Caravan Sonnet: November 2017

11/30/17

a drive through stunning Nova Scotia

Happy Thursday friends! Today I am so excited to continue to share more about my recent trip through New EnglandNew BrunswickPrince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia!
I will say from the beginning that I loved Nova Scotia and am already planning a return trip. The land was gorgeous and felt that you had stepped into a completely different world and the places and things that we saw were just amazing.
We only had one day in Nova Scotia but we made the best out of it- and I loved every second. I truly can't wait to return. There is something that is so "wild and free" about this place on earth. 
After our gorgeous sunrise ferry from Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island to Nova Scotia we started the drive down to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. 
The drive from Pictou (where we disembarked from the ferry) to Yarmouth was slated to take about 6 and 1/2 hours according to google maps. We quickly realized that this would take a lot longer due to the roads that you are on. In total it took us almost 12 hours (which included our stops).
Honestly, it was one of the longest days of the trip for me as I was doing all of the driving but it turned out to be one of my absolute favorites. I was absolutely in awe of the amazing beauty that surrounded us and that I was driving through.
Throughout the drive I had a ton of time to think, pray, and really just enjoy the beauty that was before me. Nova Scotia quickly won my heart over.
I can't wait to share more about Nova Scotia throughout this next week. The places that we saw were absolutely stunning friends and I hope each of you has a chance to visit someday soon! 

 If you are planning a similar trip and would like, you can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking on the links below:

11/29/17

From Hope Valley Devotionals (Week 39): The Hope of Restoration

This conversation that takes place between Elizabeth and the girls of Hope Valley I have referenced before (in fact using the exact same quote!) in the From Hope Valley Devotional Week 35 post (you can find it HERE). In that post I discuss the quote from the viewpoint of the girls and was encouraging us all to find the blessing that comes from extending grace to others as we learn to love unconditionally. As I re-read through what I wrote I was challenged to really examine the concept again. 

Today, I wanted to touch base on a concept that I feel is equally as important that is discussed in this 5th episode of season 3... the hope of restoration when our hearts have been broken and we doubt that we can trust anyone to be our friend again. 

Relationships are difficult aren't they? I know it can seem like we are one path and then all of a sudden you realize that you may be on two different paths and you wonder how you got there. You may have experienced the extreme pain and isolation and rejection of a broken engagement. You may be estranged from your siblings. You may be estranged from your family. You may be walking the difficult and painful path of divorce. You may be walking the path of singleness and another hopeful relationship has just ended. You may be feeling like you are loosing everyone around you as you struggle to walk the journey with elderly parents. Or you may be like dear people that I know that have just said goodbye to their 10 day old daughter. Or you may be like another young couple that I know that is fighting their hearts out for their young boy who is facing the staggering diagnosis of Leukemia. 

In these moments of pain that are both emotional and physical it can be hard to feel like we can trust our hearts again with anyone else. We may doubt that we should even take the chance to reach out and try to form another relationship with a new person. It can be painful, it can be risky, and it can be complicated. 

When our hearts are broken and shattered we often wonder if we can do the one thing that we most need to do... which is to trust. 

Trust that in the moments of deepest pain that there is still hope that love can help restore our lost voices that may only want to cry. 

Trust that somewhere and somehow hope still exists and that it goes beyond the lines that we have drawn and creates a bigger picture than we saw before.



And most of all dear friends, trust that there is still a little hope to be found

As we face the fears of trusting I pray that you find the hope and courage to reach out and take the risk to love again. To have the courage to risk big with your heart. And most of all to find that there is a beautiful hope that exists in restoration. I read the following quote on social media the other day and thought how apt of a prayer it is for this topic... 

"May the last month of 2017 be the plot twist you have been dreaming of". 

Dear friends, that is my prayer for you. May this last month of 2017 hold the beautiful plot twist that you have been dreaming of and show you in this season the hope of restoration.

"Lord, you know the hopes of the hopeless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them."
-Psalm 10:17-



Looking for past From Hope Valley Devotionals? You can click HERE to find a complete listing of all of the devotionals! 

I receive several emails a week asking where you can watch older episodes of "When Calls the Heart". If you have a Netflix account you can find seasons 1-3 there or you can purchase them on Amazon. You can purchase and watch all of the seasons and episodes by clicking on the links below:

*Please note that the quotes used in these weekly devotionals are the sole intellectual property of Hallmark Channel, WCTH, & Crown Media, LLC. These on-line posts are in no way supported, endorsed or affiliated with WCTH, Hallmark Channel, or Crown Media. They are simply encouragement inspired by Janette Oke and this precious show.* 

