Is there any way you can make Mackinac Island more magical than it already is? Why yes. . . . just add children (even if they’re grown) and/or grandchildren!
We are having so much fun with Julie, Jordan and Matthew. They missed coming to the Island for two summers, and Matthew was only six the last time he was here. At almost 10, he sees everything through different eyes. And Jordan? Oh my goodness, she threatened to change families if she couldn’t come this year – that girl LOVES Mackinac. At age 12 – for Jordan – it’s all about the horses!
“I’m setting my clock for seven – to go running.” Julie said as she closed her bedroom door on Friday night.
“She’s what?” I said.
“Oh, yeah,” Ted said. “Julie is running, and Jordan, Matthew and I are going to bike alongside her in the morning.”
“All righty then!” I said. “I’ll be happy to have the coffee made when you get back.”
And that’s what I did.
After breakfast, we girls – and Matthew, who was anxious to get to the Magic Shop and buy a fake cigar that blew baby powder “smoke” – visited all the cute shops downtown. Poor Matthew was pulled in to look at cute shirts and skirts and dresses and shoes for over an hour, but he finally got his cigar. He also got a pack of what looks like Wrigley’s gum, with a piece of gum pushed out for you to grab. Don’t! He happily shocked everyone he could get to reach for the gum. He is SUCH a boy!
It started raining around 2 a.m. Sunday morning and was still pouring when we got up. For a little while it looked as though we might miss church because of the weather, but by a little after ten it had stopped, and we hurried down the hill to Little Stone Church. After church and lunch we hopped on our bikes and rode out to the Mackinac Island Community Stable. Jordan wanted to do some volunteering while she was here, and if she could do it with horses that would be perfect!
She met Leanne Brodeur, Katie and Matt Novakoski, and another Kate (Katie, Matt & Kate are interns this summer at the stable), and they scheduled Jordan to work on Monday from 10 – 2. One excited little girl!
While we were there, Jordan and Matthew got to ride around the arena on Fiona, one of the 4-H horses.
That’s our first three days. Are BeBe and GDaddy tired? You bet! But it’s the happiest tired we’ve been in a long time. Looking forward to Matt’s arrival on Wednesday evening, then four more days with him here also.
The next blog will be on Tuesday, July 3 (or late Monday night). That will be a VERY LONG one because I’ll be covering Monday, June 25-July 2 (the day the family leaves to go back to Florida). I’ve missed writing, but it’s been so wonderful to be able to plan whatever anyone wants to do without thinking, “But I need to write tonight.” Thank you so much, my friends, for your understanding. I promise I’ll be back to my normal routine soon.
Please pray for me on Thursday morning as I speak to the Mackinac Island Men’s Breakfast about Bree’s Blog. Oh my gosh, they’ve even advertised it in the Town Crier!
Hugs to you all – see you back here next Tuesday! God bless.