Friday, April 18, 2014

A Time Of Reflection

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

The ever so bright rays of the sun woke me up, nestled closely to a sleepy man, whom fills my heart with so much joy realizing he's my husband. I can't help but feel overwhelmed with love, beauty and grace on this day. 

Today is a time of reflection upon the pain and sacrifice Christ our Saviour went through to pay for our sins. He came down to earth as a man, knowing that his life would be taken away so that we can have freedom. He portrays so much passion and affection towards us in this act of love upon dying on the cross. I will never fully comprehend this kind of love, but it has set me free. He has given me freedom so that I can spend days like today where I can be next to somebody I love. To be compassionate and caring. To be kind, humble and generous. 

Without this kind of grace, I don't know where I would be. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Best Day Ever

Just a little over seven months ago, the love of my life and I celebrated becoming husband and wife. Without a doubt, it was the happiest day of my life as of yet! I feel blessed being able to look back at these beautiful photos and even more grateful that I get to spend the rest of my life with the loveliest man. 

Yesterday, one of my go-to wedding blogs when we were planning the wedding, Ruffled, featured our rustic farm wedding! I thought I'd share some of our favourite shots that you may have not seen yet!
{This has to be one of my favourite shots. What a handsome fella.}
{Our wedding party sure knew how to make us laugh.}
{One of the many signs I calligraphed with paint.}
{Best looking groom & groomsmen!}
{Yup. That's my husband!}
{Garrett and I designed the patterns and sewed all of the polka-dotted bow ties!}
{The ceremony programs I designed also doubled as fans for the guests.}
{Hello lovely bridesmaids!}
{I've always loved Grace Kelly's dress from that scene in To Catch A Thief and knew that my wedding dress would be like it.}
{So much labour of love went into these paper flower bouquets! Garrett gets credit for adding the "crinkled" effect in each flower - so crafty!}
{The most amazing dinner. I wish we could have this every night!}
{The farm owner's pup was getting a little taste of the dinner too!}
{I feel like this would be one of those photos we'll try and recreate after 50 years of marriage!}
{The happiest ending to the day, but also so ecstatic to be living life together from that day on as husband and wife!}

For more photos, check out our feature on Ruffled blog! Thank you Sarah & Graeme for capturing our love! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Recipe | Power Cookies

Every time we get a chance to stop in at a Whole Foods, we always make sure to pick up a power cookie. Now if you're like us, and don't have the luxury to conveniently shop at one, today's your lucky day! I came across this recipe online and knew I had to give it a try. If you haven't had a power cookie yet, they are so good! They are like chocolate chip cookies, but healthier because of all the goodies involved!

I actually double this recipe and I end up with about six dozen cookies, which sounds like a lot, but they freeze quite well. I also used whole wheat flour instead of spelt. And depending on how you like your cookies, I found I needed to bake them a little longer. They get this golden brown outer layer and soft, chewy texture. 

Happy baking!