This life.


Last week we began the week with a thanksgiving celebration. A dinner that brought 20 members of my family together from across Canada. An afternoon spent surrounded by food and laughter and friendship. Thanksgiving this year fell on my grandfathers 93rd birthday, and as I stood in the living room and watched him, surrounded by people that he has had a hand in creating… people that exist here today; in part; because of him. I realised that he had a lot to be thankful for, and so did we.

I hope that one day I too can celebrate my 93rd birthday surrounded by my children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surrounded by the joy that brings. There really is nothing quite like the family you grow and nurture. It made me think more about Bo and our future together, the new loves and new lives that I hope are around the corner for both of us. I grew up in a big blended family, with babies and sisters and brothers and animals and a big yard to play in. I want that for my girl. That unconditional, dysfunctional love that siblings bring.

But for now I am thankful with what we have. Thankful for the family that we have around us and thankful for the beautiful girl that I am watching grow right before my eyes. Thankful for the means and the courage to travel. Thankful for the world being such a generous place, when you are looking the right way. But mostly I think I’m thankful for the fact that we have a bright future, that will be the product of our choices and that we have the privilege that so many people all around the world do not, to make those choices all on our own.

Perspective is a beautiful thing, if you’re only willing to open your eyes to it.


Much like the first year of being a parent this five week trip has been a minefield of joyful surprises and sleep deprivation. The days have felt so long and the weeks so short… I’ve found myself falling into the sea of imagination and dreams, adding yet another world city to my list of places I’d love to live. My Canadian citizenship would certainly make a transition here easier than some of my other “love-to-live” destinations… but for now they will all remain dreams and fantasies as we focus on enjoying the remainder of our last week, holding on to the things we feel thankful for and looking forward to the comfort of our own beds, the smell of our own garden, the hands of our dearest friends and a whole new set of adventures… just around the corner.

I hope you’re having a beautiful week. Thank you to those of you that emailed and checked in to see that we were okay when we didn’t post for a while. We are fine, we were just busy getting dirty and lost (and COLD) out in the Canadian forest… adventure doesn’t always come with a good wifi connection.



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  • October 23, 2013 - 10:17 pm

    Layla - I needed a perspective reminder this morning! Thank you for it. So glad to hear you and Bo are enjoying this adventure.ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2013 - 4:05 am

    Jenn - I am so thankful to have had you and little miss bo here for these past 5 weeks! I will miss you both like crazy and I cannot wait for when your dream of moving here becomes reality – fingers crossed to have one of my bests close to me always! xxxReplyCancel

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