After 22, almost 23 years Mom decided it was time to leave the condo and head to a retirement residence nearer family. The condo went on the market, the applications for the residence were accepted, the movers were booked, and in my Mom’s words “that all happened rather quickly!” Yes, indeed it did. What a great job Mom did getting herself ready and getting to the day of the move.
I don’t often make a reference to a business or make a recommendation but in this case, I think it is fair to say that “Two Men and a Truck” were gracious, careful, kind, accommodating and reasonable in cost. It turned out to be a tiresome but rewarding day.
By the time the move day was over, we had gone from the chasos of a condo being packed and moved to the residence with furniture set up, bedroom ready for the evening and probably 70% of things in their place.
It is great to have her closer and even last evening we were able to just “pop over”! It was a treat. So now a new chapter begins.
As we were getting ready to leave the condo, we paused for prayer and I thanked God for the way He has blessed my Mom, and through her, us as a family. I am constantly surprised by the way in which God provides despite our humanity, but then Jesus came in human flesh to demonstrate his great love. That love has accompanied my Mom all these years.
Early Easter Sunday we arose, but not as Jesus did, from the grave, but to drive to Ottawa to be with Jason for a couple of days. It’s been a while, since January, that we had a chance to be with him. He recently was offered a full-time position within the federal government as a result of good work and his very successful completion of his Masters of Political Science.
As it turned out Monday turned out to be a very warm and sunny day in Ottawa and we did a great deal of walking around the Byward Market and along Sparks Street.
Along Sparks Street, we came to Jason’s building so we could see where he will be working. I took a picture of him, which I described as the obligatory photo, and to mark this rather significant moment in time!
If I can brag for a moment, I am very proud of how well Jason has done and over the past years, he has worked to keep his family going, pay the bills and all the while has had the academic success that has brought the attention of the university to his skills and maturity. So, well done Jason!
We also had a chance to connect with Marc and Adele at their place by the river….and the river was getting bigger by the day! It was a great meal and we all went home very full!
Finally, I might add, we had a chance to get away from very heavy schedules and do something that connected us to family and provided us with some personal space! That in itself is refreshing!
Last Saturday Wendy and I joined Catherine (I think I am the only one who still calls her Catherine), to help our Mom work through the process of preparing to move to the Meighen Retirement Residence. It was sure fun to be together and to work to accomplish this task – not that we got it all done!
What we did find was lots of great photos that we had to stop and review and remember days gone by! Isn’t it interesting how some photos take you back to the moment they were taken and you can see, hear, even smell the setting?
I think you can have two reactions to these kinds of events. You can look back with fondness and regret that so much time has passed, perhaps wonder if you’ve wasted time or missed opportunities, perhaps even recounted errors in judgement. Or you can look back with fondness and thank God for the people we’ve known and loved, be thankful for the days lived well and acknowledge lessons learned and blessings received.
Even the things which we wish were different can lead us to thankfulness that we had the opportunity to learn.
At any rate – a couple of photos from last Saturday.