Check out our 2018 video Christmas card:
Christmas is a season of excitement, parties, shopping, traditions, big meals and family time. While these are all GOOD things, David and I believe that they can't and don't bring ultimate joy or fulfillment. There is only ONE reason we can REJOICE this Christmas season: God sent His son, Jesus, to be our SAVIOR, to take away our brokenness and to restore our relationship with Him. WOW. Now THAT'S a reason to rejoice! THAT'S some news we're excited about sharing!
As a kid I loved Halloween- dressing up, getting free candy, sorting the candy and making 'strategic deals' with my siblings to create the perfect collection of my favourite treats. I mean even now I'm thinking WOW... life doesn't get much better than that! HA.
One of the best things about Halloween growing up was that my mom actually sewed all of our costumes herself! That meant that the costume possibilities were actually endless! One year my brother Robert wanted to be a flashlight and so my mom created a flashlight costume for him that actually shone light! One year I wanted to be a piece of cake (don't ask me why...lol) so my mom sewed a piece of cake with a life-sized fork to boot! One year John wanted to be a mummy and my mom made him a mummy costume. When he got to school everyone thought he was a chicken... ha ha. I guess you can't win 'em all!
I wanted to carry on the tradition of creating costumes for my kids SO this year was super special because, along with my mom, I actually helped to sew Lotte's first Halloween costume!
What did we decide to dress up as this year?
The characters from CHARLOTTE'S WEB... obviously! I decided on our costume almost immediately after we decided on the name Charlotte for our new babe. And even though I don't typically like spiders in my home... I'm willing to make an exception for this one!
This year we went trick-or-treating for the first time in about 15 years! Honestly...I had forgotten how much fun it is! Especially when you have a crew like ours- 2 monkeys, 1 unicorn, 1 cowboy and 1 spider... it doesn't get much cuter!
HAPPY SUGAR-COMA RECOVERY DAY, EVERYONE! xo
Guys! I love Fall for SO many reasons (hello Thanksgiving, apple picking, sweater weather, crunchy leaves, ALL of the pie, cute baby clothes etc.) but at the top of that list is Soupfest! Soupfest is an annual event that takes place in Holland Landing that consists of about 25 soup makers gathering under a big white tent to serve all different types of soup to about 2000 event attendees! It's just the best! David and I have participated in Soupfest on behalf of Bijoy's restaurant for the last 4 years and it's become a fave Fall tradition!
This year I thought it would be cool if my church (Richmond Hill Community Church) made and served a soup at Soupfest. Honestly...I had NO IDEA how much work it would be to make 40 litres of soup in a non-industrial kitchen with household pots, food processors etc. Let's just say it was a LOT! Next year we'll be starting the preparation at least two days in advance and gathering a bigger team to help! HA.
In the end all of our hard work definitely payed off! Not only did we get to connect with hundreds of people from our community, but we also ended up winning the award for BEST homemade soup! Woohoo!
So what was our award winning soup? PUMPKIN, CURRY, COCONUT SOUP! And YES- it tasted as good as it sounds! Check out the recipe below and if you end up making the soup...be sure to let me know!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,