A STORY ABOUT LOVE

December 18, 2013

I can't really think of the right words for this post. I wanted to write something really meaningful but the story itself speaks in a way I could never. So, for now I'll give you the specifics and let you dive into it on your own.

Two and half years ago, our friend Ben and our friend Melanie lost their wife and sister. It was devastating, heartbreaking, and tragic in every sense of the word. EVERYONE in our community was impacted by Ali's passing and it was really quite amazing to witness an entire city of people rallying together to show this family love and support. (There are still good people out there, friends) I still can't think of this story without getting tears in my eyes. Not only are these friends of mine but having a little girl myself and imagining this same scenario in our own lives makes me feel like I've been punched in the stomach. I can't even go there, honestly because I become a giant mess of a human and there is no sense in dwelling on something like that. 

Over the past couple of days, Ben's story has been everywhere. Literally. ABC, NBC, TODAY, Buzzfeed. ALL OVER THE PLACE. Melanie (who happens to be an amazing photographer - actually shot our wedding!) took these photos of Ben and Ali on their wedding day in their empty house before they moved in and Ben and his daughter, in their empty house before they said goodbye to it. I really don't have words for how beautiful and amazing they are. Ben wrote a few words about the experience HERE and the full collection of photos can be found HERE. (Both sites have actually crashed because of the overwhelming number of people being who are being touched by this story so if the links don't work, that's why.)

This story deserves the attention of everyone. Ben says this isn't a story about loss or grief, it's a story about love and who doesn't need a little bit of that? 

THOUGHTS

January 16, 2013

The past few days have been filled with so many emotions.  Yesterday we said goodbye to Nicks grandma who really was such a special woman.  I've mostly just tried to be a good support, in whatever way Nick needed me.  I felt somewhat guilty at times because in the midst of loosing a woman he loved so dearly, we celebrated my own grandmothers 85th birthday- a woman I can't imagine life without.  I felt such an odd mix of emotions-Sadness and happiness for Nick and his family- happy that she's finally in the place she's been yearning for for so long- reunited with her husband. Happiness that I still have my grandma and that we were able to celebrate yet another birthday with her.  Sadness again, at the realization the my grandmother too is getting older.  And in the midst of the sad / happy teeter totter, I found myself caught in moments relishing in the fact that I am growing new life.  That when one life ends, a new one begins.  Life is so precious and it always disappoints me that it so often takes loss to realize the absolute joy and gift of living.    

booties handmade from my friend Joya for baby girl. too perfect not to share...

MY HUSBAND IS RAD

January 7, 2013

Words can't even begin to describe how awesome I think this guy is.  Have you ever had a relationship with someone where every waking minute could be spent with them and you still wouldn't be sick of one another? That's really how I feel about my husband.  Marrying your best friend is pretty much the greatest thing in the world.  I've said it a hundred times already on the blog but thinking about him being a daddy to our little girl- sheesh, it knocks my socks off.  I mean, seriously- who else can jump over bridges? This man of mine can. 

photo taken by our good friend @brettzwo - he's also pretty rad.

THREE YEARS.

October 17, 2012

THREE YEARS. It has gone by in the blink of an eye.  It's hard to even understand how good life has been to us and how many amazing things we've been able to experience together. When we got married we were living in a tiny little apartment in Brooklyn.  A year later we moved to Cincinnati and decided to start our own business.  A year after that we bought our first home and a year after that we became pregnant with our first baby.  Typing it all out seems overwhelming but it really has not felt that way.  Somehow we're able to be each other's sounding board, support systems and best friends which makes all the changes purely exciting.  Now, as we celebrate our last anniversary just us, we're left with bittersweet emotions.  I truly believe our best years are yet to come but there's something a bit sad about it no longer being about only Nick and I.  Once our daughter arrives our lives will shift in ways I don't comprehend just yet.  We are beyond excited to grow our family and to teach our daughter how much we love in this family, but still, I feel like we're losing a little bit of what we have been for so long.  

