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Saturday, September 24, 2011

A “Wild” Baby Shower

IMG_2533Lindsay with her Mom at her baby shower.

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of helping host a baby shower for Lindsay Collins. A sweet gal I would have never known well had it not been for a common bond we shared . . . we both lost our first babies. A little over a year ago, Lindsay experienced what all mommies dread – an ultrasound with no heartbeat. She lost her little one just shy of her 1st trimester and her dreams were dashed in an instant . . . her heart devastated. Needless to say, we bonded quickly after that because we could just sit together and cry. Nothing needed to be said. We were just there for each other. It’s a lonely place and that’s all there is to it.

In the wake of her loss, I had the opportunity to share encouragement through what the Lord had taught me through that season of loss and what helped me begin to hope again in the Lord’s plans for my life (baby or no baby). I don’t know how much it helped but I do know we formed a friendship in which we could be totally transparent – good, bad, or ugly. Friendships like this are rare and precious. Long story, short – Lindsay is pregnant and expecting her “second” child (a baby boy) this October. Praise the Lord!! What a joy to shed tears of sorrow and then tears of joy with a dear friend. It’s been comforting to see her belly and anticipation grow in what her heart has longed for for a while. Ironically, Lindsay has been able to comfort me as we faced our second loss in May. God never wastes our hurts if we let Him use us. I’m thankful for Lindsay and God’s provision for her life.

A close-up of the invitations I made for Lindsay’s shower.

I enjoyed mixing and matching animal prints with safari stickers. Double click if you’d like to see a close-up.

I had some leftover cardstock, so I made some thank you’s for her as well.

I consider this THE pregnant woman’s savory snack – pickles and deli meat with a cream cheese mixture. They were delicious! I need to get the recipe.

Adorable little safari animals topped yummy cupcakes. Of course, I based my cupcake selection not on the animal but rather the amount of icing on top.

1 comment:

  1. I like your style in choosing the cupcakes!!