Well, this is very surreal to me because this is the time I did not imagine coming. When I married my husband 6.5 years ago, I promised him that one day Ill make the step, but I was not serious in my heart. I thought, oh well, he will change his mind. He will start loving the west and want to stay here. But time has changed me, the Lord has changed my heart and now, with a mixed emotion, I’m saying goodbye to Edmonton.
Edmonton has been great to me. I started my business here 8 years ago, and it has flourished beyond what I ever thought possible. I met my best friend here at Bible Camp, who I cherish in my heart forever, and I hope the distance will not tear us apart. My childhood friend followed me here. We went through good and bad together, and I’m so happy to see her having her own family now. It will be sad to leave her but I know she is in good hands. And secretly, I hope they will follow me to the East….
We started our life in Edmonton as a married couple, bought our first house, gave birth to my children here and developed relationships that mean so much to me. I’m very sad to leave these people here and to say good-bye to those who love us and we have come to love.
I’ll miss the mountains. I love the Rocky Mountains, and I always look forward to visit those mighty mountains. I’ll miss Edmonton’s photographer community, a community that is so close and helpful and where I have become friends with some of the finest people. I’ll miss the birth community – the midwifes and doulas that I have come to know and respect. It was such an honour to watch over 40 children being born here. I’ll miss my clients. I will miss them greatly. Without them, I would not be here. I’ll miss our friends from church, the ones I have known for so long, who prayed for me during difficult times in my life, and listened when I needed them. I’ll miss living in Edmonton, but with a joyful heart, I’m looking forward to this new chapter in our lives.
We are moving to Sudbury, Ontario. Yes, you heard that right. From a city of a million to a city of 160,000. That will be an extreme change in itself, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to being close to my in-laws. To seeing my kids spend quality time with their grandparents, and so that I can get to know them better as well. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends, and to come to know the friends that we already have there better. I’m looking forward to making our new house a home of ours, to building my dream studio, and to fixing up the vegetable garden. I’m looking forward to long walks in the bushes and around the lake. To picking mushrooms and wild flowers. To enjoying summer beside clean water. To discovering new and beautiful areas where I can photograph pregnant mothers or families. I’m looking forward to making new connections, and jumping into business. I have so many plans, I have so many dreams, and wishes that I want come true.
We are departing Edmonton at the end of October, so I’ll be closing my doors the first week of October. With packing a house and studio this size, it will be a challenge, so I do not want to overwhelm myself with that. I would like to finish all orders and business related issues before we leave, so I do not leave anyone in the dark. I also do not want to go without saying goodbye to most of the people I know. I know it would be hard to arrange individual meetings with everyone, so I planned to have a Farewell Party for all my clients, friends and acquaintances. It will be on October 18th from 3-7pm at the West Meadowlark Community Hall. I’m renting out bounce castles for the kids, we will have photo boot to take pictures of everyone. Finger food, music, good company, chat and lots of hugs. Please join me and my family as we close this chapter in our lives and make these last memories with us.
And because a post can’t go without photo, here are a few from our last trip to the mountains. It was a great time! The kids loved camping and we enjoyed every minute of it. Gosh, Ill miss that a lot!
And here is the link to our existing home that we are selling. Please share so we can sell it and leave in peace. Thank you for reading and thank you for being my friend.