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Hello! I am so happy that you found my online journal.

My name is Nikole Sarvay - wife and partner to John and mama to our sweet girl, Thea. We live in Richmond, Virginia (USA).

Before becoming a mother, I worked in the social work field, mostly as an advocate for people who have experienced sexual or intimate partner violence. At the end of 2006, I left my full-time job and launched a small business selling my handcrafted jewelry. I loved this work, but during my pregnancy with Thea, I put growing my business on hold. For now, I am taking an extended maternity leave and trying to enjoy every moment that I possibly can of my daughter's first years.

For years, I have wanted to learn to sew, and after my daughter was born, I finally took the steps to make it happen. I have fallen in love with this craft, and now, most of my creative time is spent at the sewing machine.

If you'd like to know a little more about me, please feel free to explore my past writing. Before conceiving Thea, I experienced five miscarriages, which I wrote about here. I have also written (somewhat sporadically) about my first two years of motherhood here.

This journal documents the big and small moments of our family's life. Thank you so much for taking the time to be here.

If you'd like to get in touch, you can reach me at:
a_happy_nest [at]

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. - Robert Brault