Our family story started back when we found out that we were having Reese.. not something that was planned, not something that was apart of the journey (or so we thought)... but we have come 4 years round to find our family that has bloomed into something I am so proud to call mine. As our journey progressed and Justin felt called to serve our great country in becoming one of the worlds GREATEST ;) Mounties.. it has brought us to where we are today..
I hope that our Children are able to carry on our family story for years to come as it has been such a God given journey for us and a story to tell!!
On May 16th 2011 Justin took his first steps into the life as an RCMP and the second half of our family's story began.. It was really amazing to have my brother who is also in the mounties be able to be the first to shake Justins hand and congratulate him as the newest member
|Nat shaking Justins hand.. seconds after receiving his badge|
|Brothers by Marriage and Brothers as Mounties|
|Couldn't have been more proud.. I love you!|
Soon we were back in the Maritimes and saying goodbye to so many memories, friends and family - our family story began at around 4:08PM on a Sunday afternoon. Headed on the highway towards Quebec to begin our journey through the night to meet up with Justins brother and our sister in law with their 3 kids - hitting Edmonston to stop on the side of the highway for some supper and to stretch our legs we ran into a man who was taking his motor bike from Toronto to Nova Scotia - he too, was stoping for a bit of a break took out his trumpet and started playing! The girls were so excited and danced away
Driving through the night was a one time thing on this trek - as we have realized that Norah is not one to love sleeping in her car seat :S After 1100KM on our first day, $173.00 in gas, seeing two Moose, drove through 2 provinces, Tim Hortons stop at 11:30pm (Thanks Pastor Jim for the Giftcard) I was pretty thrilled to hear the GPS say "in 1.5 km turn right at final destination" we pulled up to our hotel at 3:57 AM - taking a deep breath and realization that we had made the first leg of our trip was overwhelming, emotional.. but at that point- EXHAUSTED! We quickly checked in, brought our stuff up to the room put the kids to bed and crashed for a few hours until we heard the excitement on the other side of the door. The other Finlay kids were roaring to go... being the bestest wife I am, I let Justin sleep for a little longer as the kids bounced back and forth with stories to tell and hugs and kisses!
We stayed put for about a day and a half, soaking in all the love family has to offer! Taking Keeonah for walks going swimming in the pool, finding parks to play and hills to roll down - we really enjoyed our time with family and can't wait to see them again
We had so much fun with our cousins - brothers and sisters - We can't wait to share another time of togetherness! We miss you guys all the time! but nothing breaks the bonds between cousins!
it wasn't long before we were back on the road again.. the kids were asleep and we were in for a long haul of driving - we had about 10 hours until Sudbury,Ontario
the day was long and uneventful
|a regular occurrence of wildlife along our trek|
Driving through the rocks of Ontario was a little bit boring.. but exciting if you want to call almost running out of gas 3 hours into the middle of nowhere exciting - watching the gas tank get lower and lower and not seeing a gas station in site had Justins heart pumping a little bit. Luckily we ran into ONE gas station on a 5 hour stretch.. it was scary! which also had a tiny souvenir shop and Restaurant.. we ordered up ourselves some chicken fingers and fries - with some Ice cream to finish!
we got to Sudbury at 7PM took the kids for a quick swim, fed them and put them to bed. We were not so eager to wake up super early the next morning.. only to realize that I was coming down with a bad head cold.. ordered room service for my lovelies.. hoped in the shower - got the truck packed up then hit Shoppers only to drop about $50.00 on any remedy that would cure me - Advil Cold&Sinus and Allergy meds were popped every 4 hours to help me feel a little better... along with a garbage magazine and two boxes of Kleenex! and we were off!
We are in Manitoba now - driving across the Manitoba boarder - I never thought I would be so excited to see the Prairies as I was that day.. got out of Ontario and a little closer to 'home' We stopped in Winnipeg in a really nice hotel - the only hotel we could get a hold of that allowed dogs! they even gave us a little doggie treat bag - filled with a toy, dog treats and poop baggies! :) another short stay at a hotel before we ventured off to YORKTON! :) yay.. a close to my heart spot where our dear friends were posted and we got to share in a few days with them <3
|OUR YORKTON FRIENDS!!!!!!|
|the newest members of the R.C.M.P chatting up with their little darlings|
So there it is after Yorkton we packed up and drove 5 hours north to SPIRITWOOD!!!!! -Yes it was a short and sweet type up of our adventure across the country - but I do have two pesky little toddlers that don't allow me to sit at the computer for more then 5 minuets at a time without an issue arising - but for the most part.. that was our journey, and now we are here.. we are here in beautiful Spiritwood, Northern Saskatchewan! Taking in as much as we can as each day passes us by, Justin is in full swing as a member in the Spiritwood Detachment.. we are settling into our new house and have started to enjoy the lakes that surround us!
Thanks to all who have supported and encouraged us along our Story..we miss each and every one of you deeply! but hey.. we are just beginning our story now and hope that we leave a legacy behind that our children and grandchildren can tell in years to come.
LOVE TO YOU ALL xoxoxoxo