Watercolor Family Portrait by  Chasing Linen

Watercolor Family Portrait by Chasing Linen

 Photography by  Diana McGregor

Photography by Diana McGregor

   Haven Faith Mara Gavini

  Haven Faith Mara Gavini

HI, I'm myra

I am a proud wife to my husband Paul - my best half since we were thirteen years old. We live in sunny Los Angeles, California, were born + raised here and share our home with our wonderful family and pups. We are both in the healthcare field - I am a registered nurse and Paul, a registered respiratory therapist. We are both thankful to be in careers that enable us to care for and touch lives daily. On our days off, you can find us planning or doing another room/ house project, going on a local hike or adventuring with our family wolf pack. 

Aside from being a wife and nurse, I took on a new role in 2016 and became a mother. Early 2016, Paul and I found out we were pregnant for the first time. We excitedly prepared for this child, shared our dreams and plans for our baby amongst each other + our closest loved ones. We nicknamed our little one, “the Gavini Babe,” as we planned and waited until the birth our baby to find out his/her gender. On July 22nd, 2016 – our daughter was born; we named her Haven FaithHaven: a place of safety or refuge & Faith: complete confidence or trust in God. She was delivered early due to a unforeseen condition in my pregnancy and passed away a few hours after birth due to the combination of my condition and her unspecified heart defect. With Haven's diagnosis, young gestational age and small birth weight, there were no medical interventions that could have been performed to save her. 

This blog came to life during the ripe weeks of my grief + healing. I began to embrace the platform that Haven's short and beautiful life left me with to share her story, as well as learning to become vulnerable with mine. I am on a life journey of healing + learning the beauty that comes with life after loss. More recently, I decided that I not only wanted to continue to break the silence and share the shaping events placed in my story but wanted to create a space where I could share my love for other things - my Home, Family Life, MotherhoodTravel and of course, the reason for this blog - my Haven.

Thank you for stopping by - I hope you follow along & leave encouraged and inspired.

My best,

Myra 


FAQ'S:

 What inspired your blog name?

A year after having AnAngelMamaandHerBlog, I decided it was time to hopefully use this space to share not only my baby Haven but other things in my life that I love - family, my home, cleaning/ decorating, and travel. Simply using my name - Myra Gavini -, I felt was the best option. Also, Paul really, really liked it (thank goodness for husbands).

What made you want to start a blog?

My daughter. She has become my inspiration. While she was still in my womb, I instantly wanted to be better, improve myself, to live a life that honors her and makes her proud. Channeling my thoughts, feelings, and sharing her life story amidst the tears + pain has given me such an odd sense of comfort and peace. Keeping this blog and now opening it up a bit more is challenging me to own not just her story, but mine and the rest that is still is yet to come.

 Tell us a little about yourself:

  • I love to host and plan events, dinners, get togethers! I dream of having lots of these in the future of my home surrounded with our closest friends and families and babies!
  • I am somewhere in between being a cleaning homebody and talking about where our next trip or vacation will be. Give me a space to organize, color code and/or a country/ state + I'll gladly handle the details.
  • I can clean/decorate/rearrange ALL day - it can drive Paul and my family crazy!
  • I don't know how to drive stick shift, have never broken a bone, or know how to whistle. 
  • I grew up a bookworm - Little House on the Prairie, the entire Nancy Drew collection, the Anne Frank books, are just to name a few that my childhood wouldn't be the same without.
  • Last year, I started floral arranging while I was on leave from work and found that it does wonders to my healing. FLWRS FRM HAVEN has become a reality and a labor of love - here if you want to follow along, IG @flwrsfrmhaven.
  • I am an aspiring minimalist. "Less is more" + simple living has become a strong theme in the way I lead my life. It is an anthem I hope to pursure in my character, in my marriage, my home, and in the way I will raise my future children one day. 

What are your current favorites?

Seeking sources of inspiration for my love of minimal/ simple design/ interiors, listening to podcasts (I am subscribed to 3 at the moment - hey, girl, The Goal Digger Podcast, and The Minimalists), going through my summer reading list (this 2017 summer, I went through "In The Wait" devotional, Expecting Sunshine, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and am currently reading Rising Strong), learning about skincare and becoming more diligent in taking care of mine, and as usual, constantly ridding of items at home that don't spark joy or find that are no longer useful. 

 


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