Writing this with tears and so much joy in my heart. Today my girls are 4! That really flew by. They are full of surprises right from the day we found out there were actually two of them. Everyday with them is an adventure and they have already created a lifetime of memories! I still can’t believe that I get to be their mama! They truly are waking miracles that remind Chris and I everyday of the power of prayer and goodness of God.
The fact that they were even born alive was a miracle in its self. We never had any guarantees that they would make it to even see our faces when we found out the nature of this high risk pregnancy. Their birth story and day of arrival could have been very different and it’s still so crazy to me how it all played out. God is always working behind the scenes! I wrote a whole blog post about that day HERE if you want to check it out.:)
I will never forget our doctor looking at us in the eye saying, “Your daughters are very sick little girls. That’s what we were told over and over again but that isn’t what we saw or believed in our hearts. Yes, it was true they were obviously very sick. At that moment they were two of the most unstable babies in their unit. At that time London was lying there in her incubator medically paralyzed because of the pain she was enduring all over that tiny body and Kyleigh’s Chronic lung disease was getting more and more concerning by the day as she was needing the highest level of breathing help that’s was possible.
Fear would try to crawl in and grip us daily but in our hearts we held tightly to the promises of God and image of them coming out of this situation 100%! And here they are today, healthy and completely whole. I am so thankful!!
Today we celebrate much more than them turning 4 but we are reminded of how far they have come and are reminded of God’s promises to us. Yes, It was a battle for sure and I would never want to relive those days again but we definitely were never alone. If you are in a battle we hope that this might encourage you that you too aren’t alone in your situation. God is near and even in a negative situation He has a way of turning things around and giving hope and peace to you.
If you would like to read their story and journey of 113 days in the NICU you can find all of my posts about that HERE.
This year we got to celebrated their birthday when my parents were in town which was so special. The bubbles were a huge hit and ended up soaking us all including the presents! The thing with having early birthday celebrations is you somehow end up celebrating twice anyways once the actual day rolls around so today calls for more birthday cake!
Happiest of Birthdays to you both my sweet girls, London and Kyleigh! Everyday raising you has been such a delight. I love watching you grow into the women that God created you to be! You are both so talented, creative and the best big sisters to Justice! I know that together you are going to impact many with God’s love! So excited for all of the fun adventures ahead!
I’m feeling so thankful because the past few days have been eye opening. It’s so relieving to be at a place in your heart of peace and trust that the dreams God placed in your heart truly aren’t impossible and definitely aren’t silly…even if they seem to be.
Is it just me or is High Tea on your list of top favorite things to do too? I don’t know if it is half English blood in me or if it’s just the dainty tea cups and little treats that take me back to being a little girl but wow was this place gorgeous and now on the top of my list for afternoon tea!Read More
Today we are talking all about the “internal construction” of building your dream relationship in your quest of finding love. I want to present to you four questions you should absolutely be asking about the person you are considering committing to. These are in no way the only questions you should ask, but these will get you to start paying attention to who they really are, and not just who they say they are. If you want to start from the beginning of this series you can go to the first post here!Read More
“The external construction are things that you should make a point to discover in a relationship before committing further. Sometimes we commit to a relationship too soon to realize there are certain make or break issues about this person that had you known before you would have never kept investing yourself into that relationship.”
“Mom, I’m in such a good place with God, that even if Chris and I were not together, I would still feel totally okay!” These words were spoken by my then-girlfriend and now-wife, Kristy, to her mother. Now if your significant other said those same words about you, you may be hurt and perhaps even a little angry. Read More
We are super excited about spending the next several weeks with you guys talking all about love and relationships!! How to prepare for it, how to find it, how (and when) you should commit to it! Read More
Okay, I ate way too many donuts and cotton candy this day but it was super fun having a little girly party in my apartment for a Stella and Dot Pop Up with my favourite coffee! It seriously looked like a 12 year old picked out all of the food but that’s just me and my major sweet tooth. I loved catching up with all of these lovely and inspiring women and I am thankful to know each one of them (including the few not pictured!)
Life is busy. And crazy busy when you have littles. I know for us it is super important to do mini getaway trips every few months throughout the year. With Chris working downtown as a pastor and me working from home our schedules can get quite busy so recently we went on a little trip to Victoria, BC!
These photo’s were from a fun photoshoot we did with JuJuBe International for their exclusive Canadian Collection back in summer. If you are in Canada the good news is JuJuBe is currently doing a giveaway! Details to be entered are HERE. Their bags are seriously the best! Lot’s of different styles and I love how spacious they are with so many compartments to stay organized. I keep things for all 4 of us in mine whenever we go out and it’s super easy to find everything in it without having to pull everything out.
