It seemed a long way away and thankfully she made it home unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago for a flying visit.
But this time 4 night as a family of 4 again!
After a challenging journey of buses and ferries she made it home Friday night and catches the ferry back early tomorrow.
We've had a typical busy long weekend.
David had 4 soccer matches in a tournament that was frustrating as they played two teams "below" them and won handily and then play two teams in the division "above" them and lost very physical and hard games. One played in sideways driving rain. His body was unsurprisingly tired and a little sore last night!
Allan had Masters class all day Saturday so Lindsay and I and our buddy Emily headed downtown Van on a variety of errands and explorations. Once the rain started we sought shelter at Burdock and Co for a delicious brunch. We did a little more shopping but decided a cozy afternoon at home seemed in order.
Once all the Byres were home from school and soccer and shopping we decided to reprise our 15 year tradition of "Family Feast Night" ...a meal of several small plates and a movie. It was a lovely cozy evening that filled up my heart,
Sunday started early with waffles to fuel a full day of meal prep, more soccer and Lindsay's first participation in a Federal election. She voted in an advanced poll.
By 5 o'clock the kitchen was full of family and friends and the smells from the oven tantalizing. We convinced my Dad to give up on turkey this year in favour of prime rib! I am seldom happier than when my kitchen is full. 3 generations, wonderful friends, good food, good drinks, music and the chatter of various conversations filling the air... spontaneous hugs, lots of laughter.
THIS is my happy place!
We enjoyed a beautiful meal at our newly (if hastily) expanded dining table. Lindsay topped the meal with this beauty!
We all have so much to be thankful for...our friends placed cards on our seats with greetings as well as the information that they had made a gift to Union Gospel Mission on our behalf...a timely reminder that to whom much is given much is expected. On my own heart is the plight of so many refugees in Europe and what I, we, might do in response to those with so much less, in so much suffering.
The holiday monday heralded a very very rare day that no alarm was needed. Hallelujah! And a lazy morning was had by all as the rain fell.
Lindsay and I made a brief foray to the Mall in search of an outfit for me to wear to our upcoming Art Auction next weekend but alas we struck out. Allan took David for a driving lesson and as I type Lindsay is making gnocci for a casual dinner.
Ahhh....democracy, friends, family, home, food, conversation, connection...and SO much more!