The First of September 

This day is a big day of celebrations in my house. Not only does this day mark the first day of Pumpkin Spice Lattes being available at Starbucks, but it marks two big life events for myself. Reason one happened already three years ago! {I am dying over this fact}. Time flashed before my eyes! Three years ago, this day was actually Labor day. My then {boyfriend} was sneaking all around planning to surprise me with a proposal, not just any, one to be his wife! He had been making a ring and thinking of how to do it all without my knowing {hard task}. I consider myself quiet the detective with these type of things, so the fact that he pulled it off was AMAZING.

I love reflecting on this day every year. I have probably told the story, shared the pictures, all of it, one too many times. Sorry guys! Labor day 2014, my now husband planned for lunch on our days off from work at one of my favorite wineries, {Wilson Creek}. This was back when we lived in California, and I was in love with Temecula. Don’t even get me started. I could go on and on. Temecula is basically my {happily ever after} spot considering I got engaged here AND married. So I should say my favorite spot is {Falkner Winery} due to the fact that we were married at this one and the views are STUNNING. But {Wilson Creek} will always be a close second, by like a millimeter, it is that close, mainly because of the Almond Champagne. Can you say heaven in a bottle? And let me tell you, it is not available everywhere so easily, I have found only one location where I live that has it, of which is an hour away still. Thanks {World Market}.

Anyways, as I was saying, my now {husband} shocked me at the most perfect location, with the most gorgeous ring, on the absolute most beautiful day. It still put a HUGE smile on my face. I love thinking back to the moment he got down on his knee saying the most perfect words, wearing the ring he designed, not being able to keep my eyes off of the gorgeous thing, hearing the story of how my {fiancé} planned everything right down to the last dot, that word was also the best to say, {fiancé}. I get goosebumps remembering all the details and even laugh at the fact that my husband was so mad at a worker emptying a trash nearby as he was nervously waiting to pop that question at the right moment, or the fact that I didn’t notice a huge ring box in his pocket. The day was the best.

The second reason this day became so special was already {ONE} year ago. Guys! My mind is blown thinking this was already a year! September 1st is opening day for Dove hunting- didn’t know that one? Well me either, until I moved to Texas and it became a big deal. Well my husband had decided instead of celebrating our engagement anniversary {yes it is a thing to me}, he was going to go Dove hunting. Well my plan then was to watch my shows and have a drink, or two, or three. Mind you we had been trying about 18 months or so to get pregnant at this point and nothing was happening. Not even a false pregnancy test, nothing. After my husband headed out that afternoon, I decided {randomly} to take my last pregnancy test, only expecting another negative. There I was, in our bathroom, shaking and shocked, holding a {yes} pregnancy test. It had to be wrong. This was my last test on hand. I had called my husband and told him to come back for a minute. He wouldn’t and so there I blurted, “We are pregnant!” SO happy, but SO unsure just like me. I ran to the store and bought two more tests, both positive! And yes my husband still went hunting because “it would be too suspicious,” aka he just wanted to go.

Even though I had told him over the phone, I pulled out the “Dad” shirt I had bought over a year before, waiting for this moment. All the stress, tears, worry, panic-all that goes through a girls mind when not getting pregnant right away- was slowly fading away. We were literally waiting to see an infertility specialist in two weeks, and there it was, our miracle. 

Now a year later, after a miserable pregnancy, awful labor, terrifying delivery, experiencing the NICU, and nothing going as {planned}, we have the perfect boy. He is greater than anything I ever could have dreamt of. I would go through every little detail all over again, just to have this sweet boy. My world will never be the same and for that I am forever grateful, so grateful to be called his mama.


My name is Chelsie Overgaauw. Born in New Mexico, grew up in California, and now living my adult life in Texas. I am a 26 year old stay at home {new} mama to my sweet boy and I am married to my best friend. I have experienced a lot in life already, good and bad, and have a lot more to experience. I am a lover of cooking, writing, photography, and design. Follow along to learn more.

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