Saturday, November 15, 2008

Harper's Shower

This morning my church gave me a WONDERFUL shower for Harper. It was just so overwhelming and perfect. I am SO thankful for my church family and my Sunday School class. If you are not plugged into a church - you are missing out - it is so nice to have an "extended family" of so many kind and Godly people. I love everyone so much!!! This post has about a ton of pictures but I want to remember it all! This was the front table where I had people sign my baby book.
This is my beautiful friend Rachel who prayed for me so hard when we were struggling for a baby and who encouraged me and I just adore her. She worked so hard at the shower and made sure that everything was just perfect.

There were 12 very special girls who helped throw this shower for me and I am so thankful for each one. They made it absolutely perfect and they are all sweet friends to me. This was a picture of me and 10 of them (and the food table!)

Laurie and I.
Yesterday I got a letter in the mail from Laurie that just made me cry. She wanted to give me "sisterly" advice and just some thoughts before I had Harper. It is something I'm going to treasure forever because I just love that we are raising girls together.
All I can say over and over is "God is just SO good!"

Me and the two Judys. This is my mom on the left and Scott's mom on the right. I was so glad they were both able to come and be there!
The cutest cookies in the world
I LOVED these petit fours with Harper's monogram.
Two of my old TRI CHI sisters came to the shower and I was so excited! They are both very special to me and I was thrilled to have them there.
This is my friend Kelli that I used to work with and I miss her so much. She is one of my most favorite people in the world. I was so excited she came today! It was so good to see her and visit with her!
This is my pretty friend Isabel. She and her husband are moving soon to North Carolina and I'm going to miss them SO much. They were the first friends we made in Sunday School and we think the world of them!
My friend Hillary surprised me and drove up from Little Rock for the shower! I was so excited to see her that I almost starting bawling on the spot but I held it back. She came with Shannon and Katie and I was thrilled they all came. They are so sweet - they sat on the front row and watched me open all the gifts.
Jessica and Caryn - they are so cute
Some of my favorite girls - I didn't get a picture of half of the people that came because I was opening gifts for almost the whole 2 hours and I just had my mom taking pictures. But I was so thankful to everyone that came.
This is Ginger and her little girl Alex. Alex is just precious. She helped me open most of the gifts and she did so great!
Laurie was so sweet to write all my gifts down for me. I enjoyed having her up there with me.
One of the precious smocked dresses I got - I love it so much!
Scott and his dad came up after the shower to help us load the car - this is me with Scott and his parents. Scott and his dad worked hard all day fixing things around the house and putting together the stroller, the pack and play, the bouncy seat and anything else that needed put together. They were a HUGE help. And Judy helped me after we got home to organize things.
Me and 3 pregnant girls from class - we were missing Ginger. Vonda is due in May, Amy is due with TWINS in April and Robin is due in March. I love sharing this with them!
Mary Avery helped with the shower and her husband brought up her sweet little boy John Michael at the end. He is precious - even in an ALABAMA outfit. I would say Roll Tide right now but I have too many Mississippi State friends. (I just want an SEC team in the championship, ya'll. But I think FL might be our hope!)
Amy and Berkli
All of my wonderful gifts. My friends Rachel and Elizabeth worked so hard to display everything and get it all organized. I just love them. I can't even tell you how many wonderful things we got. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO blessed.
A peek at Harper's room as it is exploding with gifts. I will be working the next few weeks to get everything organized. Let's hope she doesn't decide to come early. ha!
I promise to post pictures of the nursery eventually - I just want to wait until I have everything on the walls!

45 comments:

The Garners said...

What a GREAT GREAT DAY!! The cookies and the petit fours--oh my, so cute cute cute cute!!! You look great! And did your Mom plan her outfit to coordinate with H's nursery bedding!? She looks so cute, too! All your friends look like they're super sweet. I can't tell for sure, but I think that might be the same pink smocked dress that Alexee wore for her first birthday and it is one of my favorites--it's so beautiful and girly! I finished your painting and sent it home with Mom--I really really really hope that you are pleased with it!? I loved doing it--thank you for asking me to! Loved all your pictures! Looks like you have lots to unpack and put in her room!

In His Army said...

What a wonderful shower. WIsh I could have been there too! I got a sneak peak at your painting with the verse and IT. IS. AWESOME.!!!! Glad you had such a wonderful day!

Lana said...

