About me

After thirty-two years of living in rural Alberta, raising our family and teaching school, my husband and I retired and spent a year teaching conversational English in Japan and traveling in Asia.  We returned home in March of 2009. While I originally started this blog to share our Asian experience with friends and family, I have enjoyed writing it so much that I intend to keep it going indefinitely.

I am the mother of three grown children and grandmother of five. I love reading, writing, dancing, golfing, traveling, camping, hiking, geocaching, keeping fit and participating in community theatre. I believe in living life to the fullest and I’m always ready to try something new.

I am a committed follower of Christ and I’m married to my best friend, Richard. Together, we spent the summer of 2011 on the island of Saipan as short term missionaries and the first half of 2013 teaching English at Liaoning Normal University in Dalian on the northeast coast of China.

Shortly after returning home from China, I was diagnosed with cancer and a new journey began. In spite of the fact that my cancer is incurable, treatment has been effective and my health is currently stable. Though I’ve been using the blog to share this experience with friends and family, I continue to write about many other issues as well. Most recently, I introduced a weekly feature known as Fashion Friday!

Thank you for being here!




15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah (Sob Sob)
    Dec 08, 2007 @ 13:17:42

    Okay no more Sob Sob from me…just a great big have a blast, we are looking forward to your trip. It will very cool to experience Japan through the eyes of dear friends. Deborah


  2. Malou
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 16:03:18

    Cool pix, Elaine. I seem to know this place as my husband and I were in this place some years ago. Is this in Canyon Lands?


  3. christianpflegerl
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 05:15:07

    It looks like the region around the olgas in Australia – have a nice time – Christian


  4. Elizabeth
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 21:22:52

    Elaine, I really want to be like you when I grow up! 🙂


  5. Jean
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 07:21:05

    Best of luck with your teaching stint! Learn and enjoy what you can in China.


  6. dorothy santos
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 06:27:55

    i was doing a powerpoint for my classroom when this nice pic of saipan appeared on my images search…..happy to hear about your experience in saipan and i hope you’ll find time to come back…helen ann is a co teacher at Kagman Elem. School….i guess that’s the same H.A. that met you at the airport.


  7. healthnutmum
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 13:31:38

    Love your blog and your approach to life. I’ll come back many times.
    You are in my prayers too!


  8. Anonymous
    Dec 08, 2014 @ 22:28:37

    Dear Elaine, very cool photos of Saipan. How can I connect with you to ask some for guidebook (print) NMI?


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