Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Baby Shower Joy

I have been so blessed by the generosity, love and support of our family and friends during this exciting season. This pregnancy has been a little stressful for a couple reasons - but it was such a joy to stop and celebrate the blessing that this little child is! 

The first baby shower was thrown by my best friends from college. It was so wonderful to get together at Jody's house and celebrate! Also it meant so much to me that my sweet Audrey drove all the way from Charlotte to be there :)

Adorable balloons that made me tear up when I saw them outside :) #pregnancyhormones


Adorable diaper cake made by the one and only Courtney Samuelson! I wish I had taken more pictures of all the decorations that Court made - she really made so many adorable things! 


With the sweet hosts of the shower! Court, me and Jodes

All the girls at the shower! So blessed by each one of these friends in my life and so humbled by their friendship.

One last pic with Shanny :)

The second shower was thrown by my mom and my sisters. They invited a lot of our family friends - the women from our church growing up who have known me since I was a toddler. It was so special to celebrate with them as well - get lots of advice and just be around these wise women who have loved me so well for all my life. It was a great reminder to me of how truly blessed I am.

The decorations for this shower were straight out of a magazine. Seriously my sisters are amazing at making things look exactly like Pinterest!

The punch was seriously the best punch I've ever had. The flowers were given by sweet Tracy from Springwell Gardens - she did the flowers for my wedding too. Those jars/vases on the mantle and on the table were spray painted the prettiest baby pink! 

The best gift: our stroller and carseat!!! My sisters all pitched in to give us this gift and I was so surprised and thankful and excited! :) It made everything so much more real.

And to cap it off, my sweet friend, Kristi, from work threw me such a sweet shower at her beautiful home in Durham. Almost all my co-workers (and former co-workers) were there and it was such a sweet time to be with these incredible women that I work with every day. I was totally spoiled by all their gifts (and the amazing food - yes Kristi did include caffeine free Coke! Does she know me or what?)... and the best part was when they asked how they could be praying for me and we spent some time in prayer. I really feel so humbled to work with such an amazing group of women who just showered their love on our little family. I am also SO sad because I didn't take a single dang picture! But it was such a special time and I left feeling so overwhelmed by God's grace in my life.

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Nicole