Baseball Baby Shower

It was a fun time celebrating Baby Callahan and meeting new people! We sure miss our friend Randi now that she’s in the metroplex, but we got her back in town to celebrate baby C!

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A friend of Randi’s (and now a new friend of mine!) made this incredible fabric/ribbon garland! I LOVE it & I’m looking for a reason to make my own!

The pictures on the mantle were borrowed from a friend (they are decoration from her son’s room..adorable!). And of course a lot of baseballs in an apothecary were a great touch! They weren’t fresh and clean either, seriously used baseballs!

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Another hostess shared her love of flowers by creating a few different flower arrangements. Sometimes baby boy showers can seem a less fun decorating, but when you can combine feminine touches for the momma, it always pulls together nicely!

 

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We had a few different “stations”. This was 1 of 2 (it was a large shower so we were looking to make sure we didn’t have lines or have ladies skipping out on the fun) diaper message areas. The baseball decor was from the same friend who has a baseball room bedroom for her little boy.

The next picture was the second diaper message area, as well as where the “sign in” was which was actually made up of envelopes for each guest to write themselves an addressed envelope for thank you cards!

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THE FOOD! Breakfast/brunch items were served as it was a morning shower! We also served breakfast drinks & some of the momma-to-be’s favorite drinks! Mason jars and milk glasses with red/white chevron adorned the vintage crates (borrowed).Image

 

 

 

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I skipped the popular food labels and opted for making flags with baseballs on them. We know what those food items are because we know how to EAT 🙂 That would be BULLETIN BOARD paper as the backdrop. Thank you Mardel for having a paper that didn’t LOOK like it belong in a classroom. Loved it and it was the perfect piece to cut off everyone seeing the food/drinks and decor piling up in my kitchen. I love having an open kitchen so I can see my kiddos while I’m working in their, but when I’m having a party/shower and I can see into my kitchen (with everyone else) all I see is CLUTTER. Drives me nuts! Bulletin board paper=problem solved…er clutter hidden?!

 

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaand the beautiful momma-to-be!!! The front door hanger is, again, from the friend who let us borrow all things boy and baseball! i bet her boy’s room seemed a little vacant!

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The gifts table included a little wagon for books that the guests were prompted (in their invite) to bring in place of a card! Their was a sticker included to write their name and a message for baby to be placed in the book. How treasured those will be for this family!

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We’re Rootin’ For Ya send off party

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we said “see ya later” to brittany and her team as they head off to salt lake city, ut this summer with send north america as generation send students with the north american mission board. there was a table set up with “open when…..” cards for everyone to write notes for various emotions and needs! it was great fun and everyone participated so well! the open when envelopes were printed from the dating divas blog.

 

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brittany making her root beer float at our “we’re rootin’ for ya'” root beer float bar. they were delicious and i think it was a hit!

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brittany’s fiance, garrett, put together a great video for brittany. it was a great moment to celebrate her obedience to God’s call as she was surrounded by her friends and family. i got brittany a one-of-a-kind shirt from my friend, Beth, at Another Pair of Shoes.

 

 

 

 

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this is a few of the members of brittany’s team. she is sharing about their involvement and faithfulness. we just finished out 5 years as college pastor and moved into a new position at our church’s satellite. it was an honor to pray over this group as Brady was the connecting factor for brittany to the gen send coordinator to make this a reality.

 

 

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fun jars and tags for the root beer floats!

the banner is printed from Shanty 2 Chic.

