six years of love.

HK1

today, six years ago, we got married. it was a sunday, it was both rainy & sunny … a simply stunning day. this time last year we were in Hong Kong celebrating five years (hence the walk down memory lane above!). as i look back through our photos i am stumped as to how fast the years go by … I mean seriously?!?! It feels like yesterday we were saying our vows, and now we have three kids, a house, a car, new careers, new hair styles & glasses and we are making memories like crazy !! Mark’s comment to me last night … “if we keep this going for the next twenty-five years, we’re going have sixty kids” …  not quite, my love! but close <3

i’m not going to lie. it has not all been peaches & cream. we have had our struggles like any (and every!) couple. we have had bouts of sleep deprivation, concern over our kids, stresses at work and study, and working through things in our relationship that can only be explained by the fact that we’re both sinners & need & know the love and grace of Jesus. but, i treasure our marriage, our union, our oneness. i am forever thankful that God hand picked this man to be my husband and kept him for me until the perfect time. i treasure the life that we are making, the foundation that we are building, and the path we are carving. i treasure our three little children. i treasure our past and our future.

today we give thanks and celebrate! we look for inspiration from those who have gone before us and we hope to be an example to those who come after us of love, covenant, devotion, romance.

here’s to the next sixty years and more together !

mark, i love you.

xx

he’s here !

bubba

just a quick note to let all you lovely peeps know that he’s here ! he’s finally here !! we are just smitten with the newest member of our family & we feel incredibly blessed that he arrived all safe & sound. this time around i am just amazed that God provides us with MORE love for EACH child when a new one is added to the family. is that how he feels about us? it must be! wowee.

thanks for taking this journey with us ! it is especially exciting times for us & we are enjoying every single minute.

xx

firsts.

j1 j2 j3

j&v2 j&v3

our little boy started pre-school last week. it was a big event for us all. we had been building up to it during the summer break, talking to joey about pre-school, buying all the essentials for pre-school, talking about new friends and teachers etc. i was a bit nervous that he would be clingy & resist going in … but to my great surprise he practically skipped in to pre-school & then skipped out at the end of the first day ! i was just stoked. he is still so small & yet his formal education has just begun. being married to a teacher, and me training to be a teacher it is a big deal that our first born has begun his formal education. we are just so excited for him. he is going to do great & i just love hearing him talk about his new friends – he’s already asking me if some of them can come over to play at our house ! what a little trooper.

this little guy is bringing us so much joy at the moment. currently he says things to me like “i love your hair mamma” or “i love to pull your hair mamma”. he is totally obsessed with my hair (always has been) & now that baby’s hair is long, he loves that too. he’s also been telling me that i have “nice feet” and “nice toes”. Well, gee thanks little guy ! I think yours are pretty cute too. he’s learning lots of self-help things at the moment & we’re at the stage where he can get his own breakfast in the morning. i cannot tell you how HUGE that is for me … it has also stopped a lot of tears in the morning because he can now get breakfast EXACTLY the way he likes it. i love to hear him play … he’s incredibly imaginative & sometimes he gets really embarrassed if he realises that i have been listening to him play for quite a while. this last week was the first time we watched the movie Cars (yes ! i know, i know… we are WAY behind the times … but in all honesty we are just doing too much during the day that we haven’t had time for movies until it started to rain!). he was SO excited to see Lightening McQueen on TV … WOW ! since it rained all week, we’ve basically watched the movie every single day.

Anyway, we just love this little guy. he’s our first born. he’s growing up WAY too fast. he now teaches us stuff we didn’t know before, and everything happened either yesterday or is happening tomorrow. we love love love him.

have you had any firsts in the last little while?

xx

la femme d’argent.

mark has been away for the last two weeks and i have a week and a half to go without my better half … how will i survive? living at mum & dad’s and emails from my love like this:

“La Femme D’Argent – simply means the one who takes care of home in a very positive way.

Argent or Silver is hard shiny metal way cheaper than gold or any precious stones but way more common in use on the daily life basis. Word Femme is light and soft itself and may give negative touch or resonance to hard metal and currency from easy spending perspective, but here it should be looked at positively as the carrier of fairly small but crucial amount of money that’s needed to be spent on home needs to keep it warm and welcome.

Look at it as someone who bakes bread in the morning. And multiply it to the level of modern understanding of someone very wise, warm and caring.

xxxxxxxxx”

Can you see the reason I am the luckiest girl alive?!?!?!?!?!

