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…I married the love of my life. WOW! it's crazy how fast time has pass because it still feels like it was just yesterday, I am so blessed to have him in my life and even more blessed now =]

First two images by the awesome Next Exit Photography

I am so happy to finally reveal the real reason why this place has been so quiet and why I've been so sick =] We have a little one on the way! So at least is a happy sickness. 2012 has been pretty crazy for us, so far we have a new house, new car (mine) and a baby on the way! talk about excitement and stress. We could not erase the smile off our faces, we are beyond excited and we feel so blessed, it's kind of funny how everything just happened at once, but some times things are just meant to happen like this! It feels like it's Christmas, we got it all packed in a few weeks.

So far this pregnancy has been kicking my butt pretty bad, I always get car-sick and my Mom suffered from pretty bad morning sickness when she was pregnant, so it was not a surprise to me when I started to feel sick, but it got to a point where I could not do anything or eat anything, because in less than I could walk to the bathroom I was hugging the toilet. Everything made me dizzy and I could not even walk to the kitchen without stopping because I felt I was fainting. My Doctor gave me medicine that helped me a lot and now at least I'm eating normally but I am still dizzy and super tired most of the day (specially in front of the screen) The first trimester is officially over, so I am hoping things will eventually get better, but even if they don't – I don't care much, I am so happy to have this little one growing inside that I would take this kind of morning-all-day sickness for the whole 9 months as long as he/she is healthy =]

Because the stress of the move-house-sickness was really getting to me I decided to close my Design Studio, that way I can slowly catch up with all the clients that are in my wait-list right now and hopefully I will also catch up with my Inbox (right now it's a nightmare). I am still selling Blogger and WordPress premades but only on Etsy. So I am not completely out of the Design picture =]

Our house is still a huge mess because I just don't have the energy to do much, and that's kind of frustrating, but I know that we will slowly get there =] I try to clean and organize whenever I am too dizzy for the computer but most times I just end up in bed =[ I get dizzy even with my phone so that's why I've been so silent on Twitter and absent on Instagram. I hope to feel better soon, so I can catch up with everything (including this blog).

Last week I was lucky to finally have a normal day, one of those where I didn't look like crap so I took my first weekly pictures, I really wanted to start taking them sooner but at least I started =]

I am not planning on posting weekly updates here just because I want to keep the blog as it is now, I am keeping a side blog where I plan to post all my baby stuff but of course (as everything else in my TO-DO list) it's not done yet, so I will share it once I get to it =] I am planning on sharing ALL the projects and stuff I want to make here – but other than that I want to keep all my baby-talk over on the other blog, because I don't want to get you all tired with my pregnancy-issues (because I know I get tired of hearing myself) LOL.

I am so happy to finally share the news and feel free to talk about it with everyone =]
I hope you all have a bright and sunny day!



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Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop. Read more about her & the blog here →

81 replies
  1. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    Felicidades!!!! I think your morning sickness and general tiredness will get much, much better come second trimester. So don’t get discouraged: there’s lots of time and energy for projects ahead.

  2. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    Congratulations! I followed you over from Weddingbee, and I’m so excited to hear that you are expecting.

  3. Serena
    Serena says:

    Congratulations! How exciting! I have followed you since weddingbee so I feel like I know you guys, and I’m so happy for you both! Yay!

  4. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    I haven’t commented here before, but I read all of your posts on Weddingbee when I was planning my wedding. Happy anniversary and CONGRATS! What exciting news!

  5. Annia Garcia
    Annia Garcia says:

    Hola Joy!

    I found your blog just the day before yesterday and I already read the whole wedding blog. So AMAZING! So I was just thinking “Hmmm… will she get pregnant soon?” I knwo weird, haha, but you both seemed so in love, that I just thought a little kid would fit perfectly in the picture…

    Anyways, Congratulations to you both and get well soon!


  6. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been following you since Weddingbee. I’m pregnant with my first myself and not too far ahead of you. Hopefully the morning sickness will start to subside as you get farther into the 2nd trimester!

