After a wonderful yet bittersweet reunion with my husband Mike's family in Sudbury, Ontario, it was a blessing to be able to reflect on life and nurture our hearts with our dear friends Katie, Darren, Scotia and Poppy at their beloved cottage at Norway Bay in Quebec.
Saying goodbye for the last time to Mike's father was very sad but at the same time a most cherished gift. Connor got to meet his other grandfather and say hello, hold his hand and say goodbye. For us as parents, it was a joy to see the instant bond between them and the joy in Walter's face to look upon his grandson. Save for another post, it was a good time for Connor and I to establish our connection with the Chmara clan and to the place where Mike grew up. For Mike, it was reassuring and strengthening for him to solidify his relationship with his family and feel a part of it again after living out west for so long. A time we are so grateful to have been given and yet another reminder of how precious life, family and friends truly are.
And so our time at the cottage was just what we needed and a magical time we will never forget.
The kids were in bliss to see each other again. Connor and Scotia, fast friends from the age of one, they were inseparable. Poppy that much bigger, both physically and in personality, delighted us all with her determination and bursting zest for life. The moments I have captured here mark a turning point in our lives and we are so grateful to Katie and Darren for opening their second home to us and letting us just be. Coming home we felt at peace and that's the way it was meant to be.