Blogging is a labour of love for me, and in many respects my hobby. It is a creative process with both the photography and words selected to convey such moments. I enjoy this opportunity and never imagined that anyone would care enough to even read it... Now with almost 2 million views, google has approached me to monetize this virtual space with various advertisements along the panel of the blog. I have purposely chosen to keep this a free space for those who visit, and plan to make a separate website for my consulting company in the near future.
Somehow through this online platform, I feel as though I have developed an extended family of educators. Your emails of encouragement have truly motivated me throughout the years. In any given week I can get up to fifty emails with questions about resources, clarification about my planning process, and upcoming learning opportunities. I was most surprised when followers started sending me messages wondering about my travels, engagement, wedding, and now how my pregnancy is going. It it for this reason, that on occasion I like to post about special events in my life. It is a chance for me to share a more personal side of myself and help you get to know me a little bit better.
The way that I see it, behind each blog is a person. One with a life outside of their professional aspirations. It is these special moments that help define who we are, and our outside of school experiences impact how we educate our students.
A few years ago, my professional and personal life collided when my fiancé planned his marriage proposal in my Kindergarten class.
Naturally the group of students involved wanted to help us plan the wedding! So of course we had our own celebration at school, well in advance of the big day with the help of a real photographer (annawithlove - see photos below).
Here are a few photos of us preparing on the morning of our wedding:
Here are a few photos of us during the wedding service at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church with Father Spyros Vitouladitis:
Here are a few photos of us at the Toronto Christmas Market with our Great Entourage:
Our family is beginning to grow a little more quickly than we had anticipated, and we are expecting Baby Vergis in a few short weeks.
Here we are one year later feeling so blessed that our story is continuing and a new chapter is beginning... For more pictures please visit my Instagram page and hashtag #shareinourstory.
Both Arsenios (Ari) and I would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to everyone who made our wedding day so memorable. To our parents, relatives, and close friends - you shared in our story and it wouldn't have been complete without you! Special thanks to my mom, cousin AnnaMaria from Greece, and friend Claire for everything they did to help me make this day possible! Perhaps next year I will blog about all the tiny details that we created ourselves, especially at the wedding venue! DIY projects are my favourite!!
I treasure these moments and plan to create many more... May we all continue to celebrate love, happiness, and above all our health.
I hope that you slow down and enjoy those who surround you and the magic of this season!
Joanne Marie Babalis
are special moments
that tell our story...