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  • Hi, loves~  Happy Leap Day!!  March is just a day away, which means Spring is around the corner and it makes me want to do a happy dance.  This month marks my five year anniversary in the wedding industry and since I’ve gained a few new followers and friends, I wanted to use this as an opportunity to share a little bit about myself, my heart, and my vision in creating Jane Events.  We also have some special things in store that I can’t wait to share with y’all but until then, here’s a little glimpse of my humble little business and how it all began…

    I started Jane Events because I have a huge heart to serve couples and families planning a special day in their lives, whether it be a wedding or babe’s 1st birthday bash.  While planning my own wedding in 2010, I searched high and low for a wedding coordinator who was not only affordable, but someone I could see myself getting along with and entrust my special day to.  It seemed the only options were experienced professionals who were way out of my league or rallying up trusted friends to do the job.  Luckily, I found a pretty little gal who fit the bill, but my heart felt unsettled and I questioned why it was so hard!

    It was during my engagement where I rediscovered my love for the arts.  You see, I grew up in a home with parents who were talented artists themselves but for the sake of providing for our family, never pursued their passions.  Now that I’m a parent, my heart aches for them and I understand more and more the sacrifices that my parents had to make for our behalf.  It also makes me super grateful that I’m allowed to pursue my own passions, none of which I’d be able to do without the encouragement and support from the hubby~  I also have a background in Korean dance throughout all of my youth and early young adult years.  Fun fact: I actually contemplated majoring in this art to become a dance teacher.  However, God took me into a different direction as I spent some time away post college in South America, teaching English.  It was here where my heart grew for education, and my passion for the arts took second place.  Fast forward to 2011, I was enjoying life as a newlywed and employed as a teacher, but something didn’t feel right.  It wasn’t until I realized I was still pouring over wedding blogs (apparently this isn’t normal behavior after you’ve gotten married LOL) and realized my creative outlet had been plugged all this time and needed to be fulfilled!

    After much encouragement from family and friends, I started taking baby steps towards designing and branding a business that has now evolved into Jane Events!  Five years ago, a sweet couple entrusted their special day into my hands.  I wish I could say I haven’t looked back since then, but it hasn’t been an easy journey.  In the summer of 2014, I was already receiving inquiries for the following year and looking to add additional assistants to my growing team.  It’s also when God called our family to move up to Seattle to partner with and serve a church plant.  Funny timing, right?  Although it was hard leaving when my business was thriving, my intent was to continue event planning in the PNW.  God had blessed our family with jobs so that we could have the freedom to serve our new church, but the reality of working as an educator and taking care of a toddler didn’t allow me to focus on planning events so my business took a backseat.  I started feeling uninspired and discouraged.  It was especially hard letting go of inquiries I was still receiving from CA, but even still I couldn’t let go of my blog as it housed so many precious memories and events.  I also secretly hoped that I would be able to serve couples and families again in the near future.

    It wasn’t until the birth of my baby girl, Devyn Evangeline, where I was inspired to start journaling again.  If you’ve been keeping up with me, you know that the news of my pregnancy came at a delicate time in my life.  Those that know me well also know that it’s not the easiest thing for me to wear my heart on my sleeve.  Because of this, I only wanted to share the pretty, edited images shared with me by professional wedding photographers, and was afraid to share anything too deep or personal.  Ironically, it wasn’t until I took a break from event planning where I started using this space to journal about the personal things in life that truly mattered to me and didn’t want to take for granted.  Writing has always been an outlet for me, and it’s been such a big blessing to share not only the wonderful events I’m honored to be a part of, but my personal journey as a daughter of God, wife, and mama to two beautiful babes.  My hope is to connect with my readers and share stories of love, life, and even hardships we may face.

    So to my beloved readers, thank you for following me on this adventure.  Whether you’ve been with me for the last five years or have recently started following me, thank you~  To celebrate, I’m teaming up with some of my favorite wedding vendors to do something super special for all you newly engaged ladies so start spreading the word that Jane Events is back in town with some pretty and exciting things in store~ Stay tuned for part II 😉

     

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    xo,
    Happy Five Months!
    february 3, 2016

    I can’t believe it’s only been 3.5 weeks since we left Seattle, but it feels so long ago already and to be honest, sometimes I get a little weepy about it.  Although our time in Seattle may have seemed short to many, it truly became home to us and I must admit I miss the little things—our cozy little fireplace, our trips to Bellevue mall, our community at The Well, and shockingly..even the gloomy weather.  On the flip side, although it’s been taking some time transitioning back to CA life, we’ve been enjoying meeting our new community at ANCC + catching up with old friends.  David is loving being back in ministry full-time and I’ve already booked a handful of weddings for the 2016 season…how blessed are we?!  Deacon has been taking the transition a little bit harder than we anticipated.  The first couple of weeks were a challenge during his nap & bed time.  Needless to say, it forced David and myself to loosen up and be a little bit more flexible with him to meet his needs.  Sometimes I forget how little he still is and expect him to grow up now that he’s a big bro.  I also feel some mom-guilt towards Devyn because I feel like I don’t pay as much attention to her because of Deacon.  To add on to that mom-guilt, I haven’t been able to take too many pictures from our time here to document Devyn’s 5th month.  Hoping I’ll be better about this in the coming months, even with her shaved dome and all (more on this below).

