Really, what can I say!? I cannot believe it has been exactly one year since my life radically changed, and I became happier than I could have imagined. I don’t want to sound too sentimental or bore you with sappy mother-love stories, but I am extremely happy and full of joy, and I want to share that with you…

I know that today is a short day, and tomorrow Luca will be one year and a day old. And then another, and another. Fast-forward and he’s going to college. I can’t really grasp how time flies, and I’m a bit anxious that I might miss an important moment of his life. In my head he is still a baby, but when I look at him I can see he is a little boy already. Being as busy as I am, I have to make sure I take the time and celebrate each step of his life with him, especially these days that indicate a new chapter of his life.

So today is his first birthday, and I will celebrate it with our family and friends like there is no other.

I have to admit that I enjoy the sweet baby party things immensely and loved the preparations – Masha and Bear cake (Ukrainian heritage: the most adorable cartoon with a bear taking care of a cheeky little girl), balloons, gifts and of course lots of singing and games. People are coming from all over the world to be there, and he is in serious danger of being cuddled and coddled untill he drops.


I have been blessed with him, and I will do my best to keep him as healthy, happy and loved, so that I can send him on his way as strong and secure as can be. As we continue celebrating Luca Gabriel’s Birthday I wish you lots of Love and Happy Moments in your life!!!


His Godmother shared with us this beautiful poem by the amazing Sufi poet Khalil Gibran:

“On Children”


Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.


You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,

which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them,

but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.


You are the bows from which your children

as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,

and He bends you with His might

that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies,

so He loves also the bow that is stable.

I am wearing my absolutely favorite dress by vyshyvankabyvitakin,ukrainian gorgeous and talented designer Vita Kin.

Luca wearing his first Dolce&Gabbana blazer and jeans,sneakers by Converse,just like a real “Cool Dude”:)














Photographed by Dirk Spath