Step by step, the unknown becomes known…
Our adoption was finalized five years ago between Valentine’s and Family Day and is now always celebrated between these days.
On this Family Day, we went for a morning hike at Hilton Falls Conservation Area.
It was a beautiful sunny day and 1 degree compared to yesterday’s -12.
During our one-hour drive, we played “Into the Unknown” by Panic at the Disco from Frozen 2, one of T’s favourite songs.
When we first adopted T, he was on the cusp of learning to walk. We are thankful we got to experience that milestone with him.
Once he found his footing, he was always on the go and rarely sat still.
We were thrilled to introduce our love of nature to T, going camping before he was 2.
T is in his element in the outdoors.
It was nice to explore a new park and to experience our first winter hike.
I loved walking with tall poplar trees on either side, the warm sun reflecting off the snow.
We stopped to enjoy the whimsical…
… and admire the beauty all around us.
As we hiked in silence, I thought about the road travelled together.
Little did we know back then what an adventure this was going to be – the joys, heartache, laughter, uncertainty.
My mind continues to process the recommendations from his FASD diagnosis report and the next unknown that lies ahead.
But I promised myself I was going to enjoy our family time and save that work for another day.
Because like a hike in the woods, you somehow always find your way.
Sometimes by intuition and determination.
Sometimes by following the footprints and markers that others have left behind.
Sometimes by following others on the same path as you.
Sometimes by venturing off the beaten path and charting your own way.
But if you take the leap of faith and dare to venture into the unknown, you will always find something worth your while.
Day by day, step by step, breath by breath, the unknown becomes known. The uncertain becomes certain. The afraid becomes unafraid.