Jessica & Gavin July 4

Hello out there & Happy New Year! To say it’s been a while would be an understatement. I got married earlier this year, then came back afterwards to start blogging again…then disappeared completely. The last few months have been very interesting for me because in August I fell sick…and well, never fully recovered. I’ve had a series of hospitalisations, faintings, unbearable amounts of pain, endless (I mean ENDLESS) amounts of medication and lots and lots of bed rest. We are still trying to figure out what’s completely wrong but I’m happy to say that I’ve gone from 10% a day to about 70%, and I’m so ready to start back blogging. I spent a long time comparing myself to other bloggers and their constant consistency, but I realised that that definitely wasn’t making me any better nor was it mentally healthy for me.

I’m pretty sure the Christmas season definitely added some magic. It’s been a challenging time, and SERIOUSLY, I have the best husband who has been unwavered throughout the last few months and always by my side no matter the numerous doctor visits, medical procedures, endless crying on my part or anything else that was thrown his way. My family has been 100% supportive and I really have had the BEST set of friends who have always been there for me. I also want to thank everyone who noticed my absence and offered me kind words of care, and in particular my blogger friend Zainab who despite just becoming a first time mom and having other full time responsibilities, checked in on me numerous times!!

Despite this, I said no matter what I am going to enjoy this holiday season, and I planned for this to be a Very Special Christmas! It’s was our first Christmas as a married couple (whaaaat!) and I gathered the energy to decorate our home for the holiday season, which means every morning I wake up is a happy morning! I haven’t been able to bake anything but I am determined to do so before the season is over. I can’t promise I will be able to post it, but I’ll eat enough for all of us! Hmm, maybe not the best idea…

I planned this update post because I thought you, my readers, deserved to know where on earth I’ve disappeared off to, and to know that I am waiting for the day I get to hop back on and share another fun recipe with you. I also posted it to remind us all to think of others this seasons, because we are all going through secret burdens that no one knows about. I’ve kept a front to most people except my closest friends  – which means smiling through tons of pain! And trying to be my normal over-giddy hyperactive self – but I’m trying to view this as a life lesson to learn from, in whatever way I can, and just accept it and just be. I realised that I wouldn’t allow myself to just rest, which only made things worse, and so I’m trying to accept that.

Do you know what I also realised? I haven’t shared any of our wedding pictures with you! What?! Today will make 6 months since we’ve been married! So to make up for the last few months, here’s some of our favourite wedding pictures. I also can’t wait to show you our home hopefully later on when I pick back up my camera. See you very soon!

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Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4
Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4
Jessica & Gavin July 4

Jessica & Gavin July 4

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Jessica and Gavin July 4

Jessica and Gavin July 4

Jessica and Gavin July 4

Jessica and Gavin July 4

Jessica and Gavin July 4

Jessica and Gavin July 4

Jessica and Gavin July 4

Jessica and Gavin July 4

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  1. Zainab says:

    First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Second: so happy to see a post from you in my feed and third: really happy you are feeling so much better. I hope your doctors can get to the bottom of things and help you soon. Finally: freaking crazy amazing wedding pictures! Arghhh I’m so sorry I missed the wedding but thanks to these pictures I can vicariously be there. So beautiful! And I’m so glad you guys have a wonderful marriage. Here’s to a great year! xoxo

    • Jessica says:

      Happy New Year!! Thanks so much darling and wish you could’ve been there too!! Here’s to a great 2016 indeed!! xoxo

  2. OH MY GOSH your wedding looks SO BEAUTIFUL-the pics are gorgeous, you look gorgeous, everything is goooorgeouuuus!

    and I’m so happy you’re feeling better! I hope you’re able to figure out what’s been wrong and get you back to 100%!

    Thank you so much for the update, friend, we’ve missed you!

  3. Annie says:

    I’m so sorry you haven’t felt well! You look just perfect in your wedding photos! I’m so glad you shared them!

  4. Ashley says:

    Jessica! I am so sorry to hear about all that you’ve been going through medical wise. I hope that your doctors can really get to the bottom of it and that you continue to feel better!!

    PS gorgeous gorgeous wedding photos! You look beautiful!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Ashley! Congrats on the blog name change – I’ve been keeping up through mail subscription. I look forwarding to coming back to blogging 🙂

  5. Happy New Year Jessica, sorry to hear all that you have been through. I hope you recover completely very soon, all my wishes with you 🙂 The wedding pictures are amazing, you guys look great together!

