Our original flight plans were to fly into northern Maine and drive from there to New Brunswick. However, back in May, one of the airlines we had our flight booked with discontinued their services to the airport, and that flight was canceled. So, we booked a flight with a different airline into a different airport.
Then, just as we were about to walk out the door to head to the airport for the trip, we got a text from the airline saying our flight had been canceled.... not delayed...canceled! It was four desperate hours that ensued as I was on the phone with the airline trying to find another flight for our family of four. Multiple times as she would try to book the flight for me, it would disappear. Bad weather in Chicago was blamed for the problem. Finally, it became apparent that we would not be able to find a flight with this airline, or any other US airline that would get us to the reunion in time.
I remained calm throughout it all, and felt a peace from the Lord that it would all work out. I prayed it would. After the four hours on the phone, and our trip canceled, we all felt rather discouraged. It was then that my husband thought to check out the Canadian airlines, as we live about three hours from the closest Canadian airport in British Columbia. It was a miracle! He found a flight that would accommodate all four of us leaving the next evening, allowing us to arrive just in time for the reunion... and at about the same cost (minus the difference in currency) that our canceled flight had cost.
Praise the Lord! The next morning we got up early and decided to make a fun day of it, since our flight would not leave until 8 p.m.
|We took our time traveling to the airport, enjoying the scenic route and the provincial parks and scenery along the way.|
|We even drove through a little town with a bridge named after our son. He was quite intrigued with the bridge as it was very old and full of character.|
|The highlight of our travels brought us to Tim Horton's, our favorite Canadian coffee shop. We loaded up on caffeine and sugar... we had a long night ahead of us!|
|Because the security area was so small, you could only go through security 15-20 minutes before your flight. Then, you walked out onto the tarmac with the incredible view of the mountains surrounding you. What a great way to start this adventure!|
|We flew Air Canada, and were quite impressed with their hospitality throughout all our flights with them.|
|Once again, I realized why the calm had come from the Lord in the moment of desperation. What a blessing it was to travel through Canadian airspace, enjoying their kind hospitality throughout all the airports we were in.|
|The next morning dawned clear and bright. The familiar St. John River glittered in the sunlight.|
|This special area was decorated for my grandmother to sit and visit with all the family who came. The green tree behind her held the names of all her children.|
|Delicious desserts decorated with the Danish flag!|
|Lemon meringue pie, one of my favorites :) But then... I don't know that I've met a pie I didn't like! lol...|
|This peony! Oh my, it was gorgeous. I believe it was called "Bowl of Beauty". It was huge! And stunning!|
|In spite of the storm passing through the night before, their petals were still intact and beautiful!|
|I enjoyed my visit with my new friend so very much that we exchanged our addresses, and plan to keep in touch. We do share a love for the garden and flowers!|
Our time spent visiting with family passed oh so quickly! It was hard to believe that all the anticipation for the event had come and gone. It was a wonderful time of connecting with cousins, aunts, and uncles. We played a game of baseball, and anyone who wanted to play or hit the ball could play, and it was the most amazing time that we all had. I hadn't played baseball in years, and it was so much fun. We reminisced about the times as kids we would play baseball in our grandparents' cow pasture using cow patties for bases. Those were the days, ha!
|On Sunday morning we went to church with my Gram, and then it was an afternoon of fun 4-wheeling. My uncles provided us with 4-wheelers, and there were trails all over my grandparents land that we enjoyed.|
|The trails wove in between the power lines and the woods.|
|It was a gorgeous afternoon, and the potato fields seem to stretch for miles.|
|Soybeans were growing in this field.|
|You can see my grandparents home and barn from a distance. These pictures were all taken from a 4-wheeler. :)|
|My aunt and uncles home sits on the St. John River, and we took a walk down to the river at sunset. Beautiful!|
|Soon it was time for fireworks!|
|The guys put on quite a show for us!|
|Our time was passing so fast! Our last day there and it was back on the 4-wheelers for another ride around the trails.|
|Our son on one of the 4-wheelers.|
|A closer view of the old barn. It is cordoned off as it is no longer safe to be in. Lots of memories as a child were spent in that old barn, and it was sad to see it in such shape, knowing that its days have come to an end.|
|A view of the back of the house and barn.|
Back home, the garden and dogs had been tended by dear friends, and all was well. It had rained quite a bit while we were gone, so things were still green and lovely.
I shall put up another post quite soon with pictures of my garden as it is now getting lots of warm sunshine, and happy things are happening in there. It is hard to believe this is already the 20th of July... it seems time just marches on far more quickly in the summer! This is the season to be out of the house, in the sunshine, and enjoying the warm weather. We anticipate these days all winter long, and make the best of it while we have it :)
I hope that your summer has been full of lovely and wonderful things as well, and I look forward to getting caught up on my blog visiting and reading after settling back into a normal routine after our trip. Blessings and hugs to all :)