The Macs

Monday, August 10, 2009

welcome to the neighborhood

My aunt and uncle live in a cute little neighborhood in Calgary. Joel and I went on a walk to check out all the houses. They are beautiful. I love how they are all so different and have so much character.
Here are just a few that we saw on our walk that I was ready to move into...
if I HAD to.

And hiding behind those shrubs and trees is my aunt and uncle's house. It is just as charming as all the others.

I'll let Joel take you inside.

Their yard is gorgeous. Trees canopy over both the front and back yard. It feels very secluded and peaceful. This is the front.

And this is the back.

We spent lots of time outside eating, talking, and relaxing.

Remember how I said my sweet aunt and uncle were awesome hostesses?
They were.
My aunt made us wonderful meals. It seems like we were eating ALL the time.
They let us sleep in as late as we wanted. It was so relaxing. That was definitely a treat for my farmer husband who NEVER gets to sleep in. 
And my aunt even made me coffee every morning when I woke up.
It was fabulous.
It was even better than our hotel we stayed at later in the week.

So, there you go. Welcome to Calgary!


Anonymous iluvmycrazylife said...

that looks soooo cute, i like those house it was lots cooler...we are in nc and it was soooooooo hot today.....glad you enjoyed your trip

August 10, 2009 at 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love those houses...makes you want to 2 deserve a little pampering!
hope you are feeling well..


August 10, 2009 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Keep the pictures coming!!!! Oh, and your house is JUST as charming!

August 10, 2009 at 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my, that is gorgeous. It sounds like you guys got a little break that was beyond needed. Farmer's are such HARD workers. AND I believe that farmer's WIVES are too. With all that you guys have been through since Cora got sick and went to be with Jesus, I am sure that the sweetness of your trip was just not as sweet as it could have been. God bless you Jess and Joel as you continue through this heart wrenching journey together. I pray that you will feel those blessings soon and that those family vacations will become easier, as well as all of those life moments without her. It is so good to know that you guys are so loved by so many. Praying for you and baby Mac always.

August 10, 2009 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

What fun houses... I like the second one the best. Although if I was being served and got to sleep in as late as I wanted I would choose your aunt and uncles house as my favorite :)

Cora's playground looks so cheerful and fun! So thankful that we all could be apart of that ministry!

Think of you often!

August 10, 2009 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Those houses are breathtakingly beautiful! I love the way the shade hits the trees. Is that a strange observation? LOL

I'm glad you both got a break. Eating lots and sleeping late are wonderful for the marriage and the soul. :)

August 10, 2009 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Marla Taviano said...

Beautiful!! So glad you got some real REST!!

August 10, 2009 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Jessica Bene said...

Beautiful houses! Yay for a nice and relaxing week away! hugs and prayers.

August 10, 2009 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

What a cute neighborhood! Such beautiful houses.

August 10, 2009 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Brittany said...

Those are BEAUTIFUL houses. I am so glad you and your hubby had a good time. How's baby? How are you feeling? I know Cora is looking down on you and smiling.

August 10, 2009 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Oh how beautiful!

Good taste must just run in your family.

I'm so glad you two got to relax and be pampered a bit! You deserve it.

August 10, 2009 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger madelyn said...

It's a beautiful province, isn't it?
I hope you made it out to Banff and Canmore!

August 10, 2009 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

A wonderful getaway for the both of you and what a beautiful place to visit!!

Cora's Playground is amazing!

August 10, 2009 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I've been reading your sweet blog since Meg took pictures of your adorable Cora...I've cried and followed your journey with the loss of her...

I am so happy to see that you got to 'get away' with your sweet aunt and uncle...what a gorgeous place to be...

Those home are gorgeous and I would just 'Have' to move there too!

Just wanted to comment for the first time and know you are still lifted in prayer when I read your blog! Congrats on your new little bump!

August 10, 2009 at 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where in calgary is this? these houses are so adorable! i used to live there when i was really young and dont remember it much but i am planning a winter trip there and i am going to look for houses! i would love to look in this area!


August 10, 2009 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger Jane In The Jungle said...

That looks awesome and those houses are wonderful....I could pick one or two to live in!!

August 10, 2009 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

Totally green with envy right now! Yeah, I think I could be persuaded to move into any one of those houses... if I HAD to... lol!

Your aunt & uncle sound like wonderful folks. I'm sure it was a blessing to them to be able to spend some time with you and Joel. And fresh coffee every morning... well, what can possibly beat that?!

August 10, 2009 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

i would have to say the blue (3rd pic) house is my favorite! wow! how adorable are those houses? sounds like a fabulous trip!

August 10, 2009 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

A home where you are so loved and cared for? Definitely better than a hotel! What a wonderful time for you both.
I'm sure someone would have to twist your arm really hard to live in one of those homes! Ha!

August 10, 2009 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

The houses are beautiful! It sounds like you were well taken care of there!

August 11, 2009 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Kylie and crew. said...

I LOVE old houses! Looks like a relaxing time. I'm glad that you and Joel had great time together. How is that belly?

August 11, 2009 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Staci said...

Those houses are beautiful! So glad you got to get away and relax.

August 11, 2009 at 6:58 AM  
Anonymous Toni :O) said...

I LOVE those houses, so pretty and so well maintained. Lots of character. Glad you had such a fun time and I love the secluded home your aunt and uncle live in...very cool. I had one crummy aunt and uncle so you are incredibly blessed! My great aunts and uncle were the coolest though and they were all from Canada too...must be something in their country that makes them so fun!

