A New Normal…

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There’s really no good reason for me to share this particular picture, except for the fact that it warms my heart. Can you see the mix of sweetness and mischievousness in that precious little face? Our little monkey. Grade One. Our first year living in Haldimand County.

It was a desire to live in the community where we attend church that first brought us here. That, and the amazing reputation of the little country school our children now attend.

But it is the community itself that we have come to love.

If you don’t live in Caledonia, you might not understand. If you do, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. There is an old world charm to this place. Where it takes an hour to grab milk at the grocery store because you know at least half of the people shopping. Where there is an unwritten code about how traffic merges onto the main street (and its clear when someone from out of town doesn’t know the rules). And where neighbours still genuinely care, and go out of their way to help one another.

This is the place we are blessed to call home, and we could not be more proud or more thankful. In our eyes, it is the best place in the world to live.

And it is because we feel this way, that we want to share a part of our story with you that we have been struggling to process over the past couple of weeks. Because we want you to hear it directly from us, and not from another source.

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A Beautiful Life…


This past week has been beyond amazing for our family. A much needed escape from the world of medical procedures, neurosurgery follow ups, and oncology appointments.

Just two weeks ago, we were offered a week long family vacation to Fort Myers, Florida. Initially, we did not even know how to respond to such a generous offer. It seemed surreal that someone we had never met would be so touched by Ethan’s story that they would want to bless us in such an incredible way.

Before deciding, we raised the question with Ethan’s medical team to see if he would be able to travel. They said that he was stable enough to go, but that we would be assuming the risk of having difficulties with his accessed port or his infection, and that neither of these would possibly be covered by any form of insurance because they were both preexisting medical conditions. We decided that we were willing to take the risk. Ethan was stable and well enough to enjoy the trip, and we have no way of knowing what the future may hold. We felt it was important to take this time as a family to celebrate our beautiful life.

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