Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Did you know... that at the same time the States celebrate Veterans Day, Canada has Remembrance Day? Both commemorating the people who have sacrificed and served. I'll blame it on my new Canadian pride, when I say that I think Canada celebrates their holiday better. 

To explain myself, I like how they wear a red poppy pinned to their coats. The origin of the poppy pin and it’s significance goes back to a story told through a poem called "In Flanders Fields". It was written during the first World War, after a battle in Belgium. When a field that had been barren before battle exploded with the red flowers after the fighting ended. Canadian children learn the poem in school. The beginning of the poem goes:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
— Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Leading up to Remembrance Day, you can find boxes of felt poppies in post offices, a majority of stores and even fast-food restaurants. Poppies are thought to be a fitting emblem to remember those who served.

 The poppy pin ^

The poppy pin ^

Moving on after that little history lesson, let me tell you about what we did this past Remembrance Day weekend!

We were invited to a wedding in Aldergrove, BC. We flew out Friday night and stepped out of the airport into an area of Canada where winter hadn't yet arrived. That night we stayed up till 2am with our hosts. It was the start of many late nights full of talking and laughter!

 Paul and Moriyah took hosting to a whole new level for us. We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent with them! 

Paul and Moriyah took hosting to a whole new level for us. We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent with them! 

Judah and Damaris wedding day was on Saturday (which was Remembrance Day and of course the boutonnieres were poppies!). It was a beautiful day, celebrating the love and lives of two special people. We were pleasantly surprised to see many familiar faces and had a wonderful time. 

 This ^ was the only photo was taken with the camera (a new record for us :/) and so a majority of these photos are from our phones.

This ^ was the only photo was taken with the camera (a new record for us :/) and so a majority of these photos are from our phones.

I liked the macrame backdrop and the different bridesmaid dresses! They also wrote their own vows :)

 A photo of my crumpled wedding program

A photo of my crumpled wedding program

In between the wedding and reception we went for coffee with some cousins. After a late night you really need that extra shot of expresso! 

The reception was held in a log building, with lights strung across the ceiling. It made for a cozy and romantic atmosphere.

 Edison lights are my favourite!

Edison lights are my favourite!

 The table setting was little sprigs of lavender and greenery, with the table numbers poked into a small log

The table setting was little sprigs of lavender and greenery, with the table numbers poked into a small log

 The menu helped us get excited for the food to come ;) and the writing on the favours was (hashtag) goals!

The menu helped us get excited for the food to come ;) and the writing on the favours was (hashtag) goals!

Dinner was delicious and the conversation lively!

 A picture of dessert, which was apple pie. YUM!

A picture of dessert, which was apple pie. YUM!

After dessert was served, slideshow, an auction and speeches, we continued talking and eventually ended up at another house to continue the party :)

 I got to see one of my "green tea buddies" again! 

I got to see one of my "green tea buddies" again! 

Sunday morning Uncle Russell gave his testimony about God's grace in sparing their home from fire and Bro. Dwayne Fehr ministered on "Mightily Grew The Word, And Prevailed". After service we said some sad goodbyes and went out for sushi with a few other couples.

(Note: You can't beat the taste of sushi near the coast!)

 The big top 

The big top 

That evening went to KURIOS, Cirque du Soleil, which was an absolutely amazing experience! 

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The show features acrobats, contortionists, jugglers (Uncle Stephen I thought of you!), a pro yoyer, balancing acts and live music. We'd never been to anything like it, and we were surprised by how much we enjoyed it! There was always so much going on that you didn't know where to look! 

 With our sweet hosts ^

With our sweet hosts ^

 You aren't supposed to take photos during the show, so here is a blurry picture of the stage before ;)

You aren't supposed to take photos during the show, so here is a blurry picture of the stage before ;)

After the show we headed over to a friend's house for an evening of charades and the circle game.

 An enjoyable way to spend the evening! 

An enjoyable way to spend the evening! 

The next morning (after a delicious breakfast of waffles), we had to say more goodbyes and headed off to the airport. 

 One last group picture! 

One last group picture! 

 It was a short trip, but packed full! Much like our 1 carry on ;) 

It was a short trip, but packed full! Much like our 1 carry on ;) 

It was such a treat to see everyone and meet new friends. We had such a good time and are going to be reminiscing about it for awhile! 

 Back home!

Back home!

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9.01.17

It's a Wrap!

It's a Wrap!