Oh ya, one more change…

It was one of those things we always wanted to happen, it just wasn’t in (what we thought) was our plan was YET! I mean, I always wanted to be a Mom and Aaron always wanted to be a Dad…but there were just a few more things that we wanted to “check off” our list before we wanted to become responsible for a tiny human! Like, travel for a few weeks to Italy and have a sip at every vineyard, make it to 5 or 6 more baseball stadiums and sleep in just a few more mornings before a “schedule” became our routine!

Well God has many other plans for us.

This, I have to admit, has been one of the only surprises that we’ve had during our marriage that has been “happy”! Countless times over the past 5 ½ years have we been surprised and have had our life up heaved without warming….but THIS, I have to say has put a smile on our faces since the moment we found out (well sort of….)

To make a long story short, those two pink lines appeared on the pregnancy test early one Sunday morning while I was home alone. I had taken a few others that had been negative and had chalked up my “irregularity” to the wind and just thought that there was “something wrong with me!” Now I know that those constant trips to the bathroom and feelings of starvation in the middle of the night weren’t just “weird’! They meant something!

I saw those two pink links, preceded to freak out and have a few meltdowns (while standing naked in our bathroom waiting for the shower water to heat up, but that’s a detail you probably didn’t need to know!) After a few crying fits, because I wanted to call my Mom, and a few pleas to God of “HOW CAN THIS BE TRUE?!” I pulled myself together, zipped up my coat and headed out to church knowing, in the back on my mind, that this had to be wrong and there is NO WAY (well, ok…not NO way) that I could be the “P” word (I couldn’t quite say it at this time yet)!

After a few long and awkward conversations at church with my husband (because I was mortified to tell him) I proceeded to jet out the doors and race to the few errands I had to run! He called on his way home and again, we had a few awkward moments of “Em, are you ok?”

“Yea…….I’m just fiiinnnnnne.”

“Really, your fine? Because you’ve been acting strange all day and are you sure nothing is up?”

I then proceeded to drill him on what his afternoon plans were and what bathroom of our house he planned to use that afternoon (which I’m sure only raised more questions as to my sanity). You see, in the hustle of my meltdowns after seeing those two pink lines, I threw the pregnancy test down onto the back of the toilet and I REALLY didn’t want him walking into the bathroom to find it lying there. I wanted to be the one to tell him. So I did. I told him what happened and that he was going to be a Dad! :)

I burst into tears and (little did we know) this was just the beginning of crazy hormonal pregnant Emily!

After a few hours and my afternoon chores done, I burst through the door of our house and hugged Aaron the tightest I think I have ever hugged him! It was real. HOLY MOLY! We were going to do this. We were going to be parents and be raise little baby…..woah. And even though I saw those 2 pink lines, I had to call the nurse first thing Monday morning just to be sure. I set my alarm for 7:58, so that I had time to actually try and get rid of my morning voice before calling, and out came the world on the other end of the phone, “Well…CONGRATULATIONS, you are going to be a Mom!” The idea hadn’t (and still kinda hasn’t sunk it yet) but we know that every parent “figures it out” and so will we. Sure, we are downright scared and I am mortified that I don’t have my Mom or Dad with me, but we have endless amounts of friends, families, inlays, extended families, cool-blog-stalker friends and many more that have and will come along side of us for this journey!

So…it all ended with a card! A card we sent out to our family and friends as we are thrilled to announce the arrival of Baby Steffen in June! YAY for babies! We have a HUGE change ahead of us but we are eager to learn the world of parenthood and sleepless nights, bottles, diapers, tiny clothes….

Gosh, I have a lot of sewing and knitting to do! :)


(the front of our card)
Baby Steffen, Emily Steffen, Aaron Steffen

(the inside)
Baby Steffen, Emily Steffen, Aaron Steffen

  • December 8, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    weddingchicks - Congratulations Emily & Aaron!!!! We are so happy for you!

  • December 8, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    Carly McCray - YAY YAY YAY!!!!! So excited for ALL of your announcements!!!!! Congratulations Emily! Can’t wait to see where your new adventures will take you! xxoo :)

  • December 8, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    Jennifer Ballard - AMAZING!!! Congrats Emily! Such wonderful news! I love the card too! xo

  • December 8, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    Em - EEEEEEEEE I am so THRILLED for you! Not gonna lie, when I clicked on your FB link I was really hoping this was what I was gonna find!!!!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    Sara Paizis - Emily! Congratulations to you and your hubby! This post gave me happy tears! You will be a fantastic mom, I just know it!
    Lots of love!
    -Mrs. Paizis xoxoxo

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    Cindy Skalicky - What a delightful surpise-can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for you both! Congratulations!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    eliesa - WOOO HOOOOO!!!! I’m SO freaking excited for you two! Your child will have the cutest knitted things ever!!! LOVEe

