It’s that time again. The day before we leave Mackinac, and my emotions are all over the place. I’m sad to be leaving. I’m excited to be picking up Bodie. I’m anxious to get home and see what our precious little neighborhood will be like post-Hurricane Matthew. I’ve been tottering on the verge of tears all day, but I know I don’t have time for a melt down. So – I’m going to quickly toss up some of the photos I’ve taken over the last few days and ask that you be ok with that for now.
Ted was able to meet another cousin today when she arrived this afternoon for a church conference at Grand Hotel . . .
My head is just filled with things I want to say, but if I get started I might still be here at midnight writing, and Ted will not be happy with me. We’re meeting friends for dinner later on, but we’ll make it an early evening and be on the taxi when it arrives at 7:15 Saturday morning. And so begins the trip home.
What a crazy, amazing, emotional, happy, sometimes-frustrating, topsy-turvy summer we’ve had. We’ve been so blessed to have met several of Ted’s biological cousins on his mom’s side of the family. It’s so strange to think about this journey and realize that Ted began this year as an only child and will end the year with siblings, uncles and an aunt, and dozens of cousins. Some of these folks will be in Florida over the winter, and we’re hoping to reconnect with them there.
Besides new cousins, it’s been a summer filled with visits with other family and friends. From grandkids Matthew and Jordan right after we arrived, Jason, Jen and Alex just before we’re leaving, and friends from Georgia – R.D. and Kim and Glen and Debra – in between, we’ve been happily sharing Mackinac all summer. And I’m pretty sure we have several among all those folks who will be returning to this magical spot!
This was the summer of a lot of moves. We won’t be doing that again next year as we’ve already committed to being right here at Cedar Hill Condos for at least three months. And by the way, if you’d be interested in renting the condo we’ve been in at any time (except when we’re here, of course), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you the contact information. It’s only available on a monthly basis – 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. We love it!
One of the best parts of the summer was our Bree’s Blog get-together in September at the Chippewa. So much fun!! Hoping we can do it again next summer – only with even more people! Heck, maybe we’ll have to rent out a whole dining room!
Bodie. Oh my gosh – I’m so excited. I’m also scared and anxious. I have to keep preparing myself that he won’t be “just like Bear”. He will be a 6 1/2 month old teenager. Oh my gosh . . . . what a ride this is going to be (and I don’t mean the ride home, although that might get interesting also)! We’ll pick him up south of Atlanta on Monday morning and drive straight to Beverly Beach – truck full of luggage, Maddie in the front seat, and Bodie in the back seat. Geez, I hope the big fuzzy guy has a sense of humor!
As always, I’ve had so much fun sharing this beautiful island with all of you this summer. I’ll be back on line once we get home, but I’m sure I’ll have something up on Facebook on Monday about Bodie – even if it’s just a pic or two!
Till then . . . . . .
I love you all . . . . God bless.