Our “theme” ( and we have one every year) was Swedish, Swedish.  It involved decorating with a Swedish vibe, a smorgasbord for one dinner, and embracing the Swedes love of flowers.   We called it cottage vacation 3.0 because this is the third year we’ve spent in this same cottage on Upper Crooked lake, Delton Michigan.

There have been changes over the years, a new baby who is no longer a baby, a new niece-in-law from Brazil.  One niece and one nephew brought their significant others this year.  Now there’s an introduction to family!  Some family could only come for a few days, others could only make it for a day and a couple of evenings.  The most significant difference was my Mom’s absence.  It was felt by U.S. All but my Dad admitted at times like these he misses her the most.

Last year as we sat around the table the last night at the cottage we remarked that there had been times we weren’t sure we would make it to the cottage.  Last year my Dad was fresh on hospice.  Those times of wondering if we would make it to the cottage were no less true this year, as my Dad marked a year plus on hospice.  Certainly without the good folks at hospice and the care-giving my niece does does for my Dad on a daily basis, it wouldn’t have happened.

We were a pack of personalities in our five- bedroom, two bath cottage.  We were all there one night…nineteen, ages 18 months to 94.  Of course that was the night one niece ended up with a concussion, a trip to ER with others of our merry band ( but that’s another story ). 

It seemed a constant job of feeding. cleaning up, running the washer and feeding everyone again.  But I wouldn’t have changed it for anything.  Well, of course I would have changed the concussion but you know what I mean.

There were evenings of pontoon boat rides and sitting soaking up this view… 

 

Nights spent like this… 

 

Afternoons spent like this… 

     

There were times of quiet talking and sharing of memories.  There was laughter and the making of new memories.  But if I had to use just a few sweet pictures to sum up the week they would be these… 

         Michigan Cottage vacation 3.0…life is good,

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