Children,  Couples,  Family,  Love

Canucks, Moustaches, & Family Love in Movember

Meet the ridiculously beautiful R. family…

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They also happen to be a family that I love so much! I first met them soon after we moved to the Edmonton area. They had also recently moved from B.C. and not long after we met, Tawny approached me to take their family photos. Click HERE to peek back to 2008.  It’s funny looking back to that blog post, because I clearly remember that while I was taking those photos, I wished I knew this family better. They had this amazing connection within their family that was full of warmth, acceptance, love, and fun. Little did I know then, that years later Tawny would make a profound and amazing impact on my life.

I consider myself very blessed to count her as a close friend who knows me better than

I know myself.  She supports, loves, and gives with a generous heart, and she has this uncanny way of knowing exactly what to say at the exact moment I need to hear it.  I’m so thankful that our roads to a new place met…even if embracing the snow in Alberta is tough (although snow seems to show up in symbolic ways). She has a selfless and beautiful Spirit:

If you have the pleasure of spending any amount of time with this fun family, count yourself lucky! They always give more than they take (and they rarely take).  They are the gatherers of friends for special occasions, opening their home with an endless supply of love, acceptance, and a whole lot of laughter.

Simply put: They. Are. Amazing.

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Jay has a huge heart, and he’s growing his Moustache out for Movember in support of Men’s health.

This photo seems only fitting! Happy Movember 🙂

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Now, I have to end by saying that even though I love them to death, there is one ‘lil annoying, competitive, and at times aggressive part of our friendship. This Oiler Girl has to put up with this during Hockey Season….

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Thank you for meeting me for photos! Love you!




  • Tawny

    Christine you are simply amazing at everything you do… I am amazed by your incredible talent… Funny, Jay confided in me that he didn’t think any of our pictures would work out because Ryann wouldn’t smile, kept hiding, sticking out her tongue, and the finale ~ a big wipe out… You handled it with grace and humour and produced some amazing photos to capture this stage of our life… As I was preparing for the shoot this day I was going through my head all the steps so I didn’t miss or forget anything to bring… That’s when I remembered this blog. You have an amazing way with words and the ability to see more deeply than anyone, the connection and love of each family you photograph… The pictures are amazing and your kind words of all the tiny things that often go unnoticed in every day life bring people this new sense of appreciation, kind of a restart point… Today after reading what you blogged about us and seeing all our pictures of this amazing family that I do have, I feel rejuvenated ~ ready to get up, work harder, clean my house, hug my kids, play, smile, dance… Your work makes a difference and your words mean the world… Thank You for pointing out to me on a daily basis the positive and thanks for sharing that in this blog, it makes me feel very special and very loved… Thank so much for being you, for being a real person and sharing that… Love you so much, and your family too… xoxo

    • Christine Hopaluk

      Ahhhh Tawny, see there you go again, always lifting others up (I do believe you just illustrated everything I said about you!). Thank you for your words, they mean more to me than you could ever know. Love you more. xoxo

  • Tawny

    P.S. THe snow is OUR thing! <3 It will always remind me of you for so many reasons… Mainly because life is so so busy but when it snows life seems to slow down just enough to gives us that time to connect again! It's our time… Mainly wonderful memories… <3

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