Hometown Baby Shower

We had an awesome baby shower in my hometown on Saturday!!

My mom, sister, and two friends from home hosted this very special day, and it was SO very encouraging to us…

Perfect timing.

I think all along I have pictured our “waiting” period to be very different.

Isn’t that the time when everything we need to do is done, and we just sit around and wait, praying together every day, poring over Scripture by candlelight, and twiddling our thumbs until we get “The Call”?

Waiting has looked very different for us.  Of course we are praying, but waiting has been a whole lot more active than I anticipated.  Sure, all our paperwork is complete.  But all the usual preparations still have to happen: registries, guest lists, adoption fund-raising, researching pediatricians, recalculating your budget, thank-you notes… trying to sell your condo so you can actually start a nursery with all the gifts your moms are currently storing for you. ;)  It’s all very exciting, and there is nothing bad about any of these things.  But unlike the waiting period I pictured — with soooo much time on my hands — turns out I still have to be just as disciplined about carving out time to pray… reading devotions on motherhood… reading books about babies… and spending quiet time with God.  These things do not naturally become easier because all the paperwork is done.

So here’s the thing about showers: Far more than the gifts you receive (which of course are so appreciated and needed), it’s always more about having all the people who love and support you all together in one place.  It’s that reminder of these people in your life who are there to help you, love you, and encourage you.  I can’t even describe how overwhelmingly grateful we are for the family and friends we have… and to know the love this baby has already.  It’s truly incredible!

Here’s a recap in pictures…

Dad made these wood tiles, and my sister did the lettering... They are so talented!

Dad made these wood tiles, and my sister did the lettering… They are so talented!

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Trey and me with our hostesses.

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It was Trey’s very first baby shower… and he did great! ;)

There was someone very special we were thinking of that day that we wanted to honor...

There was someone very special we were thinking of that day and wanted to honor… This letter/poem was displayed in a frame.

I love this moment captured between Trey and one of the ladies at my home church. They have welcomed him in with open arms, and he loves them just as much!

I LOVE this moment captured between Trey and one of the ladies at my home church. They have all welcomed him in with open arms since day one — and he loves them just as much!

There is so much love in the community of believers at my church in St. Pauls, as these pictures show.

There is so much love among my church family in St. Pauls, as these pictures show.

So grateful Trey's mom and Aunt Carol got to come!

So grateful that Trey’s mom and Aunt Carol got to come!

We got lots of help opening presents!

We got lots of help opening presents!

And we received some amazing gifts.

And we received some amazing gifts.

Next generation of Tarheel fans...

One happy Tarheel daddy!

I can't wait to read this.

I cannot wait to read this.

We are so thankful to everyone who came and to everyone who helped make this day what it was.  You blessed us more than you know…

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(Today's adoration scripture over at everybitterthingissweet on Instagram.)

(Today’s adoration scripture over at everybitterthingissweet on Instagram.)

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