Yes, so, for those that have been wondering – we’re moved.
I feel like I have been stuck in a dull haze for the past two weeks and am only now emerging.
Isn’t it funny how things so rarely turn out the way that you think they will, or perhaps that you hope they will. The other night at Jakob’s Christmas Choir concert I presented a holiday reflection about just this thing. I remember when I was a child dreaming of what Christmas would be like in my big house filled with happy people and well behaved children. Within this dream of course, was the implication that I would be wealthy – married to a doctor, or a lawyer or an investment banker.
But as I follow the ebb and flow of life, a very different picture has transpired. Because the fact of the matter is that not everything happens like in a Jane Austen novel. We don’t all find our Mr. Darcey’s, families sometimes don’t get along, children are born with extra chromosomes and some of us, marry musicians. And while the life we see up close seems so distant from the life we dreamed of, when we take the time to step back the speckled chaos reveals a beautiful Monet.
There is part of me that feels like our move to a 1000 square ft apt is completely counter-cultural. When you get older and have kids you are supposed to move to the suburbs to a house with more space and a backyard, not the other way around.
And yet here we are – we have chosen time over space. There is no point having a beautiful house with big back yard if you have no time to enjoy it. The commute was killing us, so we moved into the heart of Kitsilano between my work and Ben’s. In reality, it still takes me almost a half hour to get to work…but it is because I choose to walk, and usually stop for a coffee. I am a better person when I walk. It is when my best thinking is done.
We are slowly starting to settle in but to be honest, we have been so incredibly busy with concert after concert that I have had little time to actually make a home. With Christmas just around the corner though, I am sure it won’t take long. Here are a few highlights from our two weeks in Vancouver, and some of my favourite spaces so far.
|My reading chair|
|Our storage cupboard is one of my favourite spaces when the light streams in the window illuminating the vases.|
|The Waterfall building designed by Arthur Erickson – the venue for the November 29th
Oculus Chamber Choir Concert
|All five of Ben’s choirs under one roof for a beautiful night of Christmas Music at
First Baptist Church in Vancouver
|The perfect Christmas tree|
|We went for height…|
As Christmas approaches, I encourage you to step back and see the beauty in your life even though it may not exactly like you thought it would or think it should for it is the exactly the way it is supposed to be.