Last Thursday, our family was completely humbled and blessed by the sweet ladies in our Singles and Widow's Ministry at Stetson Baptist. They contacted me back in May about the possibility of doing a shower for baby Micah at their first September meeting. They normally meet once a month to have a hot dog lunch and watch a movie. The email said "instead of watching a movie, they wanted to watch me open baby gifts." So very sweet!
They made sure to invite Jonah and Dan. Ms. Louise told me ahead of time that Jonah would have a few gifts to open. I didn't know how he would react to being doted on my that many people at once. I had nothing to worry about. He walked in to see Ms. Dottie and felt completely comfortable from that point forward. Those two kind of like each other! :-)
The sweet lady who spearheaded this event is Ms. Louise Murphy. She has such a heart for ministry and is such a servant in our church. She loves those widows and singles and pours her life into them. We, like so many others, are blessed for knowing her. She read a super sweet book called "The Invisible String" to all of us then gave the book to Jonah. As soon as she started reading, Jonah moved to the very front to sit under her while she read.
Ms. Hazel Morris prayed the sweetest prayer over me and baby Micah. I'm sorry there is no picture of her praying but I guess everyone else prayed as she did. Then, Ms. Gloria Barker read several verses of scripture about babies and parenting. I was already teary eyed from just the prayer time and scripture.
Jonah totally racked up on the gifts. See all of those gifts around him? Yeah, they are ALL his!
He moved to the rocker to have a picture taken with all of Micah's gifts. Little Micah racked up on the gifts also. He just doesn't know it yet! :-)
Before we opened gifts, everyone had root beer floats. Somehow, Dan ended up with the biggest one there. Imagine that?
Some of the ladies got together and sang a few nursery rhymes for us. It was quite entertaining!
One of the first gifts I opened was a beautiful homemade quilt. Jonah got up from his gifts to oooh and ahhh over it. He was quite the ham. He entertained us for most of the shower!
(The pictures are a little out of order because they are from different cameras. Iphoto was giving me problems reorganizing them so I'm just going with the order they are in Iphoto.)
The ladies all lined up for one of those yummy hot dogs with all the fixings. This is a staple of every gathering they have and people love them. I can see why! Oh, I almost forgot one cute story from the day. When we arrived, I noticed all the ladies wearing name tags. I thanked several of them and told them that even though we have been here a year now, we still don't know all the names and we were so appreciative of them being thoughtful enough to wear those name tags. She looked at me without missing a beat and said "Oh honey, these aren't for you. We are old and can barely remember our own names. These are for us!!!!"
Midway through opening gifts, we stopped so they could present Dan with a special gift. They gave him a "Daddy's Diaper Kit" complete with an apron, nose plugs, ear plugs, face mask, etc. It was such a cute idea and everyone loved hearing what each item was for. And Dan, being Dan, totally played it up. He is such a good sport.
To say we were blessed is an understatement. This is what Micah's room looked like when we brought everything in from the car. I (being the "must get things done" person that I am) spent several hours that night, going thorough all the bags and boxes and organizing everything.
When all was said and done, this is how it looked. You can see his high chair, bouncy seat and diapers all in the corner. Everything else is sorted too. Jonah's stash is on the left. Can you see how many things he got? He totally racked up!
Yep, this is all for Jonah! He got a few duplicates that we will exchange and then most everything else we are rationing to entertain him during the days when Micah is born and those early newborn days.
Micah got SO many useful things. From diapers to wipes to bath supplies to safety items. He is already one blessed little baby.