This is the blog post I'm referring to:
Part of those reasons included, once again, remembering that we are here and not there in Canada. But we must celebrate both holidays because we have a Canadian in our midst and we all are all United States Americans. I try not to say we are "American" because I believe "American" can refer to any person in North or South America, especially the North. I'm pretty sure I heard it asked from a Canadian friend, "Why do you refer to yourselves as Americans like you are the only ones on this continent?" True statement. I think many USA people really don't take notice of what is happening around the world unless it has to do with fidget spinners, video games, technology, etc. Maybe they see that USA is or isn't stacking up to other countries in education or politics. But do they really see that there are other nations that actually might have it "all together" more than we do? Do they see that people from other countries look at the USA and her people as being "high and mighty" and full of themselves? You see, there are parts of Canada I don't like, like allowing older people to decide to be euthanisized. Their healthcare has it's flaws. There are provinces where home education is heavily watched and restricted. But at the same time, they are just more relaxed than the USA. At least on the Island, they take more time to enjoy life, and I mean spontaneity, not highly scheduled "enjoyment." For me, it's like going to Africa on a mission trip and coming back totally changed, wanting something more than the USA has to offer. My eyes were opened to the world, not just what is right in front of me.
So, I find it hard to celebrate the 4th. Plus, it was 5 years ago that we arrived on PEI and started unloading our trucks. Just typing that can send me to tears. The grieving isn't over. Watching my Maritime friends on Facebook go to the beach (it's finally warm enough!) and seeing pictures of their sunsets and the water and red earth and green grass. Well, it's breathtaking. I've been trying to capture some sunsets here, but they don't compare, at least not in the suburbs. Plus, right now, I'm doing the Whole 30 diet and it's just hard. It's so restrictive, and I'm still in the detoxing grouchy first week. I've been good though, if you don't count the cornstarch in the baking powder I used, which the website says means I'm back at Day 1. They do count it, so I am back at Day 1 until I finish those waffles I made, which wow, you'll see, they were a little better tasting but a pain to clean up from.
But Momma did have a good time doing sparklers with all the kids the other night. I have gotten a few things done around the house. We had a great time seeing fireworks on Tuesday night from our old favorite spot 2/3 of the way into town. I wore my Canada shirt on Saturday and Sunday, the 1st and 2nd, and I wore my new Captain America shirt on Monday and Tuesday, the 3rd and 4th. We have both flags in mini versions in a couple of spots in the house. I will have a whole shelf in our mission/memory/sitting room dedicated to Canada, but also have one dedicated to NH and IN, as well as all the vacations we have been on. I plan to put up the picture of Indianapolis' skyline we had people sign before we went to Canada in a prominent place. I have a picture of a lighthouse and/or foxes from Canada to put up. I will still follow Justin Trudeau although he missed Alberta when he was listing all the provinces in a speech on Canada Day. (He's the prime minister of Canada if you didn't know) and follow what the Queen and the Royal Family are up to, as well as President Trump and all the news that goes with our politics and especially how they all intersect. I'll be teaching Canadian history as well as USA history side by side when we get to it again in a few years.
Overall it was a good holiday, not as stressed as last year's since we have been in the house over a month now. The emotions from leaving Canada have subsided on most days, but they crop up just like my grief over my parents crops up at certain times, during certain times or handling certain objects like the stuff that makes up my memory shelf (or the "shrine" as some people call it). I'll never truly get over it, and I am forever changed and will be processing it all for a while longer. Kids are happy, Jared's happy, and Momma will get there eventually, with God's help of course. In fact, I've been praying more this time around, especially for strength for this special diet, but in general, too. I'll get there, like we all will, eventually, but what does "there" mean? Hopefully Heaven for all of us, right?
Oooo, speaking of, I have heard of reports from Gary that Benaiah is having a grand time at CIY, getting up early and showering, and he's been having some deep questions of faith with his not as grounded in the faith friends. He's always been our little evangelist. And he's great at persuasion. So, more power to him! I'll post something fun in Wednesday's blog about it, too.
So, I played photographer a little too much on Tuesday night, so I have like 300 photos (no joke!) to share, but I'll pick out only a handful. I did play around with some settings as we were waiting for the fireworks to start and it felt so good to do that. I promised myself that I would take the time to learn a little photography, but I knew it would take a long time. So, to actually stop and think, and play around with settings reminded me that I can do it, I know how, and to keep playing. Here's the results!
|They all decided it was a good idea to bring all their bedding out to the living room that morning. Fun! Just as long as you put it all away, which they do without much grumbling most of the time.|
|Like Where's Waldo?, Where's Keturah?|
|Even Abishai did it! Well, he does drag his bed stuff out on most days anyway. He has literally 4 little blankets, his Cars pillow and lots of stuffed animals, including the "Icee" one with big eyes.|
|We go about 1 1/2 to 2 hrs early to claim our spot. The little parking lot does fill up, but not until 9:30. So we bring games and food. This tic tac toe game Benaiah made many, many years ago at the Lowe's Build and Grow program.|
|Grandma found new Micro Machines of Star Wars vehicles to play with.|
|Lots of great sunset shots!|
|The feast! Fried chicken from Kroger, fresh cherries, chips and cookies.|
|Us 5, Leah, Granny Annie and one of her granddaughters. We know one of her other granddaughters because she used to attend our college Bible study with us.|
|We tried to find a restroom but were unsuccessful. Abishai came with us and I didn't bring the stroller. So, at one point, Grandma put him up on her shoulders! Yeah Grandma!|
|Grandma also brought more sparklers and a new lighter so we didn't have to bring the big blowtorch, lol.|
|Abishai is so intuitive. He saw Keturah lying on the blanket and immediately did the same. At one point he even had blnakie and paci with him. He didn't like the big booms, so he and Jared spent the whole 25 minute show in the van.|
|I had the camera on "continuous shoot" mode so if I held down the trigger, it would take multiple pictures. I was able to capture a ton of great shots! We like the ones that showed red, blue, and white!|
|They even had heart ones! Justin claims he didn't see them, so here's proof that they exist!|
|Perfect place for a gymnast!|
|I want to touch the tracks, too!|
|Little guy on the tracks holding onto Grandma's hand.|
|Now that's a beautiful sunset.|