Many of our readers are aware of reasons behind our decision to move * and about the new direction this necessity has brought to our family. As we go through this process, I hope to update our blog with a summary of this journey. We are walking by faith, trusting in our God’s all-sufficient power to bring us exactly where He wants us next. At this point, even after a year of praying and preparing by looking into some of the details, there remain many unknowns but we are trusting that God will be showing us His plan, step by step.
At the beginning of June, our family began a new chapter as we said “good-bye” to my parents (webnamed “the Elderberries”) who moved into a senior’s residence near my sister in southern Ontario. This now allows us the opportunity to place our house on the market for sale in the near future (after we complete the remaining tasks of clean-ups/touch-ups).
As difficult as it was to have a major move like this at this stage in their lives, it was the best solution for everyone:
- My parents at least remain together and my sister lives close to the facility. The staff put a lot of effort and care in the serving of the seniors there.
- It takes time and energy to sort through stuff, especially paper stuff. Homeschool moms can imagine the amount of paper stuff that can accumulate when there have been 3 teachers plus 8 students living in one house LOL! 😀 We’ve been taking photos of some of the interesting things such as my grandma’s art lessons from the 1920’s – how they taught painting in grade 7/8 back then, my mom’s old teaching visuals, my uncle’s report cards (e.g. just what did teachers check for attitudes towards school anyways?), the bookends my dad made as a child in VBS (Vacation Bible School), and so on. Yes, it provides more ideas for some unique future blogs about education from the past. Downsizing has/is taking a major part of our time as we make decisions on what to move and do lots of sorting. And it also gives a more organized fresh start to all of us.
- Couldn’t we just stay here and ignore the sensitivities? The honest answer is not really very well. Without moving, the prognosis is to get more sensitive – more frequently, to a greater degree involving more symptoms, and we’ve begun to notice this reality ourselves in a small way. EMF/MCS sensitive people can either recover to handle public environments better if they live/work in better environments or they apparently progress towards multi-organ failure (My health is pretty good yet but I don’t want to get to that stage either.) Many years ago in my early 20’s, I suddenly became very disabled for 1-2 years with unknown causes to some very strange symptoms and life-threatening situations as I became very weak and had to drop out of university for a while. Many, many people prayed for God to raise me back to health and after a while, I began to recover from “whatever” had hit my body. After about a year meeting with around 26 specialists in various cities, I was given some definite muscle-related diagnoses but the specialists (from my biopsy and polysomnograph reports) could not figure out the reason behind those diagnoses – this remained a medical mystery as I moved on through life, improving most of the time, until the past few years when symptoms returned more so here, not only with me but also starting to appear with other family members living here as well. Then after we realized I was also EMF sensitive to cell radiation, etc., we realized that a few scientists have already made a connection between higher electrical fields and 4 of the 5 diagnoses I had received back in 1995/96! Then we tested out the idea that the same symptoms then and now were related to environmental sensitivities – with very interesting results. It does seem to us that there are some connections to challenges “back then” and now. We believe that our family, including myself, still have a good window of opportunity to regain a measure of tolerance for environmental triggers – other people have done so IF they live in low-EMF, low-chemical areas. We already know by experience last summer and this spring that we are much better IF we spend hours working or sleeping in low-electrical fields (e.g. gardening for hours or camping in tents where there are no electrical fields). Tolerance to wifi in town is improved and sleep quality is much higher. You can think of it this way – that the main source of our issue is not under our authority to change it. Our current house is officially within ESA and Hydro One standards but happens to measure electrical fields at levels which are considered much too high for EMF sensitive people. After a number of engineering consultations, the conclusion is that we can’t change the situation further here so if we feel we need something different, we’re the ones who have to make the change to move elsewhere. (It’s sort of like people who are very sensitive to smog have to move out of a city but most people aren’t as bothered by the smog days so they live there happily instead.)
Q: What about just going off-grid where you are? Wouldn’t that solution work?
A: Yes and no. Solar power CAN BE a helpful option for EMF sensitive people IF the inverter and a DE filter system is about 30 feet or so away from the house (e.g. batteries, inverter, and filter(s) can’t be in a basement). Big family means large solar system too. Not cheap nor affordable here. Plus, our house is close to the road and a corner and the influence of fields from the lines running along the road remains a scientific mystery. But yes, solar power can be arranged to have really low electrical fields and does has an option of having no wireless RF involved if you’re fully off-grid.
Q: Why consider moving “out-of-province”?
A: Ontario is faster-paced for introducing new technology, including 5G. To our understanding, it is the only province at this point which is allowed to test driverless vehicles on the roads – roads like the kind we’d drive on here. That means the push to add wireless infrastructure to public spaces is greater in Ontario compared to some other areas in Canada. Smart meters are not optional in this province either. (Yes, off-grid is still an option in Ontario, although not recommended on our specific property.) The number of cell towers is directly related to the number of devices that want the services. Rob and I have been praying (so have many of our friends and family) and made the decision to move out-of-province where the pace of life and cell services are currently less progressive. We will announce “where” we are moving when that becomes more definite.
Q: Why not just find another house in your area and not move so far? You’re already in living away from large cities.
A: Our preference was to stay in this area – it has fresh air, excellent water, and is much more pleasant than living in busier areas of Ontario! But even here, technology is increasing rapidly. Plus housing prices for homes sizable enough and with a “clean enough environment” for our family are too costly (thus one of the reasons we helped to build our current house so it wouldn’t be too expensive if we put time and labour into it). We did tour a handful of homes in our area which were for sale. However, around that time of looking, our community was increasing the number and power of cell towers and it became no longer a reasonable option to continue looking here. Ontario itself has priorities to quickly increase technologies which effect our family, and desires to bring it into all areas, not just urban-based communities.
Thank you to the family and friends, brothers and sisters in Christ who read our blogs, who are upholding our family in your prayers! We are confident that God is leading us and has a good purpose in all of these challenges and changes.