Mike, for those that don't know, is my father. And through a series of conversations, we learned that Bill is the son of our father's cousin, which makes him our second cousin.
Though we had never met (well... my mom said we met when we were babies, but that doesn't count), it was obvious we were related. As soon as I accepted his friend request, I could see the family resemblance in his pictures.
My father is an only child, so I was very excited about discovering cousins on his side of the family. Even more exciting is the fact that Bill is my age (3 years older) and lives within an hour. He called me last night to invite me to meet him and his wife. So, this morning, my sister, brother-in-law, and I drove to the marina on the Fox River and met them for some boating and brunch. It was a beautiful day (though a bit chilly on the speedboat) for a little relaxation on the lake, and we had a great time laughing together and learning about each other.
I hope this is the beginning of a long friendship with our newly found family members! :)