I officially have just 10 weeks to go until my due date, which means all of the preparations for Madeline's arrival are taking place! This past weekend was my baby shower, and the past few weeks have been spent putting her nursery together
I can't wait to share her nursery with you guys when it is finished, but for now I want to share some of the highlights from her baby shower, which was themed The World is Your Oyster!
The idea came to me after praying for a special theme, one that really represented the journey we have had with Madeline. Before I even became pregnant, God gave me the promise in Psalm 17:14, which says, "And whose belly You fill with Your treasure; They are satisfied with children, And leave their abundance to their babes."
Shortly after becoming pregnant, (even before we knew for sure it was a girl), Sean started calling our baby, "our precious pearl", and instantly I thought of how the scripture that God gave me before she was conceived! I love that God spoke the promise, of a hidden treasure to me, and precious pearl, (which is a treasure hidden in an oyster shell) to Sean! God is so amazing, He always has a way of showing His handiwork in all of the little details of each one of our lives!
Our shower took place at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester Michigan. It was a beautiful sunny day...A perfect day for a baby shower brunch!
My sisters, mom, and mother-in-law arrived early to set up for the big day. My sister Sarah is a party planning extraordinaire, (people always say she should be a party planner if she were to change professions). ;) She thought of every detail possible, making the day so incredibly special! From pearls on the table, to a pearl themed children's book for the guests to sign, she put special thought and care into everything!
Sean and I arrived about an hour early to take photos, and take everything in. I was blown away at how stunning everything was!
The tables were filled with desserts from Sweet Heather Ann's, which were set up as the centerpiece on each table. I couldn't get over how cute the pearl theme cupcakes and oyster shell macaroons were!
And the favors were Sugarfina Princess Pearls!
Each table had baby predictions and advice cards, which were so fun to go through and read after the shower!
The guests started to arrive around noon, and the room quickly filled with an abundance of joy and love!
After enjoying the brunch (which included personalized omelets, fruit, Greek yogurt, bacon, and turkey sausage), Sean and I thanked our guests for attending, and for standing with us in prayer in our season of praying for her to come! We shared a part of our journey, (both of us crying almost the entire time), as well as the poem Sean wrote me about our precious pearl. He gave it to me right after our gender reveal on Christmas Eve, and it was so meaningful, I knew it had to be included in this special day!
We then played a baby version of the Newly Wed game, which brought some much needed laughter after all of the tears! :) The game was then followed with Sean and I opening our gifts!
One of the sweetest gifts was from my Aunt Lorrie, who made this adorable diaper cake for Madeline!
Another thoughtful gift was from my sister Sarah, who had these precious signs and globe made on Etsy. They were the perfect decoration for the shower, and I got to take them home to decorate Madeline's room!
As thoughtful as every gift was, by far the most meaningful gift I received on this special day was the pearl baby bracelet from my sisters!
I was so overwhelmed by the abundance of blessings that were showered out upon our little girl!
And I left feeling so very thankful for my mom and sisters for putting together this special day...I am so blessed by all of their support, generous hearts, and prayers, and that I also get to call them my very best friends!
I am also so beyond thankful that Madeline will be so well loved by all of these amazing women! She will certainly have two of the most incredible grandmas!
I was also so blessed by all of my closest friends who shared in this celebration with us! Just about every lady there had a special part in praying for Madeline's arrival, which made it even more special to celebrate her life with them! A few of these ladies were my best friend Dayna, who stood with Sean and I for years to get pregnant...And here we are, holding our babies-to-be in our bellies! This picture such a symbol of God's faithfulness to me!
Two other women were Amira and Bianca, two powerful prayer warriors and women of God, who stood with us to believe for our precious miracle! For these women, I am forever grateful!
And last but not least, I am beyond thankful for my husband! Without him, I know we would not have even celebrated this day, because it was his prayers that helped me stand firm in faith on the hardest of days! He is my very best friend, and I can not wait to watch him become a father to our daughter!
When I look at pictures of this shower, I am so very thankful. I am filled with praise and joy because I think about the faithfulness of God...And I think about how just about 6 months ago, we were celebrating my sisters baby shower in this very same room, not knowing if I would ever get to celebrate a day like this of my own....But God. His love and faithfulness are beyond comprehension, and to Him, I am more thankful than words could ever say!
Thank you friends for sharing in the memory of this special day with us! I pray it filled you with just as much joy and anticipation for this sweet little girl as it did for us! :) xo Katie