Friday, April 22, 2016

Blossoms on Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!!

 Lately, I have been taking the kids on long walks to the park to enjoy this absolutely beautiful time of year. And just so you know, having Spring in April doesn't occur very often here in Canada haha. We usually still have snow. SO this has been such a treat!!! I LOVE the smell of flowers in the air.

 And of course, I took advantage of this breathtaking scenery and snapped a few pictures! Everyone should!! These flowers do not last long. Especially here in Southern Alberta with it's stupid Spring wind. Booooo! But we are crossing our fingers that they last at least until next Saturday for my Sis-in-Law's Wedding! I mean come on......a bride and blossoms??? Is there any better combo!?? nope.

 I purchased this AMAZING dress from Mayberrys.ca and I just couldn't wait for spring to role around for me to photograph it in these trees! Seriously how awesome do these colours go with each other?? It just screams spring. And a COMFORTABLE Spring at that. This is probably one of the softest dresses I've ever owned. Love it! And when I can mix Comfort and Trendy into one outfit.......Im there. Be sure to check out the rest of this awesome online shop because everything is seriously just the cutest!

 I hope everyone is celebrating Earth Day by getting out and enjoying what Mother Nature has brought us this year with all the greenery, flowers, blue skies, and perfect weather. I love this planet and all of the beautiful and unbelievable things it has created for us to enjoy.




Dress :: Mayberrys (Currently not in stock, but also LOVE this one)

Seriously you guys, their Spring dresses and skirts should be in everyones wardrobes!

Thank you for stopping by!
xoxox

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dental School | 3rd time's a Charm

On Feb 1st, 2016....Our lives changed in one single moment.

I can remember that morning so perfectly. I was up doing my hair and makeup in front of my desk and Maikal was just lying down playing on his phone on the bed next to me. He sat up and scooted to the edge of the bed. He looked at me kind of funny, I was thinking in my head "What is he staring at?? Is my shirt tucked into my underwear?? Did I forget to put mascara on the other eye?" Then he asked me to come sit with him on the bed. I said 'ok' then I saw the smallest bit of water start to fill his eyes, and I knew in that single moment what was going on. I just kept saying, "Please tell me this is what I think it is!?? Please please please please......"
He just sat there with a ginormous smile on his face. A face of absolute happiness. A face of relief. A face of hope. He gently said to me, "I just got an email from CASE (I of course start to tear up even more), and they have offered me an acceptance into their Dental Program". We were both in tears just hugging and crying, then hugging and crying some more. I could not believe my ears. After 2.5 years of trying to get in somewhere, we were finally accepted! Life can move forward and we can work towards something instead of staying in limbo and not knowing where we are going to go or how long it will take us to get there. This feeling is indescribable. It is everything good in this world wrapped up in one emotion. We are so grateful for this opportunity. Maikal has worked extremely hard to get here. And of course everyone's prayers and love have meant so much to us! So thank you!

Through this really difficult process of getting to this place in our lives, I feel like we've learned a lot about determination and working hard towards something, but to also know that things may not always go to YOUR plan. It was years of bad news after bad news and Thousands upon Thousands of dollars being put into these applications and interviews, and we weren't getting anything out of our efforts. It really took a tole on our hearts. And I know a lot of people who are in that 'Limbo' stage right now, and I truly know how it feels. We just need to keep our heads up when things get hard, to keep that hope in your hearts, and to trust in the Lords plan for us. That last part was especially hard for us. But learning to 'let go' of the reigns for a short while and let someone else drive, made a huge difference in how I felt. 

We are currently still trying to whip up the funds in order to afford to go there (ps dental school is priiiiiiiiicey) and of course Cleveland is really far so we basically need to find our place to live and things we need to set up all of over the internet and phone. Which is stressful in its very own way.
Wouldn't it be a pretty sick joke if we couldn't get the funds???
"Hey, you got into Dental School! But, it's too expensive so you can't go" 
Ya.....its been a rollercoaster lol. SO stressful! But things are slowly (and hopefully surely) coming together. I am not a patient person....and waiting for these approvals are killing me! 

Maikal starts school August 1st, 2016. BUT.....I have been booked up in Photography until Sept 3rd, so me and the kids will be staying until just after that, then joining Maikal in our new home for the next 4 years! I am so excited for this next chapter in our lives and excited to explore this new city and meet new friends.

I hope everyone is loving this spring weather and soaking it all up! Because we sure have!
Again we would like to thank you all for the amazing support and love you have shown us over the years. We feel so blessed!!!

XOXOXOXOXOX