The Meaning of Love

The Meaning of Love

I’ve never shared family pictures on the blog before hence I’m extremely excited to share this very personal post with you all today…Before Christmas we wanted to capture us three together and celebrate our soon new addition to the family—Baby J.



“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are”.

– M. Williamson

My family is by far my greatest accomplishment. I couldn’t be more blessed of the family my husband and I created together. Whenever things get tough or stressful I often remind myself that nothing can really happen to us as long as we have each other. Of course, we have our ups and downs just like any other couples—but at the end of the day it’s all love. Unconditional love. My husband and I been married for 10 years and ’til this day we have remained as close as ever. With marriages falling apart left and right—I cannot help but be so proud that we’ve built a strong and solid foundation together.



  Love is the greatest gift God ever gave man, and I will never take it for granted. I choose to be at my best when my husband is not at his best, and vice versa. Marriage is not easy, in fact, it’s hard work but the reward is infinite when you look past the initial layers of romance and passion and recognize something even deeper. My husband is my best friend, who not only supports me in everything I do but also encourages me, and most importantly we’ve created the most wonderful boy together: Our son Kingston. He’s the light of both of our hearts, and we couldn’t be more excited to add another boy to our family & welcome Baby J this Spring!

As always, thanks so much for reading & have a lovely Tuesday!

PS: A big shout-out to my brother Kenneth who took these fabulous pictures of my family and I. I truly have the best brother in the world!






  1. December 27, 2016 / 1:22 AM

    Oh Vanessa you have the sweetest family! I can see the love you all have for each other! It really is heart warming. I definelty hope for the same love and support in my relationship, I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! <3

    lots of love… Sydney

  2. Pentené
    December 27, 2016 / 1:43 AM

    You are so blessed. Such a beautiful family and loving post. Continue to keep love in the forefront. These photos are amazing and you look fabulous.

  3. Nancy
    December 27, 2016 / 2:11 AM

    People often do not realise what they have! I am glad you do.

  4. Bubbe
    December 27, 2016 / 4:09 AM

    Beautiful. Best wishes to you all for much joy in 2017.

  5. December 27, 2016 / 6:06 AM

    These photos are just so so gorgeous! Perfect timing too, to share love/family around the holidays! Hope you and your family had a lovely one babe. And you look stunning in that dress and with the bump! Xx

  6. December 27, 2016 / 6:28 AM

    What lovely photos Vanessa! Your family is so beautiful and can’t wait to see your new baby boy with you all. Thanks for sharing these intimate moments and have a wonderful new year!

  7. waketonroad
    December 27, 2016 / 7:59 AM

    This is the sweetest post! Family is the most important thing and as long as we have that… life is good!
    xo Bryn

  8. December 27, 2016 / 8:23 AM

    Dear V., these photos are lovely! Well done, Kenneth, what for a sensitive brother behind the lens, this is great! I first thought Kingston looked like you, but now that you showed your husband’s pictures I think he looks like him, or well, a mix of both, which is normal 🙂 For me as well, some people say I look like my mother, some say I look like my father, but the majority says I look like both – with elements from both and they are right, I recognize this on my face. Kingston is precious and I was teary when I saw your pictures with him – always showing what motherhood is, pure love – OK, better to talk about the outfit, because I don’t want to cry now 🙂 But seriously, the most amazing pictures ever – you should frame some of them! You look fabulous, dear V., and the pictures show a wonderful loving family! Ups and downs are normal, to fix them with love is the answer. I am very glad and proud that we met through this channel, cause you are amazing and such a supportive friend! In a time when people are so competitive, you always say “let’s help each other” and this makes such a difference! I would like to thank you for all your friendship, kindness and support towards me and to wish you a fantastic new year, with a lot of fun, health, joy, happiness, luck and whatever you desire, for you and your family! Happy new year, hugs and kisses!

  9. December 27, 2016 / 8:41 AM

    Dear Vanessa! This makes me so happy!! Your family is so beautiful and you all exude such love and devotion!! You know how I feel about family and I admire that you feel the same way!! I’m so excited for your 2017!! Hugs and love sweet friend!!

  10. Cora
    December 27, 2016 / 8:57 AM

    You have the most beautiful family ever..You’re so blessed…Kingston is so adorable..❤❤❤

  11. December 27, 2016 / 8:58 AM

    These photos are so beautiful & so was the post that goes along with them!

    Enjoy the rest of your holiday & more good wishes with the start of the New Year!

    P.S. & I love your sparkly black tights!


  12. December 27, 2016 / 9:07 AM

    Vanessa, this is such a beautiful post! I love the photos of you and your beautiful family and I can relate to everything you’ve mentioned regarding marriage. Eddie and I have been together for 10 years (married for 8) and for sure there has been many ups and downs, but as you’ve said, it’s the love…UNCONDITIONAL love that triumphs. Thanks for sharing these photos and opening up with us on your views on marriage and love with us, I really couldn’t agree more. Sending lots of love and blessings to you and yours!

