Sunday, August 26, 2012


On one of the prettiest days of the year, my sweet friends from church showered me with love and joy! I am so overwhelmed by how amazing they are and how excited they are for Alex and me and of course Eleanor.

You may remember back to the day we found out we were having a baby girl.
Well, behind the scenes we had a little audience with some of our best friends from church.  Of course once the cat was out of the bag (or the balloons were out of the box) everyone wanted to know baby girl's name.  It is no secret around here, her name is Eleanor Margaret.  Julie asked us what the name Eleanor meant.  (cricket, cricket) I had never looked up the meaning before.  So Julie did her research and found Eleanor means sun ray or shining light, so a Sunshine themed baby shower was quickly underway.
Julie, Shannon and Elizabeth, and of course Whitney, did a remarkable job planning and preparing and the party was so beautiful.  I feel so blessed to have such creative, amazing friends!
The sunshine theme came through in the decor, the food and drinks.  From Lemon Bars to lemonade, sunflowers and hand-painted and hand crafted artwork, they really made it happen!  We of course are the lucky recipients of two amazing pieces of artwork including the Eleanor frame and "You Are My Sunshine" painting.  We also took the ribbon garland home to hang above Eleanor's crib.  I took a cue from these ladies and Alex and I will decorate Eleanor's room in fun yellows with a little pink.

Side note: This theme is even more fitting because Alex and I used to sing "You Are My Sunshine" to one another all the time when we dating.  It became a little joke between us and we would buy each other silly things like plastic roses that played the melody of the song.  It is so adorable that now it is our song to our little girl!
Of course, my friends did not skimp on the food.  This is their gift after all!  From Chai flavored cupcakes and Pumpkin Spice Chickpeas (clearly we are ready for fall) to the Vegan burritos and Vegetable Wreath, everything was fantastic and I helped myself to more than seconds!

It was soon gift-opening time and Eleanor and I were absolutely showered with presents.  So many cute little girl outfits, important necessities and many amazing homemade gifts!  I have no favorites, they are all my favorites, but I am blown away by the generosity of our church friends and the creativity of Julie, Whitney and Shannon!  Our baby girl is already so loved and so blessed to be part of an amazing church family and network of support!  I am not sure how I could ever do this without them!

Not only did all the ladies from church make it to the shower, but Alex's mom came in from Winston Salem, and then my aunt arrived from South Carolina.  I was so surprised she made it and so excited to have so many loved ones around!
I would say we are so lucky, but I know better.  I know God has placed us right here to be surrounded by all of our amazing friends for this special purpose.  He has given us Eleanor as a beautiful gift of His love and I am just so amazed that this is my life.  I am not sure there is any capacity to the gratitude I feel and I know I could never express it quite enough.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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