May 26, 2013

Here's to family!

May 26, 2013 Photo of the day:
"Here's to family!"

We spent the past two days "Up North" with my mom. My cousin, Kerry, passed away last month and his memorial service was held at the Plum Lake Golf Course yesterday afternoon. When we heard about Kerry, we realized that it had been ten years since we visited our Froelich relatives in Sayner. It was so nice to see Linda, Lorraine, Marie, Mike, Carol, Christine, Catherine, and especially Great Aunt Helen. Aunt Helen has health problems, but she is as sweet and lovely as always. 

This afternoon, on our way home, we stopped in Eagle River to see David and Debbie. David is my closest first cousin even though he is almost 30 years older than me!  It is almost eerie how much he resembles my dad, but it's also wonderfully familiar. We had a stroll through their beautiful flower garden and a nice lunch. I'm so glad that Eric can hear stories about my dad and the rest of the Larsons.

Finally, we stopped at Spencer Lake to visit my Aunt Bertine. She is 96 years old and still sharp as a tack! She loves to spend time at her cottage, bake cookies, pies, and muffins, and spoil her dog, Scooter. She is an inspiration!

This weekend reminded me that it is so important to spend time with family. It is also important to take time away from the everyday routine, to get away, and to relax once and a while. Up North is the perfect place to recharge one's spirit!

Eric on Little St. Germain Lake

The cleat-worn floor of the Clubhouse at the Plum Lake Golf Course