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Joy Chosen!

October 6th, 2014

Friends, I think I could write for weeks and weeks about all the amazing truth that was shared at the incredible conference I snuck away to for a week!  (And maybe I will, who knows!…)  I was blessed enough to attend the Pursuit 31 conference down in Georgia, and it was overflowing with amazing worship, […]


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Friends, I think I could write for weeks and weeks about all the amazing truth that was shared at the incredible conference I snuck away to for a week!  (And maybe I will, who knows!…)  I was blessed enough to attend the Pursuit 31 conference down in Georgia, and it was overflowing with amazing worship, speakers, beautiful women, and JOY!  It’s taken me this past week of being home to process everything that was said, and finally be in a place where I feel I really can write about it!
The “theme” of the week was joy, and apparently I hadn’t been paying close enough attention when I looked at the conference details, because I had NO idea!!  And it was incredibly fitting, and one of those God moments when it all finally clicked.  The first day, I sat there thinking, ok, this is all fine and lovely, but it doesn’t mean much to me… I’m happy, things are great, why am I spending a week away from my family hearing teachings about joy?  Worship and teaching were great the first evening, wonderful actually, but I wasn’t affected much.  Same thing the next morning, and then somewhere in the space of that afternoon, in the sweet Georgia air on the grounds of an old dairy farm, I finally felt it.  True, unencumbered, sweet, sweet joy, overflowing in a way that I realized I hadn’t felt in a long long time.  It snuck up on me like a long lost friend, coming to sit and chat and catch up and remind me just how much I had truly missed them.
You see, I am an introvert…  Yes, when I get pulled out of my shell I can look very much like an extrovert, but then after a while I must run back to my silence and retreat inside myself to regroup, recharge, and be ready to face the world again.  I can spend all day having conversations with myself, sitting in the back of the room people watching, letting life go on around me, silently observing.  And I realized while I was sitting down that day in Georgia, that I had let this quality consume too much of me, I had let it overtake me a bit too much, and in some ways I had forgotten how to truly feel.  “Choose Joy”.  There was beautiful artwork all over the conference that said this.  Don’t just feel joy, but choose it.  Take it.  It’s yours!  A few years ago, in our struggle to get pregnant and start a family, I forgot that it was a choice.  That I could still be joyful even when everything screamed out that I shouldn’t be.  And I let myself feel like that for far too long.  I retreated inside myself a bit too much, and I put on a face of joy, even when I didn’t truly feel it because it was easier than talking about what was really going on.
Now please don’t get me wrong, I have had a wonderful past few years.  Incredible really.  We have two amazing and beautiful children,  I have a marriage that makes me want to shout out loud for how happy we are, I get to spend my days with my kids and working towards running my dream business.  But somewhere in there I did forget to consistently choose the path of joy, even when it’s hard.  I found that path again down in Georgia, and I have to say it’s even sweeter than the tea they were serving!  One of the things that God truly laid on my heart this past week was to start sharing more, open up more, and to share more of the details of both of our babies birth stories, because I know that there are other women out there who have been hurt too, and maybe, just maybe, the struggle that I went through can help some of them too.

Happy Monday friends! xoxo

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To You Who Inspire Me

January 2nd, 2014

Happy 2014!  My facebook news feed has been filled with peoples resolutions for the year and memories from 2013, and I love reading them, but for the moment I thought I’d take a different direction with my first post of the new year.  I wanted to take a chance to sit down and thank the […]


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Happy 2014!  My facebook news feed has been filled with peoples resolutions for the year and memories from 2013, and I love reading them, but for the moment I thought I’d take a different direction with my first post of the new year.  I wanted to take a chance to sit down and thank the women in my life who have inspired me and shaped my life the most over the past year.  So many of my memories are centered around them, and my list of things to change in the coming year has been inspired by them, so before I share any of those things with you, I thought I’d share the women, and take a minute to honor them.

To my Mom: For those of you thinking, “oh, a list of women in her life, obviously she has to put her mom there otherwise she’d look a bit ungrateful…”, it’s so not true.  (Well, obviously yes I would look a bit ungrateful), but she’s here because she truly is one of my closest friends.  She’s still the first person I call when I have something exciting to share, or a question about a recipe, or I’ve forgotten for the millionth time what the correct proportions of milk and lemon are to make buttermilk, or I need a relative’s address that I should have written down on something besides the envelope I was sending all the other times I’ve asked for that same address, or when I just want to hear how someone’s day is going and have an adult conversation for 5 minutes.  (Dear mom, I finally started an address book last week!  But no, still haven’t written down the buttermilk thing anywhere…)  She has shaped me into the mother I am now, and she has taught me how to be the wife that I am, I couldn’t do any of this without her.  We met halfway between Virginia and New York yesterday for lunch, and to drop my sisters off who spent New Years with us up here, and I sincerely wish the drive was short enough to do it more often.  Thank you for everything.

