Happy Soul Project

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Happy Soul Project is about trying to live with a Grateful Spirit no matter what may come in life...I’m a quarky wanna-be writer/blogger, adoring/annoyed wife, minivan mumma to two hooligans, one who just happens to have Down syndrome.

t... is a winner of Top 25 Canadian Moms - 2013

What's the best part of raising a family in Canada?

Actually was just reflecting on this the other day...

http://www.happysoulproject.com/2013/09/what-does-fox-say-or-duck-or-seagull.html#.UkOc5obMB8E

For my family & our situation I would have to say the social acceptance & resources towards Down syndrome. My daughter Pip {9 months old} not only has Down syndrome but has faced numerous eye/heart surgeries...Canada & our healthcare system has been beyond amazing. I can't imagine going through what we have in another country.

When Pip had heart surgery, we shared a room with another little girl with Down syndrome & her mother from Algeria...We got talking & I was stunned in sadness, when she told me that if they had stayed in Algeria her daughter would have had a very difficult life...That they had to flee to Canada to give her any opportunity to thrive and/or survive...

Between that & learning that many Down syndrome children are given up for adoption or aborted, I feel that part of my purpose now in life is to advocate & show others that although our life is a wee bit different it's amazing & full & oh so bright...And I am thankful I live in a country that allows that to happen..

What's the biggest misconception people have about raising a family in Canada?

I lived abroad: Switzerland, Australia, Ireland & I was frequently asked if I lived in an igloo & spoke French when whomever found out I was Canadian...

Those that know me, might actually say I am the worst Canadian ever to even try to speak French...

I grew up in Windsor where all our media influence was from Detroit- So, in a sense I grew up more "Americanized" than most Canadians...When I met my husband & moved to his remote town in Northern Ontario it felt like I was in another country...

I pronounced French names like Loranger or Belanger as they were spelt -Low-Ranger...This greatly amused many...

As for the snow & cold weather- Again growing up in Windsor- we had HOT, HUMID weather & moving to a northern town really threw me for a loop...I was NOT use to the extreme cold our country offers...If I'm being 100% honest I thought ice huts were people's homes...I asked my husband if there was anything we could do for those people in those tiny homes when I first saw them...To this day he won't let me live it down that they were ice huts...

What do your kids love most about living in Canada?

Well my hooligans are only 2 years old & 9 mths so they'd be happy with an apple sauce and a sing-a-long...But as they grow I hope that they are grateful for the freedom our country provides...The freedom to be who they are, love who they want, do what they want & learn from the vast differences in others who call Canada their home...We are lucky, lucky, lucky to live in such a beautiful country...