Welcome back!

I am back after a long summer break and hope everyone had a beautiful summer. I took some time away from the blog to enjoy the time at home with my family. But I am happy to be writing again and connecting with so many of you.  Thank you to those of you who have reached out wondering how we are doing and where the posts are. It’s nice to be missed. 😁😁 We all really miss our friends in SH. To update you all, in short, we are doing fantastic. Our return date to Shanghai has come and gone and it turns out that we will be staying in St. John’s for the next while. I’m excited about that but we are definitely working towards getting back to Shanghai. Our time there is not done but while we put the pieces together to make that happen, we plan on enjoying every minute of living back home. And as I’m learning, in crisis there often comes opportunity. In the meantime, I look forward to sharing posts of our life here in our beautiful province, Newfoundland and Labrador, until we return to Shanghai and I can share those adventures again.

This has been an incredible but busy summer filled with all the wonders that summer has to offer. Finding treasures on the beach, bonfires and smores, swimming at Bannerman park pool and in the Atlantic Ocean (brrrrr….it was warmer when I was a child!), special time with grandparents, family and friends and a lot of time hanging out in our home together. And the weather has been incredible! It’s becoming the tropical island of Newfoundland. It has been a restorative summer perfect for strategizing and planning but also resting and taking the time to reflect, heal and learn from the incredible experiences we have had. It has been an uncertain time for us and I have definitely had times of doubt and fear but it is not the norm. Being strong, peaceful and productive…that’s my goal. I am grateful and ready for routine to start and have time to dig in. There is much to do.

There is a week or so of summer holidays left before the girls start school. We are not sure where they will attend as registration does not start until next Monday but I am hoping to get them into the school where my sister’s 3 kids and my girlfriend’s 3 daughters attend. It would be nice for them to have some familiar faces. This will be the third new school for Julia to start and she is nervous about meeting friends. Fortunately, Julia loves school but Georgia really wants no part of it so I’m hoping and praying G gets a teacher that she connects with and they both meet some nice friends. As I say to Georgia, attending school is non negotiable so you might as well try and enjoy it.

I have not had much time to myself this summer but on a typical day, I try to get up before everyone in the house wakes up so I can have a quiet coffee and get organized for the day.  Sometimes I go for a walk and take in some of the incredible scenery that St. John’s has to offer. Here are a couple of shots from two of my favourite places. Both of these places are a 10 minute drive from my house.  Incredible, hey?

Outer Cove Beach
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The sun rise from Signal Hill
 

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Tim Horton’s Dark Roast is pretty good….especially with the view.

Our girls are at the cabin with my parents this weekend. I love the fact that they are enjoying the place where I spent every summer growing up and making memories with my Mom and Dad. It’s also wicked that Glenn and I get to have a weekend to ourselves. We are like teenagers here…..and so are our friends. It’s a riot. 😂😂 Thanks Mom and Dad. ❤️❤️

Stay tuned for more regular posts. I have missed it.  

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,

Michelle

xo

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