An Evening to Remember Forever... 

A look back into time.... June 7, 2013

It has been a few months now but I remember Friday, June 7th like it was yesterday. I had been sensing something from Adam for over a week and I was pretty sure I knew the "what". I just didn't know the "how" or the "where".

Adam came to my door wearing my favourite of his dress shirts (it's purple) with his handsome dress coat and vest. He brought me out to the car and opened the door to a bouquet of my favourite flowers. We drove for a few minutes and he asked me to close my eyes as he took me in a few small circles so I would not know where we were going. After a while, we turned onto a dirt road. That's when he told me I could open my eyes. It was the camp road! He was taking me to one of my favourite places in Sudbury, our beloved Laari family camp on Middle Lake.

He grabbed the barbeque and took me to the small camp side of the property.  There was food wrapped in foil, which he had prepared.  Beautiful salmon fillets with his own yummy seasonings on cedar planks and plenty of delicious veggies. Inside the small camp, there were three more presents - three potted plants just for me! Lily of the Valley, Oriental Lilies and Calla Lilies. He also had two little baby white spruce trees for us to plant in memory of this day.

After eating a delicious dinner by candlelight, we went down to the dock and took pictures of us and he took some of me. By this time it was maybe 8:30 pm and I was wondering if he was just pulling my leg and going to just ask me the next day at our 18-month anniversary. But then, he walked me over to a beautiful tree near the lake, said a few words in Finn and then many more beautiful words about how much he loved me. He got down on one knee and asked me if I would be his wife.

It was a very lovely evening.  It is still quite surreal that we are getting married. 

















 

Thank You Radio Stations!!! 

Wow what an eventful few weeks this has been! Getting the new website up, recording a new song, getting stuff ready for sending Blue Socks out to radio stations, tons of wedding prep (wedding is now only 30 days away!!!), helping my fiance move and working on top of that.

I would like to take this time to thank all of the staff at Smoothjazz.com for their support. It is so very much appreciated, all of their hard work. Thank you Sue Parker for believing in my song Blue Socks. 

Also to David Case and Celine Loyer, my radio promotions team. You guys have worked intensely over these last several weeks to get things rolling. Thank you for all of your dedication encouragement support and hard work. I am so thankful to have you on my team.

Unspeakable Joy 

If anyone says you cannot have joy in the midst of the storm, they do not know the difference between joy and happiness! A wise man once told me, "Happiness is dependant on your happenings. Joy however, is not!" 

"The joy of the Lord is your strength" Nehemiah 8:10.... "rejoice in trials / suffering for we know that suffering produces perseverance and endurance, and endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation." Romans 5:3  
 
This takes a lot of character! Especially because we have to be reminded that God does not give us these trials nor temptations nor suffering! There is not a bone in His body that desires harm for us! "Every perfect gift comes from the Father above." James 1:17 
 
I have been in places of deep discouragement, but these last few months have been incredible! I am learning and growing in this thing called joy. In this time of exceeding joy I want to hold tight to what I have learned so that in times of hardship, I can remind myself of all that God has done and be strengthened in His joy when things aren't going the way I planned. "To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with exceeding joy." Jude 1:24
 

Kassie Loves Kittens 


Every time I look at this picture, I smile. This was taken the night I went to the vet's office to see my friend Cyndi. She works there. She wanted to show me the cutest 10-day-old kittens ever!  The poor pregnant momma cat had been dropped off two weeks earlier at Pet Land because her owners didn’t want to take care of the babies. Thank goodness Best Friends Animal Hospital agreed to look after them! Here is a picture of me holding one of the little baby newborns!


When Life Becomes a Juggling Act 


Have you ever noticed your mind spinning around and around all of things you have to do? That has been happening for me a lot lately because things have been way too busy! Juggling my job as a school bus driver and my other very part-time job as a respite worker (working one-on-one with two clients), working on launching a new website, getting ready to promote a song to radio stations in the US and Canada and wedding planning!  Not to mention the added responsibilities necessary to staying alive - like cooking, cleaning, laundry and so on.  

I’ve noticed lately that I have been rushing a lot more to get things done. So, I am trying something I used to do a long time ago. Walk. Relax. Give myself extra time to get things done. Breathe. Yes, just sit for a few moments and breathe. I know I can't change how many things I need to do, but I can take moments of rest and moments of peace and look at the big picture. Also, it is okay to say "No" to additional things so my pile doesn’t get even bigger!