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:03 pm

    Brit @ Landlocked Bride - Oh, I am so excited for you!! Congrats!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:03 pm

    Amy - OH MI GOSH!!! Emily you got me a little teary-eyed just reading this!! I have to ask … you got dressed before you put your coat on right! HAHA! I am so excited for you and Aaron!! God’s timing is always the right timing! That is what I have been trying to tell myself a lot lately! I will be praying for you both as you prepare for one of God’s greatest blessings to arrive!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    lauren skalicky - shutupppppp!!! that is the best news ever!! :)

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    Troy Widner - WOO-HOO — congratulations, you two! Such awesomely cool news!!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    Jen O - So happy for your Emily! What a wonderful surprise! PS Love the new site design :)

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    Nora - So delightful! Warm wishes to you both!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    jes - oh.my.gosh.!!!! Can you feel that?! I’m giving you a huge bear hug right through my computer screen, YAY!!!!!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    Haley & Danny Armstrong - Congrats!!!! I LOVED all the details, I felt like I was talking to you! You will be wonderful parents; so happy to hear the news, thanks for sharing! XOXO

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:10 pm

    Jenny Haas - yay emily!! congratulations!! you will be as amazing of a mom and you are photographer, and that is pretty stinkin amazing :)

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    Sara Kliber - What a great way to tell everyone, so creative! So excited for you guys!!!! SUPER HUGE CONGRATS!!!!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:19 pm

    Branching Out & Company - Congrats Emily! You will be a fabulous mother! Hope you are feeling well!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    Molly Michel - CONGRATS! What a lovely story, and the card is just adorable. What a great adventure you have in front of you!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    emily griffith - When I clicked on your post yesterday, this is what I thought it was going to say! SO SO SO SO SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    Heather LaFave - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Congrats you two!! And welcome to the CRAZY world :-) So happy for you!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    Ingrid - Haha! You make me laugh. That is the perfect way to tell people!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    Lisa S. - Congratulations!!! How exciting…and how true that God’s plans are so often not our own. But He knows best! :-) You’ll be fabulous parents.

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  • December 8, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    karissa - YAY EMILY and AARON! :)

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    Beau Petersen - already said my congrats, but lets make it official on your blog….. CONGRATS !!!!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    Erin Davenport - EMILY! Oh my goodness!!! :) :) :) What a fabulous surprise to find here on your beautiful new site today. You are going to be the CUTEST momma on the block and little baby Steffen is already so blessed. YAY! XOXOXO Hugs from Colorado!

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    christina diane - CONGRATS!!!!!! So excited for you both! :)

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    Teri Sharp - Yay!! Congratulations, you will be awesome parents. I’m so happy for you. Thanks for sharing you story it made my day.

  • December 8, 2011 - 1:54 pm

    Jane Erickson - I have tears of happiness in my eyes for you and your husband. I’m sorry that your Mom isn’t physically here for you – let me be a Mom for a moment and assure you that your decisions and care for your child and feelings you have will all be the right ones for you and your family.
    Jane (Laura’s Mom)

  • December 8, 2011 - 2:03 pm

    Jen L - Oh! My! I’m so unbelieveably happy for the both of you!!! Congrats, you guys are going to be the best parents ever!

  • December 8, 2011 - 2:03 pm

    Noemi Hedrick - You are it for the ride of your life! What a blessing.

  • December 8, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    becky - Woot woot!! Can’t wait to meet this little Steffen! He/She is going to bring so much JOY to your life! YAY! :) Congrats again dear!

  • December 8, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    Vicki Christianson-Hahn - Congratulations! So happy for you and your husband. Can’t wait to hear of baby’s arrival!

  • December 8, 2011 - 2:21 pm

    Shayna - Selfishly hoping it’s a girl, cuz woman, I have ruffle butt onesies that your kid needs to wear! And headbands too. :)

    BTW your face is priceless in the photos.

  • December 8, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    Kelsy McCartney - EEEEEEEEEKS!!!! Holy moly, Emily!! This is SO exciting!! I am bursting with excitement right now as I type to you :D Congratulations to you and Aaron!!

  • December 8, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    krys lenz - CONGRATULATIONS!!! That’s so exciting! I wish all the three of you the best! Seems like Christmas came early at your house :)

  • December 8, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    Samara - Emily, I’m thrilled for the two of you! Congrats and may God’s blessings continue to rain down on you!

