The quiet times

Today was a beautiful day to welcome in spring. I couldn’t help but think of where I was a year ago today – both physically and emotionally – lots of big changes have happened this year. We were packed and ready to leave our lives in Roanoke, our flight home was a year ago tomorrow. Dad was in the hospital so sick, I was extremely grateful that we were getting home to spend some time with him. I had no idea how intensely emotional the upcoming year was going to be and all that it would bring for me.

It’s had a death,  devastating discoveries about betrayals in a marriage, a divorce, poverty, wealth that has come from within my soul, freedom from an emotionally abusive relationship, security of home, and the discovery that I am so much stronger and so much more together than I ever imagined.  Although it’s been difficult at times, I am grateful for the opportunity to have discovered these gifts that I can now carry with me through the rest of my life. It has made me a better friend, parent, and future partner.

While the kids had one of those golden moment afternoons where they played happily together for hours, I grabbed the dog and took her for a long walk along the ridge. I find such peace there, by the mountains, near Dad, along the trails where I used to ride my horses. It helps me to ground myself and remember what is really important to me. When I look at the things I really want in life, I have them all. Wonderful children – and close, open relationships with them, an awesome family surrounding me, weird and fantastic friends, and this crazy, happy dog (oh and the cats, don’t forget about the cats – I am one cat away from officially being the crazy cat lady). I know that as long as I keep doing the things that I love that everything is going to turn out just fine.



3 thoughts on “The quiet times

  1. Caitlin McEvoy says:


    I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. We have met. My husband and I worked for your uncle at CL. The time we spent there holds some of my fondest memories and a unbelievable feeling of community. Leaving that area was one of the hardest things we have done. We try to keep in contact and with your blog it makes me feel as though I see what you are seeing. I have walked and ridden on those ridges as well it is a truly beautiful place. Thank you for sharing your experiences. It is a unique family and I haven’t come across anything like it since leaving. Their ability to make people feel like family helped me personally though my own problems. I see you have had one heck of a year and I wish you nothing but the best moving forward. Thank you for sharing.

    • I remember veering you! Where are you now?
      Yes, it’s a very special place. I am so grateful we are back home. Especially given all that we seem to be dealing with lately!
      I’m so glad you enjoy reading my blog. It’s really helped me to write it!

      • Caitlin McEvoy says:

        That’s great! We moved to SK. It was too expensive to buy anything out that way. We have a small farm/ranch 2hrs south of Regina in some rolling hills. 😊

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