Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Baby Shower

Towards the end of May, the dear ladies in our home church hosted a lovely baby shower for Ryan and Ashley. What a special and fun time it was! Surrounded by loving friends and family there were smiles, hugs, much laughter, and the simple pleasure of being in one another's company and rejoicing together for this new little life that the Lord has given.

The afternoon of the shower, Mama, Leah and I went over a little early to see how
everything was decorated and to help finish up a few last minute details. This is what greeted us . . .

One of the tables . . . isn't it lovely? Since it wasn't for certain whether baby was a boy or a girl, the colors were both blue, pink and neutrals

We all loved this . . . photos from Ryan and Ashley's wedding accompanied by beautiful, and timely, Scripture verses.


"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

"For You created my inmost being, You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book
before one of them came to be." (Psalm 139:13-16)

(many others were shared as well)


Lots of presents for the new parents and baby!

One of the ladies and one of the ladies' daughters putting together some of the treats

Leah capturing some of the happenings on Mom's camera

Finishing up with last minute things and . . . waiting

Before long, the other guests arrived as well as Ryan and Ashley and the other men in our home church (the men stayed for the first game of the shower, and then headed to Home Depot together to help Ryan get some construction supplies he needed.)

The very happy soon-to-be parents

After photos of them both, a fun game was played - Ryan against Ashley . . . who can dress the baby doll the fastest . . . blindfolded! Leah and I tied the blindfolds on and the fun began (and believe me, it was hilarious not only watching, but listening to those two!) . . .


The diaper goes on first!

Watching the race . . . who will win . . . Ryan or Ashley?

They stayed very close at the beginning, but then Ashley pulled away when it came time to put the sleeper on and finished with flying colors!

Me taking photos and capturing memories

One of the games we ladies played . . . finding something that has to do with baby that begins with each letter of the alphabet . . . which is more difficult to do than what at first appears. Especially when you have only a minute in which to do it!

Dear Phyllis with part of another game . . . in which we all tested our memory skills! After a quick look in the little wash tub, we were to write down as many things that we could remember seeing.

A game for the girls . . . with your eyes closed, how many safety pins can you find in the bowl of rice?

After a few more games, then came the opening of the gifts. The littlest girls loved this part . . . bringing the gifts over to Ashley, watching with excitement as she opened them, and yes, helping just a bit on some of the unwrapping. :) It was so cute watching them! Meanwhile, Leah was the 'secretary' writing down what came from who . . .


Looking at an afghan that Leah crocheted for baby

One of the little girls really helped on this gift and was showing Ashley some of the treasures in the box! And these were adorable little towels and washcloths that Mama made.

Opening another gift from a friend

The gift opening was so fun and especially seeing all of the adorable, useful, and thoughtful gifts that were given. After gifts it was time for refreshments and visiting which was so nice . . .

Lori serving up the punch

Ashley and Leah (and baby, too :)

The littlest girls cleaning up and throwing away all of the wrapping paper

One aspect of the shower that was really nice and that was so special was the passing on of wisdom from those who are parents (and grandparents) to the new parents. Many cards were written on and then they were compiled into a book.

Mama writing on one of the cards


At the very end of the shower, after the men came back, Ashley read each of the cards aloud . . .


Much wisdom and good advice was shared with the new parents . . . with the focus being upon encouragement regarding teaching and training this little one for the Lord.

Looking back, it makes this shower all the more special now after meeting precious Adelyn. She came into the world loved, treasured and prayed for by her parents, her family, and so many others. God has been so good, and my heart fills with joy whenever I think of His great blessing of giving little Adelyn!

7 comments:

  1. Ashley & Ryan's baby shower looked like a lot of fun to be at. I wished I could have been there to watch the first game where they dressed the baby blindfolded. I've been to few baby showers before but not to the one that involves the first game just yet. I have noticed that you took pictures of the gifts that Leah and your mom made for Adelyn. Beautiful! But where is yours? I would have loved to see what you made too.

    I didn't make a comment last time on the 2nd post of pictures of Adelyn and your family. Love it.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this, Sarah! It is so much fun to have a peek into what was going on several months ago - that we didn't know about :). Ryan and Ashley's "who can dress a doll the fastest" sounds like it must have been fun to watch! Thank you again for sharing this special day!

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  3. Thank you for your kind comment, Leah! The shower was a lot of fun – we all had a wonderful time! Thank you for your sweet comments regarding the gifts . . . I may post about the one I made soon. I’ll have to see!

    I am glad you enjoyed the photos of Adelyn and our family!

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  4. You’re welcome, Anna! Ryan and Ashley’s “who can dress a doll the fastest” was so fun to watch! And it definitely provided for a lot of laughter. :) Thank you for your comment, and I am glad that you enjoyed the post!

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  5. I enjoyed reading about Ashley and Ryan's baby shower – baby showers are a lovely idea but are not at all common in the UK. It looks like it was great fun! Thank you for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Anna

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  6. I am glad that you enjoyed it, Anna! That is interesting that baby showers are not common over in the UK. It is always interesting to me to hear about the different cultural differences from country to country!

    Yes, the shower was great fun!

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  7. Baby showers are such fun! :o) Looks like everyone had lots of fun! :o)

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)