Frankie Cena: Mr. World Canada, 2013 UBC Sauder Business School Graduate, Friend.

frankieDear Frankie, I remember when we met a few years ago at a singing audition for a local tv show. I was an already top 40 radio pop artist facing my fear of auditioning for tv shows, and you were a student who had big hopes and dreams in his eyes, and a voice to match that inspiration. You had no idea who I was ( which I was totally ok with lol ), but you encouraged me nevertheless to just dream big and do my best. In those moments Frankie, you reminded me of how I once was, you helped me get my courage back when it came to performing. From that day on, I knew you were going to do big things in this world just because of your attitude towards life, your career, and your heart to encourage others no matter who they are or what they dream. After that, you kept popping up in my life in random places, and I am blessed that we crossed paths more Frankie2and eventually became friends. I have watched you win countless singing competitions, receive your Mr. World Canada title, travel the world coaching debate, become an American Eagle Model, and now graduate from business school. It was an honour to share in your celebration with your family, and I really felt like a proud big sister. We love you no matter what – titles, or no titles, and I know that your journey has only just begun. No matter what you do in life, I wish you nothing but the best. Stace, myself and the kids will always be around cheering you on, sharing the stage together, and just carrying on doing like we do. You are an inspiration Frankie, and we are blessed to call you friend. We love you. Onwards and upwards. Happy Graduation! xoxoxox ~Marika



Our May in Pics.

This was my May: Mother’s Day & 12th anniversary tea, Jaedon filming on Mattel set, my 33rd birthday, Birthday camping trip. Hanging with the fabulous HOLLE band, Telus Day of Giving, School play, Zoey’s trip to the Aquarium, Zac’s field trip to Victoria, First magazine cover story, Miss World Canada. Wowzers. And we threw some random regular life moments of May in there too 🙂 ( Not like our life is regular or anything lol )

~ M

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See How Much I Love You.

It’s something that Stacy and I have been messaging each other for the last 12 years of our marriage. And it comes in all different shapes sizes and materials 🙂

shmily1The first year we were married, we purchased a book that was a daily journal to read together in our first year. The very first story told of an elderly couple who were telling this story to their grandkids of how they would leave SHMILY messages anywhere and everywhere as little reminders to each other of their love. I fell in love with this story and how they had kept up this gesture for the rest of their lives. I remember thinking that would be so cool to do with each other. Well, it sorta stuck. For the last 12 years of our own marriage, it has become a staple in our “love” gestures to each other. Stacy will do anything from making the word out of candy, to writing it on our mirror so that after our shower the steam reveals SHMILY on the wall. We’ve written it in the sand on our travels around the world. We’ve made it on our camping trips out of pretzels in between car rides, and had it drawn in cartoon characters at Disneyland. And the list goes on.

shmily2The kids know what it means. Everyone else Im sure thinks we are weird, so I wanted to dedicate a blog to this awesome thing that Stacy and I do for each other. When I’m old and have grandkids, I’ll write a similar story like the one in the book I read, and I’ll have pictures to prove it. There’s something powerful about leaving a legacy of love for my kids that they see between their mom and dad, and they notice it too.

So that’s the story of SHMILY.