Good morning friends.. well, actually I should say good evening 😉 I probably won’t make this post live until later.
Today I was styling a space and It really got me to thinking about how this July marks five years from when we made it back home to Vancouver Island.
in 2012 there was little work on Vancouver Island. We lived in a small town here where jobs were very limited. So many people were relocating or men and women had to go to a different province and work shift work. We were no different. After Glen working almost a year of being away from us all week long ( we only saw him 1 day a week ) and at the time Hudson was 1.5 and Cai was a small baby. I was so burnt out.
We finally made the decision for Glen to go to Saskatchewan without us and get a few more CWB tickets so he could work as a welder in SK. You’re probably asking WHY SK, because it’s pretty much the butt of Canada ( I’m REALLY sorry if you’re offended by this.. but we lived in Frobisher… if you’ve ever been there, you KNOW what I’m talking about )
Anyways, he went away for three months to get these extra tickets. At the time I was momming a 1 and 2 year old alone. I was exhausted. Finally that May, Glen came back to British Columbia to get me and the boys and we stuffed our car full with as much stuff as we could and started making our way to Saskatchewan.
Our time there wasn’t easy. Since it was the oil rigs, the housing was outrageously priced. Yes, Glen was paid well, but between the gas, housing, hydro and food, we were barely making ends meet. Not to mention, it was a new province to us, and we missed our family so much.
That following September after struggling so much and going through depression, we made our way back to Vancouver, British Columbia. We were so happy and honestly, we enjoyed our life in the Lower Mainland.
We lived there for two years and made such deep and amazing connections there. One of my bestfriends actually lives there. I sometimes miss it so much, but being on the Island near all of our family honestly can’t compare.
Especially in the last few years of extreme stress with our ex business.
I’m sharing this all with you today because I wanted to tell you how much it means to us to be living on Vancouver Island.
We don’t make a ton of money, I’m sure we would make much more in Saskatchewan or the Lower Mainland. Housing is also extremely expensive – we’re in a housing crisis and we pay much much more than our home is worth.. but we’re happy. When I have a bad day, I know my sisters or mom is just a few minutes away & THAT, is priceless!
Life might be hard a lot of the time & there might be a lot of stress and disappointments, but I really urge you to focus on the big things. Like having clean water, living in a Country where you are able to walk down the street in peace and so much more.