As I sat down to write this post, there was a little more spring to my fingers than usual – and here’s why. On Wednesday, Jan. 2, I’ll be landing in Flint, MI and traveling from there to Mackinaw City, Cheboygan, and Mackinac Island. I’ll be seeing up close and personal the snow in the photos below, but most important, I’ll be seeing my dear friend Chris Ann. More on that later . . .
If ever there was a winter wonderland over the Christmas holidays, it was on Mackinac Island. It was a busy, busy time for islanders, and the Island is now popping with visitors arriving for the special New Year’s Eve celebrations. As of yesterday, I heard there was still one room available at the Cottage Inn and several rooms open at Mission Point Resort. Feel like a last minute, fun-filled, snow-covered party? Head for the Island, my friends, head for the Island!
Chris Ann Update
I’ve talked with Chris Ann a couple of times in the last week, and we’ve also chatted online. She’s had family in and out all through the holidays. On Sunday, Dec. 30, one of her best friends, Mary, is going up to stay with Chris Ann and Burton until Friday when two of her daughters arrive. I’m flying up on Wednesday, Jan. 2, and will visit with Chris Ann, Burton and Mary on Thursday and Friday. My plan right now is to also try to get over to Mackinac on Saturday to see some Island friends. I’ve been trying to make the decision to do this for nearly three weeks now, and although it will be a bittersweet trip, what it comes down to is I need to see my friend again.
Sue and Terry Conlon, Patrick’s parents, have graciously invited me to stay with them at Black Lake near Cheboygan, and they are coming to pick me up Wednesday at the Flint, MI airport and will take me back to Flint on Sunday. Sue met Chris Ann for the first time on the night the Shepler folks went to sing carols (Patrick is Shepler’s dock master and the young man I’ve tried to adopt away from Sue and Terry – for some reason they won’t let me). Sue immediately saw the spirit and unquenchable love Chris Ann has for everyone she meets – something I’ve written about for some time now. Without Sue and Terry, it would have been much harder for me to make the trip. Thanking them in advance!
I’ll try to get my usual Sunday post out next Sunday to share with you about the trip, before leaving again on Jan. 10 to fly to Colorado to see Blake. It’s going to be a busy, busy beginning to 2013! Please offer up a safe travel prayer for me. I’ve never flown anywhere alone before (can you believe that?), and both of these trips are going to be “solo”. Hoping I don’t get off the plane and find myself in Outer Mongolia.
Ted and I will be ringing in the New Year at a party here on the ri’vah. Let me go ahead now and wish all of you the most wonderful of years in 2013. I pray that we all spend the next 365 days giving to others unselfishly, loving each other unconditionally, and praising God unceasingly. Love and hugs from the Hortons! God bless.