  6. Enamul Hoq says:

    so amazing and professional photography .. thanks for sharing with us

  7. Beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing them and I’m glad to see you back.

  8. TEri Giese says:

    What a lovely post from a very strong, sincere, and lovely woman!! Have been where you are and still struggle to some degree with multiple modalities. With all the support you have, and strength you clearly have, you WILL get through this. Pace yourself darlin, never compare to others,in as far as blogging. Have followed blogs for 10 months now. Coincidently began while recovering from ANOTHER major surgery. Always have loved to cook, but literally lost close to 4years being severely ill. Am 300%better today, jumped on Pinterest only a few months ago, and was so excited when I jumped from 49 followers at Christmas,to the almost 700 I have today! Am much older than you, and what the big guy helped me through, He will help you as well. This bloggy world is the most supportive and loving part of the internet, in my opinion, all support and appreciate the efforts and hard work it takes. God Bless and May you have an AWESOME New Year and more!!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Teri,

      Your comment has brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so sorry to hear you were sick but so glad to hear you are doing so much better. Thank you for sharing your story with me it was truly motivating! Have an awesome New Year too and God Bless You too!!

  9. Kelly says:

    Oh Jess, I’m so sorry you haven’t been feeling well. Hope you continue to get better soon. And wow!!! You and your photos are stunning!!!

    • Jessica says:

      Aw I’m just seeing but still want to reply. Thank you so much Kelly your words mean a lot to me! <3

  10. Toni says:

    Congratulations! Here’s to hoping this New Year will bring good health to you!

  11. Stephanie says:

    You were a beautiful bride. I wish you well and hope you are feeling better soon. Your post was a great reminder that we never know what burdens others are carrying and patience and kindness to all. I thank you for that.

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you so much Stephanie! That is so, so true and you’re welcome! Thanks for being so kind!

  12. Monica says:

    Oh my goodness! So sorry to hear about the medical issues and I’m really sending you good vibes here. I hope you continue to feel better and better. Happy to see you returning to blogging and even more happy for you when I see those gorgeous wedding photos!

  13. natesha says:

    Happy New Year!!! And yes I have missed opening my mail after a bz day to relax and enjoy your pictures of delicious food and laughter filled blogs.

    Romans 8v28 says “All things work together for good to the that love the Lord” and I just want to say whatever medical storm you maybe facing right now. I declare and reverse and se d back that sickness to the pit of hell where it comes from. David said “touch not Gods anointed” and you are indeed called and blessed by God by His stripes Jessica you are healed! In Jesus Name. Amen.

    The doctors may not know all the answer my dear but Jesus does, he created that body and its his, so he will not cant but will heal you! God bless your husband! A strong man of God! That’s love, after a joyous occasion sickness appeared but he stood strong! God bless him always.

    Its the first am writing to you lol am the silent type. Love to read and smile at your posts but am happy to see you again in.my inbox and you remembered me enuff to send me a post.
    God bless you and go forth this 2016 with healing and love and I look forward to your testimony post of God’s healing hands (the true doctor) healing you from head to toe.

    Be bless my sister

    Natesha ^_^

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Natasha,

      Your comment means SO much to me!!! Thank you so so so much. <3 God bless you too! Thank you so much for coming out of the silence 🙂 to send me such a positive message.

  14. MattnBrians Mom says:

    Hi Jessica, I just stumbled on your blog today with your ‘Tahini’ recipe. What gorgeous pictures and such a down to earth blog you have… I clicked to see other recipes & saw that you are a new bride and had been sick. I am so sorry to hear that. MY what *beautiful* wedding pictures – Looks like it was a blessed day for all!!

    I had some misfortune after my wedding 26 years ago in Aug 1989 (today, I am still happily married to my best friend and 2 kids later), We found out 2 weeks before our wedding that I had a massive tumor on my ovary & needed major surgery. They could not say if it was benign or malignant and if it wasn’t for all of the money we had on deposits everywhere for our big day, we would have postponed our wedding entirely. The Monday morning after we were married, I spent my ‘Honeymoon’ in the hospital to remove the tumor. Thank God it was benign. I did lose a full ovary and fallopian tube & had a HUGE abdominal incision, but, I was so grateful not to have had a total hysterectomy.. After an 8 week recovery, we finally were able to go on our Honeymoon in Hawaii. Within 5 years we had 2 beautiful, healthy boys… Lightening did strike a 2nd time for me and I needed a repeat surgery but, still benign. We had no more children, but, God granted me my beloved family and I am grateful every day. Someday, I hope to gain 2 daughters-in-love to fully complete our family!!

    You WILL get through this. Just take every day as the blessing that it truly is. Keep on cooking, blogging and enjoying your best friend/new husband. The rest of your life will fall into place, it sometimes is just not in the time or order in which you would prefer. Hopefully, you will be better soon and someone will have answers to explain your health issues. Don’t be afraid to get other opinions and to check out various healing options – sometimes there are allergies (airborne, food…) that can wreak havoc on your body. Good luck & stay positive!! 🙂

    -Chris

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Chris,

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful story! I can feel your positivity in your message and I’m going to absorb it all. Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog and your encouraging words about my journey. I’m definitely open to various healing options and look forward to sharing a recovery story! It’s terrible what you had to go through but I’m so glad that by the grace of God you are healed!! Thank you again <3

  15. Theresa says:

    Gorgeous photos! I am new to your blog. I sure hope you re feeling better soon!
    Looking forward to trying several of your recipes : )

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