Sigh.
A freighter passes as we walked Maddie along the lakeshore trail this afternoon.
Masses of flowers are scattered everywhere around the Mission Point Executive Putting Green.
Small Point Inn – across a field of wildflowers. (Thought of you, Irene!).
The Mission Point gazebo – scene of nearly a wedding a day since we arrived four weeks ago.
Who knows what these are? They grow along the path that runs in front of the resort. At first I thought, “Cherry Tomatoes”?
Nope, they’re a species of Rose (at least that’s what someone told us). Can anyone help me out here!
A COUPLE OF EXTRAS
Robert McGreevy’s great shot of the US Brig Niagara which docked overnight a few days ago. The wooden-hulled brig is a teplica of the ship that served as the relief flagship for Oliver Hazard Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. It is one of the last remaining ships from the War of 1812.
Thanks to Cousin Kel for this shot of Ted and I today in front of Little Stone Church.
That’s it for tonight, I think. I’ll be back when we’ve made the move up the hill, and we’ve gotten our luggage unpacked – again!