    Highlights from month 5:

    • You weighed in at 15lbs. and are 26in. long at your 4 month appointment.
    • We celebrated your big bro’s 3rd birthday with family and friends.
    • We said goodbye to The Well family (insert sad face).
    • You flew like a champ from SEA to LGB.  Ate, slept, and played the whole plane ride down and didn’t make a peep.  Your big bro had a mini meltdown when a promised Pororo movie wasn’t working on the family iPad, but thank the good Lord we flew Jet Blue and had TV + a lollipop to occupy him.
    • You’ve been making a lot of progress with your sleeping habits: we transitioned you into your crib and you’ve been sleeping in 8-10 hour stretches with a dream feed in-between.
    • You’ve found your feet and love playing with them.
    • You’re rolling over from tummy to back once in a while.
    • Attended a few of your pals’ 1st birthdays and have had many playdates with your buddies.
    • Met many new aunties and uncles who love on you and your big bro at our new church!
    • Grandma and Grandpa Ahn came to visit our new home and they were absolutely smitten with you~

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    Happy 3rd birthday, son!  You’ve moved on from Pororo to Robocar Poli 🙂

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    Saying good-bye to some of our beloved family from The Well + Seattle friends

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    On our flight down.  Thanks for all your prayers!

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    Playdate with Benjamin!  Thanks for CCC, Auntie Sarah~

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    Found a new boba place in Pasadena that we’ve been frequenting (thanks Auntie Iris!) and Deacon got to try his very first “boba” drink (no sugar, of course).  He’s also been loving his new carseat from Auntie Hong!

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    Had these lovely people over for dinner the other week.  So grateful for their friendship and excited to be co-laboring together at All Nations.  Auntie Alice continues to knit these amazing animal hats~

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    Happy 5!!

    Everyone’s been commenting on how crazy we are for shaving Devyn’s head.  To clarify, David misunderstood my instructions that I wanted to trim Devyn’s hair to even things out and accidentally told the salon before I got there to shave off all her hair down to a 0.  So when I sat down with Devyn and the gentleman started shaving everything off, I was so in shock I didn’t know what to do or how to stop him.  It’s a good thing you can’t see my facial expression in the video that David posted. I know it may seem silly, but seeing all her hair go that was with her since birth and in my womb made me a little emotional.  Either way, I’m still recovering from this and praying hard her locks grow back by her 1st birthday…otherwise, David owes me a nice little gift 😉

    February is already looking packed and we’re excited for this new season in our lives.  We humbly ask that you continue to keep our family in your prayers~

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    xo,
    Happy Four Months!
    january 2, 2016

    Happy New Year, y’all!!  The past couple of days have been filled with last minute packing and I feel like such a procrastinator, but we did it!  The movers are coming in a few hours to take all our things, so this upcoming week we’ll be sleeping on the floor old-school Korean style.  Tomorrow we’ll be celebrating Deacon’s 3rd birthday, and I didn’t want to miss out on Devyn’s 4 month post so I’m posting a bit early 😉

    December has been a whirlwind, and here we are two days into 2016, preparing for our move back down this Friday.  I’ll be flying down with both kiddos and David will be driving down with his brother (please pray for them as the road conditions are pretty icy/snowy).  Reflecting on this last year, it’s made me all the more grateful for God’s gracious provisions.  2013-2014 were some of the roughest years I’ve had to face, so 2015 was a welcomed change.  Although filled with much uncertainty, it taught me to trust in His leading.  We’ve had many brothers and sisters on our side, partnering with us and praying over us—we are so grateful and thankful for each and every one of you.  Our time spent in Seattle + The Well has been magical and challenging all at the same time, and I’m forever grateful for the lessons God has taught our family during our time here.

    I’m also thankful that God has made a way for both David and I to follow our passions—for David, to return to full-time ministry and for myself, to restart Jane Events, as well as to stay home with my little ones.  Devyn has been the sweetest addition to our family, and I’ve really enjoyed the transition from newborn to infancy.  I’m trying to slow down and appreciate each day as it comes~

    Highlights from month 4:

    • On Christmas Eve, you slept from 9pm-3am.  On Christmas night, you slept from 9pm-4am.  I told myself this was your Christmas gift to your mama 😉
    • You are getting very vocal.  I hear you saying “umma” in your cries, and even your dad can attest to this.
    • You celebrated your 100th day with major stranger danger.  It’s a hit or miss…some days you’re great with people and some days you’re not.
    • We also celebrated your papa’s 32nd birthday with a surprise party at your baekil.  We are so thankful for everything he does for our family!
    • We took a family trip to Leavenworth and you saw snow for the first time + your big bro had so much fun tubing and building a snowman.
    • You celebrated your first Christmas/New Year in Seattle.
    • Mama’s hair has been falling out like crazy—I thought I dodged it this time, but I kid you not the day after your 100th day, it started falling out like clockwork 🙁

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    Happy 4 months, baby girl!!  Can’t wait for what 2016 has in store for us~

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    xo,
    Happy Three Months!
    december 3, 2015

    I still don’t see it but everyone says how much Devyn looks like me.  I’ll take it as a huge compliment because I think she’s pretty darn cute 😉  Devyn’s approaching her 100th day and I thought I wouldn’t care as much the second time around, but who am I kidding??  I do!  It just so happens that Devyn’s 100th day lands on David’s 32nd birthday this year.  We all know what that means—baby trumps Daddy (sorry David).

