It hardly seemed a year that I had met many of Rick's aunts and cousins at the family reunion on his mother's side. We recently gathered at Minisa, the family summer cottage on Torch Lake.
Torch is a very large, very cold lake.
Minisa is more than a cottage -- with five bedrooms, this log cabin built in the 1920s is more of a summer home, and the perfect place for the Acklins to gather.
I dropped Rick and his mom off on the first Sunday and caught up with some of the cousins. I knew that when I left, I would be missing the renewal of Jim and Becky's vows for their 50th anniversary. They had spent their honeymoon at Minisa -- now they were there with their children and grandchildren.
When I returned the following Friday, all of Rick's brothers were there. It was the first time we'd had a photo of the five boys in years, this time with their mom.
Terrific meals on the big table on the porch.
Crossword puzzles, where everyone chipped in.
...but it was pretty nippy later in the week. That meant stories by the fire -- both read and told. (There were lots of fires in the huge stone fireplace!)
Time for grandmother and grandson...
...and for lots of catching up. Rick and his brothers are spread around the country -- it was good to be all together.
Everyone loved it when the dinner bell rang, because we knew we were in for a treat!
There was a shopping trip into the village of Alden with Rick's sisters-in-law and niece.
Of course we couldn't resist a market...
There was time for Petoskey stone hunting, too (we had some luck at that!).
There were lots of photos -- I liked this one...
....and this one, too! (It was hard for us not to laugh!)
As the weekend drew to a close and people headed back to Arizona, Missouri, Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Indiana and Minnesota, there was Rick -- last to leave.
Another gathering past. May we meet again -- for all the best reasons and in a spot we love!