Motherly Musing

It’s no secret I love being a hostess. This weekend I hosted my third baby shower of the last five months but the first one ever in Williamsburg or in my own home.

I choose a rustic and pink theme and tried to keep things simple with both the decor and the food. I opted for a craft (onesie decoration) instead of games and kept it short and sweet.

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My motherhood credentials aren’t nearly as robust as some of the women gathered here today, but nonetheless, I want to offer a quick word of encouragement to you R as you prepare in the coming weeks to go through labor and delivery and actually become a mother.

It’s struck me a number of times in the past year and half, that in the information age where we can Google anything and everything or find books on any number of nuances of raising children, that besides the command to “love our children” in Titus 2, I see no other passages that address the practical tasks and responsibilities mothers are met with every day. And I guess if I were not familiar with Christianity that would really surprise me, especially in today’s day I can find the opinions on everything.

And of course, I’ve been tempted as we all are to indulge in the ‘wisdom of the world’ as I’ve embraced my role over the past months. And though I haven’t been a mother long, this is a lesson I want to pass along to you even before you start. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to take a step back and realize that your role of mother is not unconnected with your discipleship in Christ and it’s certainly not disconnected from the rest of your Christian life. While there may not be any passages that provide you with direct instruction about anything having to do with the day to day care of your little one, the instruction is everywhere else in Scripture because the instruction is just preserver, be a disciple, “stay the course” . Stay the course that God commands for all of his children; stay the course that he’s been teaching you since you committed your life to him; stay the course that you and husband have learned together through your marriage; and stay the course that you’ve been learning from those who have gathered to celebrate with you today and as a member of our church.

And so with that in mind, I want to read a passage for you, that is practical instruction for your discipleship in Christ and contains nuggets your motherhood journey. I encourage you to listen to this passage and consider how it applies to the relationship you will build with your daughter.

Colossians 3:12-17
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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Celebrating One Whole Year of Loving

well – our little one is one.

and blogging has taken a hiatus so that the blogger can enjoy the family that’s been in town to celebrate, go on a business trip and plan a party to actually celebrate the big birthday. {unscheduled evenings are few and far between these days}

Here’s a quick peek into our celebration.

We started at 12:01am (the time he was born) on the 2nd. Alex and I set an alarm so that we could wake up and pray over SBJ.

When SBJ woke on his birthday he wanted a bottle and thus he was officially weaned. {success!} and after reading the morning paper, I saved it and put it in his memory box.

His birthday included a trip to the park, lunch at Chick-Fil-A and presents when Alex got home. Quite proud of myself that we spend a whopping $10 on his birthday presents because of some great garage sale finds and some gift cards. That giant wrapped thing behind him a vintage Fisher Price kitchen just like I had when I was little. He loves it already!

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Dinner and cake followed presents. Despite a very delicious cake (if I’m allowed to say that) SBJ was cautious and ultimately uninterested. The smile below is because he did love having Alex and I and my parents sing to him. Kid loves music.

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He ultimately choose peas over cake which lead me to question whether or not he’s really my son. Could be worse though and it’s a very funny memory.IMG_4885

And then yesterday we threw a “bluethday” party for friends and neighbors. Everyone was asked to wear something blue. In all, we had about 30 people for blue themed drinks and desserts {simple, simple!!} and though we were hoping for a sunny afternoon so that we could be outside it was cloudy and a little rainy so we just had an inside party. Wii, movies, foosball and good conversation served as entertainment. On the menu blueberry lemonade, cupcakes, blueberry cheesecake bites, watermelon blueberry bites, white and blue chocolate pretzels, popcorn, and divine meringue cookies made by this lady.

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A fun evening. A delightful year. A precious boy.

thanksgiving 2013

For the second year in a row, we hosted friends from D.C. for the Thanksgiving weekend. Alex insisted we cook our turkey using Alton Brown’s recipe and it was both beautiful and delicious! Kudos to him for making it happen while I managed SBJ. SBJ weathered the weekend rather well, taking good naps and all, but he was awake through all of dinner which meant that I had to eat a few bits and then entertain him by walking around and then repeat. Life of a mama with an almost two month old I suppose.