    I know most moms look forward to the 100th day because it usually marks the turning point of when newborns become infants and life supposedly gets easier.  I always dread this season because it means it’s about time to return to work.  I was scheduled to go back to work next week, but decided to extend my maternity leave another month.  I am not ready—mentally nor emotionally.  I knew I’d struggle with it as I did with Deacon when I was working at a publishing company.  I ended up returning to work, only to leave two months later and told everyone it was because I wanted to return to the classroom (only half true).  The other half was because I wanted to stay home with Deacon.  David and I always envisioned myself to stay at home with our kids but I’m not sure if we’re in the season to allow that.  It’s something I feel so torn about and am trusting in God’s plans for us as a family.

    Deacon has been pushing my patience a lot these days and I question if I’m being too hard on him.  It’s as if I expect him to be this perfect, well-behaved boy all of a sudden now that we have another babe to take care of.  He loves on Devyn so much and I’m thankful he hasn’t shown any regression or resentment towards her.  Even still, there are days when I get so easily frustrated with him and react with impatience or anger, instead of responding with grace and patience.  It’s during those moments where I have to make sure to go to him and apologize and seek forgiveness.  Thankfully he has a big heart and is gracious enough to love his mama despite her shortcomings~  Parenting is a huge joy and blessing, and something I do not want to take for granted.

    A few weeks ago David graciously let me go down to CA for a quick trip to have some “me” time as a belated birthday gift and I had a grand ol’ time catching up with good friends and even played a little football.  It was so nice being able to eat and drink all the boba I wanted without having to worry if where we were going was “baby friendly.”  I did miss my family though—so much so, I ended up coming back earlier than expected so I could see my babies before they went down for the night.

    Some highlights of my baby girl:

    • You weighed in at 12 lbs and height of 24 inches at your 2 month appointment.
    • You’re sleeping in 3 hour stretches during the day and you go a good 5 hours during the first stretch at night, and then you’re back at 3 hour stretches.
    • You’re smiling and cooing more intentionally.  Not being biased, but you smile extra big when you see your mama’s face.  We’re patiently waiting for you to laugh.
    • You’re starting to babble and it’s the craziest thing.  I guess girls really are chattier (ha!).
    • You’re becoming a pro at tummy time.
    • We survived our first weekend without Daddy while he spoke at a retreat.
    • You celebrated your first Thanksgiving in Seattle…gobble gobble!
    • We went oyster shucking with friends at Taylor Shellfish Farms.
    • You met Santa Claus for the first time (pictures to come).
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    Thankful for good friends throughout different seasons of life~

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    Thanksgiving 2015

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    Taylor Shellfish Farm

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    Look at my baby girl and her wild hair! She’s beginning to get the hang of tummy time~

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    Happy 3 Months, Devyn!!

    So I told myself I’d wait until Devyn was 100 days old to switch her out of the bed (we’ve been co-sleeping since Deacon is still occupying his crib and doesn’t seem to want to let it go, which is fine by us).  We intentionally started sleep training Deacon at 9 weeks old with CIO in his crib and miraculously, we haven’t needed to do it with Devyn…it just kinda happened on its own.  However, we don’t have a separate crib for her so I’ve been contemplating putting her in our pack-n-play for now.  Has anyone done this??  Tips/advice would be appreciated!

    Yesterday we were featured on the ever so popular baby blog, 100 Layer Cakelet.  It’s an extension of 100 Layer Cake, an equally popular wedding blog I used to frequent as a former bride and wedding planner to find inspiration for my events.  Check it out for more photos from Devyn’s newborn shoot.  It’s crazy to see how much she’s changed in the last 3 months!  Hopefully I’ll find some time to start prepping for her 100th day celebration.  I was so on top of things with Deacon, but it’s definitely a different story the second time around~

     

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    xo,
    Happy Two Months!
    november 3, 2015

    Well, here we are at month two!  You sure did creep up on us.  Family and friends, have I ever thanked you all for dropping by and reading my journal?  If not, thank you!  It’s really for me to chronicle and document life, but it’s nice to know you’re out there too 🙂

    The leaves have changed colors and the air is chillier.  I feel like in the last week, we skipped Fall and went straight into Winter here.  It’s been rainy and windy.  Yet, even at 50 degrees I manage to find myself out and about without a jacket on.  I guess I’m still adjusting to appropriate dress code here, or maybe it’s just my “mommy brain.”  Juggling newborn life + an active toddler + studying for WA credential exams = a very busy and tired Jane.  I’ve been trying to find pockets of time to study but it’s so hard to stay disciplined, especially when one is hooked on Korean dramas!  I don’t know how all you mamas study with kids around.  Thankfully, David has been gracious about letting me go out to study but all I want to do is sit by our fireplace, drink coffee, and catch up on the latest episodes of my Kdramas!  He’s leaving this weekend to speak at a retreat and it’ll be my first time alone with two kids for an extended period of time.  Wish me luck guys and please keep David in prayer!!

