How We Met
Blame our families. Luke and I (Grace) met through our brothers and sister-in-laws, who attended university together. In the way great romances go, Luke says his first impression when walking in and seeing me at a party at his brother’s house was, “Hmm…She’s sitting in my favourite chair; the one closest to the food…”. We got to know each other over good food and Rock Band. We had our first official date two months later on May 30, 2009, and spent the summer talking and tossing a football around in the park near my house.
A year and a half later, Luke proposed in that same park. It was Christmas evening, and we were surrounded by evergreen trees, colourful lights, and ice sculptures. It was cold, and it was perfect. We were married on May 26, 2012, a few days shy of the third anniversary of our first date. The wedding was hosted at the Calgary Zoo and shared with our favourite people. We took off to Greece the following month for a 2-week honeymoon that was positively magical.
Our next adventure came in the form of home ownership. We bought a house in 2013 and, along with our cat, Gemini, moved out to Chestermere, Alberta, just outside of Calgary. Years later, we are still proud to call this place “home”.
And Then There Were Three
On September 11, 2014, we became parents to an unbelievably adorable pot roast. Thea has since grown into this unbelievably adorable small human:
Thea is well into her third year right now and a bright, chatty, capable, beautiful, kind child. She loves reading, colouring, and dancing and is already developing a sharp wit and strong negotiation skills, which we usually consider a good thing.
And Now There Are Four
Our family was completed on November 9, 2017 with the arrival of Finn. In the past few months, we’ve completely fallen in love with this smile:
Nowadays, Luke and I our time being all at once awestruck and befuddled (probably due to lack of sleep) by every little thing that our children do. Some of our favourite pastimes are going for long walks around our neighbourhood and the Calgary Zoo, playing cribbage and building puzzles, and giggling through endless rounds of peekaboo and hide-and-seek. We still find time most Saturday mornings for coffee with Luke’s family, and he and I manage to sneak away for the occasional date night.
In summary, Life is good.