Nick - I love you in more ways than you can even imagine.  You have given me all I could have wished for and I'm looking forward to seeing you as a father to our daughter like you wouldn't believe. I don't think I deserve you, yet somehow you chose me.  I thank God for that every day. You make me belly laugh almost every single day, you tell me you love me every morning, take care of our house like you've been a homeowner your entire life, are compassionate with every single person you come in contact with, and you never complain about a single thing. Ever.  You are the best man I know.  How did I get so lucky? Here's to the next beautiful chapter, my love.  xoxo.

THERE WAS A WEDDING

July 6, 2012

HELLO! I've been away from this space for what seems like an eternity! It was really nice to disconnect this past week and re-connect with friends from New York while we were away for our best friends wedding.  Man oh man, was this wedding dreamy.  Nestled in the hudson valley we watched as two of our dearest friends exchanged vows with more love in their eyes than I've ever seen between two people. It was beautiful and there certainly was not a dry eye there.  After the short but very sweet ceremony, we headed into the old, stunning barn for dinner and dancing. Every detail of the day and of the venue was amazing- It was all Julianne and Jason too (bride and groom.) They're good.  The night was just perfect and being able to spend time at such a magical place with some of our closest friends was all we could ask for.  I would relive this weekend, every weekend if I could.  

AND WE'RE OFF!

June 27, 2012

These two cuties / our best friends are getting married this weekend and we can hardly wait! We're off to the Hudson Valley to celebrate. The beauty that this wedding will be is going to be insane- all i'm going to say is, an old barn in the middle of the valley (ack, can't wait to see it all!) Nick and Jason were college roommates and their friendship (and ours) has been going strong ever since.  We all moved to New York together and since moving to Cincinnati we truly miss seeing these two on a weekly basis.  Jason was the best man at our wedding, his speech by the way, still makes me teary when I think about it.  I have a feeling this weekend is going to be quiet memorable. 
These photos were taken a couple new years' ago when we all stayed in  a cabin together. It's always a blast with those two. We hit the road bright and early tomorrow and won't be back until the very end of next week- after the wedding we're heading in to Brooklyn for a few days, then to DC to visit my brother. I'll try to get a couple posts up while i'm away, but I can't make any promises! I'll just be busy reliving my old life! Enjoy the weekend!


WEEKEND BITS

May 7, 2012

Feeling extremely blessed after the beautiful weekend we just had.  I don't think there's anything better than watching two of your closest friends get married, surrounded by all the people they love most.  Really, we could not love these those two more and are so thrilled for them.  In between the rehearsal on Friday evening and the wedding on Saturday we found ourselves enjoying the gorgeous (hot) weather with windows wide open.  Nick suggested we drive around to find some fresh flowers to pick, which we did and now our house is filled with all the pretty the roadsides of Cincinnati has to offer.  And yes, how lucky am  I that my husband is the one who suggested such an outing? Lucky.  Hope this coming week treats everyone well!

BASKING IN THE SUNLIGHT

March 5, 2012

Words can't even describe the way I feel about my best friend. Love goes through seasons and today we're finding ourselves immersed in a beautiful one. One of loving words and deep thoughts. Meaningful conversation supported with strength and only love.  

I find that my blog goes through a similar cycle.  Sometimes I share loads of personal happenings and other times I share design and children's fashion.  I have a feeling more personal entries are in store for the future. 

I'm finding balance and figuring it out. Literally and figuratively. Life is that way sometimes. But for now, i'll bask in the sunlight of this beautiful season....

{photo taken in Italy, 2009}


LETS TALK LOVE

February 22, 2012
























Okay. So, last night my girlfriends and I went to see The Vow.  Normally this is not my kind of movie at all. I can be a total girly girl, but if I have my choice of movie it usually involves some dramatic, mind bending, intense kind of plot.  In spite of all that, I love Rachel McAdams and I love my girls so I thought, lets do this.  If you have yet to see it, I'll just say right now it's so good. Like the kind of good where tears sit in your eyes for the entire film because you can only imagine what it would be like if  you were in the exact same situation.  How if the scenario (which by the way was based on a true story) were real, how would you cope? I sat in the theater with my closest friends and all I wanted was to be in Nicks arms. I so badly wanted to be able to wrap my arms around him, fitting so perfectly, the way that we do in each other arms, and take all of him in.  It's crazy- love. How one moment it feels so ordinary and then in the next moment you're overcome with how deep, powerful and poetic it truly is.  How lucky we are because the majority of people don't have what we have.  How did we get this lucky?  Hug your man (or lady) tight and remember how precious love is.

photo by loft 3

TRUE LOVE

February 16, 2012




































Nick's Valentine card to me this year. If anything says love, it's this. #techlove

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

February 14, 2012



Love, love, love this colored heart valentine from Bri from DESIGNLOVEFEST. Kate Spade did too when they chose this as one of their special valentines this year! Lets all love someone today, k? 

