April 24, 2011

i heart faces: pets

Two-toed baby sloth.  How could you not fall in love with this face?

Photo was taken at the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica.  Although technically not "pets", the sloths are rescued and rehabilitated from life-threatening situations often involving encroaching urban development or harmful human interaction.  These special animals receive much care and love from the organization's workers and volunteers and are treated like family.

Check out more adorable pet/animal photos at I Heart Faces.

April 18, 2011

we worry about what a child will become tomorrow.

...yet we forget that he is someone today.  ~stacia tauscher

April 17, 2011

April 10, 2011

i heart faces : shadows.

I Heart Faces is a photography website that runs weekly photo challenges.  I've been needing some motivation to cultivate this hobby of mine, so I thought I'd join in the fun.

This week's theme is "Shadows."  Photo was taken at the Illuminares Lantern Festival, a sweet community event held in Vancouver.  Check out other entries at I Heart Faces.

April 4, 2011

In lieu of the everymonday photo, I wanted to share yet another rockstar gift given to me by my rockstar husband.  As I was getting ready for bed after our anniversary date night, I noticed Matt sitting on the bed as if he had something on his mind.  Out of the blue, he asks me if I wanted my gift.  Now I was a little shocked because I thought we had agreed on no gifts this time around.  He proceeded to go into the closet and grab my guitar.  My eyes widened as I thought he was going to sing the song that I had always hoped he would write for me.  Close.

I've mentioned before a song that we love and played at our wedding.  Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros means a lot to us because with all the travels we've done in our lives so far, the saying, "Home is where the heart is," has grown to a have a profound and special meaning to us.  We have had to learn to invest and settle into many different places around the world that had eventually become home to us.  Now "home" has come to mean what we've become to each other; that no matter where we are or where we're going, we have a place of love, warmth, and security in each others' hearts.

And here's Matt's rewrite.  I had to sing it with him, which was a big deal cause Matt thinks he can't sing, nor does he sing in front of other people.  It was beyond amazing. 

(rewritten by Matt) 

Alabama, Arkansas, I do love my Ma & Pa
Not the way that I do love you

Well, holy moley, me, oh my, you’re the apple of my eye
Girl, I’ve never loved one like you

Man, oh man, you’re my best friend, I scream it to the nothingness
There ain’t nothin’ that I need

Well, peanut butter, baleadas, coco flan, cafe granitas
There ain’t nothin’ please me more than you

Ahh, Home
Let me come Home
Home is wherever I’m with you
La la la la, take me Home
Mama, I’m coming Home

Costa Rica and Cheongju, Philippines, Honduras, too
I've been everywhere with you

I'll follow you in wilderness, spider babies, mosquito nets
Boy, I never loved one like you 

We laugh until we think we’ll die, barefoot on a summer night
Nothin’ new is sweeter than with you

And in the sticks we’re running free, like it’s only you and me
Geez, you’re something to see

La la la la, take me Home
Daddy, I’m coming Home

“Do you remember that day you got sick at Toby's?”
“I sure do, you walked me home.”
“Well, you fell into bed, nearly passed out.  Do you remember that?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Well, there’s something I never told you about that night.”
“What didn’t you tell me?”
“While you were lying in bed, thinking it was gonna be your last, I was falling deep, deeply in love with you,
and I never told you ‘til just now.”


Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver

April 3, 2011

one year and counting.

this day a year ago, we said "I do" to each other.  woop woop.

(photo by Pure Light Studio)

April 2, 2011


I think they're fascinating.  I can stare at them for hours.