Friday, June 21, 2019

Beautiful Things

Recently I have been looking for beauty. Here are a few things I have found. I like having small things around me that strike me as stunning.

 Boho Modern Table Runner

I can imagine walking past my dining room table and my heart gushing over the simple intricacies, calm colors and eclectic textures of this table runner.

Beautiful Flour Jar

Imagine going to the cupboard to get some boring flour for a recipe and putting your hands on this beautiful jar, running fingers over the top and examining the pattern.

 Beautiful Tea/Coffee Mug

There is nothing better than having a cup of tea or coffee in a well made mug that is exactly the right size, shape, and feels good on the hands and especially the lips.

 Fuzzy Wall Art

This shouldn't be hung in a prominent place. This is more like, something to be discovered around the corner, to make the discoverer stand there for a second in surprise...for the first time or for the 100th.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Grocery Shopping for Keto in Gainesville

Note: Im going to be updating this post over time with photos, corrections and information as I think of things! Please comment if you have something to add!!

D'Lites Emporium
Millhopper Plaza
4216 NW 16th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32601

What you can get only there:

  • Potato Chips!!! Only 4 carbs a small bag and they taste yummy even though they are not made of potatoes!!
  • Blueberry syrup for pancakes (sweetened with Sucralose so only have a little bit).
  • Ice cream - the chocolate flavor is VERY low (real) sugar and low carbs.
  • Granola cereal - My 10-year-old likes the vanilla flavored kind. Use almond milk with it and put a little bit of heavy cream in to make it taste more like cows milk.
  • Hamburger buns (not gluten free)
  • Bread (not gluten free but only 4 carbs per slice).

Lucky's Market
1459 NW 23 Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605
Hours: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

What you can get only there

  • Pizza crust - Very low carb, soft, and can also be used as a yummy soft taco wrap. Find this next to the frozen food section all the way to the left of the store in the fridge case in the back. 
  • Tiny pizza crusts for sandwiches (tase a bit too strong but OK).
  • Frozen muffins (next to frozen GF bread). Taste better than the tiny pizza crusts. 
  • Veganaise (no soy)
What else you can get there that is keto
  • Frozen cauliflower rice in a bag
  • Frozen organic broccoli
  • Frozen organic blueberries for smoothies (best price).
  • Organic cream cheese (best price). Use this in rolled up organic and humanely raised turkey and chicken slices.
  • Canned organic pizza sauce (lower carbs than regular pasta sauce in a jar)
  • eggs
  • Fresh salmon
  • Fresh organic broccoli not packaged with plastic.
  • Fresh organic and local spinach not packaged with plastic.
  • Canned coconut milk and canned coconut cream
  • Almond flour (but expensive here...more expensive than Publix and Trader Joes).
  • Keto chocolate chip pancake mix (OUR  FAVORITE...and a little cheaper on Amazon so I added the link


What you can get only there

  • Canned heart of palm (sustainable) to replace pasta in the most delicious way (in the pasta aisle)
  • Swerve sweetener (The best tasting sweetener out there and second in line health-wise to stevia. But I don't really like the taste of stevia).
What else you can get there that is keto
  • Fresh organic broccoli (best price but packaged with plastic)
  • Fresh organic spinach (best priced but in plastic). 
  • Fresh organic lettuce
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Frozen organic broccoli
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Almond flour (the Greenwise brand is a good price)
  • Fresh salmon (ask Publix seafood staff to steam if for you using Old Bay yummy!)
  • Slimfast keto fat bomb peanut butter cups, sweetened with Stevia. Found in a box by the special diet drinks and Slim Fast stuff. Expensive but pretty nice to have. They taste best cold. 
  • Organic sliced cheese
  • Fresh grass fed beef (best track record for freshness)
  • Fresh organic chicken (best track record for freshness)
  • Bubble caned, fizzy flavored water. We love the orange flavor!
  • LaCroix canned, fizzy flavored water

