Love Letter to My Valentine

I have a (not so) little secret…I fell in love about five months ago. Well, 21 weeks ago, to be exact. This love letter is dedicated to my new little love.

Dear Little One,

Happy Valentine’s Day! I cannot even begin to describe my feelings for you. You are our blessing. You are a miracle. I haven’t held you in my arms yet, but the fullness you bring to my heart is indescribable.

We “saw” you this week, and you have the cutest little face. Our doctor told us you are healthy and doing well, and those are precious words to hear. All we want for you is to be healthy and happy.

Hopefully you will be smart like your daddy. Maybe you will have his honest eyes and comforting presence. Hopefully you’re not anxious or too hard on yourself like your mommy. No matter what, know that we will love you unconditionally forever.

Little Valentine, we can’t wait to meet you. I look forward to seeing your smile (maybe you’ll have mine!). I know Georgie will smother you in puppy kisses and will love to take naps with you.

Luckily you’ll arrive in the summer, so we can take you out and enjoy the sunshine. I have so much I want to show you and so much I want to share with you. June can’t arrive soon enough.

Until then, I will keep you close, little Valentine, and know that we love you more each and everyday day.

Xo. Mommy

What I’m Grateful For

It’s never too late to be grateful.

As I sit here with a sleeping Frenchie on my lap, I can’t help but feel truly grateful.

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Grateful for my family, my friends, my husband, my pup–without them, my heart wouldn’t be as full as it is today. Life isn’t easy, but they make it a whole lot better.

Having this blog is also a blessing in my life. First, its a fun, creative outlet for me. But it’s always fun to hear from readers, see what they like, and I love when people want to participate on my adventures around town. I know I need to post more; I can promise you that I will try!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving weekend, I thought it would be fun to include some of my favorite Chicago places and foods I’m thankful for, too. They include:

-Fresh Straw & Hay Pasta at Piccolo Sogno
-Pizza from Lou Malnati’s (thick or thin ), Giordano’s (thin), D’Agostino’s (thin), Home Run Inn (classic), Eataly (Neapolitan)
-Going to the Walnut Room at Macy’s during the holidays
-Tacos al Pastor at Big Star
-Vegetable udon soup for lunch at Tokyo Lunchbox
-Chopped Salad or Prime Rib (or both) at Wildfire
-Searching for milk glass at the Randolph Street Market
-Ramen at BellyQ
-Getting lost at The Art Institute
-Ribs at Gale Street Inn
-Hot dogs at Portillo’s and Superdawg
-Finding the best stationary at the Renegade Craft Fair
-Pork belly and broccoli slaw at Green Street Smoked Meats
-Sushi at Butterfly Sushi

Well, now that I’m starving, I leave you with sincere gratitude and appreciation. Remember what you’re thankful for often, not just one day in November. And celebrate the people you love and the activities you enjoy throughout the holiday season and always!

XO