Wednesday, May 29, 2019

30 Years Ago Today..........

we arrived in Canada.

(four Canada keyfobs, to represent the four of us)
Two adults, two small children (5 & 3 1/2) straight off the boat airplane.  We landed in Toronto and made our home in Brampton, Ontario.  30 years later, although not in Brampton, we all live close by.  

Both children attended school; went to university, and have since gone on to get married, have great jobs and have presented us with the best grandchildren, grandparents could ever wish for.  Basically, they have achieved everything and more that we hoped they would achieve by moving here.

We have moved several times, I had several jobs, dh just the one............his second job in his working life, he will have been there 30 years on June 6th.........he doesn't like change...LOL Made many friends and have lost some special friends for various reasons.....mainly due to death.

Canada is home, I have lived here more of my life than Britain.  Dh will achieve that status at the end of January 2020.  We became Canadian citizens as soon as we could and are privileged/fortunate that we can still retain our British citizenship.

Both dh and I sound British when we talk, but when people ask us where we come from (especially when we're in the States), my standard response now is we are British born but Canada is our home.

Canada has been very good to us and we have no regrets about moving here.  Our only regret I guess is that I wish we had the rest of our family in the same country; but that will never happen.

A Happy Anniversary to us.......

17 comments:

Joy said...

I always thing it is a very courageous thing to up sticks and completely move to another country and it was abviously completely the right thing for you and your family. You sound so happy.
xx

mamasmercantile said...

A happy anniversary indeed...

Evelyn said...

happy anniversary!

Maggie said...

I think anyone who can make another country their home is very brave, good for you. We did think about it when the kids were small but not seriously enough. I always had a dream of living by the sea too, but now my kids are grown up and we have grandchildren I could never do that, unless they all moved with us, lol. I guess the moral is, do it while you are young.

Julierose said...

Oh Happy Anniversary...glad you are happy in your adopted "home"...hugs, Julierose

T'Pol said...

Happy Anniversary! I have been to canada twice and I always thought it would be lovely to live there. I am glad things worked out for you and your choice made you happy.

Jenn Jilks said...

A very happy anniversary! Happy you are here!

Patio Postcards said...

A very happy anniversary/joyeux anniversaire. Canada is not perfect, but I say it is the best place to live in.

Nanaland said...

Well we moved to Alabama 35 years ago in July and I feel like it is home to me, Gill. However my husband says he is a Georgia boy forever.lol

Anne in the kitchen said...

Happy anniversary to you!

William Kendall said...

A good anniversary to mark!

Anonymous said...

Awww, happy anniversary to you both! I had a dear friend that moved here with three little boys and her husband, Ontario from Wales, through knowing her I learned how hard it is to leave your homeland, she had no real regrets except the same as you, she wishes her whole family were here. By the sound of it your family have all done really well so it was all good!

Winifred said...

Happy anniversary. It must have been a very brave thing to do leaving family & everything familiar behind and moving to another country. I know I could never have done it.

Glad it worked out for you all and you are so happy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Gill & R Happy 30th Anniversary.
Ann & Mel

Rose said...

Happy Anniversary....sure wish you had the rest of your family with you. But it is what it is...and you are happy with your choice, and that is good. I am just glad you blog...glad to have met you this way.

Country Gal said...

My parents may they RIP came over here from England 45 years ago with my sister who was a year old in toe off the boat literately off the boat landed in Toronto had a one bedroom apartment there for a few years then moved to Brampton where my brother was born then I was born but then before I was 1 year old moved to a farm up in Caledon Ontario stayed there for most of my life then we all moved to Bramalea which was part of Brampton and now hubs and I live 2 1/2 hours from there southwest down near lake Erie in a wide spread valley village , our kids are in Ontario and some of the family are down here with us and just up the road . My parents sides of the family are all still in England and some in Scotland . Glad it all worked out well I cant imagine how hard it would be to go and move to another country don't know if I could do it but kudos to those like you and others who have done it successfully . Congrats .

Jackie said...

Happy Anniversary to the both of you. Canadian born, and while when we visited Scotland I felt a pull (must be the family roots on my Mom's side) there is no other place I would want to call home. Though I must say the Highlands did feel very much like home to me.

God bless.