So, in no particular order here are the photos from each one.
My Gillette coworkers and Megan. This group of girls and I have been hitting up happy hours since 2007. We all met in the PICU as nurses and as the years have gone by have celebrated marriages, babies, travels around the world, cried through the tough times and laughed till tears over the good times. No matter how much time goes by between those hilarious 4pm meetings we can pick up right where we left off. I apologize to any poor soul who gets the table next to this bunch. There is no medical conversation off limits and no story Heather shares that doesn't end with loud laughter and clapping. Megan joined the group when she photographed each and every one of us in our environments and families over the years. We occasionally throw an apology her way as well when she has to cover her ears during a detailed catheter story.
Our daughter is privileged to be able to grow up in the presence of these brilliant, creative and driven women. She can learn something from each and every one of them.
This group of girls represent that community of friends you might spend your lifetime trying to find. Back when I was 10 years old I first became friends with these girls or their future husbands. Over the next 20 years(what?!?!!) the community has grown through marriages, children and new friends. These people would do anything for us and we would find any way we could to serve them in return. The foundation of faith and love of God is sweet fellowship and inspiring. From stay at home moms, to entrepreneurs, to dancers, to nurses, to police dispatchers...these girls have you're back whatever you might need. They are also crazy fun. We spent the shower creating head bands for Bearina and burning our fingertips off with the hot glue guns.
Bearina is blessed to be raised in the presence of these women and their families. We know and trust that with our shared love for an incredible God, these families will love our daughter and pray for her.
The hosts Meghan and Abby.
Oh, you're explaining how to make the headbands? I'll be over here shoving my puff face with egg bake.
There was a point in time when Jerod was in a career path he wasn't passionate about. It has a big impact on your life and your married life when one of you dreads going to work every day. God answered our prayers and right before we got married 2 years ago Jerod accepted a new job at Patterson. Fast forward to now, he works with a team picking, designing, developing and eventually rolling out the new company software. How'd I do Jerod? Did I get that right? We are SO grateful for a job that supports our family, that challenges my husband intellectually and was willing to take time off of a busy Monday to surprise him with a shower.
A few weeks before I got a text from our friend and Jerod's coworker, conspiring for me to come down for the surprise as well. They pulled off the surprise! That is a huge feat with my detective husband!
I was going to originally refer to this shower as the "Homeschool Shower" because that is truly how the five of us met. Back when we were 10 years old Breanna's mom MADE her invite the new girl, me, to her birthday party. These 4 girls grew up a mile away from each other and were kind enough to let the stringy haired blonde girl with purple windbreaker pants to join in on the fun. We've all gone our separate ways over the past TWENTY years but still find time to come together over the summers and holidays and now that we all live back in MN we've started a new tradition.....Wine Nights. These women are full of wisdom, faith and strong foundations.
If you want to know what being a woman of today with solid convictions and incredible grace looks like, look no further. Katie is one of the most loyal people I have ever met, Breanna could lead an army with her gifts, Trisha makes you feel like you are the most important person she has ever talked to and Lydia's quiet confidence inspires me to listen more and speak less. Each of them has a child or two and have already imparted great ideas, crafts and solutions onto this new baby journey of ours. I can't wait for the play dates ahead of us. Sans wine of course. :) We'll save that for the Friday evenings without kids.
I am so sad to say that I don't have a single picture from this wonderful shower. If someone reads this and they snuck one please send it along my way! Jerod's cousin Tina and his Aunt Debbie threw us a wedding shower and then when they heard the news of Baby Bearina they were so gracious to do it all over again! So, on a Sunday afternoon in February all the women of Jerod's side gathered from second cousins, to aunts, to lifelong neighbors to some generous women I had never even been able to meet before. What an amazing, loving family I have married into! They all shared advice, we are still in the "We'll take all the advice we can get stage" and stocked our baby supplies with all the much needed items.
I was thinking ahead to all of the family events to come and how Jerod and I both already feel so loved and supported by his family. Our daughter will grow up in an extended family that loves her, showers her and will make her laugh on holidays and every other reason we can come up with to gather together.
We have the best friends and family a couple could ever ask for. The community that surrounds us has left us many times sitting in our living room surrounded by gifts and stories just staring at each other saying, "this is so incredible".
So thank you for making the anticipation and preparation of our daughter that much sweeter. We can't wait for her to meet every single one of you!
- H & J