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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Alexa's Baby Showers

To say that Alexa Hope is loved is an understatement as evidenced by the pictorial documentary of the three showers held in her honor this month (I've also included a very special tea party held in her honor in California when we visited Chris' family at Thanksgiving). Alexa could very well be the most blessed baby in utero ever!! For those of you who contributed to the bounty of blessings we received on her behalf - we want to send a HUGE thank you your way!! Words cannot truly express our gratitude for your generosity, your presence in our lives, and most of all, your prayers and encouragement on this journey of trusting & waiting. Each shower was a very special blessing that made us (especially mommy) feel incredibly loved. Thank you for taking the time to celebrate with us!! I wish I had time to attach a picture of every sweet gift Alexa received but it's incentive for you to visit us so you can check them out yourselves.

"Special K's Tea Party" hosted by Carolyn Hardy (the cute gal on the far left) in November. Great Grandma Lois Graf is sitting to Carolyn's back right.

My table setting including the "You Are Special Today" plate - a family tradition - and a paraphrased prayer from Psalm 139 the women read and prayed over me.

The amazing hostesses at Alexa's church shower. Left to right: Esta (a dear international friend studying at OU), Natalie Crabtree, Kelly Westerman, Nicole McCormick, Joanna Buley, me, Jenny Rempel, Ginger Tinney, Misty Dolphin & Pat Yokley.


The beautiful centerpiece - I don't have a picture to do justice to the amount of food at this shower. However, it was a feast fit for a king (or at least a very pregnant mommy) including baked brie, scones, cinnamon rolls, cake balls, fresh fruit, monkey bread, sausage balls, quiche, breakfast casserole . . . shall I go on? Because there was more!

The proud aunts - Aunt Holly (Kelsey's sis) and Aunt Kelly (Chris' sis). This is Holly's first time to be an aunt, and Kelly traveled all the way from Washington D.C. to celebrate with us.

Oh yes, "Baby 411" - a book I'm sure I'll be referencing OFTEN in the days to come. Do they offer one on Labor & Delivery?

The sweet hostesses at Alexa's "Friends & Family" shower. Left to right - Becky Lippoldt, Shannon Ho, Shanna Rumburg, me, Martisha Green & Holly Moore.

The spread. And no . . . that is not the centerpiece. The black & white gift is actually the cake - AMAZING!! It tasted amazing too - thanks Becky.

A handmade banner that we'll proudly display at the hospital as well - thanks Martisha.

A family affair . . . Chris's mom, a.k.a. "Ama" (pronounced like mama without the "m") / Chris' mom, Aunt Holly, Kelsey's mom, a.k.a. "Mimi", me and Aunt Kelly.

The hostesses (also Chris' coworkers) at Alexa's OU Shower. LeeAnn Victery, proud papa, Chris, me, Pam Hicks, Kirstin Krug & Annaly Beck. Quite a salty group, don't you think!? If I were a National Merit Scholar - I'd definitely choose OU!!

The beautiful set up in the conference room. Again - no detail is left undone . . . even a baby buggy!

Perhaps the verse on this baby blanket best sums up our heart concerning Alexa Hope, "For this child I have prayed." 1 Samuel 1:27. Thank you Lord for the blessed & undeserved gift of our little sweet pea.

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