Hello, Olivine followers!
You might have noticed it's been quiet over the last four months in the studio and on The Olivine's social outlets. Between holiday travel + adjusting to our new city, I've been doing a great deal of just that. Adjusting. And losing my cookies, with good reason.
Danny and I are expecting our first child in early July! Our excitement is not something I cannot describe in a word. But my word for 2017 is REAL, so I won't sugar-coat this. The first three months of pregnancy were some of the hardest of my 28 years of life. All day everyday, my hormones partied way too hard, leaving me with what felt like an eternal red wine hangover.
That cloud has lifted a bit and I'm able to see beyond just getting through the next hour. Not worrying about where the closest trash can is has been a welcomed break. Energy has returned. Most food tastes good again!
I'm grateful for my studio's flexibility, understanding clients, an incredible group of women I collaborate with, my family, friends and Danny. They cheered me on at my lowest and left my cup running over. We are better lifting one another up.
Work for my first baby, The Olivine, is piling up and it's time to begin again. I've been easing back in on the good days and it feels better than ever.
On a final note, I can't find it in myself to share our news without daily standing in the truth that this growing life is a blessing beyond our comprehension. We continue down this wondrous path as countless dear friends struggle with infertility, loss and hard adoption decisions. My heart sinks for them, and I can't find the right words to say. It makes handling pregnancy news with delicacy and compassion all the more important -- please remember this. But my hope outweighs my doubt. And so I will press on down the path with them, in belief that "He will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the Lord has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory." - Isaiah 61:3
May hope and life abound in 2017.