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8 Years and a Mini Vacation

On July 26, we celebrated 8 years of marriage. The previous weekend we went on a mini-vacation to Michigan. We stayed in Saugatuck for one night and Traverse City for three nights. We had a GREAT time (despite the fact that it came on the heels of our big disappointment). 

Our hotel in Saugatuck. I spent most of my summers during high school and college working at various places in Saugatuck, so it was fun to come back now as a "tourist". 

Pumpernickles in Saugatuck still has the BEST cinnamon rolls ever. And doesn't Instagram make them look even sweeter?! 

We stayed right in downtown Traverse City, and it was so fun to be able to walk to the shops, restaurants, beaches, and river (guess who liked going to the river?). 

Here Don is fly fishing in the river. There were a few people who stopped and watched him fish for close to 30 minutes- it was so funny!

On Friday night, there were two different bands playing in the streets. One played Jazz music and the other did cover songs. There were also lots of stands and vendors out in the streets, which was really fun. 

Another fun experience on this trip was wine tasting. We went to 2 Lads, and the view was spectacular (overlooking Lake Michigan). 

One of the days we went to Leland, and it was such a cute town. We had lunch, walked around the shops, and of course, got some advice from the local fishermen. 

This was my meal one of our nights out. I'm only including it to prove that my tastes haven't changed much in the past twenty-five years. I'm still waiting to become the type of woman who chooses to order a salad instead of loaded cheese fries. 

Thankful for the 8 years of marriage God has given us (could say more on that), and thankful for our little getaway. And thankful that even in the midst of sadness and hard times, God gives so much joy as well. 


Jill Sloothaak said...

I remember eating lunch with you at Pumpernickles once! So glad that you could get away to enjoy the beauty of summer in Michigan for a few days! Wine tasting is on my list of things I'd like to do too!

Annie Leppin said...

Glad you could get away and have some time together before school starts- Happy Anniversary :)

Sarah Jones Trask said...

Leland looks awesome! I am glad you two got to do that and I hope it was a refreshing time. Call me soon.

Katie G said...

There isn't one picture of you!!! Congratulations on 8 years.

Anonymous said...

I would've chosen the loaded cheese fries, too. :) I read your blog periodically...know that you and Don are in my prayers as you continue your journey. Blessings to you, Lynnae (Kleinheksel) Genzink

Corrie and Phil said...

There are still some little green things on those loaded fries. Did you pick them all off? :)

Happy 8 years!

Rochelle said...

So glad you guys were able to get away to celebrate! What a fun getaway... looks like it was a really nice time. Those cinnamon rolls look amazing, the place you stayed looks super cute, that's so funny that people were watching him fish [I totally do this to people too but don't care if I look weird lol], love the cheese fries, and wish there was a pic or two in there of you guys together! Happy 8 year anniversary!! :)

Dona/url said...

What a nice way to celebrate your 8 years of marriage. May you be blessed with many more. We continue to pray for you.