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    This was taken one year ago. It's hard to believe that she was so little. At 2.5 months old, I felt like I had already known her for years. Yet, I still had no idea what I was doing. I was a new mother, and I felt completely on my own. I told myself to take it day by day, and so I did. Somehow, she and I made it through and although she's still so young, our bond today is so unbelievably strong. 
If it's not yet apparent, I'm in an extraordinarily sentimental mood. This morning I found a notebook that I had purchased when @omgkersh and I were seriously considering adoption. I was planning on detailing our journey for our future child. Looking at the date of the receipt, it read 02/25/15. Little did I know that exactly one year later, my daughter would be born on 02/25/16. 
I truly believe that we are constantly being shown signs, we just don't always pay attention. I view what happened today as a reminder to stay strong during times of uncertainty. Things usually work out for the better. I just need to have faith. To say that she has a piece of my heart would be an understatement.
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braiding palm leaves

This week is Holy Week, which began with Palm Sunday. We were given palms at our church along with the rest of the congregation. Our newsletter states:

“Blessed palms have always been respected as holy objects or sacramental. Some families place one or more on the wall behind a crucifix or holy picture until the next Palm Sunday, or they might braid them into crosses for wall decorations.”

This was the first year that we received palms. When we got home, Geoffrey set to braiding them just as he had done when he was younger. We plan on displaying them with our other important possessions once they’re dry.

Remy was baptized at this time last year, which is so fitting given that this is the time when we, as Christians, renew our baptism.

I also found it fitting that Geoffrey braided the palm leaves on our church pew that serves as our dining room seating.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Easter! I’ll see you next week.

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Emory

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geoffrey’s many birthday parties

geo-bday-1-1Last week, my husband celebrated his 31st birthday. For five days.

During those five days, we honestly didn’t do very much, except have multiple meals and cakes. I told him that most wedding celebrations don’t even last that long. However, we really didn’t plan for it to continue on for so long. It ended up being the only way that we could see both sides of our family.

geo-bday-40We spent the eve of Geoffrey’s birthday at home having supper with his mum and sister who had come into town. They graciously brought us a cake.

geo-bday-11On his real birthday, he opened his gifts from everyone, including Remy’s first card that she “coloured” for him.

img_0353The next night, we went out for supper as a family. When we came home, we put Remy to bed and had our neighbour babysit her while we went on our FIRST date since having her. It only lasted about an hour, mainly because we were so nervous and just wanted to get back home to her. It was nice to get out, and now we can say that we left her at least once before she turned a year old!

geobday-19Our plans for Saturday didn’t come to fruition. I spent the day tearing up carpet and working on our new/old hardwood floors. However, that night we watched half of a movie on Netflix after putting Remy to sleep. Does that count?

geo-bday-13Sunday was our final day of celebrating. My sister and family, as well as my step-dad came over for lunch. We had more cake of course.

geo-bday-14All in all I would say that it was a nice, low-key (and long) birthday. I enjoyed celebrating, and I hope that Geoffrey did as well.

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Emory

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diaper bag dilemma

VintageDiaperBagI found that choosing a diaper bag was almost as complicated as choosing a crib or dresser. When I first commenced my search for one, I had no clue as to what I wanted. What I did not want was something feminine. I knew that it had to be masculine enough for my husband to also wear it and not complain for the following year or so. After several weeks of searching online, I finally came across a bag so fitting that I had to pinch myself. It was the Jungle Leather Nappy Bag.

91MDEzvvUeL._SL1500_Australian designed, this bag by OiOi was so gorgeous that I knew that nothing else could compare. Made of lambskin and antique gold hardware, I was almost salivating over the photos. Then I saw the cost. They are priced at $400.00 CAD. I sent a picture to my sister and she said to buy it now while we still have money. After days of contemplating purchasing the bag, I inevitably backed out. I could not justify spending more on a diaper bag than on a crib. Then came my brilliant idea. 