    When I was nearing the end of my pregnancy with Devyn everyone was telling me to enjoy my time before she came, but I was so focused on getting her out I didn’t know what they meant.  Now I do!  One was a breeze.  Two, not so much.  With Deacon, I’d just go out and about and take him along wherever I went.  With Deacon AND Devyn, I have to be strategic in taking them out by myself.  Seattle weather is the biggest factor.  The other day I wanted to get out of the house with both kids, but I didn’t realize how crazy windy and rainy it was until we were out of our underground parking garage.  I was wearing flip flops and had forgotten Deacon’s rain jacket.  Oopsie.

    Everyone we encounter (mostly strangers) asks about Deacon and Devyn’s age gap (2.5 years).  Apparently it’s THE perfect age gap.  Mmm, are you sure about that because it’s been super hard watching both of these kiddos at home.  Deacon has been a handful, Devyn not so much.  He’s so opinionated and knows what he wants so if he doesn’t get it, it’s not a pretty scene (David says it sounds like one of us and by that, he means me).  The other day he was upset at David about something and slammed our bedroom door shut (again, me).  In all honesty though, he is definitely growing more defiant but I know he’s not THAT horrible.  He is also the sweetest and most compassionate little boy I’ve seen and his brain is like a sponge these days, soaking in everything around him.

    If you follow us on IG and are FB friends with us, you probably already know how we’ve been frequenting Target a lot these days (I swear it’s him, not me…ok maybe it’s both of us).  He thinks this place is his own personal toy store!  What’s great about Target is that I let him play with one toy in the shopping cart while we’re shopping and at the end we always say, “Bye, toy!” and go back to return it back where we found it.  He’s been doing really well with this concept (knock on wood that it lasts).

    A few weeks ago we flew down to CA for a 1st birthday I designed and coordinated and thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to get away as a family for a few days.  Umm, how come no one told us how hard it is traveling with two kids??  Deacon was a handful, Devyn not so much (friends, are we noticing a pattern here??).  Thank you to the Park family for their hospitality and housing our crazy family!  Also, to my husband for being such a trooper (especially in the nasty heat) and holding down the babes while I set up for the event.  I was so busy I didn’t take a single photo on my phone, but here are some pictures that friends sent my way:

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    We love this family and the sweet fellowship we encounter whenever we meet! Alice whipped up the yummiest meal ever (wish I took pictures). Thank you for your hospitality, Lee family!


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    Deacon’s fav aunties (sorry guys, but these two ladies are some of the only aunties that Deacon asks for on a regular basis)


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    Bingsoo buds—finally got to meet sweet lil’ Benjamin!


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    With the birthday boy’s mama & one of the most popular aunties at Joshie’s 1st birthday!


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    These two! Deacon with Arden the Giant 😉


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    Back in Seattle & bundled up


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    Smiling more and already fitting into 3-6 mo. clothing (Thanks Auntie Lynna for my outfit!) I see Papa Ahn in this picture..does anyone else agree??


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    Deacon & his crew. So thankful for friends we can share life with here in Seattle!


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    Thanks Julie for hosting us!! We all had a blast 🙂


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    Happy 2 Months, Devyn!

    We wish we had more time to meet with everyone we would have liked to seen.  If we missed you this time around, hope we can see you the next time we’re in town!  It was refreshing catching up with old friends, but it was nice coming back home and that’s when it hit me that Seattle is truly becoming my home (insert sad face).  David said I’m becoming a Seattle girl with my flannel button ups and Patagonia jackets (I’m still wearing my Havaianas in 50 degree rainy weather though, ha!).

    A few highlights from month 2:

    • You’re sleeping in 3-4 hour stretches, sometimes 4-5 if Mommy’s really lucky.
    • You’re starting to smile and coo, especially when your big bro is nearby (it’s seriously the cutest thing ever!!).  Can’t wait to see your relationship with Deacon grow and develop…he’s going to be a very protective older brother, just like Uncle Danny was with me!
    • You are one tan baby!  I don’t know where you get it from…must be from all the coffee your mama drank while she was pregnant (according to Grandma Ahn) LOL!
    • We made our annual trip to the local pumpkin patch with some friends.  Deacon had a blast, you slept the whole time.
    • We flew down to CA for a family trip.  Many aunties and uncles were waiting to meet you!  Deacon had the time of his life, you ate/slept the whole time.
    • Daddy went back to work in the office after working from home for 3 weeks to help your mama out.
    • We celebrated our first Halloween as a party of 4 at Auntie Julie’s house.  Your big bro inspired our outfits (Mommy was Disgust, Daddy was Fear, Deacon was Anger, and you were Sadness)

    You guys!  We recently received the images from our newborn shoot that we did with our good friend, Sako.  I was on the fence about doing a newborn shoot for several reasons.  Mostly, because I’m a little vain and didn’t want documented pictures of me when I was big and bloated.  Then I realized it’s not about me, but about capturing this blessed season in our lives with my family while I have the opportunity.  Sako is amazingly talented and we’re so fortunate she’s able to share her gifts with those around her.  Check out her website for more pictures of our newborn session!

