This past Saturday that sweet celebration occurred. We called it a "celebration" and not a "shower" because I had already had an amazing shower back in October, did not want people to have to buy more gifts, and did not want that to be the focus. So we kept it to a small group of women who had walked closely with me throughout my infertility journey - invited 9 and 7 were able to attend - and specified no gifts (although they did go against my wishes and contributed towards a mani/ pedi gift certificate...).
It was a sweet, sweet time. I know I was supposed to be on "bedrest," but I promise this was the ONLY thing I did for 3 days and I lounged while there. I just didn't want to miss this special time planned! We feasted on an amazing potluck brunch, and had a delightful time just being together. The hostesses then brought out cards with Psalm 139 printed on them, and we prayed together through each section - thanking God, praising God, and asking for his blessing in the life of my son. I cried as I prayed, and I don't really think there was a dry eye in the room. I cannot thank God enough.
That was our morning - simple and sweet - and I loved it. I am blessed with wonderful friends. Here are some pictures of the event - my friends really know how to set a table, don't they?! :)
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 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.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.