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I was on the bus heading to Swift Current, had my itunes on random play and a song came on. That song is what inspired this blog post. For you see I often relate songs to periods in my life and there is always a song that covers any big event. I hear it and it brings me back immediately to that time in my life.

This song when I moved back to Saskatchewan was Coming Home by Diddy.

I’m coming home
Tell the world I’m coming home
Let the rain wash away the all pain of yesterday
Though my kingdom awaits and they’ve forgiven my mistakes
I’m coming home
Tell the world I’m coming home
I’m back where I belong
I have never felt so strong
I’m back there is nothing I can’t try
Ain’t no stopping ‘me’ now
I love that song
Whenever it comes on makes me feel strong
A lot of fights A lot of scars A lot of ups A lot of down
But here I stand a better ‘woman’
Thank you Lord

It brings up some strong feelings inside of me. I left Saskatchewan to pursue an employment opportunity in Alberta, and while I really enjoyed the job, Alberta wasn’t home. It was okay, and the shopping was fantastic. I was able to reconnect with friends from when I lived there before which was fun and I’m thankful for those reconnections. But that summer I was still booked for a lot of weddings in Swift Current. I flew a lot of miles that summer back and forth. And every single time that plane  landed in Regina or Saskatoon, my heart started singing.

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I grew up a bit of a nomad. I have a difficult time settling down – just ask people that have tried to keep up with my multiple addresses (I think one even dedicated a whole section in her address book for me). And yet I get on the prairies and it just feels like home.

I love the fields. I love the rolling hills. The grain fields with their crops. The tall grasses. The people.

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This is home to me. Maybe I don’t have an exact place (as in Regina or Swift Current) in what I would call specifically home. Southern Saskatchewan is home to me. I love heading to Swift Current – so many people I love live there. Some of my favorite weddings have been in that area. And it’s nice to head back to Regina and to my own bed and friends there. As my business has been expanding I have started meeting such sweet couples in Regina (and I’m sooooo excited for their weddings next year  as the engagement sessions were a lot of fun). Maybe I need to take my mom’s advice about getting a fifth wheel!

I wanted to share this with you, because I have been accused of not being ‘local’ to a specific area in Southern Saskatchewan. While I may have moved around, this is my home. This is where my spirit soars. This is where my heart breathes a sigh of relief to be here. Maybe I wasn’t born in Saskatchewan (Manitoba baby!) but the prairies run through my veins. Maybe because my great grandparents right up to this generation of family farm in southern Saskatchewan. I wonder is farming a genetic thing? Because when it is harvest time I will find any excuse no matter how stupid or small to find some reason to get myself out to one of my uncles’ fields. Thankfully they seem to also share my love of harvest and also seem to find reasons to have me come out with my camera in tow – a win win situation for sure!

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 I love this land. I see it with the eyes of someone that is in love for the first time (except I’ve seen it that way for years). I love the winter blizzards, I love the thunderstorms, I love the wind – okay I don’t love the mosquitoes if we could someone get rid of those buggers…..  And when you love it, it translates in photos. One of the sagest pieces of advice I read from a photographer is take photos of what you love. And Southern Saskatchewan my whole heart and soul loves you. Trust me on that.

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A little glimpse into who I am and why I do think I am a ‘local’ Southern Saskatchewan girl.

 

3 responses to “Home | Personal”

  1. Shari says:

    Makes this born and bred Vancouverite want to take a trip to Saskatchewan. Thanks.

  2. Shari says:

    Makes this born and bred Vancouverite want to take a trip to the Prairies!

  3. Lindsay says:

    Reading this I realize I feel most at home whine I go home as well. Lands. That you’ve seen since you we’re a baby and that are familiar and comforting. I’m not looking forward to the cold. Or the snow; and the adjacent ice, slipping and layers. But a snowstorm where I can cuddle up with the kids and enjoying looking out at the world? I can’t wait

    Beautiful work lady. I wish I had your random eyesight.

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