    Now we’re off to Devyn’s 2 month appointment!  Thanks for stopping by 🙂

     

     

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    xo,
    Happy One Month!
    october 2, 2015

    Technically tomorrow marks a month since we welcomed our second, Devyn Evangeline into the world but I’ve managed to find a small pocket of time where I can actually journal and upload pictures so here we are!  It’s been an exciting adventure getting to know Devyn and her rhythm.  There’s been many sleepless nights and let’s just say Nespresso lattes and McDonald’s iced hazelnut coffees have been my best friends the last month (I have superior taste in coffee, don’t I?)

    Devyn is definitely a game changer.  Actually, having two kids is a game changer in itself.  I told myself I’d never be one of those moms that forget to brush her hair, take a shower, attempt to look decent when out and about, return a text/e-mail in a timely manner, or more importantly—eat, and for the most part I’m pretty good at all of the above, but it definitely requires strategic planning, time management, and teamwork with David.  I’m constantly asking myself or David when was the last time we fed Devyn?, where did my keys go?, where are my glasses?, did Deacon eat?, when did we last change Devyn’s diaper?, Deacon’s diaper?, when are we going to potty train Deacon? when did I eat?, did you eat??, etc. etc. etc.  I’m so thankful how hands-on David is!  This is our new normal, but I wouldn’t change anything about it.

    I’ve been enjoying Devyn as a newborn a lot more than with Deacon.  Don’t get me wrong, I have great memories with the little guy but I vividly remember feeling a sense of dread during those first few weeks with Deacon as the sun set.  While the rest of the world was fast asleep, the thought of waking up every 2 to 3 hours to nurse him seriously stressed me out.  This time around, I actually kind of look forward to those long nights because it’s one of the rare times I have for myself where I get to be in the Word, catch up on my HGTV/E!/social media, or browse through my photos from the day on my iPhone.

    Another reason is that since Deacon was my firstborn, I didn’t know what the heck I was doing (shh don’t tell him that).  It took a while until I fell into a natural rhythm with him, so a lot of it was reading books and blogs to guide me and I actually leaned on David a lot because he already had so much experience and exposure with newborns when he helped out with his twin nieces during his single, seminarian days.  So when David comments that I’m more affectionate with Devyn, I realize it’s because I feel more at ease with caring for her.  I remember hearing how the second, third, fourth, etc. child receives more and more love than the previous, and I used to think there’s no possible way my heart can love more than my first, but it’s so true!  I can only imagine how much love our third would receive :p

    With Deacon, I made an intentional effort to chronicle any milestones, adventures, or significant folks he met throughout his first year via Facebook.  I hadn’t discovered Instagram back then (honestly, I didn’t understand the concept of uploading pictures and followers double tapping) but I’m singing a different tune now because it’s pretty addicting, especially when you’re sleep deprived and have nothing better to do at 4am.  Anyhoo, I still haven’t decided whether or not I’ll do the same with Devyn, but for now I’m going to attempt documenting her monthly updates on my blog.  So here we go~

    • You’re sleeping in 2-3 hour stretches.  One night you slept for 4 hours straight, and your mama woke up super excited…but it ended up being a fluke.
    • You’re eating like the little piglet I knew you’d be.  I mean, let’s not get started on your cluster feedings, but I’m so glad you have a healthy appetite because your cheeks are growing chubbier by the day!
    • Grandma & Grandpa Ahn came and left.  They loved on you more than you’ll ever know and although it makes your mama super sad they won’t be around as much as they were with your big bro, it’s ok…life goes on.
    • You had your first photoshoot with Auntie Sako, and you were a natural.
    • You went on your first ferry ride to Bainbridge Island at 2 weeks old.
    • You celebrated your mama’s 33rd with family at one of our favorite local Thai restaurants.
    • You went to your first church service at The Well at 3 weeks old.
    • You had many visitors at the hospital & home: Grandma & Grandpa Ahn, Grandma & Grandpa Chong, Auntie Hyunah & Uncle Tae, Auntie Julie, Auntie Sako & Uncle Tim, Auntie Carol, Auntie Susan & Uncle Mika from CA, Uncle Jon, Auntie Sarah, Auntie Jean, and Auntie Sarah C. from CA.

    From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all who have generously poured out your love and well wishes, checking up on us via texts/prayers, gift cards, visits and meals delivered to our home, and diapers/wipes shipped over.  We humbly receive your love and appreciate your generosity tremendously!!

    On a fun note, I’m so excited as our family is preparing to make our way down to CA for a much needed family vacay and coordinate a very special 1st birthday I’ve been helping out with!  More details and pictures to come 🙂  Until then, here’s a look at Devyn’s 1st month~

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    Devyn @ 1 week old in Deacon’s hand me down


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    Devyn @ 2 weeks old during her dr. appointment


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    Ferry ride to Bainbridge Island with Grandparents Ahn (not pictured)


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    Dahlias for days! Daddy’s got great taste in flowers


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    Happy 1 Month, baby girl!!

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    xo,
    Devyn’s Birth Story
    september 22, 2015

    Turning 33 today and it’s putting me in a pensive mood and reflect on where I am in life—spiritually, relationally, professionally, etc.  Must be a growing older thing.  They say to call and thank your mama on your birthday since she’s the one who labored for all those hours to give birth to you, and I never understood why until I had two of my own.  Not that I expect Deacon and Devyn to be calling me on their birthdays when they grow older, but I do have a deeper respect for Mama Ahn and it’s making me relive my journey with Devyn while she was in my womb and all the days leading up to her delivery.  Warning, it’s a long one!

