Carry on.

Moving on… hand in hand.

So many changes and so much good news… definitely things aren’t going to plan. But that’s okay. In the words of Evelyn, “Just take it day by day.”

For good (read: happy) reasons that I’m not at liberty to reveal yet, we are now looking fora new place to live. Although mom and dad have been very generous and kind the first five years of our marriage by allowing us to live in their basement, it’s time to move on… out on our own, even if it’s just to rent for a little while while we save for our own place. We’re looking to move sometime in the fall.

Basically, we’re looking for a four bedroom townhome in the Lower Mainland, preferably in Coquitlam, Richmond, Burnaby or Vancouver. If any of you know of a place, please let us know. We would greatly appreciate it.

Evelyn is so excited. I am as well, albeit a little bit apprehensive at the prospect of finally leaving the nest. Leaving home to go to school was pretty exciting, but I knew that I could go back. Going on a mission for two years was a little bit more scarier, but I had the protection and confidence that comes with being a missionary. But now, I’m about to leave home. This is it. There is no turning back.

However, I am greatful that I can make the move, hand in hand with the woman that I love and Nico, the “son”-shine of my life. It certainly makes things easier knowing that for them, this is something that we need to do in order to make our family stronger. Mom and Dad have worked so hard… at least now, hopefully, they will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labour and retire, in peace, without having their grandchildren running around 24 hours a day in their basement.

Mom and Dad went out on their own and immigrated here to Canada in their early twenties. Here I am creeping up to 30 harping about my first real move away from home. Although it may not be a big deal to most people who are already out there, it’s a big deal to me. If I were alone, it wouldn’t matter that much if I failed living on my own. But right now, with a wife and child … I can’t afford any mistakes. The stakes are high and the people that I care about the most will be most affected if I don’t do things correctly.

Just take it day by day, Evelyn would say. Words to live by… it’s easy to let the pressure get to you.

I am pretty excited though. Evelyn and I would finally have our own room… at least for a little while!

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