Saturday, May 31, 2014

Number 4

There are some things I will miss from our life here: my dad's impromptu visits for a cup of coffee, my mom coming over to give me a hand for a few hours and almost always staying for dinner even if she said she wouldn't, a surprise visit to Mémé (my grandma) who lives right beside the library, the way the light filtered through the stained glass window at the piano teacher's house while I read a book and let my soul be filled with music, our boardgame nights (that were much more than that) and his sushis, of course. But there isn't one thing that makes my heart sank as much as thinking I won't be around for the arrival of number 4.

And I pray that our kids will dig each other as much as they do now when they meet again, on the verge of teenagehood...

Friday, May 30, 2014

Happiness is...

Happiness is sitting around a bonfire at night with friends, and fresh spring rolls, and spilled wine, and funny stories, and a walk back home in the dark.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Simply grateful

I was grateful for this place, these people. I tried not to think too much of how different our life will be once we won't have them as neighbours anymore.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Perfect Sunday night

There were baby birds trying on their new voices, perfect black bean burgers and sweet potatoe fries eaten in paradise, bare feet and bug bites. And lingering over dinner talking about bus living and house building. The perfect Sunday night.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The making of memories

She was so nervous before the concert. In the dark hall, she came and put her head on her dad's shoulder and sobbed. He chose the perfect words. I knew that this was a memory she would someday pull out and share.

Friday, May 23, 2014

He's back

We’re so glad he’s back. It never feels quite right without him here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Growing up

Ten years old and she's already borrowing my t-shirts and socks. When did all that growing up happened?

Monday, May 19, 2014

A day in real time

A day of creating. Leftovers for dinner. Bits of threads and felt all over the kitchen and living room.
A few glue gun burns. A walk at sunset with a friend. A bonfire.

The day felt as though it played in real time instead of fast forward. 
I like that.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

On grace and patience: watch the unfurling ferns

We're in final countdown mode. 
I am blissfully unaware of how I will get everything done. 
The bird watching, turtle spoting, cedar sap smelling was just what I needed. The unfurling ferns reminded me that patience and grace are the best allies.
We get to live our dream. 
I can't count how many times I said that to myself today.

 And yes, we found the perfect bus! We are thrilled! 
More photos soon.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A taste of summer

Sticky skin. New freckles. Warm wind. Mango-banana sherbet.
Laundry on the line. Yard work. The clomping of sandals on asphalt.
Our days are beginning to feel more and more like summer.

Monday, May 12, 2014

New warmth

Energized by the sun, the new warmth, the sparkling light. 
Baby laugh. Smiles all around. Warm, homemade bread.
There was a pie. (and ice cream).