Connected again, in so many ways – Gratitude

Hello again friends. Hoping all of you had a wonderful week-end and are enjoying a new week filled with happy moments.

You know your soul has been restored when you can’t stop sharing with your husband the thoughts that fly through your mind. And you would think that what we would share would be the events of my week-end, but no. See, he will be participating in the same class I went to in 2 weeks and I want him to walk in with an open mind an open heart. I want him to live it fully. So I’m fighting my urges to blurt out all the enlightening messages I’ve received. There will be time to share once he comes back from his own retreat.

No, the thoughts floating through my mind are of new projects, new goals and new resolve. I had shared before leaving about our steps towards a simpler way of life. This past week-end’s retreat just solidified it all. I came home more motivated to continue with our journey, but even more determined to share it with others.


So many things have changed in just 4 days : How fleeting time is. I came home to almost climbing runner beans and flowering chamomile. To crabapple trees free of flowers, but showing little apples forming on the stems. (Our bumblebees and other pollinators have been hard at work and I thank them.) When I walk through my yard, lilac fills the air. The neighborhood birds have definitely found our feeders, which have to be filled now every few days now. I came home to a Little Man with 8 teeth instead of 5 and a Little Miss with tan lines after so many hours out in the sun or in our well-loved trampoline! To a garage reorganized and to the piles of branch debris from our sub woods piled neatly to dry, forecasting many fire pit warmed nights to come. And all this makes me feel so grateful. Grateful for :

  • A husband that took on this past week-end’s challenge and made it his own. Making me feel safe and secure.
  • A family that is so adaptable. I was reminded this past week-end that flexibility and great joy come hand in hand. To be able to mold yourself to situations as they arrive allows you to flow peacefully, like water around rocks in a bubbling stream.
  • Parents that are always there! Thank you mom and dad for feeding my babies while I was gone.
  • A home that has a life of its own, always changing with us and allowing us to grow. I wouldn’t change my semi-run-down-but-oh!-so-lovely little dwelling for anything.
  • For having found a Faith that gives me the opportunity to be better than I ever thought would be possible. The road to finding my True Nature is the most rewarding path to walk.

Wishing you all a lovely, peaceful and inspiring week.


About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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12 Responses to Connected again, in so many ways – Gratitude

  1. It is amazing how much can change in a few days, eh? Especially with our little ones. Glad to hear you had a good weekend and came home renewed and motivated. xo


  2. Sounds like you had a lovely, peaceful time. I’ve been planning a retreat of my own. A time free of media and screens but full of nature, good food, reading scripture, and prayer.

    Wishing you a lovely week.


    • Yanic A. says:

      I wish it for you… It is amazing to be just one with your faith. It was a wonderful time of devotion and repentance for me. I’ve relaxed a bit in the last few months, concentrating mostly on my smaller ME. It was good to be reminded of the greater ME…


  3. bitsofthepast says:

    I am so glad you had an amazing, life changing time. Incredible how time away can put so much in perspective.


  4. karen says:

    sounds like you had a good time away and an excellent time coming home. Love your gratitude list 🙂


  5. Josée says:

    Bonjour chère Yanick, c’est un vrai plaisir de te lire; à travers tes mots je peux ressentir toute l’essence.. Je me sens également transformée et pleine de gratitude d’avoir pu partager ces moments privilégiés avec toi, bonne cultivation!


    • Yanic A. says:

      Ah, merci d’être venu faire un petit tour sur mon petit coin de l’internet. Je suis tellement légère depuis notre formation. J’ai hâte de te revoir.

      Prens soin de toi! xo


  6. sally says:

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend, and so good to know everything was left in such good hands at home. Sounds like you have a lot to live up to in 2 weeks time when it’s your husband’s turn though! And hope you manage to keep the greater me present, so often the smaller me seems to win out when faced with life’s everyday challenges.


    • Yanic A. says:

      So well said… It is not always an easy road down the path of true universal compassion, but if it was easy, we would all be saints! 🙂

      And I have next week-end all planned out : We are going out of town. LOL! Heading for a sister’s week-end in Montreal to visit my sister. It will be the 2 of us with our 3 kids for 3 days. I’m suspecting lots of cooking, staying up late and craziness.


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