Land that I love

We recently made a trip to Canada, the place I was born and spent my childhood.     Years of memories flooding back.  Stretches of highway and suddenly we are passing my old town.  I can see the back of my best friend’s house.  Hours, days, years spent in that house.  Back and forth…up and down the road we would go to spend our days together. After a few days with my brother and his wife we drove  further north.  Beautiful and familiar country roads…fields stretching forever against a perfect blue sky.  Fluffy white clouds that look like they are almost touching the ground.  The wild beauty of lakes, marshes, weather-beaten trees.  Years of time, the most precious memories I have all centered around this part of Ontario-cottage country.  This is beauty to me. Perfect beauty.  I praise God that I had those years.  They are gone, life has only become sweeter but I treasure those times and am thankful that I can “go back” and remember all that was me and my life for many years.

We spent quite a few days with my brother and his family.  They are such generous and gracious hosts…especially when two very loud toddlers invade their home!  It’s hard to leave as we know it will be a long time before we see them again.

I took very few pictures while we were with them because I was simply enjoying family time and making memories…now I regret my lack of pictures!

The day before we left, we decided to visit a nearby town and show the girls Lake Ontario.

It took Cora a while to get over the stinky smell.

From Tim and Aileen’s home we went to stay with my aunt and uncle.  We spent two nights there.  Visiting them in always pure relaxation and beauty.  They live in an old farmhouse, on about 100 acres of land…a water hole and river.  It is so lovely.

As we drove up to the house this “little” white fluff ball came to meet us.  And Beau quickly became the girls new best friend.

From their house we went an hour further North to visit my cousins.  katie has four boys and  Johannah has five children plus a foster child, their brother Daniel and his wife also have one so as you can imagine it was crazy with all the kiddos running around!

It is always a blessing to spend time with them.  Wonderful women who love the Lord.

Some lovely photos Johannah took.

We have been back home for two weeks.  It has taken me that long to get back into routine.  Even though we drove and drove and drove…somehow we still were rested and relaxed.  I guess it’s just having a break from real life.  We enjoyed our time there and I am thankful for all the new memories made with my husband and children in the land that I love!

6 Responses to Land that I love

  1. Justin says:

    Memories that will last forever! Thank you for planning such a wonderful trip Grace for us & to your family for hosting us. Love you

  2. LeAnna says:

    Gorgeous photos! I’m sure it was such a treat to go back home, and take the girls. They are beautiful!

  3. Susanna says:

    Wow! Beautiful, stunning pictures! I especially love the one of Elinore pulling the toy in Aunt Peggy and Uncle Ron’s kitchen and the one of you on their porch is stunning! You look like a model!:) Great trip it sounds like!:) See you Saturday!!!

    Love you

  4. bchallies says:

    Thanks for posting both photos and recollections. Loved it!

  5. maryanne helms says:

    Lovely photos! I too loved being “home”:).

  6. How wonderful to spend time with family!, and seeing some of your old stomping grounds. Your girls are getting so big, sounds like you had a great summer. And someday we’ll have to try to meet up :)

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