My niece, Alana, came to visit for a week last July. She just graduated from High School and was about to start her first semester at the University of Central Florida. I’m sad to say, before this, it had been about 5 years since I had seen her in person. That is WAY too long! I loved that whole week; catching up on so many years missed. We discussed politics, religion, history, dreams to travel the world, Gilmore Girls and of course… Lin-Manuel Miranda. She has grown into such an amazing, strong, kind, smart, beautiful woman! I cannot begin to express how proud I am of her. She has so much in store for her future! I love her so much!
One day, during her visit, I grabbed my camera and took her to Grand Mere State Park for a little hike and photo shoot. The weather was perfect ‘Michigan summer weather’ and even though she inherited the gene that makes everyone in my family feel uncomfortable on the front side of a camera, she did a great job modeling for me!