Three Years Ago Today We Came to America…

Coming To America

Three years ago today, my wife, my son, and my dog, came to America. Every time I think of that statement – “Coming to America” – the same two things pop into my head. Eddie Murphey’s hilarious movie – it was hilarious when I was in my teens at any rate – and Neil Diamond singing “America”, the opening line of which is “Far…we’ve been traveling far, without a home, but not without a star”. So that’s why you’re looking at the epic graphic above. You’re welcome.

There are a lot of things I can say about the past three years, but given this my first blog post in five months, to say I’m rusty at blogging is an understatement. I’m going to keep this simple.

My wife and I grew up in Calgary and spent all our our lives there. We never thought we’d leave. A plan for our lives (His plan) began to unfold that presented us with a choice: stay “safe” or take a risk and “Come to America”. That decision – one of the most important we’ve ever made – put us on a path of personal growth, happiness, and prosperity unlike anything we could have expected. It was a pivotal moment in our lives, and one that we are truly happy we made. It changed everything, all of it ultimately good. We are blessed beyond measure.

Three years in, what I can say is this: if you’re ever presented an opportunity to take a leap into the unknown, to step outside your known world into into something new, take it.

Over to you Neil…

Logan the Super Hero

My talented friend Nate Northridge (Northridge Photography) had an idea for a fun photo shoot with Logan, and it happened to coincide with a project that I needed a photo just like this for…so this is the result. This is a trial run of the idea…the mosquitoes were brutal so it was a bit rushed. The photos are adorable though, aren’t they? 🙂

Logan Photos & Videos, October to December 2010

Photos from October through December 2010. Logan’s growing up so fast!

Heritage Park Visit, November 2010

Photos from our visit to Heritage Park in November 2010. Full gallery on my photo site.

Logan Photos & Videos, July to September 2010

It’s that time again: I’ve wrapped up editing on the photos and videos taken of my wonderful son Logan earlier this year, from July to September 2010. He turned one in August, so over the three month period it was amazing to watch him grow and change, constantly learning new things.

Logan’s First Birthday: What Fun!

On August 16th we had a very special day, celebrating Logan’s first birthday! Friends and family from all over came to help us celebrate this special day – and no, we didn’t spend $4000 and hire an actor to come to the party (read this blog post if you don’t know what I’m talking about).

A Revelstoke, BC, Wedding

In mid-August we went out to Revelstoke, BC, for the wedding of Ashley’s Cousin Jeff Honig (a talented mountain guide) to his fiancée Stephanie China. It was a quick weekend mini-trip, but we managed to create some fun memories along the way. Here are a few pictures.

Logan’s First Calgary Stampede

After Logan’s first Stampede Breakfast, it was time for his first Stampede two days later. I just had to snap a few photos of him in Ashley’s cowboy boots and hat. How cute is this kid? We went to the Stampede and Logan spent most of the time in mute amazement at all the bright and colourful things he saw.