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Sooke Prestige Resort Engagement Session: Michelle And Matt

Michelle came from Abilene Christian University in Texas. Matt came from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. They met during their first semester of the PhD program in Biochemistry at UVic. A few friends tried to get them together for months. They were both too busy with their studies to take the promptings seriously.  Then at a department meet and greet they finally connected. He asked her to a movie the next day. The day after that, he asked her out for sushi. They have been together ever since.  They were engaged last April, after being together for 3 years. Both are working hard on their doctoral degrees in Biochemistry and are nearly finished. They managed to escape the lab for an afternoon for their engagement session. A BIG thank you to Krista at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke for letting us use the beautiful hotel for their session. 

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Michelle had her hair and makeup expertly done by Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry. Sharon does such a fantastic job. 
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All this smiling and laughing…it’s how they are. They are so fun to be around.
They adopted Zoey, now a 1-year-old Coton de Tulear, when she was 8 weeks old. She is a cute bundle of  fluffy white energy and completely adorable. Their session would not be complete without her.
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365 Grateful: Week 15

The middle of April already?!? Where does time go? Without further ado, 7 more things I am grateful for.

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99/365 mini eggs. Yep. Love these things.

100/365 Grateful my son is willing to help out without complaint.

101/365 several years ago, my mom gave me a photo album of my life from birth to marriage. I pulled it out yesterday to find a picture for siblings day. My girls and husband had a good time going through it too! I am so very grateful to have this, that my parents took and printed photos of us. It is a blessing to have.

102/365 The view from my office today. Photographed one of my favourite families here. Kortni’s dad built this swing for her for her wedding day! Grateful my work lets me document family histories. I am blessed.

103/365 This is pollen on my car today. So grateful I don’t have allergies!

104/365 @caesha works so hard at developing her talents. Grateful for her passion and her dedication.

105/365 It’s been a long day. I am grateful for a warm, comfy, safe place to sleep. Good night.

365 Grateful: Week 14

What an amazing week! The sun is shining, the air is warm, flowers are blooming everywhere. But what I am most grateful for is words spoken by Dieter F. Uchtdorf at General Conference this week – about Gratitude. “Our loving Heavenly Father knows that choosing to develop a spirit of gratitude will bring us true joy and great happiness….How blessed we are if we recognize God’s handiwork in the marvelous tapestry of life. Gratitude to our Father in Heaven broadens our perception and clears our vision. It inspires humility and fosters empathy toward our fellowmen and all of God’s creation. Gratitude is a catalyst to all Christlike attributes! A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues.” You can read the entire talk here. I highly recommend taking a few minutes to read it, and learn what true gratitude is about. 

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92/365 My favourite. homemade Chocolate chip cookies. No explanation needed about why I’m grateful.

93/365 I’ve taught Zoé to ring the bells when she needs to go outside. She’s house trained in 3 days since we started using them! Grateful to my Brother in law, Jared, for the recommendation. So fabulous.

94/365 Video game buddies. While this picture wasn’t taken on Friday (I forgot to take one!), I love this moment. Grateful to have witnessed it.

95/365 Michelle & Brad are a wonderful couple. I am grateful to have met them and to have been part of their wedding day.

96/365 “Choosing to develop a spirit of gratitude will bring us true joy.” Grateful for wise words of a prophet.

97/365 While our walks right now are more of Zoe trying to see how many sticks, rocks, pine cones and dried worms she can get in her mouth as she sprints around me, I am grateful to have a dog to walk again. She will make a great running partner one day!

98/365 Found these at the side of the road while out walking today. Grateful for so many pretty things in unexpected places.