In the midst of the hectic NICU days last year, I never got the chance to write about my baby shower. It meant so much to me, though, that I wanted to commemorate it still. As the months slipped by, I eventually decided to save the post for one year after the shower; then that date (April 10) slipped by, too. Oops!
So, one year and two days ago, dear friends from church threw me a baby shower. Not just any baby shower, but the best, most personal shower I’ve ever attended.
The theme was bedtime stories. The hostesses transformed a conference room at a local hotel into a sweet turquoise and orange nighttime nursery, complete with curtains around a starry sky, lots of low light from lamps, and a rocking chair. We had milk and cookies (including the most darling homemade onesie cookies!). Instead of cards, ladies brought children’s books to build Brandt’s library. For entertainment, a few ladies mimed well-known stories for us to guess. The book theme warmed this English major’s heart!
There were many other personal touches, in addition to the book theme. We began the shower by singing, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” thanking God for all that he had done through the years to bring us to that day. Friends shared encouragement for me and prayed for me. Since it was a large crowd, the hostesses cleverly arranged it so that gifts were opened with smaller groups, giving me a chance to visit with everyone. During the present-opening time, there was a book available for people to write notes to Brandt, which I took and read to him in the hospital later.
I left that morning so incredibly touched by all the thought and effort put into that baby shower. I had been so excited to finally have a baby shower, but it far exceeded my expectations. I continue to think regularly of that day and all its blessings. It was a tangible, touching exhibit of how much my God and my friends know me and care for me.
Thanks again to the hostesses and all who attended one year ago!