Hi! I've been reading your blog for a while now and I just love it! Your shower looked absolutely wonderful! Those cookies are adorable!! Wow! I'm so glad you have a wonderful "extended family" like that...my fiance and I are looking for a church and I am definately praying for that! See your pictures of a wonderful group give me hope! I can't wait to see pictures of the nursery!

Laurie said...

I had so much fun writing things down at the shower. It was a wonderful morning! I look more pregnant than you in these pictures. Emily always tells me I am big and soft. Can't wait to see everything all organized in Harper's room.

VanderbiltWife said...

Organizing and putting away all those sweet baby things is so much fun. Enjoy the sweet time. And as a mom of an almost-three-week-old I can give the sage advice of SLEEP! SLEEP NOW!

Jennifer said...

What a great shower!! Seriously, Robin is going to need to open a bakery! Those cookies are too cute!! It looks like you and Harper got some great gifts. I love the little sneak peak we got of the nursery. I cannot wait to see it all finished!

Natasha said...

What a wonderful shower!!! You look great, and I am SO HAPPY for you! I am continuing to keep you in my prayers as the date gets closer!

ka1t_lyn said...

Your shower looks like it was wonderful! Thank you for sharing all of these pictures. You seem to have a wonderful church "family" that takes very good care of you :) You're going to have a lot of work organizing all that, which is good-- it will keep you busy until she gets here!

Laura Ann said...

You had an awesome shower and you are so sweet and so deserving of every second of it. Looks as if you got lots of wonderful things and had wonderful fellowship with people you have not seen in a while. You are going to be busy for the next few weeks getting all that stuff organized, but it is going to be so much fun. Looking forward to seeing final pictures of the Nursery. Harper is so BLESSED!

R said...

i love showers! these photos make me itch to host another one soon!! :0)

Jilly said...

Just perfect, Kelli -- you are, indeed, very blessed!

Kendra said...

What a fun shower!! You must feel so very loved =-).
Great pics!!! I felt like I was at the shower too!...could almost taste those yummy cookies =-).
Loved the sneak peak at the nursery- can't wait to see the whole thing!!!!

Michelle said...

Wow, now that is a baby shower.

You are very blessed with great friends. Isn't that so much fun opening all those gifts.

All the excitement has to be kicking in.

Angie said...

How cute! I love all the pictures from your shower! The cookies look so cute. Your dress was beautiful, it looks like you had a great day!

Jacquie said...

What a beautiful shower!!! Those cookies are my favorite!

It's so hard to believe ... you're having showers, your little belly is just so cute, and sweet Baby Harper is to arrive very soon.

I loved getting to see you the yesterday - you're so stinkin' cute!!

Mandi said...

WOW!!! What a blessing to have such a great church family. You look absolutely stunning in that dress! I'm so glad everything was perfect for you today. (:

ilovepink said...

I know what you mean about a church family. When our daughter was born, we had meals delivered for two months. People are just so gracious and loving. It looks like you got some great things. Have fun putting them away and soak up every minute of this precious time. I loved playing lullaby music and working in the nursery before my princess was born. I am so blessed to be getting to do it again!

Melissa said...

What a great shower! You are so lucky to have such wonderful friends! I can't wait to see pictures of the nursery!

Jen said...

Kelly,

Looks like you had a great time today! I love baby showers! Please check out my latest post for a little "shout out" to you and Harper! :)

Jenna said...

Girl, you could not be any more loved, any more gorgeous, or have any more amazing friends if you TRIED. And you are so right - God is SO good!

What a perfect day! Loved seeing all the pictures and all of the presents! And I adore your dress - always such a stylin mama!

This post makes my heart do a little happy dance. :)

Staci said...

How fun! Harper is so blessed to have so many people love her! I can only imagine how fun it is to open all those gifts :)

Alex and Jill said...

Kelly, what a wonderful church family you have! I'm so happy for you and Scott...your blog is such an encouragement to so many people. Thank you for that!

michelle said...

I started tearing up as I was reading and looking at your pictures, I am so happy for you and I know you are going to be such a wonderful mother, it is truly a blessing from the Lord. Harper is going to be one blessed little girl to have a mother like you and a daddy like Scott :) The Lord is amazing!

Marc and Charity said...

Hey Kelly, I saw these pics on Facebook and it looks like you had a lot of fun. I'm so happy that you are blessed with good friends that have been such a blessing to you. I know you have enjoyed every second of every shower! :)

new mom in law said...

