Another Big Announcement!

Another one!

I looked weathered. I joked that the bags underneath my eyes looked like they were packed for a European adventure.

I knew I was tired. Really tired. I could count on one hand how many times Rose had slept through the night her first year of life. But somewhere around 14/15 months, she finally started sleeping. But I was still tired.

I told Vitaliy, I just can’t seem to get myself together. I thought when she started sleeping through the night I’d finally start to feel like myself again. Albeit, a new version of myself. But I started to wonder if this was simply motherhood, a constant feeling of exhaustion and inadequacy.

It turns out, those are just symptoms of the first trimester in pregnancy.

My exhaustion and weathered appearance led Vitaliy to start predicting I was pregnant. I didn’t believe it until one afternoon while finishing up my Wild & Free book, I was moved to tears. And then I wanted to throw up. And the only other time I wanted to throw up while crying was when I was pregnant with Rose. I texted Vitaliy, go ahead and buy that pregnancy test.

Sure enough, we’re having another baby! Rose is going to be a big sister. And I’m going to stay tired for at least another year.

Baby Prokopets is due to arrive on January 7, which is actually Ukrainian Christmas according to the Orthodox calendar. So we’re hoping to continue with our holiday birthdays around here. We won’t know if we’re having a boy or girl until he or she arrives into this world so we look forward to one day introducing you to our son or daughter.

Thank you for all of your love and support! When we announced our first pregnancy, I wrote, “With this being our first child, there are so many unknowns. But there is one thing we are certain of, that we will be loved and supported by our friends and family every step of the way.” And we continue to be! There have been many days when fear has tried to settle in, but then I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness and the amazing community we have and then joy and excitement replace the fear. So thank YOU!

This birth announcement photo is an homage to the one we took for Rose, before we even knew she was Rose. 

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Mike & Alison

I’m so excited to share Mike and Alison’s wedding with you today.

They had a beautiful backyard wedding followed by the biggest dance party we’ve ever seen. Mike and Alison met during a dance class so dancing was a huge part of their celebration. You’ll see that in the photos! I love what Alison shared about planning her wedding. For all the couples out there beginning their planning process, go grab a pen and paper. You’ll want to take notes!

From Alison the bride…

One of the things we did really well was making sure that our ceremony was highly personal and told the story of our relationship and what marriage means to Mike and I. I tell other couples that are getting married that a wedding is a chance to get an intimate glimpse into a couple’s relationship. There is a quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about love: “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Well, your wedding is your chance to share that direction, that shared vision of yourselves and your future with the people you care most about.

For us that narrative was all about family. What it means to us, who family is, and what it means to have one. It’s why the wedding was in my parent’s backyard. It’s why both our Dad’s married us and talked about family and marriage in the ceremony. It’s why we picked a menu that was an upscale version of Sunday dinner (every Sunday is family day, where the whole family gets together sits outside and has wine and dinner). It’s why we invited only the people we believe will be part of our life ten to twenty to thirty years from now. And it’s also why that list is 115 people. Mike and I collect families and family members. We are the gathering place and the glue. And we are home to each other.

So my advice to people is make sure they know their own narrative and don’t lose it as they build out all the parts and pieces of a wedding. The details that matter are the ones that are personal to the story of your marriage, not marriage in general. Spend your time and energy planning and detailing those things out. Then simplify or offload everything else. Let those be someone else’s problem.

Mike and Alison it was a joy and pleasure to serve at your wedding! It was memorable and special in so many ways. I will never forget the dance floor! Thank you so much for having us! We wish you a marriage filled with love and laughter.

You can see even more of Mike and Alison’s wedding over on Borrowed & Blue!

Here is the team that brought everything together.

Photographer: Pictilio
Planner: Caitlin Arnold Weddings & Events
Florist: Sweetness and Light Floral Design
Officiants: Fathers of the bride and groom
Caterer: Weir and Associates
Bakery: Icing On The Cake
Music: MK Mobile Sound
Rentals: Unica Party Rentals
Hair: Lux Image Agency

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The Weekender

I haven’t written a Weekender post since Good Friday. Let’s get to it! And Happy Weekend!

I started these posts as a way to share a recap of my thoughts and findings from the week. It’s really just a way for me to ramble. Here’s a peak at my world lately.

Don’t Choose Easy – This is a family mantra that we have posted up as a constant reminder. This week it currently applies to weaning Rose from night feedings. I’m so happy we chose to do the hard work. It has proven to be a better solution for all of us.

Date Night – Last night was supposed to be date night but the lack of sleep from the week caught up with us and we opted for rest instead. Keeping a weekly date night makes missing one here or there not feel like the end of the world.

Better Boundaries – I received comments, text messages and emails regarding my recent post about my struggle with social media. It feels so good to know I’m not alone. It sparked a conversation during a coffee date with a friend and fellow creative who also shares in my struggle. We decided to take a baby step together! No social media after 4pm. Breaking bad habits is always easier when done in community.

KitchenTown – If you live on the Peninsula, this is my new favorite coffee shop. Finally a cute and creative shop in our area! Normally, I have to drive to San Francisco to get my fix. Along with great coffee and yummy treats, KitchenTown is also a makers’ space for local food entrepreneurs. Yes!! My next goal is to try their weekend brunch.

Our First Wedding – We are driving up to Sacramento tomorrow for our first wedding of 2016. And I’m so excited! Work these days feels like mini-getaways with Vitaliy. But I’m also thrilled because Alex and Tanya are one of the sweetest couples we’ve had the chance to work with. They have been counting down to the big day on social media and I can just feel my own excitement building with theirs.

Wild & Free – I am two chapters away from finishing this book. I have not had something speak so specifically to my heart as a woman in so many years. I had a goal to finish one book a week this month. It turns out I’m only going to get through one. But I am so thankful that it’s this! And I’m happy I took the time to savor each chapter.

What are you up to this weekend? What’s going on in your world?

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