From me to you

You never know what is around the corner, and I can definitely say this has been proven true over my last year. My birthday in July last year I spent a wonderful day with friends feeling totally blessed, almost to the point where I didn’t think so much about the fact that I was still single. The week of my birthday was also my last week working as an IT geek in an office job, and I was living in a caravan while my house was being built.

Jump forward a year to my birthday this year, and not only am I no longer single, I am married to an amazing man, with three stepdaughters and living in my brand new house that I have been dreaming about for years. I am doing some work as a personal trainer after completing my certificate last year, and am half way through my first year of a nutrition degree. Its definitely been a whirlwind of a year!!!!

Here are some of the highlights of the year for me 🙂

Over Easter weekend, before it got too wintery, David and I headed to Kaikoura for the weekend. I have never actually spent much time there exploring. I loved seeing the baby seals hanging out and the scenery is stunning!!


The NZIPP had a pretty fabulous photographer over to do a seminar for a day. Part of it was portrait photography, and we got picked to be models. Great excuse for some engagement photos. 🙂

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Our wedding day was July 4, Independence day. I’m looking forward to celebrating with Davids family in the states at some point in the future and having fireworks for our anniversary. I absolutely LOVE our photos!!! Emma did an AMAZING job and you can see more of the photos here. Definitely reinforced the need for getting a fantastic wedding photographer. The day totally flew by and there are so many special moments that would have been forgotten if not captured in the photos.

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However life is not all roses. About a month ago we found out my husband has Hodgkin Lymphoma. He’s had a heap of tests and we’ve met with a bunch of doctors. Looks like he will be starting chemotherapy in the next couple of weeks. Thankfully they say its one of the good cancers (if there is such a thing) and they are totally aiming to cure it. It reiterates my opening statement, you never know what is around the corner! We’re hoping and praying we can survive this challenge and come out a whole lot stronger. It really makes me want to make the most of every day and value the people special to me.

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