3724 SW Archer Rd 
Gainesville, FL 32608
Hours: 8AM - 9PM (Mon-Sun)

What you can get only there
  • Grass fed pre-made frozen burgers (4 to a box)
What else you can get there that is keto
  • Canned organic coconut milk and canned coconut cream (BEST price)
  • Fresh spinach in a plastic bag (use right away because it doesn't last)
  • Organic lettuce in a bag
  • Frozen organic fruit for smoothies (mix the smoothies with the coconut milk or cream)
  • Organic fresh chicken, best price
  • Fresh Grass fed beef
  • Frozen wild salmon
  • Organic tomatoes (best price)
Choc Zero (very yummy)
Canned wild salmon I have subscribed to a monthly delivery of this from Amazon for over 5 years. I make "tuna fish" out of it. See this post for the exact recipe. I choose this because it is wild alaskan salmon and the can is BPA free. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Keto Buns

I have been doing the Ketogenic Diet, along with my oldest daughter who is on the autism spectrum and it is working for brain fog...big time. It is more accurately, the Modified Atkins Diet, but people understand what we are trying to do more if we call it Keto.

We started out trying out the diet with the whole family but it didn't seem to work properly for anyone except DD and me.

But now are are in a groove and sticking to the diet has become easier and easier. The hardest part about this diet is that I am a bread person. I like good, yummy bread. Luckily, there is a kind of bread used with this diet known as "fathead" bread (or bagels), because they are introduced through a movie (that I haven' seen yet) about carbs and fat called, Fathead.

Anyhoo, I just call the these cute little guys, Keto Buns. The recipe is very simply,

preheat oven to 400 degrees

  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella
  • 1 3/4 cups of almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • salt

  1. First  you melt the cream cheese and mozzarella together in a big glass bowl in the microwave for 120 seconds. Stir and then microwave for another minute.
  2. Then stir in the almond flour, salt and two eggs.
  3. After it cools down enough to be able to kneed the "dough", mix it all up with your hands, then pull it in to about 8 or 9 balls and place them on parchment paper in the oven. Bake for 16 minutes.

To make the "brown bread" rolls, I added 1/4 cup of pureed fresh spinach, then let them cook for 26 minutes so that the outside was completely brown and not green. They are a little more substantial and feel very much like bread. The inside is delightfully green but not noticeable with lettuce and mayo added. 

My favorite way to eat these are with mayo, tomato, lettuce and sometimes sliced avocado. Yum!

I made about 20 of them today so that I could freeze them for the week.

When I cheat with the diet I feel awful. I get a headache and a stomach ache. But what motivates me to stick to this, is that I like how I feel and I don't want to give it up. I feel clear-headed and it is amazing. I have noticed that my daughter has much less brain fog too, and she is doing very well in her homeschool classes and is able to help around the house much more. So for us two this diet is working really well, making the effort worth it. I have to be careful that she doesn't loose weight on this and have succeeded. But the weight loss aspect of it has been an added bonus for me. The diet is hard because it is very restrictive with the foods you can eat and the foods you can't eat. It is very weird to avoid carrots and apples (because they are high in carbs). But I am getting used to it now, and after making the Keto Buns about 20 times now, I think I have it perfected and they are quite simply yummy.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Why My Family Tried the Ketogenic Diet

It was 3 years ago when my son was 10, that I learned about the ketogenic diet. He had a seizure when he was sick with the flu. We took him to se a neurologist at UF who said that his EEG looked great and he was healthy, so goodbye.

I knew (and I was right), that something was going on with my brilliant child's brain. It was a type of autoimmune encephalitis and PANS, but I didn't know that yet.  I looked up natural ways to help with seizures. That is when I came across the ketogenic diet and learned that it has just as much affect on stopping seizures as medication does. This fact is proven by scientific studies. The diet was invented after doctors knew that fasting helps seizures. So they created a diet that mimics starvation, without actually robbing the body of healthy foods. It seemed legit. I also read that the keto diet was used as a LAST resort for kids with seizures, meaning that neurologists recommend to give meds to children before trying the keto diet which is basically taking away sugar and carbs. I thought as I read this, that perhaps keto should be the first try, then meds be the second in line of treatment options.

Thankfully my son didn't have anymore seizures so I forgot about the diet for a while. Then I rediscovered it recently when my father-in-law mentioned to us in an email saying that keto is supposed to help with Alzheimer's disease. This made me interested in it again and I looked up more information about it.

