Have I mentioned this before?
It’s the first time that we will be living together in Canada. Yes, we’ve been married
for over two years, but we were living in Norfolk, Virginia.
And this past year I’ve been here in Canada with our Little A. while Mr. Smith was on a long
deployment in and around the North Arabian Gulf. Upon his return in July, he continued
working in port in Virginia, while we waited to hear if the request for an early release from his
contract was approved.
At last, it was.
Now we will be living together in Ottawa.
A monumental and very special thing for us, because you see, when my husband was just a
young man first visiting me in Canada from Tennessee, some 11 years ago – when I was just a girl and we were just kissy friends - he promised to one day return and make a home with me here.
And that day is today!
Little A. and I can barely contain our excitement. We are anxiously waiting for him to arrive!
Our friends picked him up in Virginia yesterday and they are making their way here now, along
with tons of our belongings that were sitting in storage, waiting for us to make a decision…
Were we staying or going?
Going to be together now in this place we call home.
So, it’s another day of celebrating and Little A. and I made chocolate cupcakes for the occasion.
A certain somebody’s favourite.
What more can I say?
Today, my best friend & adoring husband is coming home. I couldn’t be any happier!
It seems obvious enough that when you are married you should be physically together, but
as many of you know, circumstance doesn’t always have it that way. And you have to
overcome distance and separation to build your relationship and keep your love strong.
For those of you who have done this, are doing this, and may do this the rest of your lives,
you are so courageous and your love knows no boundaries or limitations.
For those of you who have your loved one right beside you, be thankful that you do -
even when they leave their wet towel on the floor… because when they’re not around,
you really do miss everything about them.
Today, I happily close the chapter on endurance. Lord knows it took such endurance
to be apart from my soulmate for days on end. There will be new life lessons,
there will be different struggles to overcome – but we will conquer them, together.
Little A. gets to see his daddy in only a few hours and I get to
wrap my arms around my Love…and together we get to
rejoice, laugh, cry, jump for joy and eat cupcakes!
Thank you for your encouragement
and for celebrating with us,
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Glaze
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup oat flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium bowl mix together flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk eggs, add in sugar, olive oil. Pour into dry mix.
Add in apple sauce, almond milk and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly, until lumps
have pretty much disappeared (You can use the mixer for this, but I like an old-
fashioned arm work out!)
Bake for 23-25 minutes at 350F.
Let cool before icing.
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup icing sugar
In a medium sized saucepan, heat raspberries, water and brown sugar on medium high heat
for 8 minutes – stirring continuously. Bring to low heat and simmer for another 5. The mixture
will have thickened and have a sticky, but liquid consistency. Let cool for 10 minutes.
In a small mixing bowl blend together icing sugar and raspberry mixture.
This will form your glaze.
Dip cupcakes in the glaze, adding more with spoon/knife as desired.
Before serving, dust with powdered sugar – and enjoy!