August 11, 2009 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Those houses are just too cute, including your aunt & uncle's. I would have spent most of my time outdoors as well if it looked like THAT outside!

August 11, 2009 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Kristin Stegent said...

ooooh...that looks nice! i want to go!

August 11, 2009 at 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Robin in Benton said...

Glad you guys had a wonderful time! I guess I could be forced into living in that neighborhood if I had to too! Have a blessed day!

August 11, 2009 at 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Karina said...

What a gorgeous neighbourhood your aunt and uncle live in! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit to Canada (I'm in Ontario, and lived over 12 years in BC).

The playground is looking wonderful, too.

I'm sorry you still have so much sadness, but thankful that you can think of your sweet first-born as being in heaven.

Hugs to you. I am a mom as well and my heart goes out to you every day since I came across your story.

August 11, 2009 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Those houses are beautiful but theirs is aboslutely ADORABLE!!!! :)

August 11, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger mommyof2sons said...

Love the houses. Glad that you two had such a wonderful time with your aunt and uncle!!!

August 11, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Trasie Bressler said...

I love those houses too and your Aunt and Uncle probably loved having you there with them as much as you loved being there. I'm so glad you had such a nice time!!

August 11, 2009 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Wow- what and absolutely beautiful place! You made me want to visit complete strangers! :)

August 11, 2009 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger The Veers said...

I love love love all the houses! what an awesome neighborhood!so glad you guys got to go and relax and have time together!

August 11, 2009 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

You can call your aunt and let her know I'll be there next week. ;) What a beautiful place and such a nice time for you!

August 11, 2009 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Cool post...can I do a similar one? ;-) Some of those remind me of College Hill.
So glad you had a blast--sounds kindof like she should open a B & B?

August 11, 2009 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

What a beautiful neighborhood those houses are just adorable! So glad that you guys got some time to relax :D
Hugs and prayers,
Heather~On the Homefront

August 11, 2009 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

I'm so glad you had a nice time. You have made me even more excited for the trip I get to make in September to Calgary for a conference. I CANNOT wait to see Calgary for myself. Any hot spots you would say are can't miss?
My husband is in silage harvesting (in NM now, left the KS weather behind) and I know how much he loves a few days to sleep in - glad Joel got to enjoy that, too!

August 11, 2009 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Lynn Jones said...

I imagine your aunt and uncle loved having you two--I had so much fun spoiling a young couple who visited us recently. Now I want to go to Calgary just to walk around the neighborhoods. I am traveling from AZ to Kansas City this week and will spend some time drooling over the gorgeous homes there. Thank you for sharing your trip.

August 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE those houses! What a fun neighborhood! And a great aunt and uncle!

August 11, 2009 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Lovely Little Flowers said...

I am drooling over those houses!! Only in my dreams! ;)
I'm glad you are getting pampered!

August 11, 2009 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

OMG - You were right in my neighborhood ! We love Calgary and have lived here for almost 4 years now.

I'm glad you enjoyed your time in our beautiful city !

August 11, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger drea :: dre of white stables said...

Wow, I love it. I'm a house-a-holic and LOVE looking at houses, so this was a great post for me! Your Aunt & Uncle's house really is charming! It looks like you had a wonderful time. That's great. =)

August 11, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


you deserved the pampering!

August 11, 2009 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Good ol' Alberta - YAY!
They are soooo lucky to live in a beautiful section of a fast growing city. I'm so glad you got to enjoy some of the "treats" of Alberta.. I think next time I am in the city I will pop by for some homemade goodness - what great relatives you have!!!

August 11, 2009 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

What a beautiful suburb!! I'm ready to move there too... Glad to see you and Joel had a good break together. It's always going to be tough doing special things without Cora, but you are so good to keep going and to make the most of it. That's all you can do!! The playground's looking fabulous, I can't wait to see it completed and full of kids!!

August 12, 2009 at 3:18 AM  
Anonymous Maria said...

Those pictures are wonderful. I am glad you got a vacation. You remain in my prayers

August 12, 2009 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Clare Therese said...

Beautiful photos of Canada and the homes. Makes me think of the Hobbit and Anne of Green Gables all at the same time. I'm so glad you had a wonderful trip.

How's your little bun?


August 12, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

OU WERE IN CALGARY? I am so close to there and would have loved to met you and given you abig giant hug :( another time I hope! Hope you enjoyed the great white north!

August 12, 2009 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Tammy518 said...

I love those houses! They have so much character. Your aunt and uncle's house and garden are beautiful. What a soothing, restful place to relax. Sounds like you got some pampering, and that's great!

August 12, 2009 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Tina said...


That is so neat! I am glad you had a wonderful vacation and that you and your husband were able to relax and enjoy each other!


August 12, 2009 at 2:40 PM  
Anonymous business courses said...

You really had a great time with you aunt and uncle and the neighbor hood where you've been with is so cool..

Big houses and lots of beautiful house.

August 12, 2009 at 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe you were in Calgary...that's where I live. Thanks for sharing your life with me. You're very inspiring!!

August 18, 2009 at 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Nan said...

Hmmm... I'm trying to figure out which neighbourhood this is. It looks like it's near Elbow Drive. I love that area. It's the exact opposite of our area! We live in a newer neighbourhood on the west side (Tuscany) and much as I love our neighbours and our house, all of the houses look so much alike and are so close together... all the trees are baby trees so it can feel stark at times. I love older established neighbourhoods like your Aunt and Uncle's.


August 20, 2009 at 1:23 PM  

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