when we were young…

writing with passion, living with vision and acting with intention

The highlight reel


I’ve been blogging at When we were young… for about eight months now.

I want to express my appreciation for everyone who has followed via email, or like when we were young… on Facebook. It means so much because in this space, I can connect, learn and build on dreams because of you – the reader. Because you read, comment, and “like” on Facebook, I am motivated to expand my world beyond the walls of my home and duties of motherhood that keep my mind so preoccupied that I often forget how to be me.

And on that note, I want to share a little bit with you about who I am.

What era was I born? The 80s, 26 years into a large family that grew larger (eight kids in total).

What type of kid was I? The talkative one

cutsie, chubby, little, sisters, bonded

Edjucated? Joking, despite barely passing my Grade 12 English provincial exam, I graduated from university with a degree in journalism. Seriously, Grade 12 English, you suck.

Been here or there? I lived abroad in Vienna, Austria for five months and traveled to 11 European countries before settling down. I would go back to Ireland in a heartbeat – something in the Irish blood calls me to the land of my heritage.

Ireland, cliffs of moher, beauty, heritage, love

Let’s hear it for love! Seven years ago, a quirky dude took me swing dancing and we got hitched a year and a half later.

winter wedding, young love, pre-kids

There’s no place like home… My husband and I moved to a small island called Pender just a few months after we got hitched. There, we lived a rich life of being part of small community that included but was not limited to: acting in a play, teaching swing dancing and running a plumbing business.

swing dancing, talent show, pender island, legendary

small town cafe, hope bay, new family of three, happy days, pender island

Life changing events: My husband and I conceived a little girl in 2010 and I carried her for over 32 weeks when she arrived stillborn. Seven weeks after loosing her, Shae was conceived and then born the following January. His brother Oliver followed 16 months later. It has been a long haul, needless to say.

pregant on pender, big love, big heartache, hopeful

A piece of clothing that describes me: Jasmine pants

harem pants, jasmine pants, comfy, stylin, best wear

A song that always makes me happy: “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

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To my fellow bloggers, I am enjoying getting to know you and hope you feel better acquainted with me now!







Author: whenwewereyoung...

A stay at home mom of two boys under two, love TED talks, swing dancing and of course, writing. When we were young is my sharing of motherhood, the beautiful, the ugly, the happy, the sad and the world my boys are growing up in.

16 thoughts on “The highlight reel

  1. Jasmine pants? 🙂 I want a picture of how you style them.
    I’m so sorry about the loss of your daughter. That must be so hard, especially as the time neared with your sons.

    • Would you indeed? Haha, I have thought about what a fashion side of my blog would look like or better yet, who it would appeal to! 😛

      I included loosing my daughter because I never want to pretend she didn’t exist. There are too many women who have experienced the loss of a baby and remember in silence, alone. For some, that is how they best handle it but for many like myself, I found reaching out and talking to others was helpful during that time. Thank you for your thoughts.

  2. LOVE! I love you to pieces… count me in for a trip to Ireland!

  3. I am grateful we met and became friends on that lovely little Pender Island…it will always have a piece of my heart. Thanks for exposing yourself in your writings, Ginny. It is nice to get to keep in touch with what’s going on with you this way.

  4. What a fun list of random facts that really do paint a picture of who you :). Coming to you from West Coast Parent Bloggers

  5. What a great way to connect with your readers 🙂

  6. It is great getting to know you better.
    I couldn’t imagine going through a stillbirth, I’m glad you shared it and honoured her memory.

  7. I loved this post. I feel like I know you already:)

  8. I love Pender Island! I love your beautiful photos, and I’m glad to have discovered your blog. I do not, however, like to wear jasmine pants myself because they remind me of MC Hammer (speaking of the 80s!).

  9. Great idea for a post, I already feel like I know you 🙂

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