We just returned from a week on Lake Michigan in St. Joseph, MI. This was the first year in a while the entire family was together for a few days. This was also the first beach week that Art was not able to participate in many activities because of his kidney failure. In fact he slept about 12 hours a day and generally worked on just trying to feel normal.
The week was spent sitting on the beach, going out to eat, shopping and hanging out as a family. We enjoyed seeing each of our kids and their families running, playing and getting along with each other. All 7 grandchildren were there and fun was had by all. On Saturday we had a visit from Mary’s sister (along with her daughter and family) and one of her brothers and sister-in-law. They hung out and we all sat on the beach for the day. Then Art’s brother and wife and mom drove over for the day from Jackson. It was nice to see everyone connect with each other.
Art commented that his problem with his kidneys caused him to take it easy this year but also to take a lot of enjoyment from just watching the grandchildren and enjoying the beautiful lake shore. The weather was perfect and the time together was well-spent building some great memories.