Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A timely reminder.

Oh, such sweet words!  Such a timely reminder for me as I drag my prego body around and chase after my toddler :)

Are You Tired? Me, Too.

And it includes some of my favourite verses...

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Part 2 - Travelling with Baby K | Planning - websites, tips, questions, etc

We did A LOT of research before we hit the trail (though it did feel a little "last minute" for my type-A personality as we knew only 1 month before we left that we were actually going!) But - we found many websites that were very helpful in this.  Here they are:

We did this trip in reverse and with some tweaks - we flew from Malta to Rome as our air ticket allowed for this (it was considered our "return flight") - but then we caught trains from Rome to Pompeii & Paestum, back to Rome, to Pisa, to Florence, to Venice, to Milan, to Bern... and we were supposed to train to Paris and onto London, but due to the striking air traffic controllers, dock workers and train workers in France, we (very disappointedly) ended up on a flight to London (more on that later).

Tips for Baby Travel - another Canadian couple who have travelled with their little guy! LOTS of tips and suggestions, from planning and packing to actual travel experiences.

BootsnAll - a phenomenal travel website for general travel - but specifically, The New Parent's Guide to Travel with an Infant and Preparing Young Children to Fly - this lady has AWESOME ideas for travelling with young kids. A must-read even for day-to-day ideas. I plan on implementing a few of these ideas with my kids.

Trip Advisor - oh my goodness! What did we do before Trip Advisor?! We learned SO MANY THINGS about places we were going and places where we were staying - but make sure after you've been to these places to add some of your own notes. You never know when your experience might help someone else out! Share the love! We are forever in debt to Trip Advisor....

Air Canada - Travelling with an Infant - I know, they're not a favourite airline for many, but they took good care of us and we definitely appreciated knowing some of these things beforehand - for instance, you need to pay 10% of an adult fare for international travel for infants - it's not actually free!

Other tips? 
  • Start that packing list early... and then cross off half of the stuff! (I'll include our packing list in a later post!)
  • Don't be afraid to ask (lots of!) questions - people who travel lots tend to love telling stories about their travels and are always FULL of suggestions!

Curious about more travel tips? Check out the rest of my series!

Travelling Tuesday! Part 1 - Travelling with Baby K | Introduction

I am starting a mini-series for my blog called "Travelling Tuesday" as my heart loves travel! The first of this series I want to talk about travelling with babies. I felt so blessed to have the Internet at my disposal while we were planning our travels with our little one ... and I want to give back now. For the next few weeks I will be posting about some of the ins and outs of our travel - what worked, didn't work, tips we learned along the way and so on! Enjoy!


Many people thought we were nuts when we told them we were packing up our five month old to travel around Europe for a month - and I won't lie, I had misgivings too. But wow! What an experience!  I'm so glad we travelled when we did and I'm so glad we took the plunge because we have some fantastic memories to look back upon.

If you're thinking about travelling with your little people - do it! It is worth it. But make sure to plan. 

Meet Baby K! In this photo she has just survived her first "outboard motorboat" ride on the Mediterranean to see the Blue Grotto, off the coast of Malta - what a sight! Over the course of our travels, Baby K has enjoyed many forms of transportation - some a little more sketchy than others (the outboard motorboat was definitely a little bit sketchy!!) but read along and hopefully you'll pick up some tips for your own adventures :)

Planned posts for this series: (there might be some tweaks and schedule changes along the way!)
Part 6 - Sightseeing with Baby
Part 7 - Budget and Finances
Part 8 - Hotels & Accommodation

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Even If He Does Not

Answers to prayer are those wonderful moments that I all too often take for granted. I've been blessed in my life to have many of them, dare I say countless times? My husband. My daughter. My family. And of course, ones much more specific than these.

Yet over the course of this past year, God's been teaching me about what it means when prayers seemingly go unanswered... When I was awake in the wee hours of the night with a baby who wouldn't sleep, long after friends had little ones who "slept through the night at ## weeks", and all I had energy left for was tears to roll down my face, or the jobs that didn't come for my father, or the friends who prayed so hard and so long for a miracle and still lost their full-term baby....

In these moments, I have clung to the words of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, faced with certain death:

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18 NIV)
Even if doesn't allow sleep.
Even if he doesn't provide a job.
Even if he doesn't heal that baby this side of heaven.
Even if he doesn't...

Moments when my faith is tested. Moments when I must acknowledge His sovereignty with my heart, not just my head. When the ache is real. Moments when I can't explain it.  When the weaving of this earthly tapestry seem a mess...and a little bit of sleep really would help. It makes me long for my heavenly home when it will finally make sense.

Those men had it right. Yet I will praise.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


I have a habit of saying more than I should. I'm going to try to keep this short!

From A to X: A Story in Letters by John Berger is intriguing, albeit a little different from my norm:

But I'm not writing to review the book - I'm writing because I want to reflect upon a simple sentence contained within the book. 

I just read this:
"Maybe waiting for something doesn't lessen the surprise when it comes."
These words caused me to stop and go back over them. They caused me to think about the periods in my life when I've been waiting for things - waiting for my daughter, waiting for our next baby, waiting for jobs, waiting for dreams to come true, waiting for moves, waiting.... waiting... waiting. My life has been full of waiting.  And the character A'ida captures something in those words - how surprised we are when "it" arrives.

I wonder if this is because in the waiting we are often not fully present in our here and now, but also not in our expectations. We're in a sort of limbo. A state of wondering. Even if we're "actively" waiting (i.e., working towards achieving those goals, or at least doing something!)

I was caught off guard by my new baby (though I'm told this happens to all first-time parents... and likely any time you add a new person to your family). But I was also surprised when I received my job offer as a teacher a few years ago, even though I had been preparing for it - heck, I took a whole degree and paid a lot of money for it! I was surprised when our trip to Europe happened last spring, though I had been pining for it for years. I was surprised when I received my first paid client for my new photography business, even though that is what I had spent years working towards.  All these surprises.
Yet I had been waiting for them.

Funny how that is.