    PS: You look absolutely gorgeous!



  13. December 27, 2016 / 9:25 AM

    VanesssaaAAa, lovely post, thanks for sharing your family pics. Your baby bump is groooooowing! And I AM ALL ABOUT YOUR TIGHTS. Yes, had to put that in bold coz I am going through a real statement tights mood, they really uplift an outfit especially when its all black.
    And wow, you’ve been married for 10 years, I can get a guy to commit to me for a millisecond! Brava!
    And awwww, Kingston’s lil face, he better enjoy being the only lil’ man in the house while he can, haha!
    Sending much love. Xx

  14. December 27, 2016 / 9:44 AM

    This is such a lovely post Vanessa! You have a beautiful family. The love that you have for each other definitely shines thru. Kingston is going to be an amazing big brother. Thank you for sharing with us. And by the way, you look beautiful in your lace dress 🙂

    xo, jackie

  15. December 27, 2016 / 9:57 AM

    This is such a sweet post. You have an amazing family, Vanessa and how cute is Kingston. Wish you a very Happy New Year dear. xx
    Nina’s Style Blog

  16. December 27, 2016 / 11:14 AM

    This is so amazing, Love your bond.
    Thanks a lot . Compliments of the Season.

  17. Amy Arnold
    December 27, 2016 / 11:42 AM

    Such a beautiful post Vanessa. You are beautiful inside and out! I love the heart you have for God and for your family. Thanks for sharing these sweet photos.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  18. Michelle
    December 27, 2016 / 1:27 PM

    Love is everything. Our family, our children, our friendships-they are the accomplishments in our lives that matter. You should be so proud of the beautiful family you have created! Love you so much and I can’t wait to meet baby J!!❤️❤️

  19. alimackin2013
    December 27, 2016 / 4:25 PM

    Oh LOVE these photos and so glad you shared them. Congrats on 10 years! Yes many marriages to fall apart. I think b/c most people do not have a realistic approach to marriage. Most people do not have marriages, they have arrangements based on youth, health, attractive looks, money and sex. And it seems when on of these elements changes…the marriage fizzles. To me a true marriage is based on a true partnership and being friends with the person you marry and both partners having a realistic outlook and BOTH partners being able to compromise and respect one another. And sounds like you have just that!

    Plus you all look great together : )

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  20. December 27, 2016 / 7:02 PM

    You have such a beautiful family, Vanessa. 🙂 These photos are gorgeous. 10 years is such an amazing accomplishment. 🙂 You all look so wonderful. That dress is so stunning on you. You are glowing.


  21. December 27, 2016 / 11:21 PM

    Oh my gosh… yay! I’m so glad I came across this post. I’m glad you are doing wonderfully. Congratulations!!!! Your family is lovely and how exciting that it’s growing. Family is important and it is beautiful that you and your love are such a close couple. Love is wonderful when you have someone amazing in your world. So happy for you!!

    All the Cute

  22. marta
    December 28, 2016 / 6:40 AM

    Vanessa this is such a beautiful post and the picture of the 3 of you is so precious!! What a beautiful family you have created and congrats on 10 years! My hubby and I will be celebrating 10 years in the new year. It’s quite an accomplishment and you are so right that it is a much deeper love then the initial romance! Thanks for sharing these personal photos and for your inspiring and encouraging message to all of us! You are a blessing to all and happy to have met you! Have the most wonderful and blessed New Year my friend and enjoy the very exciting year you have ahead! Love ya xoxo

  23. December 28, 2016 / 8:28 AM

    These family photos are absolutely lovely and it must be such an incredible feeling to start a family all of your own. I am not married and have no kids yet, but I cannot wait for both in my future!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  24. December 28, 2016 / 9:03 AM

    These are such beautiful, family photos – your brother did a fantastic job, and it is lovely to see you with your husband and Kingston.
    Wishing you a happy 2017 and I can’t wait to see your new baby in the Spring.
    Julia x

  25. December 28, 2016 / 11:25 AM

    This post brought a smile to my face! What a lovely family you have and you are absolutely stunning! Love that quote as well.

  26. December 28, 2016 / 12:35 PM

    Vanessa, you have such a beautiful family and these pictures warmed my heart. You look so gorgeous and I am so happy for you. Thank you for being such a great friend this year, and I wish you and your growing family all the best in 2017!
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

  27. December 30, 2016 / 12:46 PM

    It’s so beautiful to see that you know how blessed you are V!
    You have a beautiful family indeed. God bless you guys today and always!!
    Wishing you the best for 2017! We need to see each other more for sure!
    Happy Holidays!

  28. January 2, 2017 / 11:54 AM

    Such beautiful photographs, what an adorable family you have! Bet you can’t wait for your new arrival 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and best of luck for the new year.
    Jaz xoxo

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