Ruby Clare

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetOur sweet baby girl arrived on July 17th (her due date, can you believe that?!) and we are over the moon. Ruby Clare Brown is named after her beautiful great-grandmother (whose 120th birthday was on July 20th!) and James’s amazing younger sister. We can’t stop staring at this gorgeous miracle of ours! Thank you to James for being the very best daddy and night nurse on the planet, to my parents for being total rock star helpers, to our siblings & friends for flooding us with loving visits and calls and texts, to Mr. Coach for being such an adoring puppy and protective big brother, and to Ruby for being everything we ever dreamed of and so much more. We are so blessed!

P.S. Two fun facts about Ruby’s name – the birthstone of July is a ruby (so naturally I’m eyeing something like this in honor of baby girl) and it is also the traditional 40th wedding anniversary gift, which is perfect timing since my parents celebrated 40 years of marriage in June! So fun & definitely meant to be, right?

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Counting Down

rachelandjames051Baby girl’s due date is just a few days away so James and I are soaking up time together as just the two of us (well, three of us, counting Coach!). These past two years of marriage have been filled with so much adventure and joyΒ and while there have been bumps in the road along the way, James and I both feel so blessed by the ways in which our relationship has evolved and grown. While there is a teeny sense of mourning for the passing of the season of us, there is infinitely more excitement for the next season of our lives and for the richness and depth our daughter’s presenceΒ is going to bring to our hearts and our home. We know that we are never going to be the same, and for that we are grateful.

Our dear friend Heather Hawkins took beautiful maternity photos for us in June, so I promise to share the rest of them soon. I love this blog so much, as it’s served as a wonderful space for connecting with others while also serving as a scrapbook of sorts, documenting life’s momentous occasions, adventures, and thoughts. I’ve been busy tying up loose ends at work before I head out of the office on maternity leave while also queuing up lots of posts for my editors at both Darling Magazine and Wonderfully Made (including finalizing a fun podcast project that I can’t wait to tell you about). I haven’t carved out as much time as I’d like for sweet Coffee & Tacos but just know that even though my posts may be more infrequent, as they have been of late, I’m not going anywhere – I pinkie promise.

Photo via Heather Hawkins