A deeper connection (and lots of pictures)

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The internet is many things, but one thing I never thought it would bring me was meaningful friendships. See, Kim and I met almost 2 years ago through her blog.  I can’t quite remember how it came about. I think in one of her posts, she asked if anyone would like to receive a letter from her through the mail. I said I would. That was the beginning. Since then, she has become more than just a “blog friend”. She inspired me to start my own blog, she walked with me on the road towards becoming a stay at home mom, she has been a constant presence in my goals of creating for myself a simpler, more peaceful life. And yet, we had never met.

That changed this past week-end.

Our journey down South towards Ontario was a fun one with many stops along the way. Sandbanks Provincial Park was the highlight of our travels until, of course, we reached destination. What waited for us there was beyond hospitality. It was a window, a chance to be a part of a life, a rhythm, that we have been craving and working towards for so long. I can’t remember the last time I was so stress free, so at ease in my own skin. Conversation after conversation deepened our connection that, although had felt real, was still missing something : Faces, voices, energy.

Eating almost every meal outside, eating fresh seasonal food picked straight from the garden, long walks in the woods and by the water, our kids playing from early morning to late evening, looking at the stars, the crackle of so many warming fires, knitting in the shade, walking the farmer’s market, chickens eating table scraps at my feet, my son lounging against their beautiful and sweet dog, craft time with the kiddos while our husbands shared about art, homesteading and their passions…

Before we knew it, Monday morning came. Our departure came too quickly, finding us unprepared for the sorrow that came with it. But plans are already in motion for another visit and it will not be another 2 years, I can promise that.

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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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34 Responses to A deeper connection (and lots of pictures)

  1. sophiezest says:

    How wonderful for you all! And such an unexpected side-effect of the Internet and technology.

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  2. barnraised says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this. Funny to see pics of two different blog families that I follow together! What a beautiful connection.

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  3. Jennifer says:

    I just saw Kim’s post about your visit and it looks like you all had such a wonderful time together. I’m so glad you were able to meet up and spend time.

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  4. How wonderful to see two of my favorite bloggers connecting in person!!

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  5. Kim says:

    Beautiful photos my friend. I am so happy you and your family enjoyed your time here. We feel truly blessed to have had you here, and can’t wait for your next visit in a few months.

    I love the photo of R and N in the tree…cute!

    xo

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    • Yanic A. says:

      We so did. We are already solidifying dates for this winter with J’s bosses. Thank you again for the most amazing time.

      I’ll make sure and send you all the pictures I took of the kids. I’ll just resize them for convenience. 🙂

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  6. appleshoe says:

    Such beautiful memories captured here. Kim’s home sounds like a slice of Heaven. One day I might just swim across this great lake that separates us so that we can meet as well. That would be a dream come true. I’m so glad the two of you were able to meet and for all the peace and memories your children were able to soak up. Be well.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      It really is… her and her hubby have created quite a haven there. Very inspiring. We came back renewed, filled with hope and ideas for our own little homestead.

      That would be so lovely to meet. I’ve said it so many time, but Panda and Little Man would just gel so well!

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  7. Amazing photos and what a lovely experience! It’s a great thing to see people joined together and united in similar life philosophies. And the photo where your kiddos are using the dog as a pillow… Priceless! 🙂

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  8. KerryCan says:

    How neat! Blog friendships have been one of the best surprises to come out of this whole undertaking, my own and reading about others’. It sounds like you’ve found a true kindred spirit. And your photos capture the joy–I especially like the one with the sparkler (?) and the one with the kids using the dog as a big pillow!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Oh my goodness, that dear sweet dog got So MUCH loving from my kiddos. She was so patient with them.
      I have to agree with you that these bonds, based on mutual interests and passions, have been life changing. I will never be able to express how deeply this community has touched me.

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  9. so beautiful how this blogging world gets smaller and smaller every day. I’m so happy that you all got together and deepened a friendship!!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you Karen… the world feels pretty big sometimes, but we are so lucky to have all these ways to meet and share. And then to take it that one step further… just a blessing.

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  10. Carlin says:

    I love your story so much. It sounds like an amazing trip and I’m so glad you’ll get to do it again soon. Glad you got a little get-away and some inspiration. Hope you are enjoying these last days of August and that your garden survived!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Oh it did… I’m still debating if we will survive. LOL! We’ve been preserving food til late in the night since we’ve been home. 🙂

      It was a wonderful week-end, one that will not be forgotten. We are very lucky to have met (in person) such an amazing family.

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  11. Carie says:

    Oh how lovely – lucky lucky both of you to get to spend time together in person. And it proves what I’ve always suspected, that Kim’s home is a little corner of paradise!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Oh yes it is… her blog doesn’t do it justice. Just stunning when you are actually walking the grounds. It surrounds you with peace from every angle. A wonderful soothing place for the soul. 🙂

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  12. kathrynpagano says:

    So wonderful!! I hope to make it up there one day. I imagine walking in Kim’s garden is totally inspiring!

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  13. sally says:

    I’m not having a proper catch up quite yet, only snatching a few minutes, but I had to read this one first, I’ve been looking forward to reading about your visit and it didn’t disappoint. It sounds wonderful and how lovely that you’ve deepened your connection and that this is just the start of your new relationship. Lovely for your children too XXX

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  14. jenny says:

    oh! i recognize that family! 🙂 how wonderful that you two got your families together! what a beautiful thing. i’m so excited for you! looks like you all had such a wonderful time. these online friendships are so special and i love watching you take it to the next level 🙂

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  15. alexa says:

    Two beautiful souls. So glad you had an enriching connection and great times together. They truly feed the soul, these relationships we purposely cultivate. I wish you (both!) many more.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      “these relationships we purposely cultivate”… what a beautiful sentence. Thank you for that. I have never really found a way to elegantly put it, thank you for that.

      And thank you for your kind words… I feel truly blessed.

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