Part 1: 10 years of birthdays, adventures in loveland & a hilarious engagement

magical engagement, oh my handmade

My dearest friends I don’t even know where to begin! The last two days have been filled with so much magic one post could not possibly contain it all-so I’m breaking it into two parts to give me time to celebrate (and process) all the goodness to the fullest. This year was the first birthday I’ve ever walked into without a clue what the plan was or what to expect-both my love Chris and my mama asked me to trust them and let them keep secrets without trying to ferret out the big surprise. Together they conspired to create two separate gifts of such epic awesome my breath catches in my throat just thinking of it all. I better start at the start or I won’t make it all the way through without getting seriously verklempt!

*Pardon my quickly snapped photos-I stayed away from the devices so I could give everyone my whole attention & it was so worth it! Part 2 tomorrow will have all the pretty sparkly photos:) 

Sunday we celebrated Chris’s birthday with the girls, my mama and his family, at the local pub. On Monday after dropping Ila off at school Chris whisked us away to a sweet cozy cottage by the rough and windy ocean to celebrate our 9th anniversary (or annibirthsary since it is stuck between our two birthdays). My mama stayed behind to valiantly troop the girls about town-to school, daycare, Brownie Christmas parties, while percolating on her own secret gifts. In our whole nine years and 10 birthdays together Chris and I have never gone away for a night! We spent our first anniversary and 20/21 birthdays with a 2 month old baby and have been totally lax in making time or putting away money for alone time since so this was a real treat.

magical engagement, oh my handmade

I dressed up in my fancy clothes and we headed for The Salt Shaker Deli in Lunenburg which was sadly but miraculously closed. The funny thing about not having clear plans is that you have space for the most magical things to happen! Without any real destination we headed for the nearest town, Mahone Bay, and drove through it’s sweet streets all dressed in it’s Christmas lights, looking for a place to celebrate. Only one restaurant was open, Mateus Bistro, a lovely little building in the middle of town that invited us in with warm light, the best smells, and a beautiful welcoming Kira, who immediately felt like an old friend. She led us to a table by the window and then completely wooed us with a chai martini and an incredible menu. We told her our crazy birthday story and she brought us a special drink and joyful wishes to start off the night.

mateus bistro, magical engagement, oh my handmade

In between plates of the most extraordinary food (pulled pork on baguette, smoked chicken risotto, the most perfect duck and roast pork with fresh vegetables) all handmade and crafted with love, we learned that Kira runs the restaurant with her love Matthew who is the masterful chef. Midway through our meal he came to ask how our food was and must have thought us half mad (or wholly mad) when we both hugged him! They surprised us with a special birthday dessert of Artic-inspired bannock with maple butter sauce and an indulgent chocolate caramel torte. Most crazyawesomemagic part?  Kira and I are both from BC and have a whole pile of mutual friends on Cortes Island-the place Chris and I fell in love. It felt like finding a bit of home thousands of kilometers away. Like the universe aligned to make our night as perfect as possible. We left the restaurant glowing, full of handcrafted food, and the possibility of new friendships.

When we got back to our getaway Chris snuck off to get something he ‘forgot in the van’ and a few minutes later I heard a knock on the door. I opened it to find him dressed as a singing delivery man, mustache and all! After a great deal of giggling and the funniest video of all time his proposal landed us both in gasping belly laughs on the floor and a most beautiful ring by Aaron of Digby & Iona on my finger. Turning 30, getting engaged, WHAT!?! Could it get any better? Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow in which my mother’s love and our community of  goodness team up to deliver a gift beyond my wildest of imaginings! In the meantime, watch the snippet of video I tried to take of Chris’s proposal, funniest. thing. ever.

The best part is when he said “This all sounded so much better in my head” but I was laughing too hard at that point to keep recording!

How could I possibly say no?

  • Laura

    Oh my! gosh!!! Congratulations! :D:D You guys are so cute. 🙂 So excited for you!

    • Jessika Hepburn

      Eek! Thank you so much Laura-can’t wait to plan the biggest party of all time!

  • Dannielle

    Congratulations!! How awesome! What an amazing birthday! 🙂

    • Jessika Hepburn

      Thank you Danielle!!!

  • Moxie Lisa

    Hahaha I love it! Congratulations and wishing you all the happiness in the world!

    • Jessika Hepburn

      Yay Lisa I’ve got extra special thanks and hugs for you tomorrow!

  • Sara Cormier

    So happy for you! Very cute… love the laughs! Congrats!

    • Jessika Hepburn

      @Sara: Thank you love!!!
      @Viv: Your comment was the first thing I read this morning! Sending you big hug across the pond:)
      @Tania: I am so happy to have connected with you! I got your package in the mail right on my birthday & adore it (and YOU!)thanks coming your way sooooon <3

  • Viv smith

    Congratulations! Fantastic news! This was the first thing I read this morning – so good to start the day with happiness xo

  • Tania {Rocajo Studio}

    Congratulations! How I wish that video was a little longer, it’s so funny to watch. It must have been hilarious in real life.
    Of course the universe had to line up for Mr. & Mrs Oh My Goodness…:)
    Happy, happy, happy news.
    x Tania

  • April

    I have a former co-worker who used to always use that movie quote of “I love it when a good plan comes together”. Nine years, two beautiful girls and lots of changes – seems to me the plan has come together. Congratulations to you and may the salt air calm your souls and propel you forward.