So basically the Ketogenic Diet is all about eliminating sugar and also taking away carbs, which turn into sugar. When the body has just absolutely no sugar left in it to burn for energy, it then switches over and begins to burn fat for energy. When this happens the whole body changes how it works. It tells itself that it is starving and creates metachlorines ketones, that are organic compounds in the body that bring down inflammation in the body and in the brain. I looked up ketones on Wikkepedia and didn't understand the complicated medical description. But after searching many different sources googling...what is a ketone? I am left with what I just wrote,..."simple, organic, water-soluble compounds, or, by-products of burning fat rather than sugar".

So I thought to myself, that if ketones bring down inflammation and fuel cells for more brain energy, then why can't that help my kids who have autoimmune issues? We can see with our eyes that the the diet helps seizures, because the seizures stop.  But there haven't been studies on this diet for autoimmune disorders so we don't know if it helps or not. But logically it should if ketones bring down inflammation. And it won't harm if done properly. So I did some MORE research, such as watching an hour-long presentation by Dr. Eric Kossoff, about the Johns Hopkins approach to the diet. Here is the link: The Promise and Challenge of Dietary Therapy for Epilepsy"

He mentions in this video how the keto diet is also used for autism and autoimmune diseases, so I decided to go ahead and try it with myself and my family.

Let me tell you, cutting out sugar is like the meanest and most horrible thing you can do to your child, EVER. BUT, there are sugar substitutes that aren't horrible. The most natural alternative sweetener is Stevia. But Swerve, tastes much better and is thought to be OK and much better than aspartame. My mom has made the most amazing blueberry pies with Swerve AND amazing brownies. So the kids have learned that the world doesn't actually end by cutting out sugar.

We have been doing the diet for a month now. The first week or two was a mish-mosh of still having some carbs and still eating bananas and apples and carrots. It is quite the learning curve and it is shocking to learn you shouldn't eat carrots. I mean...carrots. The healthiest and easiest of snack foods are suddenly gone. So is BREAD. So I started to think about it and this is what I came up with for snacks and lunches :

Turkey slices with cream cheese rolled up in them
Fathead bagels (I used this for bread and sandwiches)
Cereal made of almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and shredded coconut...all mixed with butter and toasted for 20 minutes (thank goodness for bulk bins at Wards).
Make-ahead meatballs
Boiled eggs
Banana (flavored) nut muffins

Dinners are easy because it is just meat and veggies. It is a bit daunting to not be able to have rice or pasta. But we are getting used to it now. Also, we have discovered "ramen" and make bowls of chicken broth with, spinach, chicken, mushrooms, and with kelp noodles from the Asian section at Lucky's. The kids love it. We even put a soft boiled egg soaked in coconut aminos (just like soy sauce) in the ramen. It is so yummy.

Pizza is still an option thank goodness Trader Joes has a frozen pizza with cauliflower crust. It still has carbs but not enough to kick one out of ketosis, so that is a good frozen pizza option. Also, Lucky's has very low carb cauliflower frozen pizza crusts that are just perfect and we also use them for soft taco wraps.

So we will see how this diet goes. We have the blessing from our amazing pediatrician to move forward with it. So we will continue on this journey and hope that it helps!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

What You Never Knew About Platinum Digital Video

Giving a presentation about running a wedding cinematography business

Platinum Digital Video is not a big ole' production company with offices. I work out of my 850 square foot home (I call it my sweet cottage) in Gainesville's historical, Duckpond, and run the whole business from the desk in my living room. Yep.

As necessity is the mother of invention... I have found these days that necessity is also the mother of new passions. My current passion is researching minimalism, trying to furnish and decorate the house with simple beauty in an attempt to create a comfortable and inspiring living space for my family. (I just want everyone to be happy).

It is not just having a small home that feeds the urgency of organization and minimalism, I also have a teenager with autism. I learned at a CARD conference a few years ago, that children with autism need structure and organization more than the average kid. And so my tendency to be an archaic and whimsical person (messy), has been reigned in big-time by my greater need to be a good mother to my 3 children.

This year my other two children who do not have autism, were both diagnosed with PANS (one had much more severe symptoms than the other). PANS is basically autoimmune encephalitis. It is a chronic condition and the symptoms are very hard. We have been able to treat both children successfully with long term antibiotics, but we don't know when they will be able to stop the antibiotics and not relapse. Thankfully, at this point, things are back to a normal that I craved at the lowest points.

