Well, that was quite a year, wasn’t it?
I haven’t posted here since June of 2016, and in that time there have been some changes.
Family members got sick.
There was a midnight flight to Guatemala which seemed to last at least a week. Not knowing what I would hear when I disembarked.
A dear, precious aunt died, far too young. Too soon. I flew to Manitoba and experienced grief unlike anything I’ve felt before.
Our family adopted a ridiculous, riotous, three legged dog named Barnaby, who has turned our home upside down and eaten more Lego pieces than one animal should be able to survive.
And I left East Van for South Surrey, which was easily the hardest move I’ve ever made, and also easily the most important one. Being close to family suddenly became the most important thing in my life, and while the process of ripping up my East Van roots was (and continues to be) excruciating, I know it will never be something I regret.
Fifteen minutes from family is where I belong.
We moved last summer, endured the darkest, snowiest winter this part of the world has seen in a while, and I became convinced at some point that it was never going to end.
It’s April now though, and some light has been found. We somehow lucked into a neighbourhood filled with green space, and the kids and I have had a front row seat to the unfolding of Spring. It’s been delightful.
What this means for this site remains to be determined, but moving forward our adventures will be less Vancouver-centric. Discovering everything this part of the world has to offer has been a lot of fun, and I have poked my nose into some places I never would have visited before. (You can tell I’m still a Vancouver girl at heart because I’m speaking of my new home as if I’m a four day trek through the wilderness from any civilization. In all honesty on a good traffic night I can be back on my old stomping grounds in half an hour, and we’ve only had to kill and eat unsuspecting travelers for food once, maybe twice.)
So, this is where we’re at. Life got a little rough for us this year, but we got through it. I’m not going to say we’re better and stronger, but we got through it intact, plus one extra dog.
But you’ll hear all about him later.