I had requested healthy food, NO CAKE (I know, its like a pregnant sin) and the food couldn't have been more delicious. We indulged in some brie, crackers, pink lemonade, tea, fruit salad, and veggies and dip. After all my hard work this pregnancy, it seemed counter productive to be eating cakes and sweets at the ceremony. (don't worry, there were a few lemon cookies here, and they were delicious)
We started the ceremony with everyone reading their poems, prayers, or quotes. I'm going to share a few:
"No one ever told her about this thing called 'mothering.' Maybe because it was a journey of discovery. Her greatest work of art, her biggest lesson in letting go, where she'd learn to nurture a 'self' to shine bright and find her own self in the process. No one can tell you that. You have to live it, to know it, and when you do, it changes you forever." - Bone Sigh arts (From my Sister in Law Andrea)
"Happy are those who dream, and are ready to pay the price to make them come true" (from my Mom)
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me, and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." Jeremiah 29: 11-12 (from my Grandma)
Next, we went around the table again, everyone sharing their gifts and crafts. My friend Stephanie made me a birth art statue, Nicole brought a beautiful pregnant Willow Tree Pregnant statue, My Grandma made some beautiful cards, MIL Hattie also made a me a card, with a gorgeous beaded cross on the front of it.
From my SIL Sharon, she made a gorgeous "name" for us to hang in the baby room. (we will share when she is here what that name is!) Kayla made a gorgeous scrapbook page with a wonderful quote, Kelly gave me journals, to write anything that comes to mind while raising 2 children, and some much needed diapers. My mom hand my daughter color a picture for us, and shared some sweet wishes and a thank you from G for being such wonderful parents.
Lastly, my Grandma (tried) to read a letter from my Great Aunt Sherry,
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all He has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus..... For I Can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength" Phillippians 4:6,7,13"
I feel so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so many strong women. Women who know how to love, and it flows from their veins. I wish everyone could feel this much love before going on their birthing journey. I want to thank everyone who had any part of my blessingway, allowing it to happen, and making it happen. Now, in these last few weeks of pregnancy, I have nothing but positive words, quotes, prayers, letters, pictures, artwork, statues, surrounding me and my family as we go through this journey. I am more ready than ever.
|My MIL Hattie and I|
|Some of the birth art and quotes|
|Grandma and Mom|
|Kelly and I|
|My "moments of clarity" jar for after the baby|
|Pregnant Willow Tree statue|
|Bracelet made for the baby|
|The other side of the mandala|
|more birth art|
|My favorite quote|
|Card from Hattie|