    Happy Birthday Jessika, Happy Birthday Chris, Happy Engagement!


    • Jessika Hepburn

      @April, Chris and I are both sending you big hugs! The salt air is just what our family needed-it has rooted us to what we love and all that matters. Thank goodness for change & turning tides! Love to you <3

  • Allisa Jacobs

    Oh, happiness sweet friend!!

    So incredibly thrilled for you, what an amazing & true love story to celebrate. Congratulations to you both…and to the girls! xoxo

    • Jessika Hepburn

      @Allisa, I’ve got thanks for you coming next-so happy you were a part of my entering a new decade, I truly am so absurdly blessed! Love you!

  • Clare

    Jessika, I haven’t had much time to stop by recently, but I just HAD to come by and say CONGRATULATIONS!! How wonderful! I loved the video. You guys are so adorable!!

    • Jessika Hepburn

      Thanks so much Clare! I know this time of year is nuts so I totally appreciate you stopping by, hope to visit more in the New Year!!!

  • Geri

    Congratulations!!! What a wonderful journey you’ve been on… and it just keeps getting better! How exciting a year is 2013 going to be for you? So very happy for you, Chris & your girls xxoo

    • Jessika Hepburn

      @Geri-if this weekend was any indication of how awesome 2013 is going to be I better start sleeping more so I have the stamina for it! Let’s plan for 2013 to include real life visits!! Love & hugs to you <3

  • Chara

    Jess!!!!!!Ahhhh!! Can you hear me laughing/crying/screaming from Halifax! Oh I am so happy for you! Big huge happy squeezes to you both and your adorable familia.

  • Jenelle @ TrashN2Tees

    Hearing your laughter makes my heart want to bust with joy! I am so happy for you & your family!

  • Lorrie Everitt

    Congrats! What a special day for both of you and I look forward to hearing part two of the story.

    BTW – love the ring.

  • Kimberly Kling

    Awww! That’s so incredibly awesome. I was smiling from ear to ear the whole post and then cracking up when I watched that video. You two are adorable and so in love….magic! So happy for you!!

  • April Heather Davulcu

    your laugh is infectious!!! I am overjoyed for you!!! YAAYAYAY-
    YOU are both the most awesome-ist from awesome-land!

  • Joy Charde

    So amazingly beautiful! Congratulations to you both and that video… pure awesome!

    Hugs, hugs and more hugs!

  • Adriana Willsie

    Oh my gosh YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY Jessika!!! I’m so excited and happy for you guys. You are the most ridiculously adorable couple and I wish you nothing but love and happiness!

  • Alison (The Petit Cadeau Blog)

    LOVE IT!!!! Congratulations!!! This is so fun!
    You deserve every bit of wonderful + more!
    Have an amazing holiday with your family!

  • Sarah

    Yay! Such happy news, congratulations to you both! And that ring is beautiful. Enjoy every second of happiness.

  • Karen

    Congratulations! What a wonderful story, can’t wait for part two. All the best to you both, what an amazing way to finish the year and start the next. Congratulations again and thank you for sharing.

  • Nanako

    Congratulations Jess & thank you for sharing the wonderful news with all of us so we can celebrate with you!

  • Lela

    I am crying, Jess- alternately from the pure silliness of it all but mostly because of the palpable joy this post exudes. I am so incredibly thrilled for you. Wishing you a lifetime of joy. xo

  • Lisa

    Congratulations! What a special year for you two! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • tracey

    Oh my! Craziness. Happy engagement, happy birthday, happy awesome. Of course the stars aligned for you both on this very special day…that’s what stars do when then see love. I’m so happy for you!!!!! xoxoxo.

  • colleen attara

    I am so happy for you Jessika. For all of you. And I just love hearing you laugh….so much.

  • Stacey

    Congrats to you & Chris, Jessika! And what a wonderful way to kick off a new decade 🙂

  • Julie

    so beyond excited for you!!! congratulations over and over again!

  • Melanie

    Wonderful news! Congratulations! You are obviously so very happy!!! Looking forward to part 2.

  • Joanne

    Congratulations on your engagement! All good wishes. Just think, after 10 more happy crazy years together your baby girl will be the same age as you were when you met…and you two will still be happy crazy and forever young together. Enjoy.

  • Jacqui Mee a Bee

    Congratulations!!! What an awesome story! Can’t wait for handmade wedding plans!!!

  • Brett Torrey Haynes

    OMHG = Oh My Head-full-of-love Goodness! SO excited to hear you are getting married! Thank you for all you do and happy day to the both of you.

  • Connie | Daydream In Color

    Congrats! Such an adorable story!

  • Celeste Maglan Peralta

    I recently discovered you & your site this month. Oh, and what a spectacular month it is! I am so moved by your sharing of these special milestone moments in your life. Over-the-moon congratulations to you and your fiance! 🙂