Those of you who follow this blog know the excitement I’m feeling right now about Lowell & Faye Greene’s upcoming visit to Mackinac Island is a mixture of joy, anticipation and enthusiasm . . . with just a tiny bit of apprehension thrown in for good measure!
Lowell and his family had a scare a few weeks ago when he was hospitalized with congestive heart failure, and we were concerned he may not be able to make the trip. But – thank you God – his doctor gave him the “ok” to travel, and the much anticipated visit begins Sunday with Faye and Lowell’s arrival on the Island.
I’m asking each and every one of you to promise to take a few minutes each day to pray for their safe travels and for Lowell’s health during the visit. This trip is so very important to him.
Today and tomorrow I thought I’d re-publish the two blog posts I’ve previously written about Lowell, just to refresh your memories – or introduce those new to the blog to Lowell and his family. While they are here (arrival on Sunday, departure on Wednesday), I’ll be following their visit some, but I’ll also try to give them some alone time to do whatever they want to do, without me tagging along.
Before I add the first blog about Lowell below, there’s something pretty awesome I want to share with you. When the idea of this visit came up, I made some phone calls and talked with friends here on the Island. From those calls and chats, the beautiful spirit of the Island has made me so proud to be a part of this community. Bobby Benser and Brian Bailey, owner and general manager of the Chippewa Hotel, are providing the Greene’s three nights in one of the Chippewa’s beautiful Harbor Suites at no charge. Shepler’s Ferry is providing their ferry tickets for the round-trip crossing. There are others I’ll mention as the week progresses, but to do so now would give away a few surprises we have in store for these two. Suffice it to say that Mackinac Island is going to give Lowell and Faye a visit that will make some wonderful new memories!
Here’s the first post I wrote about Lowell – August 10, 2010:
Lowell Greene and his wife Faye are two of my most loyal readers. Lowell comments on my posts regularly, and quite a while ago he asked me to check on something for him.
Lowell and Faye live in Michigan, and he worked on Mackinac Island 55 years ago. Health concerns prevent Lowell from visiting Mackinac as he’d like, but he has shared some great memories of the Island with me.
Because Lowell worked at Arch Rock, he remembered a brass tablet near there dedicated to John Nicolet, the first white man to set foot in Michigan and the old Northwest territory. He wondered if the tablet was still there and gave me an approximate vicinity to look in – “I think that tablet is just a little way into the trees to the left of Arch Rock, as you’re looking toward the water.”
It was a wonderful day for a bike ride. The weather forecast had called for storms all day, but as so often happens, no storms arrived, and by early afternoon the skies were blue, and the temperature was perfect in the mid-70’s. I’m always the “follower” on bike rides, so Ted chooses how we’re going to get to wherever we’re going. He loves mixing paved roads, wooded trails , and a few I like to call “nonexistent pathways”, but we nevertheless always manage to arrive at our destination.
Lowell, I’m sorry it took me so long to check on this for you, but I figured if I did it too soon, you’d stop writing me all those great memories you have of the Island. You and Faye have a great day canning those green beans, and God bless.