Monday, November 16, 2009

A few quiet days at home....

It's Monday night and I've been in Victoria since late Friday afternoon. I think for once it is actually setting in that this is my home. I don't know if I have been caught up in the hype or perhaps the stress of the move and job situation, but its finally setting it. Maybe its that I actually feel like I have spent more days in Victoria over the past month then in the months previous and that I finally can look forward to settling in with Chris here on the Island.

Tonight as I sit in our small, yet simple home.... I am blessed.

It's our fabulous, loving, church family that ministers to my heart and has welcomed us with open arms, the friends and those who have opened their hearts and homes to us, new dreams and challenges and the reminder we do not walk through any of them alone, and a urging sense of comfort and peace that has taken hold of my heart and allowed me to draw close to my heavenly Father.

As I am reminded of the process of our move to the Island, which started back in July , I can see God's hand through every step along the way. There is no doubt this is all apart of his plan, his provision, and his answers to many of my prayers no matter how big, small, or insignificant they may have seemed to me.

He truly is my provider and my portion.

I just love this video:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Great News

I was offered a job in Victoria with the Child Protection Team. I'm not sure when I start but I have a feeling it will all be happening quickly....

Stay tuned.....

Monday, November 2, 2009

I have not forgotten

Sorry for the delay in posting.

I have had good intentions, but have been exhausted at the end of the day and all I can think about is sleeping. Work is busy and lots of travel back and forth to Victoria these days.

I have two posts written, but I can't get them to post for some reason. I will keep trying.

Update coming soon.......hang tight.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Step 1 - A home

With the job already in place, the next step was to find a home. This home is owned by a young guy who plays professional soccer in Turkey. The upstairs is rented out to a family of 6 children, only four living with them. We live downstairs. The door to our place you enter through the carport.
The suite is brand new, with fresh paint, floors, cabinetry; you name it. Its small and quaint, but we are making it our own and we love having a place to call ours. The suite was being renovated in the summer and after its completion, the septic backed up and ruined the entire suite. Nonetheless, insurance gutted the entire place and start again from scratch. It was during this time, we learnt about this suite from a coworker of Chris' and after seeing it once in mid construction said "YES." After a long wait, we moved in the first weekend of October and we are now settled with only a few pictures to hang on the wall.
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So far the plan is to stay here until the end of January. We may extend this stay or decide to move on. We will see where life brings us. We are, after all, along for the ride.

A new beginning

Where can I start or shall I just jump right in??

After more than two years away from blogging, I have decided to re-enter this world to keep in touch with friends and family and to share our aventures in the most beautiful place on earth. An adventure we have lovingly named, Operation Pond Jump.

Operation Pond Jump started back in July of this year when Chris was offered a new opportunity working on Vancouver Island. This job had many benefits both professionally and personally, but the most inticing to us as a couple would be the new life, quieter and slower pace of life, living in one of the most beautiful places in our province, the capital, or I would beg to say, best in our country - - Victoria!

Without much hesitation, we made the decision to go ahead with no looking back. Our little suite was packed up in two weeks and Chris was off to Victoria to start a new adventure. This came with much heartache of the distance we would have between us; but a challenge and a time of growing. I have not able to join him full time so for the past three months. I continue to commute to Victoria on weekends and enjoyed every bit of my time spent on BC Ferries (so long as I was Island bound and heading to see my honey!!) Yes, even when I have to wait 6-7 hours for the ferry, when a vessel breaks down or, say, catches fire!

For those of you who are wondering, we have moved into a cute and quaint one bedroom basement suite in the Westshore of Victoria. We love the community, the people, and the Island lifestyle. To say I am in love, is an understatement.

Who long will I commute? Well, it won't be forever. After my car accident in May I have suffered a great deal of back and neck pain and more recently the headaches and discomfort is increasing and becoming more unbearable. Eventually a decision will have to be made, but we trust in God and know he has a plan; a very perfect plan, and we hold onto his promises for us.

As I write this, I am sitting at Starbucks, my next favourite place on earth. My favourite person next to me; dreaming of life here in Victoria and 2 to 5 years down the road sharing this with little ones (four legged or two legged creatures). Only time will tell. One thing I have come to love about this town is the free WIFI. Oh yes, and the summer farm market which unfortuantley is packed up for the season until the Spring of 2010. The people are friendly, welcoming, and we we have been blessed with a great church family.

There is something magical about this place and experiencing the Island life, as and Island girl in the making. I have often joked in the past weeks that I am almost there...the curly out of control hair, the birkenstalks, now I need my wool socks and ragged mismatched, patterned bag and/or skirt. Don't expect this Island girl to lose the nails or the makeup though, we can't ask too much after all!

This Island life is magical thats for sure, but there is something that makes it even more serene and appreciated; Autumn. The trees surrounding our house and down the Island highway, the colours of red, yellow and orange springing up around me. They bring a simple smile to my face. Words don't even come to my mouth to explain the beauty I see around me this time of year. All I can do is gaze and its beauty, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment and yet still there is so much thankfullness in my heart for this life I have been given. It is a reminder of God's beauty, his unfailing goodness, and his ability to take what we consider simple and make it turn it into something magnificent, beautiful, extraordinary to say the least.

As I sit here in my chair, sipping on my quad, grande, long pour, extra hot, 2 pump sugar-free vanilla, american misto (also known as an Africano to other South Island coffee shops!); I look out the window and glance over my shoulder to see Chris reading the local paper "homes" edition. Dreaming ....

Stay tuned. . . . .