I now have more dog friends than I ever could have anticipated. Over my 11 weeks I lived with 5 dogs in the 7 places that I was invited to live. Those dogs...how I miss them. What a delight to be able to just play with them and spoil them.
This is Hali. She and I played a lot together...she is the sweetest thing.
I enjoyed so much of this time, of this work but boy there were days where this sentiment felt honest...it was so much work. When we were working, boy did we work. Rest was always well deserved and drinks were infrequent but much appreciated.
Finally...as we were heading home on our last day in Nova Scotia, I found this bottle of Coke that I was simply delighted by. I was ready.
It was time to come home...
As I was planning our Halifax programs, our host made it clear that visiting Sherbrooke Lake Camp
was top of the list in terms of necessity. Upon arriving, one of the first things you see is this bridge that leads the way into the woods to a path that, for me, is not yet taken. Perhaps the next time I find myself at Sherbrook, I will discover where it leads for now...I will just enjoy what is signifies...
A place where friendships are made and boundaries are stretched.
I got out for a paddle with my friend Mat. He is the one that made the trip out to camp happen. It was such a good space to be in.
We enjoyed a full afternoon and some time into the evening there...just taking it in...
And celebrating all of our blessings....
Mat has been to camp the last few days and has shared some of the beautiful space that it is through the Sherbrooke Lake Instagram account. Check it out sometime.
So full of beauty.
So full of life.
So full of the Holy Spirit.
I know...it's taking me a long time to get through this journey but I am back in the throws of my reality in Ontario...
But...but...Halifax, I sure do miss you. I miss the smell of the ocean of the breeze coming up off the harbour. I miss the people I met and the people I knew before I went. I miss the community that we created during our GO Projects...but I am happy to be home too. Of course, I am happy to be with my family...
We enjoyed a photography walk one of our program days in Halifax...it was nice to get out and just take in some of the city.
To be silly and to enjoy the people we met along this journey.
It was good. Yes, it was.
So full of memories.
So full of moments.
So full of life.
The weekend before the Halifax GO Project started, I got in a car and drove (what a treat!) to Camp Berwick. What a place! One of the highlights was running into some friends from Beamsville within minutes of arriving at camp.
The other highlight was an afternoon out with my friend. We had lunch, went to the beach and enjoyed a cone together. She couldn't have made me happier.
It was so great to get out of the city and see some more of Nova Scotia...so gorgeous.
But the highlight of sights and experiences was the beach. We wandered and played and got wet in the Bay of Fundy.
The Bay of Fundy is seriously one of my favourite spots. So magical with it's tides, sand and views...oh my goodness. Just the sight fills me up.
And then I arrived back in Halifax. Tired, weary even. Full of hope but ready for rest. I took care of me for the weekend. Made myself feel good from the outside.
And then I jumped in a lake. Over and over again. I washed my weariness and exhaustion away...
Filled myself with the hope and energy required for a new program.
With a new light, ready to move ahead and do it all over again with new youth, a new congregation in a new city.
So full of hope.
So full of life.
So full of blessings.
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