  • December 8, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    anda - WAY TOO EXCITING!! Yay!!! Love the card :)

  • December 8, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    Marie Anderson - Ohmigosh! Congrats on such wonderful news! You are one of the cutest people on the earth and I am sure that you both will be wonderful parents!

    from one of your blog-stalker friends…

  • December 8, 2011 - 3:01 pm

    athena p - so. flippin. awesome!!! And since you’ve got to get a start on sewing little things: Oliver+S are by FAR my favorite children’s clothing patterns. The fit is awesome and the instructions are SO detailed it’s crazy. I think we need to go fabric shopping…..:)


  • December 8, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    Krystle - Oh my gosh so happy for you Emily! It is the greatest feeling being pregant and then becoming a Mom. You will be a great mom :) Oh P.S will you still be taking pictures, because Brian and I are thinking of having you take our baby girls 1 year pictures for us??? You did such a great job with our wedding :)

  • December 8, 2011 - 3:38 pm

    Jana Gaffer - I thought this was what the other annoncement was going to be and now this – you two will be wonderful parents! My motto was “day by day” and everything will be ok!!


  • December 8, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    molly ashwood - I am so excited for you guys! I am almost crying too! I’ll chalk that up to being 5 months pregnant myself. it’s going to be a wonderful experience! congratulations!

  • December 8, 2011 - 3:59 pm

    Brenda - Wow! God is Awesome! MANY MANY CONGRATULATIONS! You are on the best adventure of your life yet! May the Lord richly bless you with a healthy happy pregnancy and baby! He has great things in store! Welcome to the world of parenthood…it is the most amazing blessing! We are here for you if you need anything! We love you guys!

  • December 8, 2011 - 4:33 pm

    Jess - Oh, my gosh, Emily!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is so exciting! So happy for you & your husband!

  • December 8, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    Bethany - I love you. SO MUCH. And I love how you told this story. And I just… love you. :) CONGRATS!!!

    p.s. Loved the card, too. Though I missed Aaron’s letter!!!!!

  • December 8, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    Dani Dahlke - Congratulations and YAY!!! So exciting. We’re so happy for you!!

  • December 8, 2011 - 5:51 pm

    Molly & George - HOORAY!!!!! Congratulations to you and your hubby!!!

  • December 8, 2011 - 6:25 pm

    Devin - Oh Em, You are going to be ( already are) the cutest Pregnant lady, and the most loving, creative, fun Mommy! I can hardly believe that the girl that befriended me on a youth group trip to Colorado, is grown up and starting a family. Wow. So excited to see you navigate the world of parenthood, you baby is already so so lucky!

  • December 8, 2011 - 7:01 pm

    Auntie Dawn - After reading all your replies the only thing I can add is I couldn’t be more excited for you both. I promise to be the best Great Auntie ever!

  • December 8, 2011 - 7:38 pm

    Emily Olson - Congratulations!!

  • December 8, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    Amber - I just KNEW it!!! I saw your cute new stuffed animals yesterday and had an inkling this ‘little’ subject might be next… :) Congratulations Emily! How exciting!!!

  • December 10, 2011 - 12:45 pm

    MaJenDome - Congratulations and happy womb reading.

  • December 12, 2011 - 10:09 am

    Chanel - Emily!!! OMG this is exciting! I”m so happy for the two of you! Can’t wait to hear more about the preparations from time to time. WOW! Congrats!!!

  • December 12, 2011 - 11:17 am

    Kelly Vanderploeg - That is fantastic news! You will be a great mom! Congrats :D

  • December 13, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    Gina Marrow - Oh Em! Congratulations to you and Aaron! I just saw your FB post about the blanket, and had to race to your blog to see if I had missed something. And I had. So I read. And I bawled. You know why. But this is a happy, happy event, so now I am smiling! Take good care, and I hope it is an easy and wonderful pregnancy.

  • December 13, 2011 - 7:34 pm

    Jen Martodam - OH MY GOODNESS EMILY!!!! I just read this now!!! The biggest, warmest hugs I send to you and Aaron!! You will make AMAZING parents!! Congrats!

  • December 13, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    Amy Savage - Emily, I just wanted to say congrats on your new adventure and baby! I am always eager to see your new photographs and stories on the blog. You write with passion and with raw feeling. Thank you for sharing your life and loves with us all.

  • December 14, 2011 - 10:27 am

    Lindsey - Excellent news! I love how nervous you were to tell your husband : ) I also will never forget the appt lady congratulating me on my first pregnancy when I called to make the very first appt! They called to confirm my son’s first dr’s appt by asking for “Riley’s mommy” just a few days after he was born and I burst out into tears! What fun you will have and what great pictures we will be treated too!

  • December 14, 2011 - 8:27 pm

    Jana - YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! :O) :o)

  • January 5, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    Brittany - Wow!! I am so happy for you!! You will be a great mother!! OMG… I loved your story and I could totally see all of the said events happening! I am totally addicted to your blog!! LOVE the news and LOVE YOU!!

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