October 8, 2019
As I write this tonight we are parked in a Rest Area in Dows, Iowa.
The following is a mish/mash of the rest of our Summer. When I last wrote we were headed back downstate to spend a couple of weeks with Nadine, Thomas, and their for children. It was the last time we would see them for this year and the time flew by as we knew it would.
While we were there they had Thomas Norman, our youngest grandchild, Baptized.
|We are honored to not only be this little ones Grandparents
but also his Godparents.
He is wearing the Baptismal Gown that his two brothers, sister, and his father wore when they were Baptized.
(A little self horn tooting. I made this gown along with the one our daughter and her two daughters wore for their Baptisms.)
|Their first day of school picture.
Noah is in 3rd grade, Jonah is in 1st, and Marcella is in Kindergarten.
While we were down there we had the three grandkids pictured above come and spend two nights with us. It was fun spending individual time with each one.
|While there we went to Mass at Holy Cross in Marine City.
A beautiful church as the pictures below confirm.
|We were surprised to read above that the first Bishop
of our Diocese, Frederic Baraga, had been a pastor
at this parish.
|The stain glass throughout the church is so beautiful.
|Some of our views as we head north on I-75.
|Then we are crossing the Mackinac Bridge.
I never get tired of seeing it, driving over it, and taking pictures of it.
|In the UP we are on US 2 and 2 lanes for 128 miles but with 12 passing lanes
|and several peeks of Lake Michigan it is a beautiful ride.
Back home we get to see Rachel's three children.
|Charlotte is in 2nd grade this year.
|Nate and Adelaide are at Head Start.
|Getting off the bus after her 2nd Day
|On our last Wednesday in Escanaba we got to go and watch Charlotte's
dance class. Rachel sells makeup and enjoys doing different Halloween
looks throughout the month of October.
|After dance the rest of the group joined us for Pizza.
Including Rachel's friend and her family.
It is times like this that I wish Thomas and Nadine lived closer and
we could be out to dinner with the whole family.
|While we were back in Escanaba we parked out at the fairgrounds.
With all the rain I think the dandelions were not sure what time of
the year it was. I took these pictures just before we left.
A little nostalgia.
|In the Fall I always enjoyed taking the back way to work.
|I had to take a ride out to the branch of our Credit Union by the paper mill.
This is where Tom worked for 39+ years.
All those years are why we can live our Retirement Dream.
|One last addition: one of the things we did to sell our house was bury
a statue of St. Joseph. Once the house sells you dig him up and put
the statue in a special place in your new home.
This is his place in the Stinger "B" .
It was a busy summer that flew by. Now we look forward to the adventures ahead as we make our way South and West and then eventually East and North. We look forward to seeing old friends and new ones along the way. We are excited to explore new places and re-visit places we have been. All the while we will be missing our family and friends back in Michigan and Wisconsin.
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