I wanted to share a few things that have been on my heart with you all. I haven’t done a “faith” post in a while and since it is the most important thing to me I wanted to share some things with you that will hopefully be helpful. So last week I took a Social Media break and here’s why…
Christmas was extra special having Justice with us. The girls helped me pick out all of his presents and they were so excited to wake him up on Christmas morning with me. I still hear them in my head whispering to him, “Merry Christmas baby Justice.”
We had so much fun having our Christmas hot chocolate picnic! This is definitely one of my favorite Christmas traditions that we have been doing since London and Kyleigh were born. This year I brought speakers out with us and we cranked up the Christmas tunes! We currently have no snow here in Vancouver but if we did we would totally still do this outside!
We visit Whistler every couple months and especially love going in December! The Village feels like you are in a little Christmas Wonderland with all of the beautiful lights all over the trees. This month we went twice because the first time there wasn’t any snow yet so we had to come back a couple weeks later to enjoy the Christmas feel and celebrate Chris’ birthday! The 2nd time we went we made a point to not go onto Social Media to just be fully present in each moment as a family and it was so nice!
Christmas is always my favorite time of year and all of these lights got me that much more excited about it! It’s coming so fast and I still have all of the things to do. The other day we were out in Langley and went to GLOW. It was all indoors and honestly it was so spectacular. If you are in the area or if you live downtown it will totally be worth the trip! Especially if you have little ones, trust me they will love it.
Today we are busy getting ready for Halloween but real quick I wanted to share with you guys an awesome product that “Cozy Phones” sent for my girls! Lately London and Kyleigh have been on this unicorn trend and I have to admit I’m a big fan myself. I was super excited about these headphones because regular headphones just don’t stay on the girls ears.
It has been a wild year (especially this last month) for the Karuhije’s but also a lot to celebrate so I thought these photo’s were fitting. 😉 Life has been crazy with two active toddlers, last minute planning for baby boy’s soon arrival and Chris’ book release for, “We Were Royal Refugees!” Then we decided, “Hey, let’s move!”
God has placed WILD dreams inside each one of our hearts that are meant to be brought into reality. Through much trial and error I have been working on a daily routine. With toddlers at home 24-7 and other projects I have going on it isn’t always an easy task but has made such a difference for me.
I have finally started nesting! I am almost 30 weeks pregnant now with baby boy and realized I haven’t really prepared anything yet. The other day I received this sweet gift box from Basic Baby. Co (thank you!!) and London and Kyleigh loved helping me “unbox” it. They kept saying, “surprise for baby, surprise for baby!”
As I write this I am sitting in a coffee shop sipping my wonderful decaf cappuccino while pretending it is fully caffeinated because well, I’m pregnant and trying to cool it on the caffeine intake. Okay, today was a long day and I may be secretly escaping from my kids for a couple hours. I really do love them but everyone needs a break, right?
Hey guys! So I just wanted to give a little “life” update. Things have been moving crazy fast around here and it feels like we are currently in the busiest season of our lives yet. I mentioned earlier that Chris was writing a book!
This past weekend we celebrated our two miracle girls turning three! Time has totally flown by but it has been the best three years of our lives. They are totally crazy over Paw Patrol so we did a casual Paw Patrol themed party at John Lawson Park.
I can’t even believe that a whole year has gone by since starting this blog! Looking back at these photos of the girls is making me emotional at how fast time is going by but it has been an amazing adventure! I thought I would share with you guys my, “Why?” in starting Mocha Diaries.
Almost 3 years ago these two made me a mama and life has been such a wild adventure since! Since it’s Mother’s Day and I am four months pregnant and emotionally hormonal I thought I would share some of my favorite pictures of me and my girls and a few things I don’t want to ever take for granted.
So if you haven’t heard yet London and Kyleigh are going to be big sisters! Thank you to everyone for you sweet support and encouragement already! Chris and I are so thrilled, honoured, and thankful to bring yet another life into this world and extra excited to see these girls be such incredible big sisters!!
Last week I had amazing Valentines Day with Chris and was completely spoiled with a surprise getaway night to Whistler. With all the love in the air on Valentines Day I couldn’t help but think of the day my girls will find their forever Valentine’s. I wrote down this prayer that was on my heart for London and Kyleigh and their future husbands & I wanted to share it with you so I included a printable version for you to download. 😉 Maybe it sounds silly with them not even being 3 years old yet but if there is one thing I have come to experience in my life it is the power of prayer.
Happy New Year! I know we are already well into the new year but this is my first and it feels good to be back! Chris and I decided to take some time to lay low for a bit to focus our time with the girls and praying about the new year. So I thought it would be fun to kick it off with 12 Things currently going on in our lives & a fun day we had on Granville Island.
