Well. I have no idea what happened on Thursday with my blog program, but it seems two “Throw Back Thursday” blogs were published, although on my side of things I was being told nothing new was posting. So – some of you may have gotten nothing at all, and some of you may have gotten three posts (I reposted one twice and then posted another to see if it would go through). Hopefully, I have better luck with this one tonight!
This entire week has been all about spending time with family – Ted’s newly found birth family and our own blended family!
On Monday we dropped the pups off at Lily’s (our petsitter) and drove to Kissimmee FL to meet Ted’s Aunt Marsha and Uncle Dan (Aunt Marsha is Ted’s birth mother’s youngest sister). Also meeting us there were Kel, Gwen, Lindie and Mike (cousins we’d already met this summer on the island). So happy these folks all spend some time in Florida during the winter months!
Throughout this whole search Ted and I both have been blown away by the warmth, welcome, and love this beautiful family has offered us. When we thought about how many ways this all could have gone, we were certainly hoping for a good outcome, but what we’ve received has been an all-out open-arms welcome from every family member we’ve met or spoken with by phone. For Ted, and for me also to a lesser degree, it’s a bit overwhelming at times – but only in the best and happiest possible sense. Since Ted and I both were “only children” (we thought), we’ve gone from a very small family group (Ted has one daughter, and I have two sons) to having well over 20 cousins on one side of his birth family – plus three siblings, two uncles, and one aunt.
There are already plans being made for us to stop by and visit some of these folks on our way to Mackinac this summer. And we’re hoping to see more of them on the island. It just doesn’t get much better than this!
On Wednesday Jason, Jen, and Alex arrived for a 4-night stay (Alex’s Spring Break). We were a little worried they would be bored – the weather was really cool and windy, so beach time was going to be at a minimal. We shouldn’t have worried!
We were sad to see them leave this afternoon . . . the house is always too quiet after the busyness and excitement of visitors. Hoping they can visit again before we head north in July (and hoping they can be persuaded to come to Mackinac again this summer)!
AND SPEAKING OF MACKINAC . . .
I think that covers us from here. Wishing everyone a wonderful week, and I’ll meet you back here for a Throw Back Tuesday. Now . . . . . let’s see if I can get this thing to publish!