It just so happens that one of our favourite French bands is Air. Love them. Here is one of our favourite tunes that I have been listening to ever since I got Mark’s email this morning.

xx

p.s. don’t you just love audrey tautou? i wish i was her.

the sweetest.

we arrived home from our anniversary trip to Hong Kong* this morning & on the way home in the car mark told me that he had an anniversary gift for me … what the? i thought the trip was the gift !! but no … there was more.

once we had spent some good time with the kids, put them to sleep for their afternoon nap, and while i was doing some washing, mark was carefully preparing his surprise gift … and here it is:

 it is an exact replica (albeit smaller!) of our wedding cake five years ago ! wow !

before we left for Hong Kong he had organised different members of our family to organise the cake & the bouquet. WOW !! i love this man. he is the sweetest. sometimes it is too overwhelming because he has thought about everything & i don’t deserve anything. but after five years of marriage i am getting used to the fact that i am totally blessed to be married to him & blown away each day by his love. wow !

now i need to go and eat some more of this cake ….

xx

*posts of our trip to HK coming soon !

happy belated valentines day !

in typical ‘me’ fashion, my love gave me the perfect gift for valentines day (a bunch of white roses that are naturally scented & smell divine) and my gift was still ‘in transit’. i’m happy to say that it only arrived one day late & i’m excited to give it to my man (who arrives home late tonight). my gift this year was an idea i snatched from an incredibly deliciously creative blog a beautiful mess who has been giving me great hints and tips on how to take great photos. elsie had this great idea to put instagram photos onto magnets using sticky gram. not only is that the COOLEST thing since they invented the esky, but, they ship FREE internationally … yippee!!! mark isn’t home yet, but here is a sneak preview into his belated valentines day gift …

hooray for the mail finally arriving ! i have been waiting for this little beauty …

the contents of my little parcel. how nice are sticky gram?!

ok, time to start wrapping … i love to use pages from old magazines as wrapping paper. today, frankie won. i am also very much into string and stamps and … chocolate…

the doily is not masculine in any way at all … but i still love it & will use it !

wrapped parcel ready for my love, surrounded by his gorgeous gift to me. xx

ah instagram. how you make everything look so good.

now i just can’t wait for my man to arrive home (i will no doubt be asleep) & find this delightful package just for him.

i will post pics of these magnets on our fridge door once they are opened & alive.

and one last pic … this is the letter box of my neighbour slava. he is an awesome person, and awesome graphic designer, and he kinda looks like kelly slater too !!

happy belated valentines day peeps !

xx

birthday celebrations.

we had so many celebrations on the weekend for mark’s birthday. dinner together on friday night, saturday lunch with my family, saturday dinner with mark’s family. a wonderfully wise woman once said to me use every opportunity to celebrate ! (thank you dorothy white :) ) since that day, i have taken her advice to heart & done exactly that. after this weekend, i am so looking forward to celebrating valentines day with my love. i have ordered him a secret gift online and i am waiting with bated breath for it to arrive in the mail. yessss!! i love love love celebrating !

mark with his brothers (minus mike & jake … we missed you !).

picnic dinner in the city.

joey devouring the peshwari naan … he is my son ! yummmmm.

one of these curries is goat … not sure which one, but all curries were d-e-licious !

mark & his bro. thick as thieves these two !

my beloved & me. i love his embrace.

is dinner ready yet?!

the babe. i just want to eat her … she is just sooooo amazingly delightful ! i can’t get enough of her cheeks. we kiss them all day, every day. she has been a blessing to the three of us.

all in all it was a great day ! it’s my brother in-law’s birthday on friday … so … let’s do it all again !!

xx

summer nights …

it has been a wet, windy, coldish summer. it really doesn’t feel like summer at all. but when there is a glimpse of sunshine & no rain we are outside in a flash! one of our favourite things to do for date night this summer is have a home cooked meal on the beach. on friday night we enjoyed a zucchini and mushroom quiche coupled with a salad with fresh tomatoes and basil at our favourite beachside location. we love going outside to escape the house & the day. at this table we have shared some amazing conversations, gazes, delicious meals, we have seen almost everyone we know walk by, watched the making of ‘the great gatsby’ by baz lurhmann, been questioned by the law authorities (we’re innocent!), and just watched the waves come and go.  here is a quick vid to share our night with you …

i love the lyrics to the song in the vid ‘on this side’ by clare bowditch.

here are some pics that capture our dinner in a different way …

the tea lights in the jars were inspired by my amazingly creative friend sarah from fabrik.

what are some of your favourite places to have a summer dinner?

xx