That changed at a party in Los Angeles in 2006, when Lima, now 28, met Marko Jaric, a guard with the Memphis Grizzlies. Suddenly, "everything changed," she tells PEOPLE. "I knew he was the one and I could see myself married with him and with a big family."
So far, those premonitions are coming true. After becoming engaged a year ago, the pair tied the knot in a small ceremony in Jackson Hole, Wyo., witnessed only by the couple's lawyers. "It was really romantic."
Originally, "We wanted to have a big wedding with my family from Serbia and her family from Brazil, but we realized we don't want to make a wedding for other people, just to show off," says Jaric, 30. "We realized the wedding is really private thing and it's to make us happy."
In the end, the bride wore a simple black dress, and "there were no worries," she says. "It was just me and him."
Baby on the WaySoon after the honeymoon, Lima learned she was expecting. "We are so excited!" she says. "We wanted this. We were ready."
"Even in my wildest days I knew that I wanted to be the ultimate family man," Jaric adds. "We're ready to settle down."
"If it were up to me the nursery, everything would be done already!" says Lima, who is four months along – and who has help back home in Brazil.
"My mom is doing everything and getting things ready," says Lima. "She'll bring everything."
This includes a hand-crocheted blanket made by Lima's grandmother, which will fit in with the all-white color scheme Lima has picked out – white being neutral, as she doesn't yet know the sex of the baby.
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