Our Journey Helping Those In Need Throughout North America
What a wonderful gift for Christmas – a beautiful baby great grandson, born in Prince Albert Hospital this past week! He is absolutely the sweetest little bundle of joy ever! He is a real little cutie! (contrary to our sister-in-law’s belief that all newborns look like “little lizards” and that apparently included her three). His name is Xavier. This will be a Christmas to remember!
We have been pretty lucky so far with very little snow. Just enough to make it feel like winter. Not too heavy duty on the shovelling, although John has had his snow shovel out a couple of times... We are thankful to be able to put our vehicle in the garage and not have to deal with snow or ice (yet).
It is tough living so far away when friends and family are suffering! Our sister-in-law Rita and her daughter, Donna, from Brandon, decided it was past time to pay a visit to brother George in Kelowna. Rita is now walking with a walker and/or a cane, and Donna decided to accompany her to fly to Kelowna to visit Uncle George, as her travelling days may soon be over. Unfortunately when they arrived, it was just in time to find him in distress with several TIA’s. He has “do not resuscitate” orders in the nursing home, as well as instructions that he is not to be taken to the hospital – just let nature take its course. What a relief it was for them to have the TIA’s subside after a while, and they were able to have a good visit several days in a row. They will be heading home soon and are thankful for the time they were able to spend with George, and to be ‘there’ for Mary in a tough time.
We were in Saskatoon and had some time to kill before my doctor appointment. Value Village is very nearby and I suggested we could pass our time there. As I was wandering around, I came across a fairly young couple with two children, obviously newcomers to Canada. The lady stopped me and asked, in very good English, if the leather jacket she was holding in her hands would be suitable for her husband in this season. I was only too happy to stop and look at it. It seemed to have a winter lining and I said it would probably be just fine, as long as he tried it on and it fit him. I inquired about how long they had been in Canada and she replied “just a few months”. They thanked me profusely and we went on our separate ways. A little while later I came across them again, and they seemed most interested in visiting some more. She is at the University for some education, I believe, and her husband is looking after the children. The husband, after engaging in a brief conversation with me, expressed their wish to meet people and make some friends. He would like to learn better English and asked how he could meet some people in Saskatoon and become acquainted. I really wished at that point that we lived in Saskatoon, or at least had friends there who would be interested in socializing with them. We hardly know anyone there either who may be interested in having new friends from a foreign country. They are from Jordan and seemed like very nice people! I was thankful for the opportunity to just meet them. Being a new family in a foreign country must be quite a challenge.
As of the writing of this article, we are still awaiting arrival of our new grandson. Today is his Mom’s birthday and although he technically is not supposed to be “due” until December, we are certain that he could come any time, as she is very LARGE and has had contractions for over a week already. Praying he comes soon and that all is well…