My aunt and uncle live in a cute little neighborhood in Calgary. Joel and I went on a walk to check out all the houses. They are beautiful. I love how they are all so different and have so much character.
Here are just a few that we saw on our walk that I was ready to move into…
if I HAD to.
And hiding behind those shrubs and trees is my aunt and uncle’s house. It is just as charming as all the others.
Their yard is gorgeous. Trees canopy over both the front and back yard. It feels very secluded and peaceful. This is the front.
Remember how I said my sweet aunt and uncle were awesome hostesses?
My aunt made us wonderful meals. It seems like we were eating ALL the time.
They let us sleep in as late as we wanted. It was so relaxing. That was definitely a treat for my farmer husband who NEVER gets to sleep in.
And my aunt even made me coffee every morning when I woke up.
It was fabulous.
It was even better than our hotel we stayed at later in the week.
So, there you go. Welcome to Calgary!
We have joked ever since Cora went to heaven that maybe we should go somewhere far away. Somewhere that didn’t make us sad, where our problems didn’t follow us, and where we didn’t have to face reality. Well, we decided to do it…
Actually, we just went on our summer vacation. We skipped the country and headed to Canada to visit my aunt and uncle.
We had a wonderful time and it was so good to spend time together and be away for awhile. My aunt and uncle are FABULOUS hostesses and made us feel so welcome. The scenery was beautiful and the weather was very un-Kansas like. Perfect.
Unfortunately, your heartache does follow you–we found out first hand. I had my moments when I just broke down because it seemed so wrong to be on our “family” vacation without Cora. And poor Joel had to walk with me through the airport with tears streaming down my face on the way home. I knew we were going back to reality. Back to our “real” life. And that was hard.
I have tons more pictures to show you, but those will have to wait until next week. For now, let me tell you about a few exciting things that happened while we were away:
Last week on Wednesday, as we were sitting in the airport waiting for our next flight, we got a call from Joel’s sister with the news that their baby boy had arrived.
Meet Heath Alan. His proud big brothers Henry and Harrison are holding him. We got to meet him for the first time yesterday. He is a sweetie. Congratulations Ben and Leah!
Things were very busy at the Cora’s Playground sight. All the equipment got installed while we were gone. We went by on Thursday and it looks great! I love the equipment. The colors are so bright and fun, just like I imagined.
I was told that the cement was poured on Friday. I will try to get some pictures of that tomorrow when I am at church. We are working on the final details of the flooring colors. Hopefully the flooring will get installed by the end of next week. It is coming together!
That’s all for today. Many more vacation pictures and stories coming soon!
Happy Birthday Joel!
I know you would love to have Cora here
to blow out your candles with you today.
I wish so much that she was here to do that too.
She would have wanted to give her daddy a giant birthday hug…
and a high five, just like you taught her.
I hope today you know how much you are loved…
by so many!