New Beginnings 2010

A week ago today we we’re awaken with an exciting phone call at 3:33 a.m. Time to make the 1 1/2 hour drive to Tulsa. We we’re on our way to meet our new baby niece. The first grand baby on Cale’s side, a family of five kids…this was a momentous occasion. The night air was warm, with signs of summer, and I couldn’t help but feel something new in the air. Something different. Change.

“On the second day of Kirby Nathan Groves’s life, we had to bring him home from the hospital. I’m not sure what I thought should happen, but I kind of wanted to rent a room there for a while until I got more comfortable with the whole idea of being a parent. . . [it was] as if my son were a little snail that we had just pulled out of a shell. He was smooshy and vulnerable, and I knew I was supposed to provide some kind of protection for him from now on…I couldn’t take my eyes off Kirby. My little snail. Had I ever loved anything or anyone as much as I loved him?” An excerpt by Sarah Groves from “The Art of Being”

I know I’m not a parent yet and can only imagine what it will feel like that day Cale and I bring home our little snail. Maybe it’s the fact that my sister-in law just had her first baby, or maybe my baby clock is really ticking (like everyone at work kept saying) but either way I can’t help but feel like a new parent as we adventure into this new beginning called Green Couch Design. It’s like we’ve been pregnant with these dreams and goals for so long you feel almost numb by the time they actually get here. For Cale and I our love started on a green couch dreaming up this very thing we are jumping into. It’s such an exciting time and yet the reality of these dreams feels very squishy at times. You have to really push out the temptation to be that over protective parent. The one that wants to control everything. The one that wants to make everything safe for our little snail we call Green Couch Design. It’s these moments we have to realize that we we’re made for adventure. And parenting is just that. It’s the opportunity to change a life. And the beauty of it all is that it’s all yours. It’s something you created out of love. I have to remember that. I have to remember that life is full of risks and changes and these are the moments that make life worth living. I have to know that as big as these dreams may seem it’s ok to just cherish today while everythings still small enough to hold in my hands.

Welcome to the world Miss. Emberlea Cadence Dolezel. Dream big girlfriend.

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A student of life, with a degree in architectural design. I have a passion to see design change our world for better, and to grow the worlds greatest garden!

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8 Responses to “New Beginnings 2010”
  1. Annaba!

    Yay!! She’s beautiful! Congrats on being an Auntie and Uncle!

  2. 06.07.2010

    Cale and Megan – this post really strikes a chord with what I’m going through right now too. From starting a new life and career that craves and caters to adventure to being a little baby crazy warming up to the idea of a little snail to call my own. And somehow, they seem to go hand-in-hand…

    I’m so excited for you guys and am so excited to follow your adventures on your blog. And congrats on your beautiful niece.


    • 06.22.2010

      Thanks Kathleen! We’re enjoying your blog as well and keeping up with all your adventures. Keep up the great work!

  3. Laura Bradshaw

    Hi all~
    I found you thru FB and am delighted in your site / blog / dream. I’m old enough to be your mom (53 next Monday) and did my undergrad in design @ UCLA but soon discovered dirt under my nails. Many adventures since then I went to grad school in planning which for me was the best I could do to merge the design, community, dirt-digging, permaculture, quilt making thing. Now I’m a pointy headed bureaucrat and deeply grateful for it since I didn’t get around to being serious about saving for retirement until about 12 years ago (Same time as the birth of my DD) and the stability of this job provides for that.

    So I send my blessing to you on your pregnancy of Green Couch, and anything else that might be “in the oven” and I offer this tiny piece of advice….live frugally, save early and often.

    Be well,


    PS I’m “compelled” to also give you a book title “Mother Daughter Wisdom” by Christine Northrup-take what you like and leave the rest.
    PPS Congratts on Emberlea, she’s a beautiful niece!

    • 06.22.2010

      Thanks so much for your sincere post! We look forward to sharing more of our adventure with you and hope to help keep those nails dirty in whatever way we can! ;)

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