My Pilling Family pt. 1

CALGARY
Hello! This past week has been insane! Last Monday we found out that Grandma Pilling had passed away in Canada. Our hearts were broken. That night Bryton and I decided that we needed to be at her funeral so we booked our flights and 12 hours later we were on the plane.

I’ve decided to break this post up into two parts. I have so many photos that I want to share and lots to talk about. My next post will have all the pics.

It was a crazy 26+ hours flying but totally worth it when I finally got to meet my Pilling family. I was so excited to meet all of them, especially Grandpa. We had talked with them so many times on Skype and it was nice to actually meet him in person. I was so bummed that I missed Grandma but I’m grateful for the plan of salvation.

Grandpa is exactly how I imagined him to be. He is very humble, quiet, and loving. I don’t think I’ve ever hugged someone so much in a single week! He really loved giving hugs and I appreciated it a lot. He has a funny sense of humour and is surprisingly witty. On Saturday evening when we got back to his house he came out of his room wearing his cowboy hat and sunglasses and he started posing. When I told him I was taking photos he said “Ok, I’ll just be casual.” Then he got one of Grandma’s hats and we took photos together. It was hilarious!!

We stayed the first two nights at Grandpa’s house and then the last three nights at Kyle and Danielle’s house. They are an awesome family and I’m so glad we got to spend time with them!! They have six children and they are all so much fun. 

Bryton’s parents drove us around Calgary and showed us the places where they lived when they first got married, where they had their wedding reception, and all the houses his Dad used to egg when he was a kid.

We went to Walmart at least seven times in the first two days we were there. Don’t judge me. Our first trip there I went straight to the cosmetics section and could not believe how ridiculously cheap everything was! Foundation that costs at least $30NZD was $8C. Even with the GST and exchange rate, that was no where near as expensive as New Zealand. So you can imagine how crazy I went. Everything was just so cheap. And big. Canada likes to do things BIG. The packets of chips are BIG. The bottles of drink are BIG. I just wanted to buy everything in the store. 

Uncle Rick took us to Costco for lunch. I was stunned. It costed $1.50 for a hot dog and a refill drink. $13 fed 5 of us. Whaaaaaat? That’s how much one McDonald’s combo costs!

I met a ton of Bryton’s family. They are amazing. Our cousin Lynndy has two little girls and they are so sweet. Abby was especially darling because she kept coming to me for hugs. No kid ever does that to me. Not even my own brothers haha.

On Friday morning Bryton’s mum and I got to help dress Grandma. That was a very special experience that left me in tears for a solid hour. Grandma had picked her own casket and when I saw it, I wasn’t surprised. It was purple with pink lining in the inside and pictures of pink roses in the metal rings on the outside.  Friday evening we had the viewing. I’d never been to a viewing before. It is when people come to see the body. It was really emotional for everyone especially the family as it was the first time they had seen her. Afterwards our cousin Melisse took is to Mack’s for slurpies and ohhhh my goodness! The root beer slurpies were delish! She took us back to her place to hang out and gave us the grand tour of their cute house.

Saturday was Grandma’s funeral. It was beautiful. It was short and sweet and very organised. Grandma had pretty much organised her entire funeral. She’d chosen the songs and everything. I will keep a separate post about her funeral otherwise this one will go on forever. 

On Sunday we went to Grandpa’s ward and then had a family breakfast for lunch. It was delicious. Oh, so Bryton’s mum had been wanting me to try this Angel Food Cake that they have over there. One of the family friends, Cori, heard that I never had it before and made a big one for me. That was such a kind thing for her to do! Canadian’s are lovely people. They are all so kind. Well the cake was so big and I couldn’t eat it all myself before we had to leave so I took it for the family lunch. I smothered it in whipped cream and strawberries and it was like my mouth had never tasted something so delicious before! We had waffles and pancakes and sausages and eggs and everything you could imagine. I’m coming home fat.

Lunch that day was really emotional. I didn’t want to leave. Calgary had become my home and the Pilling’s were my family. Only one week with them and I was attached. When we said goodbye to everyone I couldn’t stop crying!! They are amazing people and I’m grateful to be a part of their family. It was really special to be with other Pilling’s. Don’t tell my mum this, but I would move there in a heartbeat!

October cannot come fast enough!

P.S. Photos will be up in the next post soon. 




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