 

We’re so excited for this team!

motherhood & the mundane.

mother’s day is this weekend. my 1 & 3 year old aren’t old enough to really be held accountable for a thoughtfully planned day. and mother’s day and father’s day are always on sunday. i wish someone in ministry had the final say on holidays sometime….because sundays are all out days of serving for ministers, pastors, clergy, volunteers, parents, anyone and everyone who plays a role in ministering and serving the Body.

as i scroll through facebook, there are oodles of posts, blogs, & pictures being shared. all very lovely and encouraging. i’ve seen a picture about treasuring the right now, i’ve read blogs about how it feels to not have a reason or mom to celebrate, or posts about wishing you were a mom to be celebrated (i’ve had those days after my miscarriage), or …………. for me…………it’s a first mother’s day for my mom to not have her mom here to take flowers and cards and candy to or for me to call. everyone has a very personal experience with mother’s day.

now that i’m a mother, i get it more. my nephew once asked my mom why they’re isn’t a “kid’s day”. i’m sure there was a prompt conversation about how EVERY day is kid’s day!

now that i’m a mother, i get the tension in our hearts between feeling so mundane and monotonous and feeling so in love and sacrificial.

just today, i’ve changed 5 diapers (3 of which were terribly disgusting), cleaned up and intentional potty accident, i’ve been on the receiving end of SEVERAL tantrums (in a few i was assaulted), have received demands all day which required calm, extensive teaching as to how we ask for things (because we haven’t taught them already?!?!), refresher courses for all on how the daily schedule runs (because we’re so surprised DAILY that it’s nap time again—see tantrum), i mean i could go on and on and all the mommas of littles in the trenches are speaking an amen.

and for glimmers of a second throughout the day, i hear my selfish heart say “what do you get recognized for?” i’m still in yoga pants and a huge tshirt. i haven’t done the dishes. i’ve made the tiniest dent in the laundry. i’ve put away tons of laundry. i’ve purged and organized. but really, the whole house is still a disaster. i’m trying.

but really, in the grand scheme of it all. i have to be responsible with what God’s given me. my marriage. our children. our home. our belongings. just be a good steward. More on that here.

there is a wide spread movement where i live for women staying home. more and more of my friends are staying home and it’s a sweet season to walk this journey with them. i love my friends who work and i love hearing their testimonies of how they work AND do all of the stuff i do during my days at home. if i could just manage to get my kids to not destroy the house while we’re home all day, i would have it made.

now that i’m a mother, i pay attention to other mommas. i take notes. what works for them? how do they discipline? how do they teach? how do they organize? how do they schedule? i ask for wisdom. i seek counsel. i ignore the haters (am i in the right generation to use that term?)

and every mom has the same battle. we know the Truth of the value of what we do….but we don’t feel it. there’s the foolish part of emotions, they don’t always speak Truth to us. but they are real. and they are meaningful to us when we’re in the trenches.

and it’s not how God works for us to say “pull yourself up by the boot straps” or to whisper to our hearts “get over it”.

for the rest of our lives, as mothers, we will battle “i feel like a failure” and “i know what i’m doing matters, it just doesn’t always feel like it.”

this is what i think on to draw me back to Truth when my flesh and heart fail me in the midst of emotions.

Colossians 3:23-24

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

23 Whatever you do, do your work [a]heartily, as for the Lord [b]rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward [c]of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

 

i take myself back to the point. sometimes i literally start talking to my littles about Jesus because i absolutely know that matters and will help me FEEL like what i’m doing matters. we read a book about Jesus, we pray, we talk about Him, we sing songs about Him…whatever encourages my heart that we’re working their hearts towards salvation.

this also takes me to the point that i’m working heartily for the Lord, not the praises of men (which are hard, see my struggle here). my flesh may want to hear something extraordinary about myself, but ultimately the most extraordinary thing about me is my Lord. so washing dishes like i’m washing them for Him is going to make that task FEEL a little more important.

for my mental health, it always boils down to perspective. so that’s what i always ask Him for. perspective of my life through the filter of Truth. He always provides. and sometimes it comes in unusual forms–a 1 1/2 year old precious son who walks up behind me while i’m sitting on the floor and hugs me from behind.

i’m back on track for the day. joy supersedes circumstances.

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our mother’s day pic from last year…i may be more prepared this year with matching outfits, fixed hair, and a better hair do for myself. we’ll see….it IS on a sunday. our busiest day of the week 🙂 this was also the day we dedicated our family to raising Holt in a godly home 🙂 what a sweet mother’s day!