You may have noticed things were a little quiet on the blog recently.  That’s because we took a trip to Michigan to see my mom.  If you follow me on Instagram, I gave a hint when I shared a pic of our cat enjoying the road trip.  (We have never taken the cat we adopted six years ago on a road trip, and she did so well!)

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

What We Did

Our trip was a quick one–just five days–so we tried to do one big activity a day.  We also had two days where we relaxed and visited with my mom.

We Saw My Brother’s Nurse

My brother had nurses stay with him at night for years.  We became very close to one of those nurses, Buzette.  I haven’t seen her in over 10 years!  We went to her house to visit, and I was happy to see how spry she is, especially since she is 95 years old!

We Visited My Aunt and Uncle

One of my uncles and his wife are in an assisted living facility.  They are 85 and 86 now, and I hadn’t seen them in over six years, so it was nice to visit with them.  My aunt kept marveling at my grey/white hair because she hadn’t seen me since I stopped dyeing it.

We sat outside in the patio area and chatted for a few hours.

We Went to My Cousin’s General Store

One of my cousins has owned a general store in a rural community for about fifteen years now.  She and her husband want to retire, so they’re planning to sell the store this fall.  We stopped by to visit with her and see the store before the new owner takes over.

In between all of th visiting, my husband and I also did our work, and the kids enjoyed lots of time with grandma.

What We Didn’t Get to Do

We were only in Michigan for a few days, so, of course, there were many things we didn’t get to do.

Visit Other Family

My mom is the eighth of nine children, which means I have many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Unfortunately, during this trip we couldn’t see all or even most of them.  Hopefully we can see more when we travel there again.

Go to Lake Michigan

Photo by R K on Unsplash

When I was a teenager and in my twenties, I loved to go to South Haven on the shores of Lake Michigan and watch the sunset.  I wanted to take my kids there, but it is over an hour drive away, and we had a few days of rain, so it didn’t happen this trip.

Visit Ancestors’ Graves

Years ago, I found many of my ancestors graves in a cemetery in a small town nearly an hour away from where my mom lives.  When we went to my cousin’s store, I drove near the cemetery, but we had another committment, so I didn’t have time to stop.  Now that I’ve been able to do more geneology, I would have liked to have visited again.

Final Thoughts

Even though our trip to Michigan was too short for all we wanted to do, I’m glad that we were able to go.  Plus, we got to see some important people in our lives who are getting older.  The rest will have to wait until our next visit!

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