Monday, August 17, 2009

Celebrating One Another

"Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all." Proverbs 31:29

Have you ever had a friend that blesses you beyond measure?
A friend that comes over, joyfully volunteers to take your newborn treasure, and cares for your other two treasures while you sleep?
A friend that is always the first one there when your little world is falling a part?
A friend that sits in your living room and sings, "He's got the whole world in his hands" and cries with you at the loss of your sixth little treasure?
A friend that has cooked countless meals and planned and hosted countless parties on your behalf?
A friend that has taken your children over night so that you can get 12 glorious hours of peace and quiet with the man that you love?
A friend that somehow just makes you feel blessed when she walks in the room.
A friend that makes you want to be THAT kind of friend?

Well, I have one such amazing friend. She is indescribably selfless and full of kind words. She overflows with gratefulness for the big and the small things in life. She is the kind of friend that makes me want to be a better friend.

And this weekend I had the absolute pleasure and delight of having a celebration in honor of her first little treasure, Laylie Joanelle, due to arrive this October.

No amount of extravagance seems enough to bless such a friend as my friend Melinda Grace White!
But Monique and Danielle and Lisa and I tried our best!

We had an afternoon tea party! It was elegant and dainty. We really had a blast.

But my absolute most favorite parts were our dear friend Marla sharing her heart and her wisdom about Mommyhood; and our time of prayer over Mindy and Laylie.

Throughout the past few weeks I have been thinking of specific qualities that we could prayer over Laylie's little life. I found a scripture to go with each quality and my amazingly talented roommate turned them into these awesome cards with Laylie's name inserted into each scripture.

We gathered around our Mindy and laid hands on her perfectly round belly. I passed out the scripture cards and each person at the party was able to pray a specific quality over Laylie. It was so intimate and powerful and a great blessing. I am starting to think that the greatest blessings we can give one another as moms are those of leading one another back to Christ. Back to the one who not only created life, but who gives purpose to that life. Marla so humbly reminded us all to stop comparing and consciously choose to celebrate one another. And that's what this day was all about. Celebrating a true gem in all of our lives, Our Mindy!

Just a few more photos of our day...

My precious friend... I hope you know what a gift you are to every person who has walked into your life. You are so loved! I loved every minute of celebrating you and the incredible woman that the Lord has created you to be! LOVE YOU!