Christmas is TOMORROW! Which means, I still have to finish packing to go see family in two different, freezing cold provinces. Gahh, I cannot wait! For me packing is such a daunting task though, with limited space and two toddlers in the mix. I am an over packer and always end up bringing so many clothes home that I didn’t even wear but this year I am using my new favorite app that is like my own “personal stylist that I thought you guys may like to check out!”
God is a Master Planner. The moment Adam and Eve sinned and sin and death came into the world, God was already at work. On that same day, God told Satan that the seed of a woman would crush his head (Genesis 3:15). A man would come who would destroy Satan’s kingdom of darkness. He did not reveal His plan right there, but chose to hide it. It became the greatest mystery of all time.
With the new year just around the corner Chris and I have been talking about our 2018 resolutions/goals. Every year we usually write down our vision for the New Year and all that we would like to see happen then at the end of the year it’s fun to look back and see all that God had done while dreaming about what the new year might hold. However, our New Years Resolutions will be a little different in 2018.
I love the Christmas because it’s about a Gift that was given to a world that did not deserve it. When I look back, there are so many things that should have disqualified me from the love of God. Thank God He doesn’t base His love on whether we deserve it or not. And because of what He forgave me from, I’m able to forgive those who don’t deserve it too.
At some point in life, we all need a second chance. I’m so glad that God is the God of Second Chances. He’s not the God of “One and Done”. And He is definitely not the God of “Three strikes you’re out.” He is the God of Second Chances. And Christmas means that you can have a fresh start in life.
“Silent night, Holy night, All is calm, all is bright…” That sounds really nice, but to me, Christmas is the furthest thing from calm. I grew up with my whole family of about 30, celebrating the holidays under one roof. Every room, nook and cranny was completely full of bodies! Then when you finally get to sleep it’s to the sound of laughing children, sliding mattresses and loud dancing. All is calm does not quite fit the picture! However, quietness on the outside is not exactly what I am talking about (Because I personally love my loud and crazy Christmas).
I often tell people that if I’m convinced of anything, if I know anything to be true, is that God loves me. I know how simplistic or obvious that may sound. Perhaps even someone who may not have a personal relationship with Jesus can say the same thing. But I’m not just generally speaking in saying that God loves me, I’m speaking from an experiential place. God loves me. I’ve seen His love, I’ve tasted it, I’ve felt it, I’ve heard it; I’ve experienced it. It’s personal to me.
Do you feel like your life is on hold? Like nothing seems to be working? Like you have hit a brick wall and cannot go further? Do you feel stuck? That is the way I felt Christmas 2005. I was 20 years old, over $7,000 in debt, enrolled in a program that wasn’t for me, in a university college I did not like. Worst of all, I couldn’t see a way out. But that Christmas, I received one of the most life-changing pieces of advice I had ever received. I hope it can help you too.
10 hours, inflight, 4 Airports, 3 Cities, 2 Homes…2 Toddlers. Ever since we made the move to Vancouver, much of our Christmas has been traveling. We wouldn’t change any of it for the world, but we have seen that if we are not careful, its easy for us to lose our peace. Thank God He has given us a way to be completely at peace despite the happenings around us.
Do you ever wonder why you were born where you were? To the family you were born into? In the time period you were born in? It wasn’t an accident that Jesus was born in the time, place and family he was born in. Galatians 4:4 says, “But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son…” The time was preset by God for Jesus to come and make history. And Like Jesus, you too were born at the right time to make history.
I’m going to expose a little secret about Kristy and I’s Christmas shopping: We shop for our own gifts. Gasp! It’s a little tradition that has worked for us. She shops for her gifts and I have the wonderful pleasure of wrapping them. And I shop for my gifts and she has the privilege of wrapping them. That is, except for one gift.
To all the singles out there, I have an announcement: God has a special someone for you. I know sometimes its hard to believe. Especially when it seems like every song on the radio is playing Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You. Especially when you are greeted by mistletoe everywhere you look. Especially when everyone is buying presents for their significant other… But I firmly believe, that God has a special someone for you too.
Christmas is all about JOY. We sing it in the songs, we see it on our Starbucks coffee cups and we use it in our social media posts. But have you noticed that even in the midst of the holiday season, it is still hard to produce and experience lasting joy? I want to show you how you can break through and choose joy this Christmas.
I’m sure that we can all agree that Christmas is such a busy time of year and that we should be like Mary, taking the time sitting at Jesus’ feet rather than Martha who was too busy to hear what He had to say. Even for myself it can be very tempting to be like Martha and get caught up in the go, go, go of the Christmas season of fun traditions and mile high “to do lists leaving no room to hear from the very Reason For The Season.