  7. Camila
    Camila says:

    Congratulations Joy!!! I’m very happy with this new!!! \o/
    You have a husband, a little baby and a house…Now it’s a home!!
    Big and huge congrats!!!
    Big hugs

  8. Marcia (123 blog)
    Marcia (123 blog) says:

    Joy, I LOVE your reveal :) So creative and you’re looking super cute! I for one wouldn’t mind seeing and hearing your pregnancy updates here but I understand keeping it all separate. Will you share the new blog with us?

  9. Ludmi
    Ludmi says:

    Felicidadessssssssssssssss!!!!! Que hermosa noticia Joy!!!!!
    Deseo que pasen pronto tus malestares y disfrutes a pleno esta nueva etapa!!!
    Cuantas buenas nuevas noticias!!! Toda la felicidad!!!!


  10. Brinley
    Brinley says:

    Happy 2nd anniversary and congratulations on baby!!! I am so happy for you. I follow you on Pinterest too and I already knew that an announcement was on its way because of all the baby stuff and nurseries you have been pinning! :)

  11. maruza
    maruza says:

    Felicidades amiga chilena!!!! asumo que vendrás a Chile antes o despues???, me alegra que tu vida se llene de bendiciones…ya tendrás tiempo para poner orden en tu nueva casa…. recibe muchos besos…y ahora a confeccionar ropita de guagua!!!!…´qué es niña o niño??? lo principal que sea sanito…. bye…. have a nice day!!!

  12. Sebrina
    Sebrina says:

    Congratulations! :) I am so happy for you guys! And your baby bump is so cute! Can’t wait to start following your new blog :)

  13. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    Congrats on every thing but mostly on your pregnancy. I like you had morning sickness and I was working at the time and it was a strugle but oh so worth it! I would go through it 1,000 times over cause I wanted my little one so much. My advice to you is take as good care of yourself now before the baby comes. Never refuse help after the baby comes. Right now enjoy all of the love and attention you will recieve. This is your time! I hope you start to feel better soon. Do not worry about your house it will all get done in due time. Enjoy every stage your baby goes through because it all goes so fast! I feel like it was just yesterday but my beautiful baby girl just turned 21! I wish you and your husband many blessings and it sounds like you are well on your way. ;)

  14. Mary Lou
    Mary Lou says:

    Happy anniversary u two and congrats on the babe to be! Two years eh? You’ve really only just begun. Take it from a long time married lady, it gets even better with age!

  15. Megan LaBelle
    Megan LaBelle says:

    Aww, congrats Joy! I was wondering if you might be because you’ve been posting lots of fun nursery stuff on pinterest. :) I am expecting too, and I found the second trimester to be the best of all, so I hope you are feeling much better again VERY soon!!

  16. Janie
    Janie says:

    oh yay!!! congrats to you and the hubby! you look so fantastic. hope the second trimester is a little more calm!

  17. Samanta
    Samanta says:

    Lo sabia!! I follow your Pinterest boards… hehehe. Felicitaciones por el chiquitin/la chiquitina. And everything else that is making you oh so joyful =) The morning sickness will get better :D

  18. Kerry
    Kerry says:

    Muchas felicidades!!!!

    I’m not sure I remember how I stumbled across your blog, but I found your blog a few weeks ago…which led me to your weddingbee site. I have to admit that I actually read EVERY SINGLE ONE of your weddingbee posts! (Soy loca?? Jajaja!) I love your blog, love the story of how you and Ken met and now reading this news, wow- that’s so wonderful!!

    Many congratulations from a stranger in Miami,

  19. danica
    danica says:

    Stumbled across your blog because I wanted to see if you could redesign mine and your is simply adorable! Love the announcement and happy anniversary. You’ve got a new reader :)

  20. Gina
    Gina says:

    Joy!!! Congratulations!!!! I’m so happy for you and your husband!! I hope your child will grow up to be as talented and as creative as you! It’s such a crazy roller coaster having a child, but I wish you two the best of luck! Life will change and be a little crazy at times, but I hope that the two of you will receive more and more blessings every day of it! I’m so happy for you two! :) a house and a baby!!