To Rachelle: You are like a sister to me, I wish you had lived with us longer than just this summer…  I can’t put words around how much I appreciate all the help and hard work and heart-work that you put into helping me figure out The Ivan Project this summer.  I lived with Rachelle’s family in France the year I met my husband, and it was so much fun to have a chance to exchange and have her live with us for a while.  I’m so honored and inspired by her heart for God, and how she orders her life to keep Him as a priority.  I’ve learned so much from you over this past year, and can’t wait to see you again!

To Sara:  I can’t imagine life without being a 10 minute walk from your house.  You helped get Piper safely into our lives 14 months ago, and you’ve helped me keep her safe and healthy since then.  You and your family have become our family and we miss you when you’re gone- come back soon!!  Sara is our doula and baby guru and the first person who placed Piper into Guillaume’s arms.  And she’s so much fun to split a bottle of wine with and talk for hours!  (to anyone reading this who’s pregnant or having more babies in the future- I can only wish you have someone like Sara at your birth and in your life, and if you live close to me, I’m willing to share!)

To my oldest friend, and the newly Mrs. Schmoyer:  I have been so blessed by our friendship throughout the years, and I was so blessed to be your bridesmaid this year, I loved keeping up with your whirlwind of creativity and all things wedding, and I truly wish I could have been more available and supportive pre-wedding, but since I don’t think you wanted Piper’s fingerprints decorating all of your wedding accessories…  I love the business you’ve created over the past few months, and I can’t wait to watch all of your successes!  You’ve inspired me with your dedication, and your decision to jump forward and chase your dreams.  I’m so happy for you and your marriage and your business, it’s been so fun to watch!  I’m working on a dress right now and I think we should do a shoot together this spring!  For all you ladies out there getting married one day: Katherine Schmoyer and Dear Sweetheart Events is the person to call.

To Piper: My adorable daughter who makes me smile and laugh and catch my breath every day, I can’t imagine life without you.  (Well, it would be much calmer and quieter and I could probably get more schoolwork done and keep a cleaner house, so maybe I can imagine some parts of it, but I don’t want to!)  I wouldn’t trade any of that for you.  Thank you for smiling and laughing every time I walk into a room, and calling Momma from the backseat of the car just to check, and for the nap you’re taking right now!

And to Hannah, from 1 Samuel 1:  You have been my motivation through pregnancy with Piper, and with this baby, and you have helped me see the things that truly matter when raising a child.  “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him.  Therefore I have lent him to the Lord.  As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.”

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A Wedding at Cana

November 1st, 2013

Last weekend was Piper’s first birthday and this weekend is her party! So exciting, I can’t believe it was just over a year ago that we were holding her for the first time…  So much has happened in that year, and we’ve loved every minute of it!  And now here we go again, another baby […]


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Last weekend was Piper’s first birthday and this weekend is her party! So exciting, I can’t believe it was just over a year ago that we were holding her for the first time…  So much has happened in that year, and we’ve loved every minute of it!  And now here we go again, another baby on the way and more birthdays to come!

I’ve been working on the 2014 Bridal Collection (which you’ll get to see the sketches for next week, and the actual dresses will start coming in January!) And as I’ve been working on it, I’ve been drawn to read the beginning of John over and over again, specifically the Wedding at Cana story.  It’s seemed appropriate, since I’ve been focused on all things wedding and bride anyways, that this is where my focus has been in my quiet time, so I wanted to share some of it with you.  The story is one that I grew up hearing over and over- church, Sunday school, Bible class…  and it wasn’t much more than a story with a miracle that never applied to me.  Explanations weren’t given, and the wonder of the story was never emphasized for me.  So as I was reading it over and over (and over) I decided to pull out one of my husband’s commentaries on John (a husband who’s working on his PhD in Theology means I have a pretty awesome library at my hands whenever I want it, even if I do complain about how much space it takes!)

I love that John clearly states “these [miracles] are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”  That’s such a wonderful reminder to who God is and what he can truly do!  He can turn water into wine, and by believing in him, we can have life in his name!  At the end of the wedding story John says, “By this first sign, Jesus revealed his glory.” (“the glory of the one and only who came from the Father full of grace and truth” 1:14).  That’s what this means for us/me!  That’s what I was missing all those years.  This is his glory that he’s showing us and so often we miss it!

