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A home divided

We’re in month two of our summer long stint in Cape Breton.  As much as we love our house in Ottawa and the life we’ve built there, this will always be home.  Someday, in the not so distant future, we won’t have a home here to come home to.  That will be sad but it will also be okay.  Even if we never spent another night in Cape Breton (can’t see that happening), it will still be home to us.  It is so much more than the roof over our heads.  It’s the little things, like how you almost always run into someone you know when you’re out and about.  It’s the names I get called when I’m at Tim Horton’s or the Lick-a-Chick (yes, that’s a real place), “Honey”, “Sweetheart”, and “Love” being amongst my favourites.  It’s how perfect strangers stop traffic so you can cross the road without a crosswalk in site.  It’s how people show up with food and paper plates and even toilet paper when you’ve lost someone you love.  Someday, maybe John and I will be lucky enough to retire here.  Even the girls agree that if a big lottery win ever happens, we’ll be building our dream home ocean-side quicker than you can say go.  In the meantime, we’ll enjoy the last few weeks of our visit and know that we are lucky enough to be from here.

Girl Power Songs

I’m a mom to two girls and I’m also a Girl Guide leader.  Being in a position of influence with all these girls, I often find myself thinking what can I do to send a positive message their way.  I’ve been compiling a “Girl Power” playlist in my head for a while.  I saw a friend of a friend request just such a thing of Facebook today so figured I’d finally write down my thoughts.  They may not be the most popular or catchiest songs but each of these has a positive message to pass along to us girls.  Here goes:

  1. “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree
  2. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles  -
  3. “Roar” by Katy Perry
  4. “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys
  5. “Unwritten” by Natasha Beddingfield
  6. “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
  7. “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera
  8. “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus  (endorsing just the song, not what she’s doing lately!!)

Starting over

The website had a good run there for a while.  It was updated pretty often before Bronwyn was born, slightly less so after she started walking, even less than that after Rilla came along.  Life is busy for us, as it is for most families with young ones.  Our priorities have been on making sure everyone is clean, fed and put to bed on time.  But as the girls get a little older, I think there might just be time for a renewed www.serroul.ca effort.  The look will be tweaked to suit us, pictures will be added and hopefully, you might even get a new post from time to time.