All in Family

Thoughts from a Hospital Bed

It is all too familiar, walking down the hallways; the grey walls, the sterile floors, the miniscule squares on the ceiling. Room after room filled with beds. Beds filled with people. People simply lying down. People simply trying to keep themselves occupied and comfortable. Neither stillness nor silence exist within these walls. The ever present noise of machines beeping and of feet scurrying is the soundtrack. The laughter that’s present outside these walls is swallowed up by moans and cries.And the smell.

Back and Forth Friendships

I’m done. Well, for now, I’m done limp-running to try and catch the next flight. I’m done trying to fight the tired-but-need-to-keep-going feeling as we pass through another airport. Travelling can be a long story. I don’t find it that easy to sum up what it is like going back and forth, but it sure is nice to be back.

On Being Home

Have been home for almost a month. Time has flown by. I can't really get my head around the fact that we are already half of the way through this trip. A few people have asked if we are ready to go back to Edinburgh yet. The answer I have given is yes, but that's only because we are looking forward to sleeping again. The trip so far has been nonstop. We have loved it and it is great, but it is exhausting.

One Month

Most of you know that recently Cam was away for a month. While he ventured off to Kampen in the Netherlands, Calvin and I held the Clausing fort here in Edinburgh. It sure was a month!

Loving Where We Are

Taryn and I regularly look around and are so thankful and happy for this opportunity. The funny thing is, when we think about it, it can be hard to give the tangible reasons why we are thankful for living here specifically. I thought I would give a quick list of five reasons we love living here, and why we are thankful for the opportunity.

Living in Small Spaces

Many of you might remember the difficulties we had finding a place to live when we arrived in Edinburgh. Not only was it at the tail end of their International festival (a big music and arts festival every year held in Edinburgh) but it was also the beginning of the school year which meant that every student in the world was arriving in Edinburgh and looking for a place to live. Okay – slight exaggeration, but it certainly felt like it. As we were beginning our flat search it quickly became evident the we were about to embark on a period of small space living.

 

A Cabbage Patch Kid Christmas

You know when someone says something to you years ago but it never seems to quite leave you? I’m sure I am not alone in this. I can recall, probably around 20 years ago now, someone made an off-hand comment that I reminded them of a Cabbage Patch kid. It was meant as an endearing comment but one that reminded me who I was in an instant.

Navigation at its Best

It's quite a strange feeling of one day living in one country and then in a matter of hours find yourself living in another country. It starts out feeling like a holiday and then quickly reality sets in... this is more than holiday; this is life.

Patience in a New Home

There was a line in Cam’s last blog post that got me thinking. He was talking about his personal response to moving to Scotland and he made a parenthetical note along the lines that this is not something that I signed up for.