We are blessed to have so many special people in our lives!
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We are blessed to have so many special people in our lives!
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The Wood's are on beautiful Grand Manan Island for the summer! Since I was a little girl I remember traveling over to the island with my parents and loving it! During my school years I traveled on not so calm waters to come play basketball. It was a lot of fun, we'd sleep at the school, the islanders always made us feel welcomed! Many years later my brother met a wonderful girl from the island and she's been my sister-in-law for over 20 years! So I have many reasons to be thankful for this gem of an island.
My husband is now in his 2nd and final (Yay!!) year of family medicine residency. In his final year, he is required to complete a 3 month rural medicine block. We discussed the idea of going to Grand Manan for it. We thought it would be a great learning experience for him and for us. Once the request was approved we sat down with our daughters to discuss yet another change in their life but also a fun adventure. We received mixed emotions but for the most part they were on board. They truly have been so supportive of their Dad through this journey. It is their summer and we understood it was asking a lot to take them away from their friends and activities but we felt this move would be well worth it for our entire family.
We put forward the search of a home to house our family of 5 and dog! So blessed to have my sister-in-law's family here to help with the search and advise us. The pieces began to come together when a lovely lady on the island, who we are so grateful for, offered her home to us!
We moved here last Monday July 7th. It took 3 vehicles(Thanks Mom and Dad) to get all of our stuff here but we made it. The first few days were a little stressful to be honest. Not because of anything specific just the fact that reality had hit us and thoughts of "did we make the right decision?" loomed. But as each day passed it became more evident that this was the right decision - Sheldon loved his new work, the kids and I were finding lots of great things to do and we are all much more relaxed and happy. Just what we needed. So very thankful for my sister-in-law's family as they have been very welcoming and helpful. So nice to see familiar caring faces when you are feeling a bit lost <3
This island is beautiful and I will be sure to write more entries about the beauty of the island. But for now I'll leave you with this beautiful sunrise taken from our porch!
|Grand Manan Sunrise July, 2015|
Monday, May 26, 2014
Many say how tough this road must have been for me but I loved seeing my husband succeed in something he was put on this earth to do. He will be an amazing physician and will help so many and I am so glad to have been able to help him reach his goals.
The only way I was able to get through these last few years was the relentless support from my truly wonderful Mom and Dad, it brings tears to my eyes thinking of the hours and days of time they have dedicated to me and our family! You truly have taught me the true meaning of family and love! I hope you know just how much we appreciate the constant support you have given us and more specifically me. The daily phone calls of me going on and on..., the distances you have travelled to be there when we needed you most. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts we are forever thankful!!
I have been blessed with some wonderful inlaws that have been there for us through thick and thin. Always checking in and helping with whatever they could. I know I'm not the easiest person to help, I'm a bit of an independent soul (thank my parents for that :-)) You love and care for all of us so much and I know how proud you are of that smart son of yours! You've done an awesome job raising a respectful, solid, smart, caring, and of course handsome son! Thank you for all the love and support!
Our girls have done so well through all these years of change and challenges. It hasn't been easy and we've certainly had some hard times to get through but you have grown so strong and make us so very proud to see each of you grow into lovely little ladies! Keep moving forward and remember to be kind, thankful, and love yourself because you certainly are loved by all of us!
I just wanted to end with this poem the girls and I put together for their Dad. They read it at the celebration and did such a great job! We love you girls so much!
Four years ago, when we started this journey
I was nine, and Hannah was six
Ava, wasn't yet in the mix
We left our home on Milky Way
Even though we wanted to stay
Our sad times were short
Once we got to twelve Azalea court
Two new friends right next door
We couldn't have asked for more
Even though we didn't know it yet,
More friends were soon to come
And the future held lots of fun
Meanwhile, Daddy was starting medical school
He was the oldest in the pool
He jumped in with both feet
Ready to treat
The next fall, SURPRISE!
A new baby arrived
Ava made us, a family of five
Life didn't go by very slow
We were always on the go
Daddy studied day and night
To get it right
Spring came and the decision was reached
To head back to Freddy Beach
We moved back to the hood
We knew it would be good
We missed our friends so much
But we definitely stayed in touch
New schools for us
We hopped onto the bus
Daddy had to really work
As he was a first year clerk
The finish line was now in sight
We gave it all of our might
Fredericton was his match
They must have thought he was a great catch
On convocation day as our dad stood in the crowd
He couldn't have had a family more proud
Daddy we are so proud of you
You've showed us that dreams can really come true
Remember that "Dreams really can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
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Monday, April 16, 2012
I have never been more poked and prodded than I have in the last few months! Geesh, I can be sitting minding my own business when along comes my husband with his little Doctor hammer and asking me to relax! Ha…have you seen the new hammers? It is this long knitting needle stick with a small “tire like” thing on the end of it. Seriously how am I supposed to relax when I know he’s going to whack my funny bones with that thing! Luckily I have passed all the neuro assessments with flying colours, I am becoming more and more used to being a patient. He’s doing great by the way, working his butt off day and night but it’s absolutely paying off in his marks and his knowledge, this boy will be a wonderful, intelligent, and caring Doctor (not to mention handsome too ;-) )
We’ve begun the process of preparing to move back home. We’ve met with the realtor to list our home and have a few details to finish up on our home before we list it. Luckily my Mom and Dad are able to help get these things finished up as my husband is very busy studying for another exam coming this week. He also has his Objective Structured Clinical Examination(OSCE) coming up in mid May which is another pile of work to prep for(plus more poking and prodding of me and the kids). He really doesn’t like to miss out on doing our house projects but time is of the essence.
I’ve started coaching two of girls basketball spring league teams, it’s fun to get out with them. I haven’t had to drag our littlest with us yet but I’m sure there will be a couple of games that she’ll have to join us. She’s so easy I’m sure she’d love to come along with us. I’m also training for an upcoming 10KM run on Mother’s Day and I hope to run it with my Dad! I have a few weeks left to get my training in so hopefully I can do it. Not much else going on in our life , we had a wonderful trip to Florida in March to visit my parents. What a great time we had and it was so relaxing!
Our girls are all doing well and they are so much fun. They give us our fair share of difficult moments but it’s expected at their ages…so people tell me. But I cherish our happy moments much more than ever. I know we have good kids but wow they can be challenging to say the least. Our realtor who met with us last week commented on how calm and quiet our home was at the time and I informed her that this was not the norm and she replied “oh so you have a normal family too! “ oh do we ever!!