Oh Canada.

I felt the tears coming as we approached the border.

almost there maine canada

The boys were cheering and singing “O Canada” and screaming and hugging. Up front the tears started to well and then spill and Ish got misty too.

Home.

345 days later.

Home.

Canada. St. Stephen, New Brunswick but most definitely our home and native land.

first sight canada maine

And in the 30 seconds it took us to get our turn at the border control window I saw everything

* the streets of India, China, Portugal, France and everywhere else

* the amazing people we’ve met along the way

* the food, the glorious food

* every shirt we’ve worn – six million times  (seriously check the pictures)

* and so much more…

All of it. Every single moment. In a 30-second burst.

We arrived at the window in a fit of giggles and tears. And I was terrified the border guard would think we were crazy and tear the car apart in search of “souveniers.”

But he didn’t.

He laughed as the kids explained that their mother was “crying because she is happy” and “we just took a trip around the world and it was 12 months long” and “no, we didn’t bring any pelts or bones back”….and so on.

We got across and had to park the car to compose ourselves. And then we looked up and saw this.

canada love boys

And amid high fives and tears and hugs we let the emotions run wild and went with it.

What an amazing family I have.   Love these guys.

boys home

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Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments June 8, 2012, 9:38 PM

Heather – your trip had so many emotional moments so of course your homecoming deserved one. WELCOME HOME!!!

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Heather June 9, 2012, 3:22 PM

Good point! Thanks

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Wanderingcarol June 9, 2012, 5:18 AM

Welcome home. Except you’re still not home. But we await you eagerly.

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Kathy Buckworth June 9, 2012, 5:56 AM

We’re so glad to have you back. Although the pelts and bones would have made for a good centrepiece.  Looking forward to seeing you and getting some Canadian culture back in you, eh?  Cheers.

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LifeInPleasantville June 9, 2012, 6:47 AM

Big shocker here, this made me misty. Welcome home Heather, Ish, Cameron and Ethan! We can’t wait to see you in person. Love Candace, Bill, Morgan, Ava & Honey ;)

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Heather June 9, 2012, 3:27 PM

We will see you soon!!! Big hugs for everyone and a snuggle for Honey.;)

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Francishopper June 9, 2012, 12:01 PM

Hi Heather, thank you so much for spending your first night in Canada with us here at the Treadwell Inn. It was great having your family stay here with us and learing all about your world tour. What a exciting and wondeful adventure you ahve been on.   The Treadwell Inn St.Andrews   New Brunswick

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Heather June 9, 2012, 3:24 PM

It was our pleasure! Such a gem of a property! Thanks for having us

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Kathy June 9, 2012, 5:22 PM

Wow. Welcome back! I really enjoyed following along on your travels here. The type of trip you and your family did is something I have always dreamed about.

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Heather June 9, 2012, 9:22 PM

Thanks. I hope you do it.

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Heather June 13, 2012, 7:20 PM

I hope your dream will come true too. It has been incredible.

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@those2girls June 9, 2012, 7:36 PM

Welcome back! Lookuing forward to hearing your stories in person

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Heather June 9, 2012, 9:22 PM

Thanks! Can’t wait to share.

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Brandy InsaneMamacita June 9, 2012, 7:36 PM

Welcome home! What an adventure you have all had!

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Heather June 9, 2012, 9:22 PM

Now ain’t that the truth! ;) So much more to share that was just too hard to get too with iffy wifi and such. Expect some great stories down the road.

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deborahcoombs June 9, 2012, 8:00 PM

Welcome home!

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Heather June 9, 2012, 9:21 PM

Thanks! Happy to be here :)

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Natalie T. June 9, 2012, 8:26 PM

Amazing! What courage you have to take your family across the world. I’m sure your boys will have learned more from this trip than they could in any classroom. Glad to have you back on Canadian soil! 

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Heather June 9, 2012, 9:21 PM

Thanks Natalie. I’ll be honest: I don’t feel courageous. Maybe a little nuts at time, but never courageous. Appreciate the sentiment though.

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Heather June 13, 2012, 7:19 PM

Thanks! Don’t feel courageous at all though, just extremely blessed.

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Julia Gabriel June 9, 2012, 9:24 PM

Welcome home!  This most made me cry.  I have had so much fun travelling the world with you. Thank you so much for the virtual experience!

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Heather June 13, 2012, 7:18 PM

Thanks Julia! I hope you’ll keep following! We have so many stories we weren’t able to share from the road. We’ve got so much more to come.

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Jack Hammond June 9, 2012, 9:51 PM

Welcome back guys.  I remember after my longest time away how it felt to get back on Canadian society.   The world is amazing, but it’s good to come home.

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Emiel June 10, 2012, 5:41 AM

Welcome Home!

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Heather June 13, 2012, 7:17 PM

Thanks Emiel!

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Rosane Leroux June 10, 2012, 1:28 PM

Hello Heather,
We are happy for you : it is always good to be back home. We wish an happy birthday to Isch.
Guilhem & Gauthier often asked for their friends.
XXXX Rosane (Paris)
 

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Heather June 13, 2012, 7:17 PM

Rosane!!!  We miss you all too.  Big hugs to the family and lets figure out how we can all get together again soon! XOXO

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Quincy June 10, 2012, 11:00 PM

Welcome back home….well…almost.   Your travelling experiences were simply spectacular.  Thanks for sharing.

When time permits and the dust settles, I look forward to connecting.  

Enjoy the remaining days of this phenomenal excursion!

Quincy

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Tilley Endurables June 11, 2012, 9:10 AM

Welcome home ! what an amzing ride you let us share in. Glad the gear kept up with you!

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