Time with family is so very precious to me. Not a day goes by when I think to myself, "Where did the time go?" and say to my son Connor, "How did you get so big all of a sudden?".
I often count our blessings that as freelancers, both my husband and I have the flexibility to spend time together as much as we want and when we want. This past weekend we took a lovely walk around the Bird Sanctuary at Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver. To my recollection, I'd never been before, considering I've lived in Vancouver pretty much my whole life. It was a peaceful walk for the most part, until Connor started to get a bit ornary and whined about wanting to go home (except when he spotted the two deer on the path). We were all a bit on edge that day and come to think of it, were all feeling a bit edgy for at least a week or two before that and I think I know why.
We're about to become new home owners! Yes, for a couple in our late 40s, that's huge! And yes, it should be super exciting and joyful but for some reason I'm terrified! Well, just a little bit. It's going to be a big change for all of us...I normally love change but this time it's different and something I'm going to have to wrap my head and heart around and soon! When I really think about it, it's going to be all for the better. Connor's excited even though he'll have to change schools and we'll be part of a totally different neighbourhood with all new people to get to know.
Lynn Valley has been home for us for almost 5 years and in that time we have gained some really close friendships and feel a special connection to the area. Our new neighbourhood is so foreign at this point even though we can envision living there and what it might be like. Our new place though will be just that, NEW! This aspect is extremely appealing, especially to us non fixer-uppers and the idea of having a beautiful new space to shoot in with 9 foot ceilings, hardwood floors and a dark studio is pretty exciting for me too. I guess with anything new, it's always a bit scary, especially in the meantime waiting for it to actually happen. It'll be ready for us in late summer, early fall, which I am thankful for as it will give us each some to adjust in our own way, relish the time we have left here, and to mentally, emotionally and physically prepare ourselves for the next chapter in our lives. This new home will hopefully be our last - the keeper and biggest commitment we've ever made together besides getting married and having our baby boy.
As I write, I look back on our day together with warmth, compassion and a better understanding that it's all part of the process. Every moment is precious, no matter how frustrating or maddening and I feel more and more grateful that we even have this amazing opportunity in our lives to be able to create a new home for our family, with new memories, new friends and new surroundings.