When I saw the picture of the girls that gave the shower, standing behind the table, I smiled to myself! I couldn't believe that is who GAVE the shower. I realized then how many people must be COMING to the shower. You may not really realize for many, many years how truly blessed you are. To be that loved is a gift. Harper is blessed already!

I loved the petit fours...my daughter had them at her wedding reception. Can you imagine monogramming over 150 of those? She did it as a gift! We all should be on our knees...........

Melissa said...

Wow Kelly!!! What a beautiful shower. God is soooo good, isn't He??
I cannot wait to see the nursery all fixed just the way you want it. How wonderful...I am getting all teary eyed. :-)

Hugs,
Melissa

Jen said...

WOW!! This post was so exciting to read! The shower was just so adorable! Those cookies and those precious petite fours!

How fun to get home and get everything organized and ready for your sweet little one...

I am so happy for you. What an exciting time!

~Jen

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful shower! You are blessed by many friends and it shows! Everything looks wonderful. Wherever do you all get those cute cookies? All the showers and parties you attend have the cutest cookies!

Joyce said...

Aren't baby showers the best thing ever! So much fun, especially when you already know what it is. It is also fun getting things organized and looking forward to using all the neat things. Thanks so much for sharing with us bloggers out here! Can't wait to see finished nursery pictures!

Julie said...

What a wonderful shower for such a derserving person! It is a testament to the number of people whose lives you have touched in some form or fashion! I so enjoy reading your blog and can't wait until the day that pictures of Harper become a part of it!

MiMi said...

What a beautiful shower you had! It looks like everything was absolutely perfect! I'm so glad that both Judys were able to be there, too. What a blessing to be surrounded by so many people who obviously love and support you! Can't wait to see the finished nursery pictures!

Betsy said...

You are truly blessed, Kelly!! I am so with you on having a sweet, loving, and supportive church family. It is so hard to explain the bond you have in Christ with your sisters in the Lord, but it is just like nothing else. Wow!!! I can't believe all your gifts!! Harper is a lucky girl!! What a wonderful day! :)

davidcatherinewilson said...

what an awesome shower! It is so neat to see all your friends and family are super excited about baby Harper. I know Alyson P. and Melinda K. in your top pic. they went to high school where we did and i go to BSF with Alyson. They are sweet girls.Small world.

Katie said...

Good-ness!! I cannot get over Harper's room! Look at all those goodies...hahaha! :o) And the shower looked beautiful, of course, esp. the cookies and the petit-fours...monogrammed petit-fours at that! Perfection! Oh, and I love the smocked dress...love, love, love it.

Katie said...

What a wonderful shower!! I had so much fun after Kaleb's showers putting everything away.

Laura said...

Great shower, Kelly. Little Miss Harper is set!! All she needs now is to make her blessed appearance.

Church friends are THE best! They are the very relationships and friendships that have endured for me and Wayne. Looks like you have some great ones, too!

Faith said...

Oh my!! That looks like so much fun!!! I love everything you got. And, the nursery is looking great!!!

Amanda said...

That was a beautiful shower! Looks like you got a lot of great things and almost ready for Harper now! :-) I cannot wait to see the nursery all finished!

Kara said...

What a pretty shower for such a pretty MAMA!! Everything looked just perfect and may blessing continue to pour over you & your sweet family! YOU DESERVE IT ALL.

Kelli said...

I'm Kelli. I love how your mom was dressed for the occassion.

Miz Jean said...

Wow! You had QUITE the baby day there! It is GREAT fun to put away all those shower gifts. Church families are wonderful gifts in and of themselves! Glad you had such a wonderful time!

Megan L Hutchings said...

Wow! What a shower ;)! I am so glad that you were able to have a shower with so many of your dearest friends. It looks like you got a lot of GREAT stuff ;)!

Angie said...

What an awesome shower! I can't wait to see that adorable nursery!

Leigh Ann said...

What a wonderful shower for such a wonderful girl! I SO wish I could have made it. I thought about you all day Saturday. It looks like you got some amazing things for Harper, and you looked beautiful in your brown dress. Girl, it is not long now until she is here. SO exciting.

I loved that you used your frame at the shower! :)

Amanda said...

What a great shower! I know it was an extra special celebration for your sweet friends who prayed so hard for you guys. God IS so good!