For years, I have wanted to help host this shower, but we have been patiently waiting for a little baby to arrive that we could love on and shower. God has a special way of orchestrating his plans for our lives because instead of one baby to shower and love, we got two!
A little back story for you, after years and many different roads taken to expand their family, my sister-in-law and her husband chose adoption as their best option. Even with making the choice to move forward with adoption, there is still a time of waiting, moments of great joy and anticipation and then moments of anxiety and discouragement. In late August, Sarah and Ryan were given their first sweet baby girl, Ivy-Jean.
And for the party planning committee, the ideas started flowing. We originally planned on a late September shower, but couldn’t settle on a date with our new mama. She told us,”I will give you a date soon, but can’t give you all the details just yet.” A week later, we knew why. Sarah and Ryan had been chosen to be the parents of yet another baby, and can you guess, another girl! Baby girl 2 (as we called her) was due to arrive any day. So the fun and anticipation continued as we thankfully and expectantly waited on another niece to arrive. Autumn Grace joined our family early October. Our hearts our filled and many prayers answers.
We (the PPC) along with very many other excited volunteers, showered Sarah and her girls with a party we thought she would love. My SIL is an avid gardener and lover of all things detailed and pretty. She also loves and cares deeply for people so we invited family and her closest friends. What a beautiful, October afternoon it was.
Of course, I had to have a dessert bar! This one was filled with treats for everyone: vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, etc. Plus, the ever so popular sugar cookies, these pretties are always such a hit!
For the room, we were able to decorate with beautiful photos of the girls and new parents, something not every shower has since baby is still in utero. The girls even came to the party for a bit!
And the flowers, oh the flowers, our friends at Poppy Design Co and Grace Rose Farm donated their time and resources to bless Sarah with beautiful arrangements and flowers, EVERYWHERE! What a huge blessing that was to us but also the new mama. What an outpouring of excitement everyone showed toward this wonderful couple.
Because of the the season, we included a touch of pumpkins and peachy-orange colors, these little details added to the shower but in no way made it seem like we were at a pumpkin patch or fall party. It felt very girlie and pretty!
New mama, Sarah, has said many times that it feels like with so many prayers being answered, she feels like she is being spoiled. Rightly so, my dear friend, and even during a time that was designed to bless her, I know that she encouraged so many hearts as she shared about the “wait” and “journey” to get to this point. We all experience these times of waiting, but how will we grow in the midst of the wait?
And remember, sometimes when you ask for a miracle, God gives you two!