The Real Life of a Traveling Nurse

If you don’t mind not being tied down to one area, the life of a travelling nurse might be very well suited for you. First, you actually have to be a licensed nurse in order to pass muster. You can live in any state, attend Rutgers Online, and complete a bachelors of science in nursing to meet all of the requisites to be a traveling nurse. Although you will meet a lot of great people and earn a fabulous salary, there are some factors that you should be aware of prior to agreeing to work in this type of position. It will be difficult for you to put roots down anywhere, and getting started can kind of be hard. Here is some insight into the life of the real, live travel nurse.
Moving Again and Again
Moving can be fun and refreshing. Say that you get a travel nurse position at a hotel in San Francisco, but you’re originally from Boston. You’ve got to decide to do with your home as well as make arrangements to find a place to stay while working in California. If you own your home, you might be able to switch off your utilities and have a friend stop by every so often. If you’re a renter, you’ve got to determine if it’s better to sublet your place out or end your lease early and put most of your stuff in storage. In less than a year after you’ve settled into your newest work location, you’ll probably be summoned to pack your bags again. 
Making Discoveries in Each New Position
Showing up in a new part of the country requires more than finding a home. How will you get to work? Will you ride a bike, take your car, or learn how the city’s public transportation system works? Then, you have to find where the grocery stores are, deal with a new area’s local weather patterns, and last but not least, make friends and work on your social life. Those who are open to frequent changes and have a bachelor of science in nursing can do quite well working as a travel nurse. On the other hand, if you thrive by following a routine and being close to home you may end up getting burned out after a few years. 
The Reality of Fatigue
Whether your dream has always been to be a travel nurse, or it just happens to be a career that you fell into, your body is going to feel tired. As a travel nurse, your shifts may be long and the tasks you are to perform will be daunting. It is best to use your free time to rest up and recharge so that you will always be raring to go when it comes time to come in for your next shift.

Travel nurses don’t often become bored and their days always include welcome challenges. You might travel to a new region or stay closer to your hometown as a travel nurse. In any case, you’ll get to do what you love, which is caring for the public. 

 This may be a sponsored post but all of the thoughts I agree with and match the tone of my blog . 

11/28/17

Sunrise CAT Ferry Ride from Prince Edward Island to Nova Scotia

Happy Tuesday friends! Today I am so excited to continue to share more about my recent trip through New EnglandNew BrunswickPrince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia! Today will start the beginning of posts about our time traveling through the beautiful Nova Scotia area. It was truly gorgeous! 
As I mentioned in my post about practical information for Prince Edward Island there are only two ways to get on and off the island (the Confederation Bridge or the CAT Ferry). You don't have to pay to get on the island but you do have to pay to get off the island. 
Because we were going to be going to drive through Nova Scotia down to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (making a large circle of our entire journey back to Boston) we took the CAT Ferry from PEI to Nova Scotia.
I had a LONG day of driving ahead of me so we took the earliest ferry that there was- departing at 6:30am. We had to be at the ferry about an hour ahead of time so it made for an early morning.
 It was really early, but it was the most beautiful beginning of this long day filled with incredibly beautiful scenery from this area of the world. 
The ferry ride is approximately 75 minutes from Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island to Nova Scotia.
After getting on board we parked our car and walked up to the sitting area. 
As a bit of general information- once you park your car you are not allowed to stay in the car for safety reasons or return to it during the voyage so you will want to plan ahead to bring everything that you will need with you for that time.
I know for me this was a bit different as some ferries even allow you to stay in your car so make sure to plan ahead accordingly.
Because it was so early in the morning there was breakfast on board that you could purchase and a sitting area with tables to eat at. For those with food allergies you will want to bring your own food on board as they do not have allergy friendly options.
After breakfast you could stay in the dining area or you could go into another area that had a TV and news playing and a different seating area. In warmer weather you can use the outside seating.
Ali slept some and I read and kept wandering outside to take pictures of the evolving sunrise. It was chilly but so incredibly beautiful.
One of the neat things was talking to some of the other people who were also outside enjoying the sunrise. I ended up meeting two friends who were traveling together and one was from the area of Georgia where I lived for three years!
I love how travel reminds you how big the world is and how small and connected we all are too!
The morning was absolutely stunning and the trip passed incredibly quickly. It was truly the beginning of a beautiful day of driving through Nova Scotia.
If you are interested in finding out more about the CAT ferries than you can do so on their website HERE. I will give a quick word of warning though that was a bit disappointing in regards to their customer service. For several months prior to our trip I tried to contact the company to ask several questions and to see if I could work with them in our trips (we were taking two of their ferries). 

I called, left several messages, sent numerous emails, contacted them through different social media venues, etc and received no response. It was a bit disappointing to see how they didn't even respond to general questions in the help of planning this trip or to even be willing to respond back to any of these attempts to better understand their travel system. In fact, the two friends that I met on the trip (who were from Georgia) were surprised to learn that there was a ferry from Yarmouth to Portland, Maine. They said that they had tried for about 5 months to hear back from the company and when they did they asked if there were other ferries and were told there wasn't. I share that to say that if you have any questions and are going to use the ferries I would definitely try to figure out the information online and not expect to receive a response.
Despite this, the ferry ride, as you can see was gorgeous and stunning and was a beautiful trip and I would definitely recommend it. 
Thank you for continuing to read about our adventures throughout the recent trip through New EnglandNew BrunswickPrince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia! I hope for those of you planning a similar trip all of this information is helpful! If you would like, you can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking on the links below: