|New York City, 2010|
I remember the conversation well, we were sitting on the couch and talking about some of our dreams and what we wanted out of life. He said how someday he wanted to take his wife on a year long trip around the world.
I think I said something along the lines of, 'oh, that would be an amazing trip.'
Inside, I was jumping and down, saying 'pick me! pick me! I want to travel the world too! '
|New Zealand, 2008|
9 months later, we were walking through security together, having just hugged our families goodbye. We were headed on that trip around the world.
First stop: Hawaii.
Since that time we have lived in three out of the ten provinces in Canada. We've rented basement suites in the heart of the city, we've lived on a farm in rural Alberta, we've lived with family and we've lived with friends.
We've never stopped dreaming big, never stopped talking about what we want out of life, and what we feel our calling is.
|Beijing, China, 2009|
This fall we're going to be embarking on of our biggest adventures yet.
We're moving across Canada.
To Nova Scotia.
Land of New Scotland, of beautiful scenery and most relevant to us: home of Acadia University.
Jared will be studying music at the university and I will be thrilled to be at this side, sharing in this incredible opportunity.
2 years ago, we took a plunge into the world of music. We lived out East for most of 2010, playing with the National Academy Orchestra and studying with some of the masters in Montreal. We came back to Edmonton hoping to win a symphony audition but with only one chair available and 12 candidates, it was not meant to be.
We spent the next year and half working at a bank and settling into life. We had two girls now and figured that the music dream just wasn't meant to be.
Then things started happening and the music door opened. It opened wide with an invitation to attend Acadia with a scholarship. It opened wide with hope and direction and peace and incredible excitement.
We've been quiet about it for a few months, figuring a lot of the details out and discerning if we should do make this move or not. It's been stretching, emotionally exhausting, and yet the best thing for us.
|Edmonton, Alberta, 2012|
Our flights are booked for the end of August. And we're excited.