seven years ago today this beautiful child entered our lives, changing every thing. her capacity for love knows no end, her compassion and tenderness encompasses us everyday, her wisdom and knowledge astonishes us. most know her in fleeting moments of childhood but those who are around her and that get to experience her know that she is truly a godsend, a blessing, a woman wise beyond her years. she is beautiful both in and out, her smile can stop a room and her laughter can fill it. she means the world to us and to those who love her. lucy has taught us that being a child is not a disadvantage but allows her to teach those around her in ways that adults seem to lose over time. she has shown us new ways to see and hear the world, as well as how to experience life fully. so, today we celebrate her, we celebrate the day in which she chose to be in our lives, we celebrate so she will laugh and smile and feel loved, we celebrate because we feel so (freakin’) lucky to have this soul fill our hearts and our lives with all that is her. we love you miss beans, to the moon and back. xo
last friday i planned a special day just for lucy and i before our family soon becomes four and she becomes an older sister. we have been studying about india for sometime now and the idea of mehndi really stood out for lucy. so on our special day i made us an appointment to partake in this traditional indian ceremony. lucy was so happy i thought that she might burst! it was truly a beautiful way to spend the day ; to welcome this new being into our lives and to bless our way as we both enter a new chapter in our lives. definitely a moment i will forever cherish.
we are moved in, not unpacked but moved in nonetheless. my goal is to try and tackle a room a day all while still trying to maintain a semi- regular homeschool schedule…easier said than done. i have had to make promises to practically everyone in my life that i won’t push it and will take long breaks, being 35 weeks pregnant makes you recognize the need to slow down and put your feet, by choice or not. hopefully we will have things in working order by the week’s end and i can’t wait to share some images of the new space. then its on to nesting nesting nesting as the baby will be here before we know it! wowzers, life!
when dave and i decided to marry we also decided that we would renew our vows after 10 years, not out of want but out of necessity. the two of us got engaged 3 days after going out on our first date together, we just knew instantly that we had each found the partner we had been looking for. we instantly moved in together and started planning a wedding, eight months later we were married. we both knew at that the time that our promises to each other would deepen, grow and hold more meaning as the years passed. and so they did, through every twist and turn, bump and bruise, our marriage means more to us now then it did when we first started. our love for one another has changed, it is sweeter, stronger and today feels like it could hold for a thousand years.
so on our 10th anniversary, we renewed ourselves and our vows to each other in the presence of lucy, our growing baby in my belly and in front of our beautifully talented photographer and story teller friend, james. this is only part of our story and our marriage but thankfully its one of the sweetest.
our time in the mountains has come to a bittersweet end, we move into our new place at the end of this week! we feel so blessed and fortunate to have been able to walk away from city life for 9 months to find peace, solitude and rejuvenation. this is by far one of the best decisions we have made as a family and the mountains will always hold a special place for us. as a whole we are closer, more connected to one another and have learned how to spend our time differently. we have learned that our lives before were filled with numerous distractions, wasteful ways of keeping ourselves entertained and the constant need to keep up. we are leaving here ready to settle down in a new community close to family, water and still not so far from the city. we have a newfound love for each other that is sweeter and deeper than ever, we love what we have as a family and want to always nourish and protect it. we found a home that we love and fits our growing family well, we are thrilled to see what this new place has in store for us.
i am anxious to get things moved and to start nesting as the baby will be here in about 6 weeks. lucy is ready to explore our new neighborhood and to find us the quickest route to the beach. dave is just ready to relax and to cut his daily commute in half. our family is ready to spend the summer with us and our friends are thrilled to have us back in town.
last weekend was pretty incredible, so great in fact, that i am just getting back to blogging today. trying to get homeschool back in order, shopping for a new stroller, baby clothes and new place to live all while growing a little being is a lot of work, but after looking over these photos, i am reminded of what a special weekend it was. dave and i renewed our vows that day, lucy was our witness and well as our friend james who came to document the morning. i can’t wait to share the photos with you in the upcoming weeks.
we are fortunate enough to have family that will take lucy and give us uninterrupted time to celebrate our marriage. we are happy to say we live near an incredible city that has amazing food all around. i am lucky that even though stuffed, dave will order a dessert for himself because i can’t choose between the two. we had an incredible dinner at the whale wins, it was so good that we forgot to take pictures of our main course but behold the last image, eton mess, a beautifully light air dessert topped with the best meringue crumbles and the most perfect huckleberry compote, ever!
have a wonderful weekend and i will get back to regular blogging and more come monday (ish).
YEAR 10. how does one sum up 10 years of marriage? its hard, a lot more than work than you could ever expect when entering year one. there are moments of pure and utter bliss and then moments that make it hard to see past the next day. there are times of intense love and intimacy, times of pain and disappointments, times mostly filled with mundane everyday boring life stuff, but somehow the commitment to stick it through together always seems to shine its way through. at this point, i can say, we are champions of marriage, not by our own doing but by those who have stood by us, listened to us, loved us and carried us through some of these joyful and less joyful times. between the two of us there have been gives and takes, there have been laughter and tears, failures and triumphs, gains and losses but i wouldn’t give anything up for the treasure we have managed to hold onto together, the gift of a loving marriage. we haven’t perfected marriage, we still cause each other sorrow and heartache, we haven’t learned how to avoid a fight. but our promise to continue learning and keeping our intentions pure is what’s going to help us make it through the long haul. we are forever changing and growing, failing and rising. there is balance and at some point someone is the farmer tending the fields while the other is allowed to be nurtured and grow.
i feel blessed that our days start and end with ‘i love yous’. i feel lucky that dave still holds my hand when we walk, he still caresses my leg while he’s driving, that he listens to my endless chatter every nite before we sleep and that he is strong enough to say ‘i’m sorry’ first, on more than a 100 occasions. i can only hope that in the end we can always manage to laugh at ourselves, continue on the path of love and maintain who we are as individuals as well as celebrate who we are as a couple.
so, david kim, i love you with my entire being and soul. i knew from day one, it was always you. i hold this marriage as sacred. as we renew ourselves to each other this weekend, i know that this time the commitment is 10 fold of what it was the first time. you’re one of my favorites! xoxo.
a wee bit of what our holidays looked like. my mom and little brother came for the week, neither had experienced a full on winter before, they were delighted and enjoyed their time here in the mountains. i think they may even miss it, at least the peacefulness of it all but definitely not the freezing temps. now that the house is all clean, the cupboards have been purged and the place smudged, we are looking forward to what 2013 has in store and to meet our sweet addition who will be here to help us welcome the spring.
this is our nephew/cousin, he has the most remarkable loving spirit we have come to meet, his zest for life is unmatched, so is his knowledge for all things legos, harry potter and pokemon. the moment we met him he changed our lives forever and we couldn’t have asked for a better older cousin for lucy, he makes her laugh constantly. we have a box filled with his handmade cards, super hero drawings and sweet notes just to let us know he’s thinking of us. we are amazed by this enthusiasm, in awe of his endearing charm and blessed with his fits of laughter. happy birthday josh, we love you so much!
(my shoe is a terrific man!…shoe is code for uncle dave in our family)