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All in all, it was a great dinner, a fabulous time visiting with our friends (despite the cold weather!), and a great first {real} holiday in our new home.

 

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Do you know what the above picture is an homage to? {here’s a hint, it’s the reason we serve turkey at Thanksgiving!}

Our Housewarming Party

IMG_1745I have to hand it to Alex. This whole thing – a fifties themed housewarming – was really his idea. He says the sole reason he wanted to do it was because of he wanted to fill his Pepsi holder with glass bottled Pepsi and use his Pepsi wall-mounted bottle opener. But, he did what a good event planner does – he took an idea and ran with it and came up with a great event.

The details:
Our spread included some fifties-themed food: pineapple upside down cake, pinwheel sandwiches, a cheese ball, SPAM, and jello (which was too stubborn to come out in the mold). And some popular fifties themed cocktails – White Russians, Singapore Slings, and Sea Breeze – the last being the clear favorite with our guests.

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And finally, though the decorations were sparse – we had a picture of Ike and a few boxes of candy cigarettes placed through the living room.

A few of our friends did dress-up so we got some fun pictures…

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And finally, one of our most honored guests of the evening was our Realtor who made this whole thing possible. We’re incredibly thankful for him, his patience, and attitude through the whole process and for God’s provision of a kind man who loves him like we do to walk us through buying our first home.

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*More house pictures in my next post – I promise!

Christmas Tea

I believe that the finer things like tea sandwiches and pretty china and Christmas cards are so much better when they’re enjoyed with dear people and good conversation, and so – to that end, I set out to make a Christmas Tea a new tradition at the church that we’ve been attending since moving to Williamsburg.

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So thankful for the ladies in these pictures and for the incredible love of God expressed in the Incarnation. JOY to the world, the Lord HAS come and tis the season for his people to celebrate with finer things and fellowship centered around His goodness.

lions & rainbows & babies & arks

This weekend it was my joy and great pleasure to co-host a shower for a dear friend who is having her first child in June. The party theme we chose was Noah’s Ark because she and her husband have decided not to find out the gender of their baby in advance.  I found the super-cute plates below at Party City and took my color inspiration from them. The stripes on the table are pieces of scrapbook paper.

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Our menu was also bright colors and included fruit skewers, this awesome mango quinoa, funfetti cake, quiche, meatballs, tea sandwiches, and monkey and banana bread to go with the theme.

As for decorations, my co-host made this super-cool rainbow and found these cute rainbow lanterns. And we had Baby Noah on the TV to top it off.

 The shower was a lot a fun and I believe that this friend got items she needed and after spending so much of her energy reaching out to and creating friendships with so many of the women of our church was able to see how much she means to our community.

One last picture from the day. The ladies below are the dear women of the married small group Alex and I joined six months after moving to D.C. It’s been 2.5 years since we first met and it’s amazing to see the ways that we’ve grown individually, the ways that our families have changed and the things that we’ve faced as families. Through all – God is faithful and I think that this picture is wonderful testimony to that fact.

Alex’s Epic Birthday.

[UPDATE: It feels like March  just flew by! I worked a lot of weekends and we had a week-long house guest (a college roommate of mine, great fun!) so that probably had something to do with it feeling like a short month. It’s now half-way through April and we’re still not really sure about next steps for us – where Alex is headed after he finishes up school and where we’ll be living this time next year are still unknown. We’re learning a lot about trusting God and being content and although there have been some struggle and tears along the way, we have found that his word brings peace and that we are able to rest in his current kindnesses and look backwards to his previous provisions and know that even if the future isn’t known – our God is and HE IS GOOD.]

And now for the fun showing how we celebrated Alex’s birthday – Star Wars style. We had some friends over for “han”burgers, watched the first two (IV, V) movies and attempted to play Star Wars Trivial Pursuit (Alex’s gift from me). And yes, that is a Death Star Pinata – complete with a tractor beam that is destroying Alderon.