    The News

    When I first found out I was pregnant with Devyn back in December 2014, I was all sorts of an emotional mess (and in denial about it at the time).  You see, in my circle of family and friends, I’ve always been known to be the “strong” one.  I never cried watching emotional films or hearing unfortunate news and quite honestly, I think I took pride in that.  Now looking back, I took it as a sign of weakness to show such emotions so I vowed never to reveal any signs of vulnerability, especially to guys.  That is, until David came along but that’s a whole other story!  Anyways, I digress.  It had been four months since our move from CA and the cold reality of Seattle was starting to settle in—the weather was getting rainier and gloomier, going from a small town like Cerritos and knowing every nook and cranny to the unfamiliarity of a new city was daunting, leaving Deacon in the hands of my in-laws felt unnatural, and returning to the classroom having to teach WA curriculum was challenging and humbling to say the least, and I was crazy missing my family and friends (and food).  Hearing the news of my pregnancy during this time of loneliness was truly God’s gift to us and I’m so thankful for David who was there for me every time I would start crying uncontrollably from the stress of work or missing my family (this really should have been my first clue that something was up).

    Marriage and motherhood have opened and softened my heart, in addition to God humbling me through various life experiences, and I’m happy to say I’m not afraid to shed a tear now and then anymore 😉

    My Pregnancy

    I had discovered I was pregnant early on—in fact it was the day I had to fly down to LA to finish my last wedding in CA.  As soon as I returned, the morning sickness started to kick in.  Although it wasn’t as intense as it was with Deacon, it was enough to put me out every night by 7pm.  I was riddled with nausea and fatigue, throwing up every other day, and wondered how in the world I was going to work all day, come home and spend quality time with my husband and active toddler, cook dinner, grade papers, etc.  Somehow God carried me through those first few months and blessed us with a very healthy baby.

    My pregnancy with Devyn felt different from the start, so I had a sneaky feeling that I was having a girl.  I was in denial about this as well (you can ask David).  As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve never been one of those mamas who absolutely had to have a girl.  In fact, I would joke about having 3 boys—just like Deacon, of course 😉  I also joked that if we did have a girl, it would be God’s perfect way of humbling me for the rest of my life.  Partly, it stems from my own relationship with Mama Ahn.  We’ve just always clashed on so many different levels…when I was young, she wanted me in girly dresses taking ballet lessons while I was more interested in wearing the comfiest pair of shorts I owned and playing catch or football with my big bro outside.  As I grew older, we just butted heads (like ALL.THE.TIME) about anything and everything.  David says it’s because we’re more alike than we think (WHAT).  I’m beginning to think he’s right.  33 years later, I can honestly say I’m so thankful for my mama teaching me to be a strong, independent woman but also one that loves and supports her family and friends.

    So at 20 weeks, we were scheduled for the gender anatomy ultrasound and what do you know, we were having a girl (God, you humor me)!  During my pregnancy, a good friend gifted me with a book on Esther by Charles R. Swindoll (a great read, by the way!).  One poignant verse that characterizes Esther and turned into my daily prayer for Devyn throughout my pregnancy was Proverbs 31:25:

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.

    More than worldly intelligence or physical beauty, my prayer for her is to have strength of character and godly dignity.  I hope and humbly pray that with God’s grace, leading, and wisdom, I can be a godly example for her to follow.

    Fast forward to August.  Devyn’s due date was August 28 and because Deacon arrived exactly a week early, we all thought Devyn would also arrive at least a week or two early.  So much so that we didn’t make any plans for our 5th anniversary because we were convinced we’d either be in the hospital or home recovering from having a newborn.  Well, August 28 came and went with no sign of Devyn.  I was growing super anxious, mostly because I just felt big and tired all the time (silly me, I clearly forgot what it’s like to have a newborn feeding every 2-3 hours!) and to be even sillier, the educator in me wanted her out before the September 1 cutoff date.  At my 40 week appointment, we were scheduled to be induced the following week on September 4.

    Labor & Delivery

    The morning of Thursday, September 3 I woke up with sharp pains in my lower stomach.  Honestly, I thought it was something I ate and had bad gas (I know, I’m a bit embarrassed).  With Deacon, my water broke in the middle of the night and I didn’t start having contractions until I was admitted in the hospital.  Even then, the nurses suggested I get my epidural asap when I was only 4cm dilated so I feel like I never felt the intensity of labor contractions.  On a side note, throughout my pregnancy I had prayed that I’d go into labor during the day so David could get a full night’s sleep because I would have felt bad if I went into labor in the middle of the night again.  I was also worried that I’d have to wake up David’s parents to come over and watch Deacon if I went into labor early.

