By June we had sold our house in Calgary and bought a house just outside of Toronto and were saying our good byes to family and friends in Alberta. We were back in Toronto when we never expected it and I am back in the investment world when I never expected that either. Life had really taken another twist but ultimately one we believed that the Lord had directed.
Settling into life in Ontario hasn't been as easy as we would have liked. We missed the warmth and openness of people in Calgary especially family, friends and our church. However, slowly it is happening. Connor has settled in the quickest. He is the most outgoing of the kids and his gregarious personality allows him to make friends easily. Riley has made some friends at school and the church we have been attending but misses the daily street hockey game that occurred in front of our home in Calgary. Jillian has faced the greatest challenge going into grade 7 where the kids have been together for a year because Oakville has a middle school structure. Moreover, she has had to take French for the first time with kids who have had it for three years. However, notwithstanding these challenges she is doing really well in school. Our most earnest prayer is that our children would find Christian friends.
We have attended a church since September which we will likely make our church home. For us church life implies getting involved and we anticipate that being involved will help us to feel more settled. Although it is sometimes difficult to juggle being involved in a church ministry and the demands of career and family, we believe that we are called to service to His Church. Moreover, it is important to model this to our children so that they don't grow up with the impression that "church" is a passive activity for 75 minutes on a Sunday morning.
Marita has begun to work one to two days a week with a neuropsychologist in Oakville doing neuropsychological testing. Because of the move to Oakville Marita had to leave the practice that she was developing in Calgary. Moreover, the rules in Ontario are different than Alberta so she can't practice as a neuropsychologist without further exams thus limiting her career flexibility. However, she considers this to be time to reflect on what she really wants to do. She has talked about moving into chaplaincy and is praying and waiting to see where God leads her.
For me, returning to the investment world has meant returning to an environment where people are unapologetically materialist and who are relentless in their pursuit of all the world deems valuable. However, having a different perspective on what defines success has opened up numerous opportunities for discussion about priorities, what lies beyond death and ultimately about a living Saviour.
Without a doubt we miss Calgary and sometimes wonder what we are doing here. Ultimately we are reminded that the Lord has led us here and (oddly enough) this creates a sense of excitement in us to see what He has in store for us here. As we look back over the decision to move to Alberta and the time we spent there we know without a doubt that it was the right decision notwithstanding that at the time it didn't always make sense. Likewise we are confident that through the fullness of time we will look back on our return to Ontario and see how the Lord worked in our lives, the lives of our children and the lives of those we interact with for the furtherance of His Kingdom and to bring glory to Him.