Vintage Diaper Bag - 8I think that the reason why I loved the bag so much was because it had reminded me of a similar one that my stepdad had given my husband and I. It was his vintage, leather messenger bag that he had once owned. My husband had since been using it to keep important documents, but it remained tucked away in storage for the last five years. After fishing it out of a box and giving it a quick wash, I was elated to finally have a diaper bag. One that was so unique and gender-neutral that we could both proudly wear it. Best of all, we saved hundreds of dollars.

Vintage Diaper Bag - 7Now that we finally had a diaper bag, it was time to fill it. Deciding on the contents as first-time parents was a feat in itself. After several trips to baby stores, and one to my sister’s home to raid her bag, we ultimately had the essentials figured out.

Vintage Diaper Bag - 3.1Here is what went in our diaper bag:

Vintage Diaper Bag - 1Onesie
Hat
Diapers
Diaper cream
Baby wipes
Diaper sacks
Change pad
Burp cloth

Vintage Diaper Bag - 2Blanket
Nursing cover
Bib
Teether toy
Soother
Hand sanitizer
Breast pads
Pen
Notebook

Vintage Diaper Bag - 6I know that we will be adding more once our baby comes into this world.

Vintage Diaper Bag - 5Was anyone else as picky about diaper bags as I was?

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Emory

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geoffrey’s 30th birthday

IMG_0007And another one bites the dust! My husband is officially thirty years old, the same as me. This year, he will become a dad for the first time, finish school and have a new trade under his belt, and finally shave his beard. Just kidding. I don’t think that last one will ever happen.

Geoff Birthday 2We celebrated Geoff’s birthday over the course of three evenings, since they’re the only evenings that he has free from work this week. I had asked him if he had wanted a party for such a momentous birthday. He declined, so instead we ended up engaging in a ton of unrelated events. It was not very glamorous, but it was very fun. In essence, it was more our birthday style

Geoff Birthday 1On Saturday evening, Geoff finished work and we went to run errands. The temperature was -22°C without the wind. With the wind, it was -35°C.

Geoff Birthday 3We began at the Dollar Store, then I had a delivery, and we had to get a few things at London Drugs. Next we went to Canadian Tire in hopes of finding welding gear that I could purchase for Geoff’s gift. After not finding anything worthwhile, I had a little cry in the store (thanks pregnancy hormones), and we left.

Geoff Birthday 4Geoff Birthday 5We ended the frigid night with a date at our favourite diner, Pink Cadillacs. With full bellies and uplifted spirits, we finally made it home around 10 pm.

Geoff Birthday 6Geoff’s real birthday fell on Tuesday. After picking him up a coffee and donut, the dogs and I met him in town after school. I had to drop off my vehicle to get serviced. From there, we went in his truck and to the vet college for Holly’s meds. Then we drove back home where he opened a plethora of gifts.

GeoffBirthday8Geoff Birthday 10Geoff Birthday 11We had about twenty minutes to spare before driving back into town to have a movie date. We had a VIP experience and saw The Revenant. It was such an enjoyable adventure. I think we might always have to watch films as VIPs from now on.

Geoff Birthday 13Because we didn’t end up spending his birthday with our family, the following night we went to my niece’s skating practice. Geoff played with our niece and nephew at the rink, while I sat and visited with my sister and her other children. Afterwards, we went to her house for cake, where we played with her five kids some more. Then we picked up the dogs and drove back into town to get our vehicle. We stopped at Tim Horton’s for a treat, drove around and talked about our future, then finally called it a night and an end to his birthday celebration.

Geoff Birthday 12All in all, I think that he had an enjoyable birthday. I had always pictured our 30th birthdays turning out differently, with parties, alcohol, and the works. However, this last year has been so eventful. With all that lies before us in our immediate future, from babies, to moving provinces, to jobs, to master’s programs, I think that this coming year will be even more lively. I hope that you will all stick around for the ride.

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Emory

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tell me your wedding story

Wedding Anniversary Shoot 9Guys, you all have been so kind with your words and wishes regarding our recent wedding anniversary. Do you know what? I yearn to hear your own stories as to how you met and married your significant other (both past or present). I just love a good love story.

If you feel like sharing,  please comment below! I will certainly be responding to those brave souls who do.

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