  21. Rosario
    Rosario says:

    Congratulations!! I am so happy for you and your hubs talk about blessings. Wishing you to feel better soon and take it slow with the house, baby comes first :)

  22. Emily
    Emily says:

    Huge congratulations to you!! I just recently started following your website and you seem like the sweetest person so you definitely deserve all of these great things happening to you (minus the morning sickness!) ! Happy anniversary & congrats on the little one! :)

  23. Sara
    Sara says:

    YAY!!! Congratulations Joy! I’m so excited for you! You are absolutely adorable in your 14 weeks photo! Hope the morning sickness subsides!! We love ya!!

  24. Sewing Princess
    Sewing Princess says:

    Felicidades Joy! Me alegro por ti y tu marido. Espero te encuentres mejor muy pronto. Cuídate

  25. Carol
    Carol says:

    FELICIDADES! I am so happy for you. I’ve been following you since you were Miss Poodle! I can’t believe how time flies. Hopefully, the nausea will get better as you progress… that doesn’t sound fun. Worth it though, of course! Again, congrats ;-)

  26. Caitlin @ The Blog of the Chicken Wing
    Caitlin @ The Blog of the Chicken Wing says:

    AWWWWWW!!!!!!!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I’ve been away from blogging for the longest period ever since I started because we just bought a house and moved too! This post makes me so JOYFUL for you and Ken! So happy for you guys!

  27. Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss}
    Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} says:

    OH MY GOODNESS…I can’t believe I’m just seeing this now! First off, happy anniversary and second, a BIG gigantic congratulations on the new addition on the way. That’s fantastic! I’m so happy for you :-) I’m looking forward to seeing all the baby things I know you’re going to make!

  28. Glaucia (from Brazil)
    Glaucia (from Brazil) says:

    Meus parabéns!!! Deus abençoe essa família. Ser mãe é maravilhoso, aproveite cada momento. Beijos!!!

  29. Kathleen
    Kathleen says:

    AWWW!!! I found your Pinterest before your blog and noticed all the maternity clothing pins and thought, “I wonder..” Congrats!!

  30. Val Shepley
    Val Shepley says:

    Congratulations to you both on both counts! Sending you every blessing heaven has on offer.

  31. Tatiana
    Tatiana says:

    OMG! I can’t believe you’re from weddingbee!, I just found out after silently following your blog from a while, wich I found via Pinterest. Now I feel dumb cuz in your bio sais that you’re Mrs Poodle, but as soon as I saw this wedding pics I remmebered your wedding:) I remember because people were telling you need to be american to be a bee and I was freaking out because I’m not, until an adm told me about you!
    Congratulations on your pregnancy and can[t wait to see the nursery.
    Love from Colombia

  32. Wilma
    Wilma says:

    ¡¡¡Felicitacionse a Los Tres ¡¡¡ Miles de Bendiciones y que sigan tan Dichosos como ahora¡¡¡ Desde Venezuela, con Gran Cariño.

  33. María Paula
    María Paula says:

    Sos muy linda y te felicito por tu hermosa familia, yo también me case, solo que hacen casi 12 años, jajajaj y tengo 29 =) Tenemos dos hijos muy lindos, y también me gusta coser y diseñar, estoy estudiando diseño gráfico =) Dios te bendiga ricamente…desde Argentina

  34. Vivian
    Vivian says:

    Oh my gosh, I remember following you on weddingbee. So glad I stumbled upon your blog today – can’t wait to catch up on all the crafts you’ve been up to!

  35. rocio
    rocio says:

    Gosh! When I saw your face I said, where have I seen this girl before, i sure know her froem somewhere else but hello?? I live in Dom Rep!! So it was not around here… It was on weddingbee!!! loved your posts there!!!!!

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