    Anyways, I was lying in bed for almost an hour and a half trying to endure the “bad gas,” waiting until it hit 6am because that’s when David wakes up for work.  After he woke up I told him my stomach had been hurting.  At this point, the pain came in waves every 15 minutes (I still didn’t attribute it to being contractions because I didn’t want to get my hopes up) but I decided to call the hospital anyway just to see what they would say.  They asked how far along I was, if it was my first, and how frequently the “contractions” were.  Since I was 6 days past my due date with my second they requested that I come in to check me out.  I took a shower, packed up my things, and by 7am we were out the door.  During the 10 minute car ride to the hospital the contractions became more frequent and a LOT more painful.  Let’s just say I was saying things that no pastor’s wife should say…

    By the time we were checked in and strapped up to the hospital monitor, it was 7:30am and the nurse confirmed I was having contractions, 3 minutes apart, and I was 7-8cm dilated (what, really?!).  I have crazy low pain tolerance (like I pop in pills BEFORE I get cramps because I don’t want to feel any pain) so I was amazed that I had endured labor contractions for that long!  I was so ready to have this baby and contemplated for a split second if I should go au natural with no epidural, but then I came to my senses 😉 Unfortunately, they had to delay my labor another 4 hours for some antibiotics to kick in.  By 9am, I had my epi and was feeling high on life, texting friends and family what was about to go down.  Fast forward to 1:35pm, I was 10cm dilated and ready to push.  The OB on call, two nurses, and David were in the room with me and after the first round of pushing with Devyn’s head crowning, the dr. suggested I push at 50% of my strength because she was afraid Devyn would come flying out doing a number on me (you know, down there…so considerate of her~).  So the next 2 rounds of pushing I toned it down a bit and at 1:52pm out came Devyn’s shoulders where I was then able to reach down and actually pull her out (I joke that I pulled a Kourtney K).  It was a beautiful, amazing experience and one that I’ll never forget!

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    Moments after pulling her out

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    9/3/15 at 1:52pm, 8lbs. 1oz. and 21.5 in. long

    When I was young, wild, and free, I had certain notions—ok, let’s be honest..I had VERY specific ideas about where I’d be by the time I was in my 30s.  Suffice it to say, God has challenged and humbled me, yet exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds.

    One of the highest callings and titles I’ve been blessed with is to be a wife to David and mama to our two babes, Deacon and Devyn.  They are God’s gifts to me and I consider it a great privilege to be my husband’s helper and to be entrusted with two beautiful souls to shepherd and love.

    If you’ve read this entry to the end, you’re a good friend 🙂 (or you must be really bored).  Either way, thank you!  When I decided to stop planning events after our move to Seattle I contemplated closing my website and blog, but I’m so glad I decided to keep it so I can journal life moments like this.  Hopefully I can maintain it and continue sharing our lives with friends and family near and far!  Until next time~

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    xo,
    Happy One Week, Devyn!
    september 10, 2015

    Wow, what a week it’s been!  Our baby girl finally decided to make her debut 6 days past her due date, on 9/3/15 at 1:52pm in Issaquah, WA.  She was 8 lbs. 1 oz. and 21.5 inches long.  I plan on journaling her birth story in the next few weeks, but for now I just wanted to jot down what it’s been like the last week with a newborn and toddler at home.  It’s only been 2.5 years since we had Deacon, but I’ve already forgotten what it’s like to have a newborn.  The days go by quickly and the nights are long, but as tired as we are, I’m trying to enjoy this phase because I know how soon it’ll pass.  David says I’m more affectionate with Devyn than I was with Deacon, which is surprising to hear because quite honestly, I never really cared to have a daughter.  I would have been A-OK having only boys, but she’s been a sweet blessing and I’m so thankful God graced us with a baby girl.

    Deacon has been the best older brother, but of course he got sick the day we brought Devyn home from the hospital.  It’s been a lot of coaching him not to get too close and to only kiss her head.  He’s been super sweet and gentle with her, and looks for her every morning.  He’s been whinier and more defiant than usual, and we wonder if it’s because of the cold, having my parents who can’t seem to say “no” to him, or the presence of a new baby around.  Perhaps all of the above (ha!).  The hardest part so far has been juggling two kids, especially while nursing Devyn with Deacon around.  Sometimes it takes anywhere between 20-40 minutes and I feel like it’s been taking a toll on my relationship with Deacon.  I’ve had to lock the door to our room to prevent him from coming in and getting all up in our grill (bless his little heart), and it seriously makes me so sad when I hear him outside calling for me.  David and I have been more intentional in spending quality alone time with him, especially keeping our nightly routine of praying with him and putting him down for the night, which I think has been helping him with the transition.  Although he’s on a waiting list to enter pre-school near my school, I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not I want to send him.  I know it would be a lot easier to care for Devyn and that he would benefit from the social interaction and stimulation, but a part of me doesn’t want to let him go just yet!

    My parents have been here for almost 3 weeks now, and I seriously thank God for them (even though they drive me crazy sometimes).  They graciously decided to extend their stay until October because Devyn arrived so late.  They’ve been cooking and taking care of Deacon (lots of spoiling going on, but I’m trying to let that go) so I can recover and care for Devyn.  David’s parents have also been super helpful in taking Deacon out whenever they can so he can get some fresh air.  Deacon and Devyn are so blessed to have both sets of grandparents around!