So I have 3 amazing children, a supporting and loving husband, 2 cats, a crazy dog who digs holes in the yard throughout the day then bounds into the house full of dirt, and a thriving video business...all packed into a tiny house. Our lovely life-mess must be gathered and arranged into something very organized and controllable in the best way possible...and here is what I have done thus far to achieve this attainable goal.

1. HELP MYSELF: To be completely honest... the devastation of a watching a child go through PANS, can induce PTSD in the parents. So my first order of business was to get myself straightened out. I worked with my doctor and researched the best vitamins to take, and also started an exercise/meditation routine to beat the stress.

2. ORGANIZE THE BUSINESS: After a year of healing sick kids, filming weddings, editing...editing...editing, ordering new amazing video equipment while tripping over old clutter....I looked around at our life with clear eyes and a full heart, and saw that I needed to take the overstuffed pot off the burner for a while. My immediate, top priority was to get all the weddings we had filmed...edited. So I announced on my website and Facebook page that this year, Platinum Digital Video is not taking any other weddings until 2018. Now I am focusing all my time and attention on the weddings I have on my computer that need to be edited and finished.

3. BUDGET: It felt very responsible and liberating to stop taking new weddings for the rest of this year, but it also meant that I was left with a new life-project plopped in my lap. This project was to ensure that our large and busy family lived off a strict budget. We were used to getting drinks and deserts with meals at restaurants, going a little nuts on Amazon after midnight then being like, wait what is this cool present?... when the package arrived. This lifestyle had to change. I now have a Passion Planner, and I write in it daily and keep notes of everything we spend and make sure that we do not spend more that we have coming in for the month. I use the PDF spending tracker inserts from the Passion Planner website. This is the first month of our new budget and we will come in on target!

4. ORGANIZE THE HOUSE: I needed the house to be clean and organized for the kids to heal and thrive. So after much research starting with the ever-popular, Life-Changing Magic of Cleaning Up,  to Apartment Therapy (how to create beauty and efficiency in a small space), to only having 33 items in the closet at once...I was able to organize a plan and mark it all down in my Passion Planner through "Roadmaps". The clothes for all 5 of us were either given away to charity or stored away, except for 33 items each (not including socks and underwear). I gave away tons of books to the library and we even cleaned out the cobweb-laced laundry-shed and hung cute lights in the back yard. We now are clutter-free enough to live well and that is amazing. But it is an ongoing process.

5. FOOD: During my research about autism and PANS I learned that the stomach is "the second brain". Autoimmune disorders are aggravated by foods that cause inflammation guessed it...gluten to start with and the list goes on.  My youngest is newly allergic to wheat and my oldest is hypoglycemic and can't have sugar without equal or more amounts of protein to offset the side-effects... sooooo, our daily eating habits needed attention and organization.

We went from not really knowing what meals we were going to eat from one day to the next, eating out all the time and grabbing takeout... to a spreadsheet-schedule of what would be for breakfast, lunch (including school pack-lunches) and dinner. GF breads and fresh, organic, low/no-sugar foods became the new norm.

This lead me to discover, A Pinch of Yum, which is a perfect website full of really delicious recipe's with lots of gluten free options. Also, I had no idea until I read her blog, that the author lost her baby a year ago. This was yet another reminder that everyone is dealing with something...and to always be kind. I found myself feeling grateful for not only her great recipes, but for her openness in sharing something so important and personal.

So here we are, with the rest of the year to finish editing 6 weddings. I have each one written down in my planner.  For editing, I look for inspiration and I found this perfect quote:

"This is the real secret of life - to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play". -Alan Watts

I have the best job ever and can't wait to get back to filming next year. A HUGE thank you to my amazing brides and their families who are so great to work with. Please let me know if you have any secrets to home/life organization or meal plans!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

After The Wedding Film: Lauren Tripp Barlis

"I could not be more grateful for the sense of trust and loyalty that we give each other every day." - Lauren 

Lauren is a UF Alumni and former UF instructor. She lives with her husband, Jeff and two children in Palm Harbor, Florida. She and Jeff had a fabulous outdoor Thomas Center wedding 3 years ago with perfect weather. Here is a peak into her wedding film and life before, during and after the wedding film!