“Often times, God will hide the entire process for us because were He to show us the entire journey, it would most likely overwhelm you and perhaps even cause you to quit. Because with every great life lived, there are valleys, there is pain, and there is persecution and sometimes we are not yet ready to see it all for we may never take the first step in the race! So instead, God gives us steps.”
“Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, The cross be borne for me, for you.” How powerful is this verse in the carol, “What Child Is This” that people all around the world sing at Christmas? They may even sing these words without truly realizing the extent of God’s love for them.”
“But before Gabriel went to Mary, he had visited a man named Zachariah. Zachariah, a priest and an honourable man, would fail the test that Mary had flawlessly passed because he decided that what God wanted to do in his life was perhaps too good to be true.”Read More
Out of the many names that describe Jesus I think that this one describes God’s purpose of Christmas the very best… “Immanuel”, meaning, “God is with us.” To me it shows the greatest desire of God’s heart. To be with mankind and have a relationship. In fact that’s what He had always intended it to be about. #FamilyOverEverything. 😉
“I believe God has big plans for you this Christmas and in the upcoming year. He wants to give you vision and provision for 2018 and make it your best year yet. But to live your best life now, you must dare, as Mary did to utter the greatest statement ever made…”
Christmas is portrayed as a magical time of year because people are expecting miracles and good things to happen. Take a look at most of the popular Christmas movies. There seems to always be some sort of miracle take place in them. Maybe you are in need of a miracle. I want you to know that God cares about you and your story. In fact He already full well knows every need and desire of your heart.”
London and Kyleigh despise our phones and laptops. Okay, maybe its more of a love/hate thing. They like playing iPhone games and randomly punching keys on our laptops, but are not as accommodating when Kris and I are on them. Sometimes, London will sneakily come and gently (sometimes) push the laptop screen shut, while Kyleigh will slowly squeeze her face between you and the phone screen.
We are such a Christmas family and take full advantage of every corny and fun tradition…Family Christmas PJ’s, ugly Christmas sweaters, gingerbread house making, etc. Most people you talk to seem to love it too, but did you know that 45% of North Americans dread the Christmas holidays according to psychologytoday.com?
Gotta love Christmas decorating with toddlers, right? I discovered that it takes a million years longer to finish but the memories are totally worth it. We actually finished our Christmas decorating before Halloween and already made Christmas cookies! Haha, I am my mothers daughter.
I’m crazy about these girls. Although they are identical and have a lot in common they also have a lot of differences. I love seeing their little personalities really come out. This was a rainy day so it was a good excuse to take some fun photos since the girls love dressing up and I love dressing them! 😉 Here are 10 Things about them!
It was so fun dressing up as super hero’s this year with my little family for Halloween!! Growing up I had always loved dressing up and eating as much candy as humanly possible. I remember the last time I got dressed up with my friends was when I was 17 and the person handing out candy at the door rolled his eyes at us and said, “Aren’t you guys a little old for this?” So that was the end of Read More
A couple weeks ago Chris surprised us girls and planned a mini get away trip to Whistler to celebrate three things. Our wedding Anniversary, Thanksgiving and London & Kyleigh’s “adjusted” birth date! It was so much fun. My highlight was watching them go crazy over the hot chocolate.
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 was our anniversary of six years! I wanted to share with you guys our “love story,” in a nut shell along with some of my favorite pictures from our wedding day! Hopefully our story will give you encouragement if you are in that season of waiting or searching for the right one. I would have like to share this post with you guys on Saturday but well ya know…life…potty training days…and CHRISTMAS DECORATING believe it or not!:P
“There is so much about God’s heart that motherhood has taught me like the protection of God over His family. We are protective over the things in life that we cherish the most and I know for me I don’t ever want to take my eyes off of my girls.”
I find it to be so easy to get caught up in the business and familiarity of things that days can go by without truly expressing thankfulness. So I have set out a Fall Challenge for myself and would LOVE for you to join me in this! Don’t miss the gift from me to you at the end of this post!;) Thankfulness is not just a polite expression but a powerful weapon. In fact, it allows God’s presence and power to come right into your scene.
Someone once said, “You can always find someone, its just finding the right one.” While there are many discussions and differences of whether there is the right one or whether anyone can be the right one, we can all agree that most people don’t just want anyone.
Every new parent anticipates the day that they will bring their newborn baby home. For us, we had to wait 113 days while they were in the NICU which felt like a small eternity filled with bittersweet moments but our time was finally here. We were finally going home after 113 days!