Since becoming a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Discussion Group Leader, I try to do a blessing shower for all of the pregnant ladies or new mommies at my table. This year, my table had 4! I just love the blessing shower concept. I'll never do a traditional baby shower again. Everyone would much rather spend their time blessing the mother-to-be rather than playing games most people dread. I got the idea from an Above Rubies magazine and I really hope it spreads. Here is a picture of the lovely ladies in their various stages of pregnancy or post-pregnancy. We give them foot soaks, neck and shoulder massages, hand rubs and painted their toenails. I think they look so beautiful in their daisy crowns! Such gorgeous princesses, daughters of the King.Before we start pampering them, everybody brings their favorite mothering bible verse, lyrics to a song or something funny or touching about motherhood to read aloud. We had to pass the tissue around the room for this part of the shower. I love seeing what people come up with. One of the mommies-to-be is my friend, Girlie. Her mom was unable to be there because she lives overseas. However, she sent a wonderful writing about motherhood for Girlie's friend to read to her. It was a very special moment. I sure wish I would have had it on video! The gal to the left is my friend, Cora. She came two hours early and helped me set everything up and helped with the fresh flower crowns. Love ya, Cora!
Here are the beautiful princesses standing in front of the wonderful food. I decided not to have a cake this time and everybody was just fine with it. I always ask each guest to bring a finger food which helps keep the cost (and work) of the shower way down. I put this shower on for a total of $22, which was mostly the flowers. A blessing shower can be really inexpensive! I use quilts to decorate and our ladies are the center pieces with their colorful crowns.
After the food, our ladies get foot soaks and neck and shoulder massages. Then we massage lotion into their hands. I just love the way the guests always jump in and help with this part. I'm also thrilled that I now have enough room in my house to do this. Before I always had it on the deck and hoped the weather would stay nice. I don't have to worry about that now. Thank you God for our addition!
I had fun painting my friend, Leslie's, toenails. She was so cute. She said to me, "All I can think about is that I want to do this for someone else". Yes, pay it forward, My Dear!
Here is another fellow DGL, Tonya, massaging Beth's feet. This can be such a wonderful time of fellowship.
I love this picture of Girlie, relaxing in a rocking chair. I like the way the light is shining down on her face. She just looks so contented.