We spent a little over a week in Michigan this summer visiting friends and family. Of course, we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with our daughter, Megan, her husband, Jim, and our two adorable grandchildren, Drew and Maddie. We enjoyed playing with the children and were able to babysit one evening so Meg and Jim could go out for their anniversary.
Here's a picture of Maddie from that week:
Megan is quite the bargain hunter and she took us to some of her favorite places where we, too, were able to score a few bargains. Our best deal was at a Sears outlet where we were able to purchase four pairs of pants for a total of $8.00. I had a birthday while we were there and Megan prepared a special meal to help me celebrate.
In the middle of our visit we drove up to visit some friends who spend part of the year here in Greenville and part of the year up in Cheboygan. The drive up took several hours and along the way we stopped for lunch at a place we remembered from when we lived in Michigan years ago. It's one of the few places I know of where you can get sliced olives on your burger. You can also get a cherry coke if you'd like. 🙂
When we were about half an hour from our destination we decided to stop for a bathroom/coffee break in Grayling and were very surprised to see two of Rob's fellow teachers from school. Erin's family has a summer home in the area and Julie and her daughter had just flown up that day to visit for a few days.
Years ago when Rob first taught up in Michigan he boarded with an older couple named Bruce and Lillie. They had a small cottage on a lake up near Cheboygan and before they retired they built a lovely home on the same property. When we were married they let us use their home for our honeymoon. We visited them several times over the years while our children were still living at home. One year while we were up visiting they had rented out the cottage to a family with two boys about the age of our children. That's when we became acquainted with Fred and Cheryl.
They were both educators who lived further south in Michigan. They loved the Cheboygan area and have built a lovely home up there on the other side of the lake from where we met. They are both retired now and have begun living here in Greenville for part of the year and up on the lake in the summers. They have been inviting us to come up and visit them for several summers and we were finally able to take them up on their offer this year.
They have worked on their home little by little over the years and Cheryl has decorated many of the rooms with a theme. Since she was a teacher for many years her kitchen has an apple theme. The bedroom we stayed in had a woodland theme with bears.
Fortunately we did not see any actual bears on the property, but we did see a deer swimming across the lake one evening.
Rob and Fred paddled across the lake one afternoon on inner tubes; Cheryl and I opted out.
While we were visiting Fred and Cheryl we were able to see our friend Lille who now resides in an assisted living facility and to have dinner one evening with Bruce and his son Jim who now pastors a church in the area. The church recently built a new sanctuary and had had a week of sports camp the week before we were there. We could tell that Jim really has a heart for the people of his church and we were blessed by the services we were able to attend on the Sunday we were there.
This is Lillie:
This is the new sanctuary in their church:
We had a wonderful visit with Fred and Cheryl and were thankful we were able to visit with them. We drove back down to Megan and Jim's and spent a few more days with them and then Meg and the children returned home with us and spent a few days here visiting with friends and family. Unfortunately Jim had to stay home and keep things going at the golf course. We did get to see him again when he met us in Indiana to retrieve his family.
Here's a picture of our three grandchildren together:
So, that's how we spent our summer vacation. Travel can be tiring but it is a great blessing to spend time with family and friends who so willingly open their homes to us. We are thankful that the Lord allowed us to make this trip and have many wonderful memories as we start another school year this week.
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