This story is full of his glory, and little bits and pieces that point to the cross.  I love that one of the things the commentary really emphasized is that while his full glory isn’t fully seen until the cross, we can’t discount all the things that happen along the road to that point- they’re all in anticipation of what was to come.  It makes you want to sit on the edge of your seat!  If this miracle, and the next and the next aren’t revealing his full glory, then what will it look like?!  Jesus tells his mother that his time has not yet come- his time for glorification, the cross- it wasn’t there yet, but he’s looking ahead and giving us a peek.

His first miracle was at a wedding!  And it was a miracle that showed how powerful he was, John says that his disciples watched and saw his glory and then believed in him.  At a wedding!  This miracle and all the ones that followed were a roadmap to showing who Jesus was, and still is.  And it’s so comforting to read, over and over and over.

I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!  And Happy November!

xoxo

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The Ivan Project

July 9th, 2013

I am so ridiculously excited to finally share this with you!  This project has been my dream for a long time, and after spending the first part of the summer working on it, we’re finally ready to share!  (We still have a lot of work to do still, but at least it’s ready to be […]


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I am so ridiculously excited to finally share this with you!  This project has been my dream for a long time, and after spending the first part of the summer working on it, we’re finally ready to share!  (We still have a lot of work to do still, but at least it’s ready to be public and I thought it was time for you to hear about it!)

Announcing, (drumroll please!)…

The Ivan Project!

So, you ask… “um, what is that?”  Well, I’m so glad you did!  We are a company specializing in “diapers and delicates”, we sell cloth diapers (and soon shapewear too!), to babies, mommas, and everyone else…

Our goal is to connect fashion, art, and apparel with a humanitarian relief effort to help Russian orphans.  We’re still working on how to put everything together, but the goal is for a portion of the proceeds from every sale to go towards helping to provide food, clothing, and comfort to the abandoned children in Russian orphanages.  There is a desperate need there and we are trying to help fill it in whatever ways we can think of…

 

Today we’re announcing and launching the diapers, and soon there will be another post up for the lingerie.  And hopefully not too long after that, The Ivan Project website will be here too!

Our diapers are cloth all-in-ones, which means basically no stuffing, folding, or frustrations.  Imagine you’re putting a regular diaper on your baby, but then you can take it off, wash it, and they can wear it again.  It’s that simple!  We have tons of great prints, and they come with the option of velcro or snap closures.  (Piper and I use the velcro ones, and we love them!)  The soakers on the inside are microfiber, and the lining is a microchamois microfleece fabric.  And then the outside layer, which is what really keeps the liquids from soaking through is a PUL coated fabric, which is washable, dryable, and leakproofable.  There’s a previous post with some pictures of the diapers, on the lovely model Piper Bignon. (yes, I’m biased)

I designed the diapers after not being happy with what I was finding out there on the market, and at the same time looking for a great product to be able to launch The Ivan Project with.  And since I’m a mom, and lingerie designer, what better than diapers and delicates?

I’ve had an amazing friend from France spend her summer here helping me figure things out, and my sister is working with us as well.  We grew up in a family with siblings adopted from Russia, and after visiting the orphanages over there I’ve always had it on my heart to do something to help them.  So this really is a life-long dream of mine and I’m so excited to finally get it started!

Obviously, we’ll keep you updated with all the info we have, but for now here’s the exciting and most important part… drumroll again… a giveaway!  We’re going to give 2 diapers away to a lucky momma and baby pair out there, so if you’re interested, here’s the details… (Yes, you can still enter even if you don’t have kids, the diapers make great gifts! and, for all of you lovely ladies out there without babies and no need for diapers, don’t worry!  As soon as we launch the lingerie/shapewear there will most definitely be a giveaway for you as well!)

So…

Step 1: sign up to follow the blog, or send me an email (kebignon@gmail.com) saying you want to follow us and I’ll sign you up, and this gets you one entry

Step 2: if you want a 2nd entry, send me a comment or an email with an idea for us (anything counts! a marketing suggestion, an idea for how to structure our donations, anything!)

Step 3: for a 3rd entry (or a 2nd if you don’t want to do step 2), repost this on your Facebook page and send me a message saying you did.

 

Thanks for all your help, interest, and excitement!  I promise to keep you posted with all details as we have them, and to let you know the second that the lingerie is here as well!  For now, get your babies’ bottoms ready for some adorable little diapers!

 

xoxo

p.s. Send me a message/email if you’re interested in ordering, and soon we’ll be on etsy as well!

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