On Meeting
Jeff and I met at Alcove, a teeny little bar that no longer exists in downtown Gainesville. We had a mutual friend who introduced us (and who now likes to take credit for our marriage), and our second date was also at Alcove. It was one of those nights where we sat down at the bar at 9, and the next thing I knew they were announcing last call. I swear it felt like 5 minutes had gone by because I was so wrapped up in our conversation.

On The Wedding Day
Our wedding was magical. 
We had to fight to have it completely outside at the Thomas Center! But because both of us had been in Gainesville for so long, we knew we wanted those gorgeous oak trees to be surrounding us as we exchanged our vows and celebrated. The Thomas Center had not hosted a dinner outside in years, and we actually had a caterer decide not to work with us because the setup was a little tricky. But once I sat down at our table with the twinkling market lights over us and the fountain sparkling next to us and the oak trees towering over us...I knew we had made the right choice.

On Married Life
Life as a married couple: well, we only had that for about 6 months before we moved into life as parents! I got pregnant soon after we were married, and now, almost four years later, we have two beautiful children: Josie, who is two, and Benjamin, who is 6 months old. Our life is COMPLETELY different these days from our previous life of leisure and travel and live music and dinner with friends. There is a lot less sleep, for one thing. But there is certainly a joy multiplied and a gratitude within the exhaustion. Raising kids is so hard and requires a completely different skill set than developing a romantic relationship. But Jeff's partnership makes it possible for me to continue to pursue the work outside of the home that I am passionate about, and I could not be more grateful for the sense of trust and loyalty that we give each other every day.

On Marriage 
In fact, that would be my advice to couples about to marry or who have just gotten married: don't underestimate the power of trust and loyalty. They are quieter, less flashy emotions than intoxicating passion or the headiness of talking about life until the wee hours of the morning, but they are the ones that you need when it's 5am and your babies have both been up since 3am and now you both have to get ready for work and do it all over again. You redefine those middle of the night conversations, but they are still there, and having someone who can make you laugh and support you no matter what is crucial. 

Oh, and a piece of advice that is almost as important: get an amazing videographer (ahem, Platinum Digital Video!) to document your wedding day. They will catch moments that you didn't see or don't remember (because it's all such a blur), and you will love having it to look back on. Jeff and I watch our video every year on our anniversary, and I can't wait to show it to our kids when they get a little older.


Thank you Lauren!

p.s. Check out "After The Wedding Film" posts one and two.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

After The Wedding Film: Katie Burns

"We also view each other as totally equal partners and don't follow the 'traditional' divisions of labor, meaning we share equally in housework, cooking, yard work, etc. (Though I insist on doing the laundry—otherwise Paul shrinks my clothes!)" ~ Katie Wassink
We filmed Katie and Paul's wedding in Gainesville back in 2008. It was the first wedding that Jeff and I had filmed at Gainesville's Sweetwater Branch Inn after moving here from Tarpon Springs. I remember the photographer being very creative with his shots, and I remember enjoying filming the beautiful suite that Kati and her bridesmaids were getting ready in, and how accommodating the staff were. Here is a is awesome to be a vendor at Sweetwater Branch Inn because they provide a table and chairs for vendors, located just outside the glass doors to the reception hall. It is great to have a place to put the gear down and sit for a second to change a lens and plug in a battery. The staff leaves a carafe of water and glasses on the table, sometimes even some sweet tea. It makes the whole filming experience pleasurable so it is easier to concentrate on working while feeling welcome and valued!

I was happy to catch up with Katie after 8 years! Here is Katie's account of their marriage and relationship... before, during and after the wedding film!!

8-Year Anniversary

On Finding Each Other
When I was 19, my mom and I signed up for a trip to Italy and France with our church, St. Augustine. On the itinerary were museums, cathedrals, countryside, and adventure, and I couldn't wait to explore. I had no idea, of course, that I was also destined to meet my future husband.

Paul and I were both undergrads at the University of Florida, where I studied journalism and he studied mechanical engineering. We attended the same church but had never met.

On the trip—which took place in the summer of 2004—I noticed Paul from the very beginning, on the charter bus that took us all to the airport in Miami. I was shy, though, and didn't say anything. (Interestingly, my mom did—she chatted with him on the bus for a while and came back to say, "He's really nice! You should talk to him.")

