Wow! I can’t believe it has been 2 years to the day since my fiancé Rick dropped to one knee and proposed to me in front of our family! 8 incredible months since we said “I do” in the exact same spot he proposed, the botanical garden where his parents live and work, all in front of our closest family and friends! 3 months since we took our idyllic honeymoon in Paris. Every step of it has been like a dream played out in real life It’s so crazy to me how time flies. You feel as if it was “just yesterday” and yet it all happens so fast. Since our love story began 10 years ago we have shared so many amazing memories together as just the two of us, whether it’s been traveling, working on fun projects, or simply staying at home watching Netflix on a Friday night. There is truly no better feeling than finding “the one” and I have certainly found that in Rick!We grew up with very different families, me with a family full of girls (there are 4 of us) celebrating every holiday, birthday, wedding, tooth loss (I mean pretty much) together. My husband grew up splitting time between a dairy farm in the Northwest and at the garden in Palm Springs which meant never really being firmly planted in one place. Ever since I’ve known Rick and the stories I’ve heard, he has always been a hard worker and striving to be the best he can be in life, and yet always felt like an outsider, not really feeling like he “belonged anywhere”. That was, he said, until he met me! In fact it was the central message of the wedding vows he wrote. It has at times broken my heart to see that he has felt alone. I remember one day we went to my moms house and I walked right in and Rick said “you aren’t going to knock?” I was like “um, no. I even have a key!” The difference between our upbringing made me feel like I wanted to give Rick a place he belonged and a sense of home that would last forever. So, it’s been such a joy watching Rick become part of my family, our family, over the years and am so happy that he fits in perfectly! (He even walks right into the house now too!) LOLAfter we got married at Moorten Botanical Garden, we decided that the perfect time to take our Paris honeymoon would be late August. It truly was a dream come true, from the food to the history and everything in between I still think about it every day! I remember specifically on August 30th we took a tour through Versailles and came across this statue at Marie Antionette’s estate, the Petit Trionan. Our guide told us if you touch this statue it will bring you good luck in 2 weeks. I actually ran up to the statue and hugged it! LOL We didn’t think much of it until later…After our amazing trip to Paris, we resumed everyday life back home in San Diego and after a couple of weeks I developed this feeling….the best feeling! I walked up to Rick and handed him a box with care and said open it. The look of astonishment on his face was something I’ll never forget. Inside was the news that Rick would have the family he’d always wanted! Rick and I are excited to share that we will be welcoming the newest addition to our family this summer, and our hearts are overflowing with love! Who would have thought we would have brought a little stowaway back from Paris! 🙂 I can’t even begin to tell you how crazy exciting this is! Being able to bring a little bundle of joy into this world, and share all the love Rick and I have for each other with a little human that we created, my mind is still blown!! I am now 12 weeks in and the doctor says everything looks great! We even heard it’s little racing heart and I cried tears of joy. We feel so lucky, blessed, and thrilled to take on this next exciting chapter in our lives!! Not to mention a new challenge for me when it comes to styling outfits! LOL I could not wait to share this exciting news with you and all things baby related! Eeeeekkk let the baby shopping commence!! 🙂 heheP.S. If you go to Paris, make sure to visit Versailles and hug that Marie Antionette Cupid statue! That is, if you need good luck or want to add a member to your family! Trust me I know!