Monday, February 28, 2011

"The" Shower.

Saturday was "The" Shower. I woke up early filled with nervousness and worry.

I wanted it to be special.
I wanted to not feel sad, bitterness or pain because it wasn't my shower.

And in a was just that: special and my nerves stayed away!

I was so distracted getting everything prepared and visiting that I didn't even have time to worry too much.

There were a couple times where I was sitting at a table and one of my aunts wouldn't stop talking about the joys of pregnancy/motherhood and what she experienced, etc... Like, she really wouldn't talk about anything else...I'm fairly certain I rolled my eyes and then told myself to "just walk away" because it had the potential of bringing up some rather painful emotions.

So I walked away and distracted myself with hostessing and with cuddling with my youngest godson.

And it actually worked! The painful emotions stayed away. Phew.

All in all it was a wonderful day:
The company was good.
The food delicious.
The decorations were cute.
The weather was gorgeous.
And most importantly, my SIL loved it.

Here's some pictures:

I loooove this new scent from bath and body works but didn't like that the candle didn't match the decor, so I covered it with paper and stickers:

Here's the tissue paper pompoms that we made to hang around to add a little pop of color and fun:

Here's the wooden letters i made along with a banner (it said "baby boy") to hang from the mantle:

And I had a clothesline to hang onesies (another cheap/fun way to decorate)'s the clothespins I glued little stars, moons and rockets on:

A close up of two of the onesies I made for the clothesline:

In the front hall, we had an autograph mat for people to leave words of support for the new growing family.

And thankfully the weather was perfect so we had tables and chairs outside. Seeing the little kids run and play in the backyard melted my heart-I can't wait for our kids to play out there:

Speaking of kids, I went to the dollar store and put together a bucket with chalk, bubbles, balls, etc for the kids to play with. Our patio still has the fun drawings...another sight that melts my heart:

The day was great! I know that God granted me the strength to be able to pull off the shower and especially that my emotions were kept at bay.

So that's that. Here's to hoping/praying/believing that one day I'll get to be on the receiving end of a baby shower.

"So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself."(Mt.6:34)


Hebrews 11:1 said...

Adorable!! You are so talented. That is a wonderful thing you did for her...I am amazed at your strength and generosity.

JellyBelly said...

Wow! You did such an awesome job! I am so glad that you had the strength to get through it!!!

Ann - Building a Nest said...

So sweet! You did such a great job!

Lisa said...

Wow-- what an amazing gift you gave your SIL. I'm so impressed by your attention to detail... I'm nowhere that great at decorating for parties.

You really are amazing.

Suzie-Q T-Pie said...

glad it all went well. :) The decorations were cute! I love the clothspins idea..

BlessedBeLord said...

This is my first comment here. I love reading your blog. I am amazed how the Lord continues to strengthen us amidst our pains. You did such a wonderful job for ur SIL. And yes God will definitely grant u the day when u will be at the receiving end. My prayers will be always there..

Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me said...

WOW. That is AMAZING. YOu went all out! He really DID give you strength!

Awaiting a Child of God:) said...

My goodness!! You put my showers I have given to shame woman! haha. You really did an awesome job and thought out every little detail. I bet she was so pleased!!!

I love your taste:) Oh and I love the Cradle Catholic and the chalk!!!

So very happy it was a blessed day for you:) I prayed for ya!

Mary said...

you are awesome. The decorations are adoooorable!!!!!
I SO wish you lived closer!!!

You are a wonderful SIL!

C. said...

Love the decorations! Love the strength you had more. ;)

I'm sure it meant so much to your SIL. And, that had to have taken some time off of (any) purgatory! (Sorry...bad joke.)