If you ever find yourself in the regions of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario,
you might consider a few places of interest along the way.
You might consider the Airbnb at 74 Dane Street
the darling house that is small outside, big inside
with the old wood and the clean kitchen and the big windows.
You might consider dinner with loved ones
and their charming children.
You may find yourself meeting up with dearest friends from many years ago
with lit-up smiles and ever-warm hugs
or with new friends who have walked with you for years,
the shyness of meeting up for real
after all this time.
If you find yourself with time, you might consider a few places of deliciousness:
- the Lancaster Smokehouse, big and loud and live-jazzy and flavorful
- the tiny Breakfast Blues and BBQ’s with food to make you swoon
- the incomparable Rheo Thompson chocolate shoppe
(if you happen to hit the latter on their annual open house, with the chocolate fountain, and the staff carrying around their silver trays of hot chocolate and tea and tasty samples, consider yourself triply blessed)
- the Tim Hortons that IS Tim Hortons, with Nutella dips and straight caramel centers and tiny filled pancakes.
You might meander through Stratford
quaint Shakespearean town of color and texture
the lake and the walking paths and the bridges
the little shops
the artsy walls and the fallen leaves.
My heart is full of love
and his whiskers grew
Ah – you two packed a lot in! It’s a wonderful place in the world, for sure!
Thought of you so much. ❤
Awwwww. You’re not the only one who finds Stratford charming. I had my first date there, and got engaged there. And Rheo Thompson’s (especially the mint smoothies) are in a class all their own. I’m glad you had a great time in this place I call home.
Those mint smoothies…!!
We sat on a bench on a tiny Stratford island that was dedicated to a couple who got engaged there. 🙂
It was lovely to meet you. 🙂 Looks like you visited some wonderful places in these parts!
I loved meeting you. I just checked back on your comments here – you’ve been reading a while. 🙂 So good to finally meet.
Eeeks!! You were literally only minutes from my house! Would have been delightful to meet up with you in person. ????
🙂 Aww. So close. Sorry…
It was absolutely wonderful to see you and ‘the Boss’ again. (Such a silly game, but so fun) Chatting with you made my day.
This was a huge highlight of our weekend. You guys never age, just get sweeter. Love you so much!
I see that Ryan and you resemble each other, especially now that we can actually see his chin 🙂 Glad you found these charming spots along the way and at your destination.
Haha! No one has ever told us that before, but they say the longer you live with someone the more you look like them… I better start watching my own chin for signs of growth.
It is so fun to see pictures of my “home area” on your blog! I love a lot of these places, and some of them I have never been to (yet). Someone pointed out to me that you were at the wedding, and so I admired your perfect-shade-of-green shirt from a safe distance. (I see now that I should have said introduced myself and said hello. I’m much braver in hindsight than in real time.)
Aw. I didn’t know you were a reader here. I had to look on your blog and see if you were the Jasmine who MC’d. Loved you and Ricky’s humor, and management of a beautiful reception. Would have loved to say hi in person – but I’m a little shy myself and I get it. 🙂
Lovely. Looks like you all covered a lot of ground in one weekend!!!
Long-time introverted lurker here as well. I saw you at the wedding too, and wished to talk to you. But what to say? I felt awkward just walking up to you and saying “Hi, I read your blog, and I feel like I know you a little bit!” 🙂 I enjoy reading what you write. I also fostered five dear little children, each for approx. two years. I still wish I could be involved, but now I work full time to support myself, and can’t quite see how I could make it work.
Now I am sorry I am intimidating. 🙂 But I understand awkwardness – and appreciate the respect of being “strangers.” But thanks for at least introducing yourself here. I love connecting with other foster moms.
Wow. That is a lot of love you poured into little people. May Jesus pour it back on you.
Stratford is lovely! My husband took me there back in our dating days, one of the first times I went up to visit his home area. I love the park. I’ve never been to the chocolate place, but my sister-in-law who shares my love of chocolate has brought some of those silky smooth mint chocolates. So glad you enjoyed your trip to Canada!
Yes, it is a lovely place! So glad you could enjoy a wonderful anniversary trip! We were honoured to be a part of it.