Wednesday, July 10, 2013

i'm just here

We've been back in Canada for almost three weeks now. 

It's actually really surreal to be back. In some ways I almost feel like, Did the last two years even happen? because some things are just exactly like how they used to be whether it's relationships or places or people. But in other ways I feel such a disconnect that reminds me {quite loudly} that I've spent the last two years of my life living and loving in Africa. 

It's been busy and full and tiring and fun and lots of time at parks and splash pads and full of trips to the mall and shops that are full of lovely, pretty things that remind me how easy it is for me to fall into

I want, I need, I must have

We've been living with friends and it's been good but I am longing for our own home. Somewhere to settle. Somewhere to love and make memories and turn into a building that welcomes others in to join in on our loud, messy, love-filled life. 

And on that note, we did find and buy our very first home! {More to come on our house, what we thought it might be, what we ended up getting and my hopes for the different spaces in it.} We get possession mid-August and I am all over Pinterest and Apartment Therapy and tons of other design blogs getting ideas and plans to turn into a place that encourages creativity and soul-refreshment and joy-filled living.

I haven't journalled and I obviously haven't been blogging so there's a lot inside my head. I just need time and space for it all to come out. There's a lot to process and I'm not going to lie; most evenings I just want to watch a tv show and go to bed. It's exhausting. But we'll figure out how to make the last two years mesh into the life we find ourselves in to make our new normal. Thanks for still following along here despite the quietness.

**all pictures except for the first two were taken by my very talented sister


  1. hang in there!!! you guys are doing so so much in such a short time - hey, that kind of seems familiar somehow... :)

    your space WILL be welcoming and full and calming so that the loving chaos can happen without making you feel chaotic.

    tea and biscuits to follow...

  2. All of them are awesome shots!! On the receiving end of having you all home, I feel like much has not changed in the boys and so glad we got to meet Blaise and then watch him grow thru your careful detailing of his first months! Can't wait to see how your changed perspectives translate to living here - you are blessed to know 2 sides of many! love you, Mom

  3. Whew! Glad I'm not alone in neglecting the journaling and wanting to bury myself in books or TV. I'm not quite sure what I'm avoiding, but like you said, it'll come out in time ...

  4. I am loving apartment therapy too these days! So happy you guys found a house. Your boys are soooo cute!

  5. I'm sure it's quite an adjustment. Thinking of you and prayers for great things in your new home!

    p.s. your hair is SO long!! :)


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