1 Week Old Today! in Love

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Lea Luna Schoneveld ❤ 1 week old today! People have been asking about her name and why we didn't name her Poppy since that's what we called her all the way through pregnancy... We actually never intended to name her that but had Lea picked out from long before. But I have to admit; transitioning away from Poppy has not been easy! She started out a little poppyseed and the name Poppy just totally stuck. If we lived in Europe we might have considered making it her middle name but here in the Caribbean/Central America...

Under the Full Moon, Waiting for Lea Luna in Pregnancy

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One week ago around this exact time, this moment happened. I was in heavy labour and had been going since 4 in the morning with things progressing slowly. It was overwhelmingly painful and I was getting absolutely exhausted. My contractions were long, close together and almost unbearable and it took all of my might to stay with my breath and my body. Dennis brought me outside to the garden and held me in the moonlight as I rode wave after wave, each contraction bringing us closer to our little girl. I didn't know how much...

Welcome to the World, Lea Luna! in Love, Pregnancy

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Thank you for finally coming out of me angel! From a tiny poppyseed to a 4,170 gram (8.5 lbs) 51 centimeter (20 inches) baby girl! Born March 13 at 4:16 am after 24-hours of intense labor. Life will never be the same. I love her so much it terrifies me. Every piece of her is so perfect I have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming! I got to pull her out myself with the final two pushes and Dennis cut the cord like a champ. She came out with her eyes wide...

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40 Weeks Today! in Love, Pregnancy

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HAPPY DUE DATE!!!!! 40 weeks today!🎈 Feeling super happy and slightly nervous. I know only 4 or 5% of babies are actually born on their due dates but if Poppy wants to rebel against her parents she'll be super punctual and arrive right on time (we're always late). Send us lots of good birthing vibes today!   xo,

All is Well in Love

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  So much of what your mind tells you is just noise. Dive into silence. Dwell in the space between the noise. Find the quiet space between your breaths. Connect to the rhythmic beating of your heart. For a moment, just... Stop. Close your eyes. Stay here. Surrender to what is. All is well. All is well. All is well. xo,

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a love story, continued in General, Love

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So… Off we went. Dennis had a white truck parked in the parking lot and as I opened the door, soda cans and old subway wrappers fell out and into the street. Dennis didn’t seem to notice. “Time to clean the car?” I asked. “What? Oh yea? I guess.” Emelie rolled her eyes. “I can’t believe you’re taking me in some strangers car!!” she muttered. “And a dirty car at that!” She was feisty, that’s for sure. I dropped Emelie off at the hotel with the promise of all the sugar in all of the...

A love story. in General

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My whole life I've been looking for a place to belong. For many years I was running; from boyfriend to boyfriend, country to country. I'd throw myself into relationships thinking they would save me. I hurt a lot of people along the way. The year before I met Dennis I was head over heels in love no less than four times. I'd meet someone, experience an electric connection, convince myself that this was "it"... And then completely forget about the guy the moment something else caught my attention. What I didn't understand was that I was...

Finding Calm in the Midst of Chaos in Love

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Friends, This Friday, February 10, I will be hosting a free oneOeight global livestream meditation "Finding Calm in the Midst of Chaos" from the newly opened Island Yoga Studio! This meditation is open to all, you do not need to be a oneOeight subscriber to participate!   Join me 4 pm AST / 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST at www.oneoeight.com/LIVE to participate in this beautiful worldwide community gathering with our oneOeight family! The entire world could use more peace right now, so lets spread this love far and wide! Let me know in the...

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Surrender to Trust in General

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My biggest fear, aside from something happening to Poppy (always in the back of my mind), is that I won't be able to be a good mom. I'm terrified of putting any weight on her shoulders, of unconsciously passing on my pain to her. A part of me knows that this timing is divine and that everything I've ever been through has brought me here and that I'm ready. Ready to shower her with unconditional love without anything old clouding our bond. I'm ready for this love. I'm ready to be a mom. A part...