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!
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!
A COUPLE OF EXTRAS
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!