Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hiking the Sugarloaf Path

A little life update -

I feel like I haven't been posting here as often as I used to, and it's not for lack of things to write about, but because I have been super busy with all of life's adventures! We are finally (somewhat) settled in our new home, and it is lovely! We are thrilled to have our own space again, and to be able to make this beautiful new house our home. I will share pictures here as soon as I can - once we get a little more organized and finish unpacking the last of the boxes. There are still a few projects to be completed and personal touches to add, but things are coming together nicely!

We have had some major transitions in our family over the last couple of months. Our journey as foster carers is ever evolving, and we are learning to roll with what comes our way. Andrew and I have been through what was possibly the most emotionally draining period in our lives since we've been together, and it tested our strength as foster parents (and as people in general!), but we came through it stronger than ever. After 14 months of being his parents, our littlest babe has found his forever family. Our hearts were broken, but we are so happy for him, and we take comfort in knowing that we gave him the best possible life while he was with us. For Andrew and I, getting to spend that precious time with him was one of the greatest joys of our lives.

Since then (just a couple of weeks ago), we have welcomed another young person into our home. It's been a wild ride, and we are all still in the adjustment phase, getting to know each other, and learning how we can best support each other. We are being tested, as we knew we would be, but we are confident in our abilities to love and support this child in all the ways that he needs us most.

Andrew and I had a rare few hours to ourselves today, and the sun was shining, so we were excited to head out on the trails!

The Sugarloaf Path is part of the East Coast Trail that links St. John's to Logy Bay. We picked up the trail just minutes from our house, at Memorial University's Ocean Science Centre. It was a super nice day, but the wind was something fierce! There were several points on the trail that we thought we were actually going to blow off the cliff and into the ocean. (That would not be cool).

Here are some photos from our hike today!


We are so thankful for days like these. We NEED them. As often as people tell us that we should take time for ourselves, it rarely happens. It's nearly impossible. There are three children who depend on us, and that's ok. It's more than ok. But getting to spend the day outdoors together, alone, doing something that we love, in the peace and beauty of nature is exactly the recharge that we needed to keep going.

Thank you all for following along in our journey. Here's hoping for more sunshiny days ahead!

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