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:
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.
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!
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.
I liked the macrame backdrop and the different bridesmaid dresses! They also wrote their own vows :)
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.
Dinner was delicious and the conversation lively!
After dessert was served, slideshow, an auction and speeches, we continued talking and eventually ended up at another house to continue the party :)
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!)
That evening went to KURIOS, Cirque du Soleil, which was an absolutely amazing experience!
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!
After the show we headed over to a friend's house for an evening of charades and the circle game.
The next morning (after a delicious breakfast of waffles), we had to say more goodbyes and headed off to the airport.
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!