MY HEART






















Happy Valentine's day my sweet. You're just......awesome. Here's to another year of adventure, laughter and love. Wishing everyone else a sweet day too! 

TALK ABOUT LOVE AND THANKFULNESS

November 25, 2011

I've been following this love story since I first came across the blog andrew+carrissa and felt compelled to share this video not only because it brought tears to my eyes, but because this new family exemplifies strength, courage, selflessness and unconditional love.  Something we all could use more of....

the lovely plain. from andrew+carissa on Vimeo.

someday

November 10, 2011


























I have this overwhelming desire to one day pack up and go in a winnebago. There's just something about it that's so romantic and fun.  Having just spent time in Yosemite, the desire only got stronger.  In reality, this won't happen {not right now anyways} but I do dream of packing our little family up for a summer and showing our kids the country along the way.  I guess in the meantime this last photo will have to do :) 

Two beautiful boys.

October 17, 2011

Two amazingly beautiful baby boys were born today.  My best friend is their mother and I couldn't be more ecstatic for her and her husband. Christy and I have been friends since we were 6- there hasn't been a small or huge moment in either of our lives that we haven't shared together.  It's so surreal that she's a mom now, that her role has completely changed in the blink of an eye.  Just a couple weeks ago I blogged about her baby shower- it's so so crazy that they're here already (2 months early!) both babies and momma are doing so well and our friends, their family and everyone else who loves these two new parents as much as we do are happy beyond words.  Both little bubba's were in the NICU when we visited.  We were able to go up and see them anyways and the miracle that these two little ones are moves me to tears every time I think about it. EEEK, we're all so happy for you, Christy and Chris!

Courtney, New Momma, Me.

two years.

October 16, 2011














Just a quick post in honor of our anniversary. I just got back from a week of traveling for work and i'm dog tired, and hubs went away for the weekend on a boys camping trip which i'm so happy he was able to do. We're both sad that we didn't get to spend today together but life happens and we both agreed that we don't need to celebrate on only this day.  I find that to be such a comfortable and reassuring thing- that for whatever reason, we don't need just one day to celebrate our marriage. We can celebrate any day and it doesn't change the fact that this is an extremely special day we can honor with a few sweet phone calls and e-mails. Besides, we're headed to San Francisco next week in honor of us! I feel beyond blessed and lucky to have my best friend.

Back to regular blogging this week after a good night sleep tonight! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

young love, comfortable love.

January 14, 2011

I was  looking for a specific photo and randomly came across this one (hello, sidetracked!)  I can't help but smile when I see it.  We were so young, happy and giddy about each other.  (still are, but in that comfortable sort of way)


4 years later our love looked like this :)



Happy Fathers Day!

June 18, 2010





Definition of Daddy's girl :) My Dad and I have certainly shared some special moments and have a bond that truly is unlike most father daughter relationships I know of. I'm blessed, I know.  Yet again, I'm unable to be with family when occasion calls for it.  Today my dad is in Cincinnati and I'm in El Salvador (yeah, i'm pretty damn far-stay tuned for el salvador posts!) There's not one person who doesn't absolutely adore this man.  Thanks for always being the best Daddy a girl could have.  I Love you, Dad.




And lets not forget my amazing hubby.  No, we don't yet have any human children, but this rascal of a son is enough for now :) going on 10 months, we have our hands full and my husband is nothing short of amazing with him and the responsibility that goes with taking care of someone other than yourself. 

I absolutely can't wait to watch him be a Daddy one day (to a human :)

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful Dads out there! 
 

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