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Gotta Love Baby Showers

I (Julie) organized a baby shower last night for our youth pastor's wife. They are a young couple and don't have a lot of money, so it was really fun to "bless her socks off" with lots of useful items for her baby layette.

I enjoy planning fiestas to celebrate life stages. I believe it's really important to recognize rites of passages in one's journey.

This was the program:

We sang a few songs

Our pastor's wife gave a meditation on motherhood

I did a bunch of fun baby shower games:

*Can't say the word "baby" during the evening, or someone will take your sticker. The person with most stickers at the end of the night wins!

*List as many baby items that you can that start with the letters of the baby's name (or you can do the mom and dad's names).

*Guess the mom's waist measurement by cutting yarn...the closest measurement wins!

*I had 15 baby items on a tray and the women got to observe the items for 30 seconds, then had to recall them all. No one got all 15, but one woman got 14. She won a prize.

The mom-to-be opened her presents and she had to guess what was inside. If she guessed right, she got to decorate the gift-giver with make up, if she guessed wrong, the gift-giver got to decorate her. This was a HUGE hit.

Disclaimer: you have to know the mom if she has the personality to like being "made up".

I made a scrapbook for the mom and all the women wrote down their best advice and encouragement on a page. We assembled the book and I presented it to her.

Lastly, we prayed for her and asked God to give her wisdom as a new mommy. She was really touched. This baby shower reminded me once again what a blessing it is to serve a child as his/her mom. No one else was chosen for the job, but you!


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