One week of Canadian life!

It’s been exactly one week since we picked up our newcomers at a hotel near the airport in Toronto. What a week it’s been! We’ve registered kids for school, completed all medical appointments, filled out mountains of paperwork, shopped for groceries (including halal meat and loads of flatbreads), taken the family around town, to the lake, and skating at the arena. We’ve shared countless cups of sweet black tea and delicious meals around a very large table with many little faces.

The family is settling in, slowly but surely, and starting to understand more about how life works in Ontario. It’s a steep learning curve for all, but with each day it gets easier. I’d like to share a few photos of what we’ve been up to during the past week.

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First trip down to the lake. They were very impressed by how huge it is, and said they can’t wait to see it during summer. (3 kids were sleeping in the car when this picture was taken.) Our translator Mariam Joudeh (on the far left) has been doing a stellar job.
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Visit to the elementary school, where 7 kids will start classes next week. They were excited to meet their teachers. A huge thank you to Saugeen Central for all they’ve done to prepare, including many signs written in Arabic!
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Learning all about bus safety, after a fabulous tour of Saugeen Central. They’re all ready for Monday morning!
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