49757 Postcard – #8 8/13/16

Dear Friends,

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 . . .

MORE FAMILY!

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!

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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.

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Standing side by side on the Grand Hotel porch, the resemblance is even more pronounced.

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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.

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 walk Maddie this afternoon along the lakeshore trail.

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.

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!).

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.

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"?

Who knows what these are? They grow along the path that runs in front of the resort. At first I thought, “Cherry Tomatoes”?

Sound of Gong! Nope, they're a species of Rose. Someone help me out here!

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, great shot of the US Brig Niagara which stayed overnight

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.

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!

God bless.

18 thoughts on “49757 Postcard – #8 8/13/16

  1. Sigh! My heart just swells with it all… so happy you got to meet more of our cousins. There will be many more to come in the days, months and years to come! I cannot wipe the smile off my face. Brenda, you have a way of making me feel like I am right there with you. Thanks for your blog and sharing with us. God bless you and Ted!

  2. Love that photo of Small Point – I know it made Irene’s day! Also, those rose hips (so big and so pretty) traditionally are used to make jelly and dried for teas. They are very high i vitamin C. Now you know! 🙂 I think it’s extra nice that the ‘new’ family is trickling in – gives you a better chance to get to know them and vice versa. What a summer!

  3. How wonderful to be able to meet all these relatives! This must truly be so special. Can’t wait to see your new digs, but will miss the Mission Point Condo!! Take care and talk soon!

  4. Thanks for the updates of Ted’s new found family. This trip to the island is truly special for both of you. The pictures are great especially the ship of Oliver hazard Perry. I am related to him and continue to learn as much as I can about him. My brothers and I would love to see that ship. Can’t wait for more.

  5. The story of your (new) family just gets better and better every time. Ted must be on cloud nine.:)
    I believe we had a couple of those rose bushes at our old house and (I could be wrong) thought the name of them was “Nearly Wild” roses? They sure are a pretty flower.
    I have an idea of where the new condo is but not sure if it’s what I’m thinking about .LOL does that make any sense? I better go have some coffee to wake up the brain. 😉

  6. Brenda & Ted,

    This is truly a special summer. And you thought many summers before this couldn’t be topped. Well, I think this one must be the pinnacle. I’m so pleased for you & Ted, especially Ted. As Hilde said, he must be on cloud nine.

    As usual, I’ve enjoyed your pictures, especial the one with the freighter and the black eyed susans in the foreground. Looking forward to the “tour” of the new condo.

  7. Wild roses and rose hips – a lovely sight. Rose hip tea is a little bit tart, but as Barbara noted above, they are extremely high in Vitamin C; one of the many plants that would have helped to prevent vitamin deficient conditions in our ancestors’ days. Plus, they’re just very pretty! I am so happy to be reading about Ted’s great adventure, how exciting for all of you. Maddie has lots of new aunties and uncles! Have fun with the move – you need to claim yourself a family motto – The Gypsy Rovers…………..

  8. Those pink flowers are called “rosa rugosa” and are typically non-cultivated and grow best near shorelines. The fruit is called a rose hip. You can even make rose hip jelly from the fruit. (I spent 30 years summering on Nantucket and rosa rugosa grows everywhere!)

  9. Waiting to see the new place and the new adventures that you’ll have. Thanks for the Smallpoint picture. We love staying there. Glad Ted and you are meeting all of the cousins.

  10. What a fantastic summer for you and Ted. Isn’t it great that it is now easier to find family members. My brother was adopted and his brother and sister ended up going to high school with one of my first cousins! My mom and aunt arranged for them to meet. My brother was the youngest! Goes to show, you just never know. The pictures are beautiful as always. Good luck with your move.

  11. I’ve enjoyed the views of the mission point area and am looking forward to the pictures from your next viewpoint. You’ve become quite the photographer over the years.

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