Thursday, April 16, 2009

Baby shower

I'm almost term! On Sunday I will hit 37 weeks, and I cannot put into words how ready I am! Even though there is plenty of things to do to keep me busy, I am longing for the day when I can just stop all the doing, and just hold my sweet daughter.

Last Saturday my sweet friends threw me a baby shower on my sister-in-law Kim's back porch. It was a perfect setting - and almost perfect weather!

The food was amazing - chicken salad sandwiches, shrimp, marinated cheese cubes, chicken pasta with roasted red peppers, fruit salad, and more...

and the champagne cakes were to die for!

Shawna, Alex, Jessie and Lynn

Penny, Ashlee, Doris

Yes, it was Shawna and Lydia who threw the did you guess?????!! :)

I received so many beautiful things - it was so fun to open each gift and imagine a little girl wearing all that stuff!

Jessie shared the sweetest devotion about how God sees and knows this little one I'm carrying - and that He designed her for a purpose. So incredible to think about!

She reminded me that when we studied the names of God this past year in Bible study, El Roi, the God Who Sees, was my favorite one. It meant so much to me at the time, because of certain things I was going through, to be able to cling to that characteristic of the Lord, that He sees and knows everything that is going on in my life.

Just like Hagar recognized that about Him - she had been treated unfairly by Abraham and Sarah, now she had a child and the circumstances looked bleak, and she found herself running away. But the Lord pursued her and promised to bless her. Her part was to simply obey.

He knew. He knew all the trials and hardships she had faced and would face. He was actively watching out for her, and she could trust Him because of that.

I love this about the Lord! My El Roi watches me too - and the little ones entrusted to me and Dave.

My part is just to obey Him...and to leave the circumstances up to Him.

There are plenty of difficulties in parenting (some that I don't even know about yet!), but when we rest in knowing that the Lord is watching out for our children - (that He cares more deeply for them than we even do!) - we can just enjoy them for the gifts that they really are!

How precious to be given another gift - a daughter to raise!

me with Lydia & Shawna

Reagan & me...I win!

me and Shawna

Belly shot!

The shower was such a fun time - I enjoyed every bit of it!

Thanks to everyone who helped with the preparations. I have some very sweet friends, don't I????!


Shawna said...

Those crazy fabric balls do not need their own pic! :)

It was a great day, so fun to celebrate together.

And I love that particular name of God it is one I cling to daily, jessie's devotion was so good.

HopiQ said...

I'm so glad you posted pics! It was such a lovely shower. What a precious time!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a beautiful shower - I'm so bummed that I wasn't able to be there. :( Lydia and Shawna and Kim did a wonderful job. They could do a wedding. Could that be in their future?

Well, I'm looking forward to that phone call to announce that your sweet little girl has arrived! Love, Mom

jenica said...

Yes, you do have very sweet friends. I can tell that they put thought into every detail to make it meaningful and beautiful! What a blessing to have people who care for you and your coming baby girl.
Wow, you are so close, can't wait!

Jean said...

What a beautiful shower!! And as I recall, it was a beautiful day to have it on...Thank you very much for sharing the devotion. It is such a comfort to know that God sees and is in control of all that He sees! May the Lord bless you and give you patience and rest in the last few days of your pregnancy! :-)

Kelly said...

Rach, what a lovely shower and what a blessing to have dear friends in your life! El favorite so far....knowing that He sees everything we go through!

praying for you, dear friend, and for that sweet daughter you will soon be snuggling and kissing!

bandanachick said...

You do have such great friends! I knew Lydia and Shawna would do an awesome job throwing you the shower, I wish I could have been there to celebrate with you!
I can't wait til I hear about your little girls arrival. I'm hoping it will be soon for you.

Reagan said...

I made it into the pictures! You win because your bun is gonna be done cooking before mine. :)

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Caleb and Anna said...

What a spread! I love eating at showers when I'm pregnant! =)

Jessie said...

It was nice of you not to mention all of my sobbing during my devotion :)
And where was I during the belly shots? I think I am beating Reagan.

Anonymous said...

thanks for posting pictures. I heard it was such a fun afternoon and so cute. Can't wait to meet your new little one.

Anonymous said...

That was so much fun and a beautiful day! Nothing better than spring time and anticipating a new baby. :) Hope you're feeling well today and that the boys are angels. :) Sonja E.

Eryn said...

it looks like a beautiful shower and a wonderful time. i will be checking back often for news!

Michelle said...

How fun! I can't believe how close you exiting!

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