I thought it might be nice to offer a little update on our life here in Laval, QC since we did kind of move across the country in March and a lot has happened since then.
For one, we bought a house!
It’s a lovely, semi-detached home in Laval, which is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Montréal. We love that it’s close to our church. When we first saw it we were captivated by the peacefulness of the surrounding neighbourhood – I remember birds chirping, and it seemed like everyone was out, caring for their lawns, or out on a bike ride! It’s a very family-oriented area as there are a couple of good schools closeby.
Interiorly speaking, it was all freshly painted white, of which we also were fans! The bedrooms are all on one floor, which we like, and the kitchen and main bathroom had been recently updated. It also features a big addition of a sunroom, for which we immediately bought bookcases to shelve our library of books and make into a reading space. (We also recently bought a lovely table to double the room as a dining space – check out Foyer78 and get $10 off if you use this link!)
On another note, we’ve also been getting used to a new rhythm of both working from home. I have to admit, I was a little nervous about us both working from home, and even just for me, working from home in general since I always enjoyed the structure of an office environment, but now I love it! I like to have a lot of things on the go, and so it’s so nice to be able to switch between projects. I have several contracts going on within the Alliance (our denomination) at a higher level both within their church planting branch and the district in Quebec, as well as with our church (social media, blog + website). St. Bosco Edits has also received a couple of book projects over this time, for which I have been extremely grateful.
I have also taken advantage of having friends living downtown and have done some exploring and just generally walking around. I was just chatting with a woman at church today and she asked what I’ve liked most about Montréal and for me an ideal day is literally just hopping on the métro, getting off at a good stop (like Laurier – my fave!) and walking and taking in the beautiful walk-up apartments, street art, amazing food and flowers everywhere (seriously, Quebecers LOVE their flowers – I think because of the long winters).
Finally, vive le français! I have been thankful-over and over again-to have the French language (at least in part) as we’ve taken on this new adventure. I have texted my mom several times to thank her for putting me in French Immersion (something I’d have never dreamed of doing in the thick of grammar intricacies and conjugation in my late elementary and high school years-though I did voluntarily go on to complete my undergraduate in French) and man, sometimes I catch myself typing up an email or sitting at lunch with French colleagues and just being amazed at the detailed work of God, who really set this all up in advance.
Quebec, je t’aime!