It seems like forever ago that we took a girls’ trip to Michigan. We met to do a blog update before even returning home. That didn’t happen. Here it is over 4 months later and maybe I’ll get it posted -just maybe.
We took a lot of pictures, so you will get a lot of pictures! Actually, maybe I will just post the pictures and then send a draft out so each sister can post any comments they have between pictures. I love that idea. Hope they will too. 😉
Very nice, Anna…way to get us all involved after all this time. I’ll do my notes in italics. That way we’ll know it’s me talking. ~sage
Thanks, Sage 🙂
Atlas is always a good place to start right? That is if you have a specific destination, which we did!
Our first stop was to pick up Sage. I love her lights all warm and welcoming.
Then we headed North!
Reflections are so useful, no?
Found a cute restaurant called Cafe Brio.
Amazing lunch, amazing colors, cute town!
It was Springfield, I believe. Would definitely be worth exploring more.
Ah yes, home of this guy… But we won’t talk about him. 😉
Stuck in traffic for a very long time. Which meant we were getting closer to Chicago!
Gayety’s Chocolate Shop.
Love the scriptures written all around the shop.
We are rather fond of sweet treats such as chocolate and ice-cream. 🙂 And we had heard that this place had the best ice cream in the state. That was questionable. But it was a neat place to stop.
Our first destination was Holland, Michigan. Such a wonderful, fresh, clean, little place. After a good nights sleep we explored the town a little before continuing North to meet our relatives (Mom’s third cousin and her family) whom we had never met. (The main purpose of the trip.)
Holland is a cool little town. Would definitely love to spend more time there.
Breakfast at the Konditori.
It was really good… I don’t know what it was about the ceilings where we ate. 😉
Land of the Dutch people.
Felt amazing to get out of the car and run up these steps to the top of a sand dune. And the view was incredible. I (we all) absolutely LOVE the ocean and Lake Michigan was almost as good. (Just as a side note…not all of us “ran” up those steps. Some of us walked. Some of us crawled. But it was worth it!)
These little heart shaped leaves where everywhere, a reminder of love.
The time had come to meet our long lost relations. I’m pretty sure they are one of the sweetest couples you could ever meet.
Their home was right on a gorgeous, quaint little lake -absolutely lovely! Wasn’t everything just perfect!
Was a little chilly but the water felt amazing to our feet!
But beware! There are leeches lurking in the sand! Eek! Have you ever pulled a leech our of your foot? Kind of, umm…different.
Touring the lake with our Captain.
Beginning of a new day.
God blesses abundantly and always gives hope and encouragement.
We went to the beach. I can never, ever get enough of the beach.
I just hate to leave it every time. But life must go on.
Our visit was very nice and sweet and such stuff as that. 😉
After leaving Mom’s cousin’s we stopped at a roadside market to buy apples…
The farmers’ markets and produce stands were so, so lovely!
The most delicious and fresh apples that we had ever tasted. Oklahoma just doesn’t even hardly have fresh apples.
We wanted to spend more time at the beach and more time in Holland and I’m so glad we could. I’d go back in a heart beat.
Yes, coffee is rather huge too. 🙂 And we found many wonderful coffee shops!
So many amazing things to see and taste and feel and experience.
Wooden shoes! We stopped in at the wooden shoe factory and also bought a whole bunch of tulip bulbs to take home with us. Tulips are a favorite! Can’t wait to see them bloom in the spring.
We kind of love yarn shops too.
So much potential for warmness.
“Let’s go to the lighthouse.”
One for each of us.
Too bad they were soaking wet!
Don’t forget it!
And to the beach one last time.
So these next few pictures are kind of fun. Tera was trying out her model abilities. I think she’s got it! Yeah?
Absolutely, she got it. She missed her calling! Or…maybe it’s not too late!
Mhm, the wide eyes and everything!
Mouth slightly open. Yep! 😉
The sun glasses helped a little to get the right color.
It was so beautiful!! Can’t wait for next time..
We’re all in the glasses!
Oh more coffee!
Good morning in Effington. 🙂
And good bye. Until next time. ❤ us