Today is my due date. ≪ Throughout my entire pregnancy I wasn’t planning to share the exact date with anyone because I didn’t want 500 people hounding me on one day like, “IS SHE HERE YET!?!?!” But I realized other than the annoyance of dealing with people’s expectations, I was scared myself of acknowledging it. I didn’t want to put expectations on myself to have her by a certain day, but ultimately that’s exactly what I did. ≪ I’ve been speaking excuses to myself like “my body is too tiny I can’t possibly go past my due date” or “if I goes past my due date I can’t have a home birth” or “if I don’t have her by June 6th there will be complications” and a million other thoughts that ultimately are based in fear. ≪ But I think we all do that more often than not. Let fear take control + believe in every single lie he tries to whisper in our hearts. Fear is pesky that way. ≪ So I wanted to share something with you God has been teaching me this week - today in particular. If you’re in a season of waiting, anxious or fearful of the unknown.... give those fears completely to Jesus. Tell Him to cast them out; they have no place in your heart. Rest in His truths. That He has your story planned. That He does not let His children down. That He is right here, beside you, whispering to your heart... “I got you.” ≪ And He does. He really does. Even if this baby doesn’t come in my timing.... it will be okay. Because God’s plan is greater than my own. Over the past few weeks Andrew and I have been praying over ourselves, “God, not our will, but yours.” I’ve found that so helpful to pray instead of praying, “God please make labor start now.” ≪ I don’t know what you are waiting for. Maybe it’s a baby like me. Maybe it’s a season of change. A new job. An opportunity that seems to be taking forever. Whatever it is, give it to the Father. Cast your worries on Him. And speak over yourself, “God, not my will, but yours.” I promise you, overwhelming peace will come from it. 🖤 ≪ P.S. anyone else notice Tako staring STRAIGHT at my crotch like “COME ON SIS” 🤣🤣🤣 #BabyRoman #DueDate #40weekspregnant
My partner in crime. My other half. My opposite in nearly every way possible. I love this goober so much + can’t wait to watch him blossom into a dad so so soon cause he’s gonna be the best dang dad in the world. 🖤 Andrew + I have been brainstorming + dreaming together about the future a lot lately. Especially in regards to my business and how he could potentially play a part. (Not in photography - he’s not trying to be a second shooter over here 🤣). So my question for you all.... what type of content would you LOVE to listen/watch/read/learn from both of us as a couple? Not just me. Or even anything from Andrew specifically you’d love to know!? We’re throwing out all sorts of ideas together, but we’d really love to hear from YOU. 🖤 What topics would you love to see from both of us and what format would you love consuming that content most? Blogging? Photos? Videos? Podcasts? Something else entirely? LEMME KNOW FAM! 🖤 P.S. thank you SO incredibly much for all the prayers, thoughtful messages, and love sent our way while we await Baby Roman to make her entrance to the world. We’ve received such an outpouring of love + I want to let you know it doesn’t go unnoticed + we are so so thankful. Love you all. 🌺🖤 #ARomanRomance
It’s herrrreeee!!!!!! No, not baby girl. She’s still cooking + taking her sweet time in deciding when she wants to come into the world. 😜 ☀︎ OUR NURSERY IS OFFICIALLY DONE. 🙌🏻🌿🌺 HOLLA. For doing literally NO nesting or getting my shiz together until I had a minor freakout around week 35 (procrastinate much?), the nursery turned out pretty dang well if I do say so myself. 😉😜 No time like 39 weeks for it to be finished, yeah? 🤣 ☀︎ I wanted something that felt true to our home decor style: simple, modern, a lil boho, lots of neutrals, yet still having touches of color + Hawaiian elements. And this room meshes all of those things together so perfectly. 🌿😭🙌🏻 I’m in LOOOVVEEE. ☀︎ Swipe to check out all the little nooks and crannies of our nursery! I’d love to know what you guys think! If you have a question about where something is from + I didn’t tag it, just ask! Now I just need baby girl to friggin get here already. (Can you tell I’m starting to get impatient? 🤣🙈) Her room is officially ready! 🥰 #BabyRoman ☀︎ Rug/cushions: @lorenacanalsrugs Rocker: @charliecraneparis Crib mattress: @mygreenmattress Onesie: @ashleyrose Crib: @wayfair Dresser: @target
Yesterday I was rummaging through our closet & found an old notebook of mine. I flipped through & saw pages of food items. I sat there confused like “why the heck was I taking notes on Ciabatta French Dip Sandwich & a billion other food dishes?” ☀︎ Then it hit me. I was writing down menu items dish by dish for the brewery I worked for after college to memorize the menu for the food test to become a server. I thought back to 2015. I hated that job. Even then I knew I had so much more to give the world than knowing what ingredients made up the Brewhouse Chicken Salad. But it paid super well + in that season it was exactly what I needed. ☀︎ What struck me is that though I hated the job, I had gone to such an effort to memorize the entire menu to ace the server test. I had literally written down every menu item + described each dish with check marks indicating when I had it memorized. ☀︎ Even with a job I hated + season I wasn’t stoked to be in, I stewarded the task in front of me. I gave my all to be the best dang server there was. As I flipped through the notebook even more, I laughed when I saw that I had also taken notes in that same notebook from Instagram + Marketing courses I was taking at the time. Go figure. 🤣 ☀︎ This lil notebook reminded me that God doesn’t hand our dreams to us on a silver platter. He grows us step by step in our journey. Once we ace the current season we’re in, we move on to what’s next... like moving on to the next level of a video game once we ace the current level we’re working on. ☀︎ So if you’re in a season that currently sucks, still steward what you’ve been given. Wake up with a positive attitude + give it your all regardless. You can admit your current season isn’t ideal. You can still be working towards something more, but God doesn’t move you to the next level until you’ve mastered what He’s trying to teach you right NOW, in this season. So be patient where He has you today. He knows your heart + wants to take you on the most beautiful journey if you actually hand over the reigns + let Him lead you. ☀︎ Can you relate? Are you in a season you love or hate? How can you steward this season regardless of your feelings about it?
Officially 38 weeks. Ready to give little miss my eviction notice. Her new digs are ready for move in. ✌🏼🤰🏼👶🏼🤱🏼 #BabyRoman #38weekspregnant #babyontheway
Three years. So inconsequential compared to forever, yet I feel like we both have grown so much since May 23, 2016. ❤️ ♡ Andrew, you make me a better woman in every single way. You love me fiercely even when I don’t think I deserve it. You teach me what true love looks like every day. I’ll never know what I did to deserve a husband like you, but I’m forever grateful God brought you into my life via a video scavenger hunt in the summer of 2012. You are strong, kind, and servant hearted. You lead without expecting anything in return. You love to the fullest of your capacity and then more. ♡ I love you more than words could ever express. Here we are 3 years later about to make our family of 2.... into 3. 😭❤️ I’m so excited to head into a new season of parenthood with you, and to watch you be the absolute best dad on the friggin planet. ♡ I said yes the very first day we met. I said yes again on this day 3 years ago, and I’ll say yes everyday to you until forever. I love you... so so much. Happy Anniversary. 🖤 #ARomanRomance #3YearsofMarriage #3Years 📷 by @surveyorcreative