Saturday, August 19, 2017

A stop in paradise

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.


So empty.
So full.
So blessed.

Much love,
Heather

Friday, August 18, 2017

...

 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.

Much love,
Heather

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

And then...

 The youth arrived. I will not share their photos here but know that they filled my heart as we went out and worked in St. John's and area.

We stained decks and painted fences. We sorted donations and helped pack care packs to hand out on the streets. We went on a street walk just so we could consider the challenges of being on them. We served lunch and spent time with athletes at Special Olympics Summer Games NL. We gardened for the community, we baked for Ronald McDonald House. We learned about the ocean and the diversity of our home. We prayed together and worshipped together. We cooked together and ate together. We were a community for 11 short days.

We were loved by the people of St. James United Church. They baked for us, drove us and washed our laundry. They walked with us and loved us.

All the while, we took in their beautiful home...


We shared our message as we went out into their community.


And we went out into their community. We loved their community. We saw so much but then...so little of their vast space. And their community, loved us. From the tour guide in the Bell Island Mine, to our bus driver on the Island. They all shared themselves with us.



We left together. Singing together. Drumming together.


Go make a joyful noise.
Go make a home.
Go make a difference.

Much love,
Heather

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Goodnight St. John's...

There were a couple of places I found myself at a number of times while I was in NL. Signal Hill was one of those places. Imagine a time when this tower was an important piece of St. John's safety...so much history happened there.


I was so happy to take princess there so we could watch the sunset together. I did not get to see enough sunsets while I was there...but this one, was stunning.


I have seen 2 of these Canada 150 signs so far...I wish I could have travelled more to them in a few more provinces.


Ahhh, St. John's. I would come back in a heart beat. You are so beautiful.


And this sky, well...


This sky is so great that we might find it anywhere...if we take the time to look. And that day, we looked.


But, I would only come back if I had my team with me...there are so many things I want to share with them all. So many places, people and so many feelings.


Full of love.
Full of beauty.
Full of life.

Much love,
Heather

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The Arrival of the Princess

After many discussions, the Creative Princess finally agreed to join The St. John's GO Project youth. I couldn't have been more delighted. Seriously.

She flew in incredibly late but we got up early and headed to Cape Spear. What a sight. It was a gorgeous day but a bit chilly...you just never know when you are going to need a jacket in Newfoundland.

Things got a little more brisk when we hopped onto a whale watching tour in Bay Bulls. The waves were high (according to us), we stood at the bow of the boat and whooped with each swell and drop.


We saw a few whales but they weren't the picture taking type...what we really saw were puffins. Thousands of puffins. I really had no idea the way that these guys live...so close in proximity.


It was amazing watching them fly above and below the water. Such a beautiful creature.


Thank you Gatherall's for a great day out on the sea.


I am so happy I got to share this time and place with my girl. 


So full of awe.
So full of love.
So blessed.

Much love,
Heather

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sweet Times

I have learned when an opportunity is offered, take it! It is challenging being in a strange place without transportation. So when my friend suggested Root Beer floats and a hike...how can I say no?


 We sat and enjoyed our Rootbeer Floats and then we continued our hike. It took us to a cliff over a cove. From there I caught my first glimpse of a whale. No pics but memories.


Our hike took us through Quidi Vidi. Such an amazing little place. So beautiful.


I picked out a house here for us. I don't think Mr. CB is buying it...yet.


Life is sweet.

Blessings,
Heather

Saturday, July 22, 2017

In the beginning...

This was the first day of work for our GO Project Team. The goals? See God's beautiful creation. Love it. Know each other. 


Before the challenge began, we explored a little history on Signal Hill.




 The scenery in Newfoundland never stopped overwhelming me. I feel like in this moment, it was the same for these guys.


We hiked down Signal Hill that day. Right to downtown, it was so amazing. 


In the beginning
Everything
Was beautiful.

Blessings,
Heather

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Breathe

On Sunday a friend picked me up after church with a picnic in her bag and took me out for a hike at Tors Cove. My friend has been here just over a year and she told me that she never tires of the scenery, that it never stops being beautiful. I can see why.



The thing I've learned about Newfoundland is that it is always windy. Always. At a glimpse the weather might seem a bit cool but then you get out and get moving and realize that the wind is a bit cool but the air, in fact can be quite warm (there has been frost while I've been here too...the weather varies quite a bit).


Iceberg! Straight ahead! Do you see it? That white spot in the distance? It is an iceberg. Amazing right?


The terrain is rugged. There is always another hill to climb, another step to raise yourself. That is the path we took on Sunday...well a small bit of the 5km that we hiked anyway.


There are many islands just off the island of Newfoundland. I hear that it isn't uncommon to spot sheep or goat hanging out on these islands. Keeps everyone contained!



Honestly, I am not sure if I would tire of this amazing place either. The wind blows so hard sometimes that I have the urge to lean in. Perhaps it's time.

Head Up.
Eyes Closed.
Lean In.

Much love,
Heather




Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Glimpse

My first full day in NL I was promised a day of 'adventuring'. We would hunt whales, ice bergs and see (some of) the sites in the area.

I can't even say where we started anymore. NL is stunning. NL is awesome (as in awe-mazing). No matter the direction you look, there is a view to take in.

This is from the docks of The Colony of Avalon. Pretty amazing. There is an archaeological dig there revealing what is believed to be one of the first colonies in NL. Crazy right? I have photos of that too but...perhaps I will share them another time.

I found this in a local gift shop. I didn't purchase it as I don't dig bologna BUT how much more NL can you get?!? I loves it!


Cape Spear is the most Easterly point of North America (or so I've been told!) It is stunning. Honestly, behind words. For perspective look for the (crazy) person standing down on the rocks. Everything is SO big here.


Signal Hill overlooks the city of St. John's. Cabot Tower was just built in 1898 (it's the same age our house!) The interesting thing about St. John's is that the city isn't really very old. They have had a number of devastating fires that have lead to the city being rebuilt a couple of time (no quoting me here!)



Signal Hill is the perfect location for military reasons (or at least it was). You can see the city from one side of the hill.


And right out into the Atlantic Ocean from the other side. There are some amazing looking trails around the hill that I am hoping to enjoy in the coming weeks...as I said, Saturday was about having a glimpse of many things.


By the time our tour was over late Saturday afternoon, I was exhausted. It was simply so much to take in. All so overwhelmingly gorgeous (did I already say that?)

So Big.
So Beautiful.
So Awe-some.

Much love,
Heather


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hello St. John's

My first full day in Newfoundland we went to Bowring Park, one of the amazing parks right in the city. It is full of trails and history, much like Newfoundland itself.


There are six Caribou monuments installed in places where The Royal Newfoundland Regiment fought significant battles to honour those who lost their lives.


The Fighting Newfoundlander was unveiled in Bowring Park by Edgar Bowring in honour of those who fought in WWI. This particular soldier is surrounded by Forget Me Nots. They are a symbol of remembrance often worn on July 1st here in Newfoundland.


Peter Pan represents so much that I love and the dedication on the statue is perfect:
Presented to the children of Newfoundland by Sir Edgar R. Bowring in memory of a dear little girl who loved the park.

Newfoundland is rich with history and the people here are so happy to share the stories of their past. It's pretty amazing.

I have arrived.

Much love,
Heather