This was a special weekend, in more ways than one. For starters, Friday, June 20th, was the 1 year anniversary of the Calgary flood. It was the one year mark of when my mom came to visit, when I was slated to run my first full marathon in Banff, when we got evacuated, were in 2 car accidents and when I ran a solo marathon in Waterton National Park. It was a crazy weekend! And the storms have been back this June, raising worries about another flood, and Friday was no exception. Pouring rain, thunder and lightning storms and an incredible rainbow – a promise from the great flood with Noah that God would never flood the entire earth again. How meaningful to experience that!
The rain was a fun sign of “good luck” for our dear friends Ben and Jacque who were married Friday, and the rainbow such a significant promise to them that he was and will be present in their lives and marriage. It was a beautiful evening, a small ceremony and such a neat time that was so Ben-and-Jacque-ish.
After the rain stopped, after the kiss, after the hugs there was a campfire. S’mores, talking, laughing and tired friends. We headed home excited for day 2 of the festivities!
Saturday started with video editing (Mikey and I were MC-ing the wedding and Mikey was doing the videography for them) and a quiet morning. We packed up the car with our camping gear, the projector/screen/sound gear and camera stuff and hit the road. We had a full day of celebrating ahead with what would become 180 of our closest friends gathering to celebrate the bride and groom!
Between a homemade cookie competition, a big field game that involved blindfolds and sponges, people parked all over with their own chairs and drinks, the Calgary Naaco Truck in attendance and a bouncy castle for the kids, we had a blast all day under the sun on the Summer Solstice! The weather couldn’t have been better, the people friendlier, the Nutella better for s’mores at night, Mikey’s video recap of the weekend more touching and a more humble, quiet, joy-filled, kind bride and groom. Thanks, Ben and Jacque, for allowing us to celebrate with you guys!
We camped over with a few others on the acreage, woke up and packed up, had some coffee, threw some horseshoes and headed out to run errands before we leave for our kayaking expedition this Friday! A busy week awaits ahead, but today it was nice to take it slow. It’s also an important day because it’s my younger brother Taylor’s 25th birthday!
Taylor is such a kind, gentle, talented guitar playing, fun, generous, encouraging man and I kind of can’t believe I just called my little bro a “man!” 😉 He’s loving life in the UK right now, has a great girlfriend who got him all the above gifts (and even tye-dyed his shirt! Right on, Emma!) and is following the beat of his own drum in a really cool way. Taylor, happy birthday! Wish we could celebrate with a proper pint together but maybe one day we’ll meet up in another country and toast to you then. 🙂
Other highlights of the weekend included some good food at home:
And a weekend of rest, sugar included! I finished up my 14 day sugar-free challenge and was/am feeling great! But I DID have several s’mores, 2 candy bags (once I start those, I can’t stop!) and just a wee bit of wine. It was fun, but truth be told although I still love candy and sweets, I couldn’t eat as much as usual and am feeling the effects the day after! Kind of excited to be back on track starting Monday – I’ve learned a lot during my challenge and plan to share more with you guys in a post Tuesday or Wednesday, so check back for that!
Well, that’s about it, friends! It was a great weekend for so many reasons and I’m grateful for this small piece of internet to share them with you and record God’s faithfulness. Also, there’s been an issue with our site…if you’re reading from a mobile phone you’ll be directed to another site and it’s not working! Either we got hacked or something happened on our server; we’re working on rectifying it – sorry!
I’d love to hear how YOU celebrated the longest day of the year on the weekend… And I’ll catch you later! Live well & be well,