A Baby Shower

This weekend I helped throw a baby shower for my very best friend in the world.  We lived together for 6 years which is longer than my husband and I have been married.  We have been through A LOT together.  Lots of good talks, late nights (a few we’d like to forget), long trips, dance parties, tears, hangovers, prayers, bad haircuts, spiritual encounters, terrible eating habits, bad boyfriends, fashion mistakes, marriage, babies, the list goes on forever.  You name it, we’ve probably been through it.  I cannot explain what an incredible blessing it is to have someone in your life with whom you’ve been through the worst and the best moments with.  I was so honored to get to help shower her with gifts as we share yet another life experience.

The shower took place in my backyard.  It was pretty hot out, but everyone survived.  I’d like to think the adorable decor took everyone’s mind off of the heat.

We included a board where guests could write notes of encouragement for the mother-to-be.  Having a baby for the first time can be an anxiety-filled experience, so reading notes from people who are praying for you and maybe have even been through it is so encouraging those last few weeks of pregnancy.  (Or even the first few weeks after the baby is born.)

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The sex of the baby is a surprise, so we had a board for guessing.  I think at the end of the shower, girl was the winner.  We’ll see!!

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The yarn wall was my favorite!  I would like to take credit for this piece of creative genius, but I have to thank pinterest for this awesome idea.

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How cute is this cake?!  Our friend from Cakes by Catie made it.  If you’re near the Conway area and need a cake, please call this girl.  She is incredibly talented!

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I never ever could have done this alone.  I am neither creative or crafty enough.  Thank goodness for fantastic friends who are.

We had a really great turnout for the shower, so the new mom went home with a car full of gifts!  Exactly what you want for a baby shower.  Plus, everyone had a good time.  Whoop whoop!

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What gorgeous, talented friends I have.  It was so much fun to come together and bless our friend with gifts to help make the transition into motherhood just a little easier.  So thankful for them.

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Holding on to Summer

I have 3 weeks until I go back to school.  4 weeks until the kids join in.  Ahhhhhhhhh!  I can’t believe summer has gone by so quickly.  I say that every summer, though.  And, 3 weeks is still a good, long while.  I don’t want to start counting down the days until summer is over, thus missing out on the rest of my summer.  I want to live in the present as much as possible;  enjoying these nice, long days with Bennett and Michael playing in the yard, swimming at the pool, and traveling around at our leisure.

With that in mind, I’ve constructed a few summery crafts.  I am NOT a super crafty person, but I do like to make little things from time to time to cheer up the house or change the decor a bit without spending a thousand dollars.  A little summer wreath and some pinwheels seemed to fit the bill–easy and cheap.  I found a tutorial on one of my favorite blogs:  Jones Design Company.  If you don’t follow it, you should.  This woman is a freakin’ genius at decorating and styling her home.  Plus, she’s a mom of 4 and a believer.  I really enjoy her perspective on things.

Here are my little crafty creations to help me hold on to summer for a little longer with a link to the tutorial, so you can make your own!

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The tutorial is just for the paper medallions.  I already had the wreath, but I got it at Hobby Lobby and just hot glued the medallions on the side.  By the way, if you don’t have it already, get the Hobby Lobby app on your phone.  They always have a 40% off coupon on there.

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Her tutorial is slightly different in that she used pencils to hold her pinwheels up and I used skewers.  Pencils would’ve worked better since hers probably spin whereas mine do not, but I didn’t have any pencils on hand and I didn’t want to buy any just for this project.  Plus, pencils remind me that school is about to start and I’m trying to think opposite of that, remember?