Hey guys! I am writing from beautiful Golden, BC…under a picnic shelter…in the rain…using WIFI at the campsite we’re staying at. What seemed at first like it would be an abrupt change in lifestyles has actually turned out to be quite similar from the WW2H film tour until now; we’ve simply replaced the RV with a tent and the weather has stayed the same! Sad but true on the weather front – the rain has come in and seems to be here to stay for the week. It wouldn’t be so bad except that our course is not weather dependent, meaning we will be outside doing our primary and secondary surveys, head to toe assessments, and vitals on each other under rainy skies and in the mud. It doesn’t help that we’re going back to a tent either, which is harder to dry things out in; homes are where it’s at for these kind of weeks! But the air is warm, the scenery is gorgeous, and the course is great to have, especially right before our third kayaking trip with young adult cancer survivors, so we really can’t complain that much. Plus, we have internet here – I’ve NEVER experienced that at a campground before!
On the drive & happy in the sun before the rain set in – a prepared camp makes for happy campers!
I last left off on the blog right before our crazy transition from the Halifax Airport to the Calgary Airport to home where 3 loads of laundry and craziness ensued as we packed up not only for this course but also for two good friends’ wedding that occurred on Sunday in Kelowna, BC. It was a gorgeous day – the first real summer day we’ve felt yet! – and we were so thankful to have been included to support these two friends on such a meaningful day in their lives. The wedding was a blast and we were able to connect with friends we haven’t seen in two months, which was super encouraging and affirming for Mikey and I. We realize now that we have built into a community in Calgary and that others have invested in our lives in such a profound way as well, and seeing them really felt like coming home, perhaps for one of the first times ever after a trip away. Friends, we love you guys! Thanks for being such a good support network to us. One of these incredible people is pregnant, and seeing the change in her beautiful belly after two months of being away was so fun! We also found out that another couple is pregnant and yet another had a baby while we were away…sounds like something’s in the water! I better be careful which tap I drink out of! It will happen at some point in time, and while we are trusting God with the details, we’re thinking of working on finding jobs and a house first…although we weren’t “stable” by society’s standards when we got married, and I have a feeling we’ll never completely fit the bill for that either if we do end up having kids! It was an incredible time and a wonderful way to transition to this full week we’re now living. No photos, unfortunately, we just soaked up the goodness of being with friends. But since I am all about pictures in posts, here’s a photo of two other friends’ wedding earlier this year – I wore the same dress to this one.
On the fitness front, not too much has happened since we got home…I tried to get up for a run on Sunday morning when we stayed in Revelstoke, BC on the way to the wedding, but I listened to my body when I slept through the alarm a full hour! We calculated later that we’d been awake and going for 22 hours, so it was probably good that I didn’t run. But being in the mountains just awakens something in me and makes me want to move, especially on that one day of good weather and after being away from the Rockies for a few months! So instead I enjoyed the rest and enjoyed good food and a CANDY BAR at the wedding that night (with unlimited gummies and liquorice, I kind of let myself go nuts…our whole table was into the candy bar which didn’t help either ). Nothing like a good sugar indulgence when you haven’t indulged in a while, am I right? Again, no pictures, but the candy bar looked a little like this:
I went to sleep happy and tired after some full days of traveling and lots of candy consumption! The next morning, after crashing and sleeping super well on the floor (seriously – best sleep all week!), I was up bright and early at 7 am. By 7:15 I was out the door to explore the beauty paths around the lake under sunny skies. I decided to again listen to my body and simply enjoy the fun rather than try to run for time or distance…I think my body has gotten accustomed to running at a steady pace with all the treadmill running I’ve been doing lately, so this run gave me a sense of control for doing whatever my body wanted and the feeling of freedom that come with that. I was just grateful to be out there! I turned around at the half-hour mark of a gorgeous out-and-back run through vineyards, near the lake, and up several significant hills and finished off 6.5 miles feeling tired but exhilarated – even when you go slow and even when it feels hard, you’re always glad you went! Again, no more photos (I wished I’d grabbed Mikey’s phone to take some pics as I ran – such a beautiful picturesque place that reminds me of the area Mikey and I lived in right after we got married near Wenatchee, Washington), but I can assure you it was rave-run worthy.
After a delicious meal of BBQ’d steak (for Mikey) and roasted yams+garlic+onions in tin foil (plus a spinach salad with avocado slices for me), we’re full and feeling sleepy.
Layered up and chopping a massive yam with an axe! Love my mountain man!
YUM – haven’t had a spinach salad in a while!
And now the sky is dark, the rain is coming down heavier, and my optimistic spirit is waning…I’m setting the alarm in the morning to see if I can get a run in, but if it’s pouring I’m going to skip it and stay in the comforts of my sleeping bag! We had a great first day of our course, digested most of the information quite well, and are secretly hoping for not as much outdoor classroom learning with the weather!
Before I leave, I’d love to know: What’s your favorite camping food? Mine is probably s’mores – but real food would be corn on the cob grilled and anything dropped in tin foil to cook in the fire. Also, How do you keep a positive outlook even during the “rain storms” of life? I’d love to hear who/what you guys turn to and how you stay focused on what really matters when it’s so easy to allow your circumstances dictate your joy.
Have a great night guys – here’s to good attitudes despite the weather, despite our preferences, despite our circumstances; joy and hope in Christ overcomes. Live well & be well!