Week 29

So Kev and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary yesterday. I can’t even believe how fast time has gone. I feel like it was just yesterday that we started dating. I am beyond blessed to have him as my other half in this life and can’t imagine doing anything, whether big or small, without him by my side. For the last 4 years we have taken a little picture on our anniversary day, lets recap…
Our wedding: 06.16.06. Key West, FL on a Royal Caribbean Cruise


Year one: O6.16.07. Oahu, HI. Spent the first year of marriage livin’ in Hawaii. Here we are in the park having a picnic and playing chess.


Year two: 06.16.08. Pittsfield, MA. We closed on our very first house on our 2 year anniversary. We spent the night eating chinese food on the floor of a house we had no furniture for. Amazing!

2 years

Year three: 06.16.09. Pittsfield, MA. One year livin’ at our house. Feeling like adults. Got dressed up and went out for a nice dinner. Not before flashing gang signs first. hehe.


and finally, yesterday…
Year four: 06.16.10. Cohoes, NY: Our Loft Apartment. Went and saw Mates of State play in Northamton, MA, 29 weeks pregnant with our little baby girl.


Dear Baby Girl:
This has been quite a week. It was very monumental for me. Mommy and Daddy celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary and today was my last day of work. I have been very emotional about it all. Being able to stay home with you is something I have always wanted but with the start of this week- I realized I was having a harder time with it than I thought. Being an art teacher has been a part of who I am for a very long time. I mean, while going to school, its what you say your profession is going to be when people ask. Then you graduate and actually become that and you are proud and glad to say what you do when someone asks. Today I closed that chapter. I am excited about starting the next one but honestly, I am a little scared too. Its hard not to be filled with thoughts about whether I am going to be good at being a mom or not. Will I love staying home? Will I feel valuable? It has nothing to do with my love for you because there is no question about that. I love you more than I ever thought even now and you are still just in my belly. I am just a little scared and nervous of all the changes and uncertainties. I don’t want to let you down. I want to be the best for you in every way possible. I hope that you will teach me to be a better version of myself. I am going to keep this letter simple this week because this is where I am. I locked my classroom door and said my goodbyes and I am moving forward. Slowly right now, but I know what you will bring to our lives will bless us more than I can even imagine at this moment. So to that I smile and hold my head high and look forward to this next chapter and next year of marriage to your Dad, who is the anchor in my life. Like the Mates of State song goes: “And I could be your Anchor, drop me in the bay and watch me hold you steady.”
All my love little baby girl,
Your momma


  1. katie •

    Those last two lines are so sweet <3

  2. Very sweet post.
    When I saw Mates of State a few years ago, she performed whilst noticeably pregnant. So cute!

  3. Omg what a cute post!! I love the letter to your baby girl and I LOVE that you have anniversary sign throwing up how many year you have been together!! Jealous I don’t have pictures like that! You are going to have to move to Roman Numerals soon!

  4. Congratulations! Yay for 4 years, Mates of State, and summer stripes : )

  5. Congratulations! I love how you hold up fingers for your years of marriage…what are you going to do when you get past ten?!

  6. Congratulations on 4 years of marriage!

  7. Congratulations on 4 years!!

  8. Congrats on 4 years of Marriage! I love the anniversary photo collection 🙂
    Your heart for your baby girl and also for being an art teacher is so sweet.
    My mom has always journaled and I really value the opportunity to read what she’s written, when she was closer my age now and then as she raised me and my siblings. Your daughter (and you!) will be so thankful you wrote these letters! Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and keep capturing all these special moments 🙂

  9. Congrats on four years! And I really appreciate your honesty as you sort out all the feelings of becoming a mother. Sometimes I feel like my friends take to it so naturally that I can’t help but think something is wrong with me if I have all these questions.

  10. Ahhh, I absolutely love these photos! This is so amazing. Brett and I are quickly approaching our three year – I wonder if by four, I’ll be super pregnant… hmmm…?! 🙂

  11. Congratulations on the anniversary. Don’t worry about being a stay at home mom, you will be amazing! You’re a crafty gal, even if you’re not in the classroom you’ll still be an amazing artist ^_^

  12. That is so adorable that you guys have the progression of pictures on each anniversary- such a fun idea that will be so cool to look back on years from now. I really love the one with the rainbow in the back 🙂 And you are looking adorably pregnant as usual in the newer pictures!!!!

  13. congratulations jen. this is a beautiful time in your life! you look amazing. and this baby girl is going to be very lucky. thank you for sharing this sweet letter to your daughter.

  14. congrats on four years! I think it’s funny that Kev changes more through the photos than you, haha (except for the baby tummy now, of course).

    I know leaving such an important part of your life must be very hard… but I’m sure you will be a great mom and have the best life with your daughter! you’re already doing a good job.

  15. Sarah •

    Congratulations on your anniversary! You will be a great mother, your daughter will be lovely, wish your family healthy and happy every day!

  16. Tina Z •

    I am envious of your anniversary photos, what a great idea! And you can always change your mind (about being a art teacher) if next year doesn’t go as planned.

  17. Congrats honey!!! That’s so exciting! Isn’t it amazing to look back and see how much you’ve done in those 4 years? I know when I do that for myself I’m shocked! and ps I”m sooooo excited for you starting your new chapter as a full time mommy – I know you’re going to love it and be great at it!!! You’ll have hard days just like as a teacher, but this time it’ll seem so much more worth it 🙂 xoxo

  18. What a fantastic post! Congratulations!

  19. Congrats you two!

  20. Congrats! You guys are so stinking cute. You guy are really an inspiration, thank you 🙂

  21. Congratulations!! I love reading your letters to your little baby girl!!

  22. Congratulations! I love your yearly anniversary photo! I wish my boyfriend and I had thought of something equally adorable, but as we’re coming up on year 8 I think it’s a little late to start. 😉

    And I just adore your weekly pregnancy photos. I look forward to them!

  23. Awww I love the idea of taking a picture every anniversary. So sweet!

  24. Congrats on 4 years!

  25. Carrie •

    Hey Sister!
    You are still going to be teacher but, this time around you’re going to be teaching not only art, but ethics, life skills, social responsibility, about God, and who knows what else! Be proud to say you’re a mom… they have the potential to be the best teachers there are! I LOVE YOU!

  26. What a beautiful letter to your baby, being a teacher is very nice but being a mom is to be the best teacher in the world, your baby is going to be so happy that you won’t leave him some where else for others to teach.
    God Bless you.

  27. awww, you guys are so cute together! Congratulations on year four (and the baby girl)!! Have you guys picked a name yet?

  28. Just wanted to belatedly wish you two a happy anniversary!

  29. Becky •

    I just came across your blog today and guess what!? I grew up in Pittsfield, MA. I had to read this post 3 times just to be sure…small world. Oh, and happy anniversary !

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