This morning was our church's annual ladies' tea. This was my first year hosting a table, and it was a lot of fun! I had several friends sit at my table and none of us are etiquette experts, praise the Lord. Here are some pics.
I was so happy with how it all turned out! Here's where I found everything:
Coffee and tea pots - eBay
Dishes- wedding gift
Silverware - wedding gift
Napkins - gift from my grandma
Glasses- Dollar Tree
Tablecloth - Wal-Mart
Chocolate favors - Le Chocolat du Bouchard
Centerpiece - my own collection/library
Mom helped me come up with a way to artfully arrange my six antique French books for the centerpiece. (They were the only "vintage" thing I had.)
Welcome to Paris! Have a cup of tea and a scone. ;)
I also had a lot of fun scouring tons of napkin fold ideas for my mom's table. I ended up picking this one, and after adding the gem to the center, it really turned into a flower! I was so excited with how they turned out.
For the record, I'm not a fan of ultrasound pics. Black landscape, little unrecognizable white blob, no color...melts your heart, right?
Well, my heart didn't melt until I saw a perfectly clear little hand with 5 fingers. This was my first look at my first child, and even though it wasn't as clear as I was hoping, it was still a miracle to see a living, moving person inside me. :)
"There is a beautiful transparency to honest disciples who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are." - Brennan Manning
So many things I want to say about this quote, but suffice it to say - life is too short to be anything but real. Be yourself. We don't have time to play the game of sorting through phoniness. Drop the one-sided (or two-faced) friendships. Move on. The coolest people in life are the ones who are just that: people. They don't try to hide it and look like 100% 24/7 edifying saints. What's the point of iron sharpening iron if there's no one around admitting they're dull?
I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been calling, emailing, and messaging asking me how I'm feeling. I think pregnancy is the most frustrating thing ever because you feel too sick and tired to do anything but not sick enough to cancel life, so you just hang in-between feeling worthless. :P And since there are people out there dying of heart failure and cancer and whatever else, I definitely don't deem it important enough to put myself on a prayer list or anything.
Needless to say, thank you for thinking of me and praying for me! Thanks to those who have already donated little cool things for Baby. I'm so thrilled to have started a little stash!
I'm afraid if you still want updates you will have to continue to contact me myself personally because.....*drumroll*....
I don't dig the whole belly bump pic and "dear baby" post things. Some can pull it off without making it look stupidly cheesy or self-promotional. Some. Like, 1 in 5,873.
So, thanks again and as they say in the South, bless your heart for caring about Chris's and my little cutie!