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I’ve always wanted to tag along with Lon on one of the yearly World Vision Canada Youth team trips. He’d always come home going on and on about how the youth teams and the people of Central America were nothing short of amazing. Before every trip, we both weren’t totally sure what to do with the kids if we were to bring them along. Then it happened… the idea of leaving the kids at home with grandparents was born. Trip booked.

Okay, so I did have the usual ugly Mommy thoughts: “Am I being a bad mom by leaving my kids behind?” “Will they be okay without me?” “Will they forever resent me for leaving them behind?”

I’m glad to say, none of those thoughts were true to begin with. They never are.

The first leg of the trip was meeting Miriam and the World Vision Nicaragua team. Their overwhelming sense of gratitude, deep community values and care for us kinda rocked my boat. Meeting the entire Canadian Youth Team sent me over the edge. It was like someone hand picked the most courageous, caring, and ridiculously talented young warriors on the planet. So, how did I know all of this on the very first day?

Each and every one of them showed up.

To be continued…

posted in personal on January 10, 2016 | leave a comment

mj8mj5mj2mj1mj4mj14mj10mj15mj7mj11mj16mj13mj3This family session is a few years overdue as I had planned to take some baby photos of Silas. Now he’s a big brother to the twins, Amanya and Devon! Three makes for a much more eventful session anyways:) I loved having the kids play at home since they have a lot of extra land to run around in. Monica and James may be outnumbered, but excel at teamwork. Amanya and Devon are always on the go (except for snack time). Silas adores the twins…when they’re not after HIS toys. We ended the day with a delicious BBQ. Any day that ends with BBQ is a good day.

posted in family,kids on October 18, 2015 | leave a comment

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Over 400 people came together in London, Ontario in support of Alex’s dream. One year ago, on August 7′th, 19 year old Alex Foto was killed in a tragic bicycle accident. She was a bright shining light to many who were graced by her presence. After a trip to Kenya, Alex thought of having a national water walk to raise funds and awareness for global water projects.

In partnership with World Vision Canada, teams formed together to walk 6km carrying a 45 lb jerry can of water. Her spirit was very much with us that day during the heat and exhaustion. Everyone walked with hope and celebration. Alex believed in living each day to the fullest…making each day count…for others.

To #livelikealex is living with hope and giving our best.

posted in personal on October 5, 2015 | leave a comment

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I can’t believe it’s only been a couple of years since I had my first session with baby Lucas. Now he’s a big brother to baby Jacob. Yet again, our photo day was hot and humid. Sam and Fiona are now pros at this so it didn’t phase them one bit. Lucas is a thrill seeker and loves to be silly. Jacob loves to wear a smirk and knows he’s adorable. It was a fun packed day that ended with watermelon. Yes, they’ve got game.

posted in babies,family,kids on September 3, 2015 | leave a comment

acin1acin3 …because every good race includes a food challenge:)acin7acin8gelato is awesome when it’s not durianacin10acin12you would think having a pregnant friend would slow her down, think again.acin13acin14acin16acin17acin18now it’s time for the performing artsacin21acin25stunning. now calculate how many people can be seated here.acin24today, united we play.acin23mandatory sweating activities on the hottest day of the yearacin26impressive hand made clue cardsacin27welcomed by a family surprise at this leg of the raceacin28acin29acin30acin31parents were also actively involvedacin3340 cupcakes and 40 candles = a perfect endingacin34
Thinking of how to surprise a sister on her 40′th birthday is no easy task. When I heard of Janey and Norm’s idea of creating a personal amazing race throughout the city, I was ALL in. I imagined the ‘race’ going at a slower pace with Claudia, her pregnant teammate. I however, wasn’t fully aware of Cindy’s sense of competition and running skills:) Jasmine and I also tried our very best to resist her persistent line of questioning. Venturing out on a day of heat warnings, Cindy conquered each task like a champion. Definitely a great way to celebrate such a special day. Happy 40′th Cindy!!!

posted in family on August 21, 2015 | leave a comment

log8log3log4log9Welcome to my 1st birthday party! My mom’s a superstar so she made an awesome poster to match my cake:) log2log5log-1Hey! I hear something about my parents letting me have some chocolate cake…log11oh, yessssss…log12ssshhh…I’m having a moment.log15log18share??log16log17i’m feeling groovy dad. Let’s do that again.log19log20log21gift time… where have i gone?log22i’m loving this running thing.log23more of mom’s creative work.log24thanks mommy & daddy, it was a blast! log25 When Jen asked me to document Logan’s first birthday, I knew instantly it was going to be a lot of fun. I already know she’s super creative and talented from working with her at school. Without a doubt, she’s one awesome mom! Logan is very lucky to have such great friends and family. He’s super cute, easy going and happy (even without cake:)). Not only were the decor and people amazing…the fooood!!! I finally met Katrina, the woman behind the amazing pulled pork, fresh buns, homemade sauce and slaw. You can follow her amazing food adventures here. An afternoon with Logan and his family was an absolute joy to take part in their celebration of life and love.

posted in babies,family,kids on July 2, 2015 | 2 comments

elg5elg7elg9elg2elg10elg11elg14elg4 It’s been a few years since I’ve had a session with these two young ladies. A lot changes in a short amount of time:) Ema has really become even more adventurous and a lover of life. Leah, her younger sister, has grown even more adorable and passionate. What they do have in common is their love and affection for their grandparents. It always melts my heart to watch grandparents being free with the young ones in play. Thank you to Ema & Leah’s family for bringing me into in a day of wonder, celebration and joy.
Hugs & Kisses,
Yvonne.

posted in family,kids on June 28, 2015 | leave a comment