Monday morning we packed the station wagon and headed to the great state of Michigan to spend some time with my parents – Dad and step mom.Â It is a festive week as today is my lovely wife’s birthday, Friday is my parents anniversary; Sunday is my birthday, and of course Monday is Memorial Day.
The weather here is gorgeous and we have had a great time already.Â Once my dad got it running we took the pontoon boat out on the lake.Â It was windy and cool but beautiful.Â While he was getting the boat ready I took Ella for a paddle boat ride and dipped her in the water a couple of times.Â Each time she was surprised by just how cold the water was.Â She is attracted to the idea of swimming but the reality of the cold is just too much.Â But the idea of swiming makes summer real and an exciting prospect.
Each time I return to Michigan and to the lakes I contemplate living here.Â But outside of the financial challenges – lake houses aren’t cheap obviously – there is the matter of leaving a town whereÂ we have a church home, friends, and stability for our children.Â Hard to give that up.Â Which is the very reason we decided not to move to Texas last year.
Still, the state of Michigan calls to me every time I return.Â I envision life on the lake and I can see myself staying here a long time.Â I guess I have a goal for retirement . . .