I am grateful to be a woman.
Even more grateful to be a mother!
This past Saturday I was honored by my beautiful friends and sisters with the most amazing baby shower known to women. I personally am not a fan of the traditional baby shower. I just cant stand the stupid games. While I'm all for celebrating the birth of a new little one and more importantly supporting his/her new momma, I hate the humiliation of tasting candy bar "poo" that has been melted in a diaper, for fun
! Who came up with that crap? (Pun intended.) It's just an abomination in my opinion. Thankfully, I am lucky enough to have friends who wholeheartedly agree with me and who are willing to think outside of the box. My dearest Alisha
came up with the idea of an Artistic Tribute to Women and Mothers. Did I mention it was semi formal? As soon as she said it I was 110% on board. Once Ashley
agreed to help plan it, I knew it was going to exceed anything I could hope for. What I really wanted was an evening that would be positive, uplifting and would unify everyone in attendance. I also really wanted a final hurrah before my baby and the holidays and a long cold winter. I got everything I wanted and more!
The evening was a HUGE success. So many of my closest friends were in attendance. Supporting me and celebrating womanhood with me. It was all I could have hoped for. I'm still riding the high. There were even a few "extra specials" who were willing to contribute to the program. Let me stop here and quickly mention that the program itself (the piece of paper it was printed on) nearly brought me to tears. It was sooo beautiful. How did I end up with such talented friends? She
song with her husband who graciously played the guitar. I cried. She
. Again, more tears. One wrote amazing original
poetry and there were a few who read and recited some of the most incredible words written. Like this
. They reminisced about poignant moments in their lives. Moments that made them appreciate their roles as mother, wife, sister. I was just a puddle of emotions throughout the whole thing. It was powerful!! Stuff like this (and lets face it, McDonald's commercials) make pregnant women cry ya know. With my friends and sisters performing on my behalf, well lets just say, I didn't stand a chance. Thankfully there were plenty of tissues.
In the end, I felt overwhelmingly honored. There is something unique and special about the support and love that one woman can offer another woman. It is invaluable and necessary to our success and happiness as mothers, wives, sisters, friends, neighbors and daughters. All women need each other. I am so grateful to have such an amazing group of beautiful, talented, artistic, creative, kind and generous friends to call my own.
Thank you to all who were in attendance. It meant the world to me. The three who pulled it all together...Ashley, me, Alisha, and Jenica
More pictures from the evening to follow soon.