    Yesterday was the first time we all went out as a family of four to a nearby park and took a little walk while Deacon ran around in the playground.  It was really nice stepping out and enjoying the sun and nice weather while it lasts.  Next week we’ll be doing our newborn shoot with our good friend, Sako.  We’re super excited and thankful we can capture this time in our lives.  Until then, here are a few snapshots of our family 🙂

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    xo,
    Still Pregnant…
    august 23, 2015

    I’m 39 weeks and 2 days pregnant.  Where did the time go?  It’s been over a year since our move to Seattle, and I feel like I’m just starting to settle in and really call this place our home.  I’ve been trying to explore more of Seattle before this baby comes, but it’s pretty hard with an active toddler in tow.  It really is so beautiful up here, but when people ask how it’s been for me, I’m not going to lie…it was a tough year being away from family and friends, going back into education, leaving behind the world of weddings & events, and being pregnant with a very rambunctious toddler, but I know God is strengthening me, my faith, and my marriage through all of this.  I don’t know what God has in store for us…our future, at times seems unclear, which being a planner by nature makes it difficult to accept, but I’m at peace with it because I know God’s plans are far greater than ours. For now, I just wanted to sit, enjoy this moment of solitude while both my boys are napping, my parents are at church , and write down my thoughts before our world changes with a newborn to take care of…

    Honestly, I thought I’d have the baby by now.  Perhaps it was wishful thinking because I just feel SO big and tired.  It really is an amazing thing watching your body change and transform while carrying a baby in your womb, but I’m definitely bigger with Devyn than I was with Deacon and I was secretly hoping she’d come out early so I could start shedding this pregnancy weight (I know, what’s wrong with me?!).  Deacon came exactly a week early and everyone said the second would come early.  Alas, there’s no baby yet, but my parents are here from TX (hallelujah!) and they’ve been cooking up a storm for us and keeping Deacon occupied so I can nap and get some rest.

    David and I have been enjoying the last few days going on date nights.  We got to celebrate our 5th anniversary with the sweetest post on his own blog, a homemade steak dinner (one of my favorite meals that David cooks), a late night happy hour at Ruth’s Chris, and watched MI5.  After 5 years of marriage + 2 pregnancies + 1 toddler, I realized it’s the little things that make my world go ’round with this guy.  I always knew I wanted a husband who would make a great dad, and I saw glimpses of it when David would help out with his nieces, but seeing him with Deacon has made my love for him grow deeper in a way I never knew was possible.  I’m so excited to see how he’ll love on Devyn as well.

    Last but not least, Deacon.  This little boy has my heart.  I seriously cry like a baby when I think about how big he’s grown—physically, emotionally, and mentally.  He’s always been on the average side for weight and height, but I think he’s hit a growth spurt because he’s eating similar portions to his papa and everyone says how tall he’s gotten.  Emotionally, he’s such a sweetheart.  When he sees me crying, he’ll run over to me and say, “Umma’s crying” and have a concerned look on his face, touch my face to wipe my tears and then give me THE biggest hug.  I can tell he has a compassionate heart, just like his papa.  His personality is something else too, definitely an extrovert and receives his energy from being around people.  David and I joke that he gets it from his uncles on both sides, because both of us were the shyest little kids.  Mentally, I can tell he’s maturing and we’ve been trying to teach him his boundaries (especially while “playing” with other little kids).  He does great with older kids, but something about being with younger kids/babies makes him go…”wild.”  Obviously, it concerns me since we’ll be welcoming a newborn into our home.  As much as we’re trying to prepare him for his little sister, my heart aches when I think about how much his world will be changing in a short while.  I know he’ll be the best big brother, but I’m going to miss the one on one time I’ve had with him this past summer.  David and I want to do our best in shepherding his little heart.

    I know I’ve said this before, but I hope to keep blogging to help me remember these treasured times together as a family.  Please pray for us as we wait for baby Devyn’s arrival!

     

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    My boys at Bellevue Park

     

     

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    xo,
    dc – 21 months
    october 6, 2014

    Fall has officially arrived in WA and I couldn’t be happier seeing the change of color in nature, earlier sunsets, and cozying up to our fireplace during the evenings. We’ve been told how lucky we are (on numerous occasions) with the sunny weather lasting so long, and I’m sure not complaining!

    I used to be really good at tracking Deacon’s life by taking monthly pictures and writing a short recap of his growth, achievements, and any notable moments in his life.  I had good intentions of continuing this tradition after he turned 1, but here we are at 21 months without an update the last nine months.  It’s hard to believe that in just a few months we’ll be celebrating his 2nd birthday in Seattle! Thankfully our transition has been relatively smooth, but one thing we do miss is seeing my parents (Deacon’s grandparents).  We’re hoping to visit them over the holidays and would love Deacon to experience Texas, where I spent the first eight years of my childhood.

    Deacon has been experiencing many new adventures since our move to the PNW.  If you’d like to follow our personal IG account @deaconsadventures, you can get a glimpse of what our lives are like up here! We got to celebrate a couple birthdays and visit the Pumpkin Patch as The Well’s staff outing. Deacon has been showing a lot of interest in books, bringing his favorites and asking us to read them on repeat at least two to three times. He’s also learning new words like “baby,” “leaf,” “tree,” “fish,” and “truck” as well as showing his love for pretty girls by giving them bbobbos aka kisses. Here are some pretty photos courtesy of our friend Sako Pak!

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    I love my little family of three and am so grateful for each day spent with them! We’ll be making a few trips down to CA to wrap up a few weddings I have left so stay tuned for more pretty coming your way!

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    xo,