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Thursday, February 18, 2010

baby shower

The Lord has blessed me with great friends both near and far.
I mean really great friends.
The kind that stick with you through the tough stuff.
They see you at your worst.
They let you cry and even cry with you.
And they still love you through it all.

These are three of my "near" friends 
who have been there for me through a very tough year.
And, even now, they are still blessing me.
This time with a shower for Mr. Levi.

Everything was perfect.
Blue and green pom-poms hanging from the ceiling.
Fabric bunting with Levi's name on it.

Yummy food.
Of course!

Cupcakes with sarah + abraham toppers.
They were so cute.
Sara made the invitations too.
She is one of my "far" friends.
And she has just launched a great new website--
They even featured my baby shower on it this week!

More cute decorations.
These lollipops were made with washcloths 
and baby spoons by the very talented Heather.
She is another one of my "far" friends.
And she is the queen of party planning!

Silhouettes of my sweet family of four.
Heather made these too.
Thankfully, they told me to come early--
before everyone arrived--to get my tears out.
Oh, how I wish my family could all be together like in that picture.

Lots of great gifts too.
Levi is one spoiled little guy.
He is going to look quite handsome in all of his new clothes too!

The whole shower was so sweet.
But I think this was definitely one of my favorite gifts.
The girls had typed out verses with Levi's name in them.
They passed them around and everyone prayed
these verses for my little guy.
I loved it!
I cried through the whole prayer.
What a sweet thing to have all these ladies praying over Levi.

Here were a few of them:

Let Levi sing of your great love forever; let him make known your faithfulness through all generations.
Psalm 89:1

Fill Levi with the knowledge of your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that he might live a life worthy of you, Lord, and please you in every way.
Colossians 1:9-10

I love the idea of praying scripture for your kids.
I have all the verses printed out 
and will continue to use them to pray for Levi.
And in case you want to do the same for your kids,
here are some verses to start you off:

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
Psalm 5:11
Psalm 139:14
Isaiah 43:4
Proverbs 13:4
1 Kings 3:9, 12
Galatians 5:13
Galatians 5:22-23
Proverbs 9:10-12
Philippians 2:15-16
Joshua 1:9
Isaiah 48:17
Luke 2:52
Psalm 100:2
Romans 14:7-9
Psalm 141:3-4
1 Peter 4:8-11
Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalm 89:1
Colossians 1:9-10

If you have other methods that you use to pray for your kids, 
I would love to hear them.

Thanks so much Amanda, Kendall, and Julie for the fun shower!
And thank you Heather and Sara too!
I know you girls did tons of work and it meant so much to me.


I think that I am getting close to figuring something out for Cora's for Calla.
Sorry about the delay this week.
Please continue to pray for the Calla and her family!


Blogger Charity Nee said...

Still praying... Jess that is such a sweet baby shower!!! I loved the verses, the silhouettes, the cupcakes, the presents (at least what you showed of them =D) - you have very special friends!
God bless and hugs,

February 18, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such an Amazing Baby Shower! Love all of the party decorations, gifts, food . . . Wow!

February 18, 2010 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

can't even begin to tell you how much I love you.... and your amazing husband.... and your darling little boy... and your precious little girl.

thank you for allowing me to walk this path with you.

my life is forever changed, and forever blessed because you are my friend.

February 18, 2010 at 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

What a blessing to have such wonderful friends! That's probably the most special baby shower I've ever seen! The Lord truly has given you riches in those who surround you... and we can tell you are indeed a blessing to them!

Mr. Levi, you are a lucky blessed little guy!

Keeping Calla and her family in prayers!!

February 18, 2010 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger 3LittleByrds said...

I love your baby shower. What great friends you have. I love the sweet silhouettes. What a special thing to keep.

February 18, 2010 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Kristen {a little ditty} said...

What a sweet shower -- and even sweeter friends you have. All the details that must have gone into the shower, it looked perfect! And the cards with prayers for Levi, how special!

February 19, 2010 at 12:05 AM  
Anonymous Christina said...

That is so wonderful...the silhouettes are just...well, they leave me speechless. You have given so much; I'm so glad that they were able to do this for you and your family.

February 19, 2010 at 2:21 AM  
Blogger Jennemma said...

I have been training my now 4-year-old to memorize scriptures and she knows 6 scriptures already. Matt. 5:5, Psalms 83:18, Gen. 1:1, 1 John 4:8, Acts 20:35 and Matt. 4:4. Little ones are like sponges and they can do amazing things.

February 19, 2010 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Aaron and Shannon said...

The shower looked great! I'm so sorry I couldn't make it. Aaron had a wrestling meet that day and I didn't have anyone to watch the boys.

February 19, 2010 at 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How Beautiful! Thank you for the scripture references. It is because of you I am stronger in my faith. I have even discovered bible study with a wonderful group of women. Thank you Jess for your blog and for sharing your 2 children with us. My life is forever changed.

Krissy Hunecke
Batavia, IL

February 19, 2010 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Kristin Stegent said...

