Home {Sweet} Home: Calico Cove

“This Island is the bloomiest place.
I just love it already,
and I am so glad I’m going to live here.”

-Anne Shirley





If it has been rather quiet on the blog lately … it is because our family has made a rather large move — into another province!

Yes, we quickly packed up our lovely home in Ontario this past month, after it sold abruptly in a week’s time, and headed east … in the direction of our new home in “The Place in the Sun” —  Prince Edward Island.

As I walk the little trails around our new Island property, smell the salty air, see the birds in the trees and pick another bouquet of wildflowers for the kitchen table, I am in awe and complete gratitude fills my heart. How did we end up here? It is just so lovely and so wonderful – a new home for an old soul.

It is rather surprising to me to still wake up and realize I am in another province and another home – I have lived in Ontario since I was a little girl – although I was born on the west coast of Canada. Being near the ocean has never been an option for our family, but here, suddenly, we are … sitting on the coast line of the Atlantic Ocean … with a little homestead to call our own. We packed up our chickens, our mini horses, plants and herbs, household belongings – and children! – and headed east with much anticipation. It was all rather a whirlwind of a move and definitely led by God – He answered so many prayers, opened so many doors and allowed many dreams to come true — even down to the timing. [We arrived in time to plant our vegetable and flower gardens – yes, that was a special request of mine!]

After traveling across four provinces with 11 people, a harp and cello on board, along with a rooster and hen combination (which missed the animal trailer, by accident– and wouldn’t you know, the rooster started crowing every single time the baby fell asleep in the vehicle!), two dogs, three bunnies, a trunk filled with shelves duct taped with various plants from home and a trailer full of herbs and goodies — not to mention three freezers full of food! –  from my garden …. we finally made it to our new home.

Words can barely express our excitement as we toppled out of our rather over-crowded family vehicle and ran to the shore to see our new home …

We had purchased our home sight unseen – with the exception of the internet views – and much of the land still held a mysterious air to it. Watching the children run along the shore in utter awe and excitement was a moment I will never forget as a mother. Nine happy children, squealing at the ocean waves, picking up shells and giggling with excitement when they spotted their first jellyfish.

We slept the first night without beds or blankets or pillows, as our home goods would not arrive until the following day, but no one cared. It all felt like a dream come true …



Our little home, Calico Cove, is even sweeter than I an anticipated – and we immediately felt at home – there have been no regrets about leaving our favorite house in Ontario. Although I absolutely adored our last home – and it will forever hold a special place in my heart – I have realized home truly is where my family is – and we are all together, making more memories under another special little roof in our little house by the sea. [That being said, I will miss our Ontario friends and family and even more, our B.C. family that lives oh so far away!]


We still have a century home … but with farmland and we have grand ocean … we have fresh winds and chattering birds and fruit trees and a sparkling pond … we have a cozy kitchen and warm beds to sleep at night … we have our chickens and a large vegetable garden to grow and our animals to raise … we have salty air and beautiful sunsets …


… and we have red soil.

Here is a comparison of Ontario dirt against the red soil of the island. It has been rather fun to start our garden with the famous red soil of Prince Edward Island rubbing against our fingers and toes.

It feels a bit like we’ve landed in the Promised Land for our family.

I’m just going to soak it all up and completely enjoy this new chapter of our family’s story.

Won’t you join me in our new island adventures?




June 13, 2021 - 4:31 am

Gigi Liz, it is quite the story! I will see if I can share it. 🙂

June 13, 2021 - 4:31 am

Gigi Hello Renee – thank you! Much love to your family!

June 13, 2021 - 4:31 am

Gigi Thank you, Liette! Missing you! xo

June 13, 2021 - 4:31 am

Gigi Danessa, we need to meet!

June 13, 2021 - 4:30 am

Gigi Thank you for the kind words! We are loving it here and enjoying exploring the island, setting up the homestead and such …. busy times!
Teresa, you must come and visit! Do let me know when you are planning your trip. 🙂

June 9, 2021 - 10:58 am

Teresa Oh Wow!!! That is awesome! Who wouldn’t want to live there! Your home is beautiful and I can’t wait to see inside of it. And all the beauty around it!! So happy for you! Our family is planning a trip there next year!! Hugs sweet friend!

June 4, 2021 - 7:33 pm

Danessa stride I have always wanted to visit P.E.I, but have not had the chance yet. I plan one day to visit. I am a huge fan of Anne of green gables and would love to visit it!
I myself grew up living right next to the ocean, and I know your kids will absolutely love it, there is just something so majestic about it!
If you ever decide to visit my beautiful Newfoundland someday, look me up, would be so nice to meet, have a chat over a cup of ☕️ Tea.
Enjoy every second making new memories! Looking forward to your next post!
I pray for Gods blessings and protection for you and your family on your new adventures

June 4, 2021 - 3:36 pm

Liette Girard Gillian, I’m so happy to see you and family are loving your new home. It looks so nice. Say hi to the family for me. Hopefully I will go visit some day. PEI is beautiful. Love Aunt Liette.

