June 2008


Our time in Ontario is rapidly drawing to a close and we are making each moment count.



This has been a very long stretch for us.  It has been two months since I left Malaysia and since we have seen each other.  We needed to do this because there was much more to be done here than we could possibly have accomplished in the three week break between semesters.

We talked through what it would be like, and knew that it would be rough on both of us. After thirty years the one you marry becomes your traveling companion, your main support in crisis, your sober second opinion, and your best friend. That’s a lot of people to do without!

Steve will be flying out of Kuala Lumpur very early Saturday morning his time (Friday evening our time) and travelling half way around the world in about 27 hours.  We are so looking forward to being together again! Please invite us over, we would love to see as many of you as we can, but perhaps not on our first night together, okay?


I am very grateful for the opportunity to be available to help Jon and Nic in even small ways.  The fact that we are not able to be involved in the day to day lives of our children is without a doubt the most difficult aspect of being in Malaysia.

Jon and Nic are down in the states celebrating the launch of his project  with a company sponsored trip to Six Flags.  The timing also coincided with Abi’s need for a “well baby” check-up and that along with the chance to spend time with friends, made the trip down very useful.

So Ben and I have from Wednesday to Saturday to get to know each other and to explore Waterloo and area.  Ben is very easy going, plays and sleeps hard and loves to shop so we are having a great time.  Even found him some new shoes that he can run in and they fit his cubby little feet- but his dad will hate them.

Happy Birthday, Aunt Lil! 

 It is really nice to be able to connect with family and friends again.  Had a lovely visit with Uncle Stu and Aunt Lil and even a chance to meet the newest, third cousin, Brooke who is the daughter of my cousin Sandra’s daughter, Becky.  She is just beautiful!