Awww...what an awesome shower! I LOVE the silhouettes! I swear, I am not a big crier...but you have kept me crying this year! I just love your family, and don't even know you! :)

February 19, 2010 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger A said...

Wow, what a beautiful shower!

February 19, 2010 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Cabra said...

What a sweet shower and what great decorating they did!! I recently came across a 31 day calendar for praying for your children and I love it! Each day is a quality and corresponding scripture. I have it posted on my blog at the top of the right hand side bar.

February 19, 2010 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

I was reading through this post, saying... oh that's sweet. those are super cute. I love the cupcakes... yada yada yada...

Then I got toward the bottom and it was like instant tears. I couldn't imagine the emotions, the love and the spirit that must have been in that room while your friends were reading their verses and praying for Levi.

So completely moving and I wasn't even there. I love that idea though!

February 19, 2010 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

WOW AWESOME AWESOME shower!!!! you have some thoughtful and creative friends for sure! I love the idea of having the shower after the baby is born! so fun :)

February 19, 2010 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Oh my gosh, what a sweet shower your friends threw for you. Those silhouettes....just made me tear up. What a thoughtful gift. I also love the idea of all the verses with Levi's name in them! I am so glad you had such a great shower!

February 19, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger purejoy said...

such a cute shower with so many adorable ideas!! i love the idea of praying verses over children, with their NAME!! so adorable!

will we be seeing mr. levi in your sidebar soon?

February 19, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Two Little Tots said...

what a sweet shower and wonderful girlfriends you have. thank you for sharing the Bible verses, i am going to copy them and use them to pray with the girls.

February 19, 2010 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous SHUGGAMOM said...

What a precious loving caring thoughful group of friends,who love you and your family and GOD!!!
That is so priceless!!! Everything looked perfect, so much love for you and Levi,it showed.
I am like you those scriptures with Levis's name placed in them,gave me chills,that was so special. I will have to remember to do that for others.
Thats for sharing with us.
I know you are super busy,but we love to see whats going on with yall.

Abundant Blessings and Love,

East Texas

February 19, 2010 at 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks lovely!
i also love the idea of praying scripture over children. my husband prays a blessing and a prayer of protection over our daughter every night. starting from when we found out i was pregnant. the blessing is "may the lord bless you and keep you. may the lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. may the lord lift up his countenance upon you and bring you peace."

February 19, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

looks like it was a beautiful shower!! so happy for you.

February 19, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger BEK said...

Now that is an awesome time of fellowship!

February 19, 2010 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great baby show & a great time with friends & family. I'm currently working on a baby shower for my SIL. I would love to know where the "LEVI" picture on the goodie table came from. I would love to do something like that as well.

February 19, 2010 at 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet Sweet friends you have..What an incredibly sweet friend you must be to have such great friends..Thanks for sharing your journey with us...Your little Levi is just adorable..


February 19, 2010 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

What a sweet time of blessing for you and Levi~ I have two showers coming up and I love the idea of having the guests pray for the child. I have three boys and I put Thomas the Tank stickers on my washer and when I am doing laundry, I pray for them. Laundry is never-ending, but seeing those little stickers makes me smile and reminds me to be grateful that I have laundry to do for my precious gifts from God!

February 19, 2010 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger L ~ S said...

The scripture idea is very special!

February 20, 2010 at 4:25 AM  
Anonymous The Baby Shower Guides Lady said...

What a great bunch of friends you have. The baby shower looked fabulous and all those home made baby shower decorations and invite cards. I can only say WOW.

Thank you for sharing your baby shower day with us.

Take Care

February 21, 2010 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Natalie of said...

what a fun party!! everything looks amazing! just came across your blog and must say that it is inspirational and beautiful. will say a prayer for you and your family..keep on being such an inspirational woman. i'll be back!

February 21, 2010 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

The shower was absolutely beautiful!!!!! :)

February 22, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Mommy said...

What a fun baby shower! You deserve to have such wonderful friends :) I love the verses sweet!

February 22, 2010 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

What an awesome idea to pray scripture with the child's name. I love it so much I am going to give this as a challenge on my blog for our orphans!

I love your blog Jess!

February 23, 2010 at 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heart God-given friends..those close, those "far"...

we are helping a "far" friend in the adoption of two littlies from the Ukraine...

if you want to read about them...look here..

blessings...btw I am SO stealing that verse idea for my children and for future showers...I love it!


February 23, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger jbreeden said...

How cute! Your friends are so crafty just like you! On another note, I have never been able to get hold of a Cora dress (in any size or color!) so my mom is making a couple of what we are calling "In Memory of Cora" dresses. :) I'll email you pictures when I get them.

February 24, 2010 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger ChelseaSalomone said...

I just found your blog. Thank you for sharing your courage and strength with all of us. Your story is beautiful.

February 24, 2010 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Teach Me to Be Still said...

Thank you for sharing these verses!! What a wonderful, personal way to pray for your little one. I am helping to host a shower for my sis in law this weekend--I'm going to use this idea so we can pray her little Gracie who will be coming home from Russia this month. :-) Thank you again for sharing!

February 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

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