We arrived in Canada a little over two weeks ago. As we rode in the airport shuttle van from Toronto to London, Tawee’s first comment was about how brown everything was. And it was. It was the “ugly winter” stage – but not as ugly as the dirty slush and brown grass winter phase that would normally describe much of Canada at this time of year.
We left the outskirts of the GTA and drove past farms and the countryside of the edge of SW Ontario. Brown and bleak – but for me I felt my heart well up inside as visions of my Canada were a reality before our eyes.
On our second day back, we awoke at dawn and looked out the window to see a very light sprinkling of snow on the grass in the backyard. Without hesitation, Tawee grabbed someone’s winter boots, and bolted out the back door to experience this “first” in his life. It wasn’t until later on that morning that he went out again properly clothed.
As our jet lag diminished over the weekend, the temperatures began to increase daily until we were regularly going for walks in – get this – t-shirts and shorts! Talk about unexpected weather in March! Record high temperatures were being set each day and we were not cold. What a blessing!
|Checking out what’s coming up in Mom’s garden|
|Hard at work in Mom’s garden|
On Saturday headed to California for 10 days – a week with The SOLD Project (with whom Tawee works) and then a few extra days in the LA area with Tawee’s friends from his time at Cal State Fullerton (where he did his research for his Masters work). Rainy and colder weather saw us off at the Toronto airport and greeted us again at our first destination in San Francisco. We were thoroughly spoiled by the warmer temperatures in Ontario. I seriously didn’t pack warm enough clothes for California! Who would’ve thought?!
While temperatures have been cold and more on the dismal side, our time here in California has been wonderful – staying with good friends and having opportunities for me to connect with friends I served with in Asia (who returned home to the Bay area), and also for Tawee to connect with The SOLD Project supporters and friends.
|Wine and olive country – just outside of Livermore, California.|
|Chilly at our friend’s family’s ranch and “cowboy town.”|
|Time with former roomie, Lori, and her new husband, Gabe.|
We’re grateful for how God provided for this trip and our time here. Thank you for your prayers for us!