June 4, 2021 - 12:48 pm

Renee Stein I haven’t checked your blog in many months but was over joyed to see of your new adventure on the east coast. I know your heart has been longing for more of a rural simple life for so long now. Plus your adventurous spirit! So happy for all of you. Please say hi to the kids from the Stein boys (and me xo).

June 2, 2021 - 3:44 am

Gigi That was all in God’s answered prayer …. He has provided a way for us to be here!

June 2, 2021 - 3:43 am

Gigi Danessa, I was thinking of you! Maybe one day we can actually meet! Have you ever been to PEI?

June 1, 2021 - 10:11 pm

Liz Curious about how you came to the decision to move to PEI? Was your husband able to get a transfer of job?

June 1, 2021 - 8:54 pm

Danessa stride CONGRATULATIONS!! Your moving closer to my favourite spot on earth, and my home province, Newfoundland lol. So happy for you and your family, you will love it there! I cannot wait for future post to see your new family adventures on the Island! So happy for you!

June 1, 2021 - 12:41 pm

Courtney Hi Gillian – I’m sorry, I should have clarified – I am originally from Cape Breton Island. I am in SW Ontario now, but oh, how miss the sights and smells of the east coast!

June 1, 2021 - 7:35 am

Kim Robbins Gillian, we are so happy for you,Abby and the children. Your home is beautiful, I can’t wait to see the new adventures you have there. God Bless you

June 1, 2021 - 3:45 am

Gigi Courtney – that is wonderful – where out east are you from?

May 31, 2021 - 10:23 pm

Melissa I’m a long time reader but I’ve never commented. I don’t even remember now how I stumbled upon your beautiful blog, but I’ve enjoyed checking in and learning so much from you! What a surprise to read, and yet also not a surprise as this seems like such a perfect place for your family. I’ve always wanted to visit PEI just for the music alone 🙂 Enjoy and I can’t wait to see more of your life there.

May 31, 2021 - 8:44 pm

Brenda (Gillian’s Momma) We are so happy for you and Abby and the children! And of course, the animals too. What a wonderful place to live … Looking forward to hearing about all the new and exciting adventures to come! And we can’t wait to visit Love always, Dad & Mom xo

May 31, 2021 - 7:12 pm

Courtney How wonderful! Congratulations on your move! I am from out east too, and how wonderful is the smell of the salty ocean air. I cannot wait to follow along on your new adventures!

May 31, 2021 - 5:59 pm

Gigi Thank you, Erin Lynn! We are loving it so far! The garden is going and we’re hoping for a great summer, with all our regular chores and canning procedures. I must make myself a new outdoor kitchen, but I have plans … 🙂

May 31, 2021 - 2:56 pm

Erin Lynn Your new home and property look idyllic!❤️Swoon. So gorgeous!!!! May you sense the blessing of the Lord there. Can’t wait to hear more about it !!!

May 31, 2021 - 11:17 am

Tara Amazing!!! What a move! Does this mean your hubby has retired?

May 30, 2021 - 8:22 pm

Rachel It looks beautiful and like it fits you well! How dreamy! Hoping to hear more about how you make it “yours” and perhaps a little more about how/why you ended up there?

May 30, 2021 - 3:31 am

Gigi Laura, hello! A letter is on it’s way to you! It’s ocean front, but you have to walk 18 acres to get to the ocean – so we own the ocean front, but there’s farmland in between. To me, that is just fine as it is a glorious walk through the field, past our pond and trees, to the ocean… yes, Praise God!

May 30, 2021 - 12:09 am

Rebecca Oh my goodness!!!!!!! How exciting!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see more photos of your adorable cottage!!!!

May 29, 2021 - 10:51 pm

Laura Jeanne Oh, Gillian! This post brought tears to my eyes because I am so happy for you. Your new home is adorable, and knowing you, you will soon make the inside as adorable as the outside. 🙂 I’m so glad to hear that everything has gone so well for you and that the children are happy in their new home. Do you really mean to say that your new place is right on the ocean? How amazing. I look forward to seeing more of your homestead in posts to come! Praise God!

May 29, 2021 - 10:07 pm

Lillibeth Humphrey Congratulations! How exciting! What an adventure! And a pretty house:) I am so happy for your family:)

May 29, 2021 - 9:28 pm

Lynnea Dear Gigi,
How wonderful and exciting for you and your family! The house and area look so beautiful and inviting! I will surely join you on your new island adventures and, as always, look forward to each and every post!
With happiness for you and prayers for your settling in,
❤️ Lynnea

May 29, 2021 - 9:18 pm

Lynnea How wonderful and exciting for you and your family! The house, water and area all look so beautiful and inviting! I will surely join you on your new island adventures and, as always, look forward to every post! 🙂
So happy for you, Gigi, and your lovely family ~
~ with love in Christ ~ Lynnea