Wednesday, November 25, 2009

~ Women ~

Last night, my best friends and family threw me a surprise shower. I seriously had NO idea! I am shocked that they pulled this whole big thing together, especially the week of Thanksgiving.

I was just sitting at home (in my PJs of course) waiting on my BFF to arrive from out of town. Then, my sis-n-law and friends came in and told me to hurry and get dressed. (Well, seeing how I have about 2 outfits left that fit, it didn’t take me long to get ready).

We loaded up and they took me to a 3D ultrasound place where my aunt and hubby’s mom and sis met us as well. They all got to meet baby Evie! She looks like a little chunker already; I’m thinking she’s got my chubby cheeks for sure =)

Then, as if that wasn’t enough, we went to a restaurant where the rest of the amazing ladies in my life were waiting. The shower theme was “nesting” and my sis-n-law invited everyone to bring “meaningful” gifts. They definitely were!! I love every single thing I got! I really need to get a hope chest for Evie for some of the stuff.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving which, of course, reminds me of all the blessings in my life. While I am incredibly thankful for everything God has blessed me with, after last night I am focused today on how thankful I am for the ladies in my life.

Last night, I was looking around and thinking... I have all these incredible women close to me. I know that there is no way I would be able to be smiling and laughing through all of this without them.

What is so amazing about these girls is the fact that although they are all incredibly different, they all have a very common trait:

They are genuine.

They are themselves and although not perfect, they are beautiful, funny and full of love. They have all been through difficult times and they are all so strong! Some have helped raise me and others I have only met over the past few years, but they are all incredibly important to me. Many of them have seen me at my absolute worst, yet they never gave up on me. 

I know that these women already love my daughter; they already accept her. They don’t have to give false words of comfort because they truly believe and hope for the best for her. They don’t shy away when things are difficult or uncomfortable. Their faith in God is so strong that I feel their prayers and I know that they truly believe it when they say Evie will be okay.

My mom is one of my best friends and that is one of the biggest reasons I started wanting a daughter. Not just for the frilly dresses and the barbie dolls, but for the bigger things; seeing her walk down the aisle with her daddy, helping her go through pregnancy and start a family of her own. My hope is that Evie will grow up and become a part of this special group. That she will get to know these amazing women and love them all as much as I do.

I am so thankful that during what might be the hardest time in my life, God has given me such a wonderful group of family and friends. I truly hope that I can be even half of the comfort and inspiration to them that they are to me.

Happy Thanksgiving!! =)

Baby Evie~ 35 Weeks