Eventually, toward the end of the trip, I did. The group was in Assisi, Italy, at the time, and one day at breakfast I asked him about a solo hike he'd taken the day before. Later that afternoon, a few people went up onto the roof to watch the sunset, and Paul and I spent a while pointing out animals and shapes in the clouds above.

From that point, we were inseparable, and we spent the rest of the trip together. (Sorry, Mom!) We continued to see each other upon our return to Gainesville before school started back up. Unfortunately, though, Paul had previously arranged to study abroad in Munich, Germany, for a whole year, leaving just a month after we returned. You can imagine how devastated I was to learn this! I already knew we were meant to be together, the same kind of knowledge that told me the sun would rise and the tides would turn—I simply knew it to be true.

So I waited, as a year stretched into 18 months. We were never dating, officially, before he left, and we kept only in minimal contact while he was gone. It was easier that way. When he did finally return, I drove down to meet him on the beach in Fort Myers. It was New Year's Eve, 2005. And we've been together ever since.

On The Wedding Day
Our wedding took place in October 2008, a few months after we both returned from living in Switzerland. (Paul went for a year of grad school there—are you sensing a pattern here?—and I joined him to work as an au pair for 6 months after I graduated from UF.) We were married in St. Augustine church by the priest who'd accompanied our group on the European trip. A bunch of our guests had also been on that trip and in a way were witnesses to our love story, making it extra meaningful.

Not everything went according to plan that day: I forgot to wear my earrings, the flower girls' baskets didn't show up with the floral delivery, and we weren't able to visit with everyone at the reception as much as we wanted to. However, I had to let all those little things go and focus on the big, important picture, which was that Paul and I were starting our new life together. Being surrounded by so many friends and family members made for a truly special day.

One favorite moment at our reception, which was held at the lovely Sweetwater Branch Inn, occurred when a group of international friends, who'd traveled all the way from Germany and Switzerland, got up and performed a long, intricate traditional German wedding song. Nobody could understand a word, but their enthusiasm made for a hilarious crowd-pleaser nonetheless!

On Marriage
Starting life as a married couple seemed surprisingly easy for us. We got a little condo and a cute little rescue dog, Buddy. We chose not to live together before the wedding, but we quickly fell into a natural routine afterward. It helps that we're pretty in sync, lifestyle-wise; for example, we're both morning people who enjoy quiet evenings at home. We also view each other as totally equal partners and don't follow the "traditional" divisions of labor, meaning we share equally in housework, cooking, yardwork, etc. (Though I insist on doing the laundry—otherwise Paul shrinks my clothes!)

Some advice to newlyweds: pick your battles. I'm an only child and got used to doing everything my own particular way. It took me a little while to learn that if Paul puts things in the "wrong" place in the pantry, or cleans differently than I do, that's OK! (Alright, I might still be working on this a little bit.) Get used to each other's idiosyncrasies and save the fussing for things that really matter.

After several years in Gainesville, my hometown, we took a big step and moved our lives up to Boston, Massachusetts, so Paul could take a new job just outside the city. Going so far away from my family, my friends, and the place I grew up to a place I'd never been wasn't easy for me. It also didn't help that we moved in the middle of winter, one day before a huge blizzard hit!

It ended up taking me longer than expected to find a job—about 6 months. I'd made some friends through Meetup, so I wasn't lonely, but my unsuccessful job hunt had me very discouraged all that time. However, the right position finally came along (with an awesome location in downtown Boston), and I'm still happily there over 3 years later.

We have a house in the suburbs now, just us, Buddy, and our second pup, Luna. We both love Boston—yes, even despite the winters!—and exploring New England. (Hiking in Vermont is a favorite.) I've learned over the years that I could go just about anywhere as long as Paul is with me. Living in Boston, and Switzerland before that, is something I probably wouldn't have done on my own, and I'm grateful for having done it with him. Now, if we could only make our family not so far away...

Paul and I agree that being married is wonderful. Even after nearly 11 years together, I can't wait to get home and see his face. And to think: it all started because we each wanted to take a trip to Europe.

 Thank you Katie!

p.s. Check out "After The Wedding Film" Post #1

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