My Rustic Backyard Baby Shower

Last month my sister in law (my brother's wife whose boys I watch) hosted a baby shower for me and our baby boy.  It was a sweet afternoon celebrating with friends and family in a beautiful backyard setting.  I felt very loved and spoiled by all the guests and their generous gifts.  I still have fond memories from my bridal showers, so I soaked up all the kindness and attention during this special season of life.  

My sister in law went above and beyond to make everything extra special and adorable.  All the details were extremely thoughtful and lovely.  It is not very often that I get to be on the receiving end of such a shin dig so I thoroughly enjoyed sitting back and enjoying it all.

Her and her mom cut and sewed yards and yards of bunting to fill up the whole backyard!  It was pretty amazing!

The dessert bar was delicious!  Oreo balls, cake pops, and macarons!  She knows what I like!

Her famous pasta salad is always a hit!  

No complaints about the food from this pregnant lady!  Yum!

My dear friend from Florida was in town and was able to join us.  It was just last fall that I was hosting her baby shower!  How time flies by!

One of my favorite details were these sweet wishes for baby cards that everyone filled out.  I picked up a little binder to put them all in making it easy to look through in the future (I'll have to blog about it soon!).  She purchased the PDF for the cards off of Etsy from Kimberly J Designs.

My mom put together these sweet little succulents that doubled as table decor and baby shower prizes.

A few cute gifts from some of my creative friends!  Love that little Baby Urke banner!  It's going in the baby book!

And then we ended the beautiful day with a few photos.  My mom and I...

And two of baby boy's awesome aunties!  We are so blessed to have such wonderful family!

As each milestone of this pregnancy passes by, it makes everything seem more real.  While the future comes with new uncertainties, I am thankful for this sweet time to celebrate with family and be blessed by the reminder of how lucky we are to have such wonderful support.  We are so thankful. 

DIY Natural Sugar Body Scrub

I have been enjoying a simple and natural sugar body scrub that I can make at home to help tackle my dry skin.  It is much cheaper than buying and with only two ingredients, I always have the supplies on hand.  I have been trying to move towards a more natural and fragrant free beauty routine so this recipe has been a great addition to my shower regimen. 

I like to make a big batch and then store the scrub in canning jars.  By using it a few times a week, I go through it pretty quickly so having a large supply comes in handy.  And if you want a little something extra, a few drops of essential oils makes for a fragrant and relaxing mix.

Natural Sugar Body Scrub

4 ounces coconut oil
2 cups sugar

(feel free to double or triple for a larger batch)

Mix oil and sugar together with hands in a large bowl.  Store in an airtight container until use.

Use sugar scrub while in the shower to exfoliate and remove dead skin. 

The Mom I Want To Be: Thoughts on Mother's Day

Last Mother's Day we had just started trying to get pregnant and I remember, for the very first time, Mother's Day felt uncomfortable.  We had only been trying for a month, but even then it was weird to be at a place where I was ready and wanted to be a mom but wasn't yet.  We had gone to church that day and I watched all my sweet mommy friends receive hand painted crafts from their little ones while we sat through a morning of honoring moms.  It is a lovely sentiment and one I look forward to in the coming future, but it definitely left an unsettling feeling in my stomach.

And yet here we are, a year later, with our son kicking me in the gut every few minutes.  All that gushy mom stuff is just around the corner and even now I feel myself especially sentimental about what it means to be a mom. 

But I have to say, while I feel like I half get to celebrate this Mother's Day, I am ashamed to admit how quickly this holiday became all about myself. 

The expectations of what I wanted, what I deserve, and the lofty dreams I make up in my head started to consume.  I started feeling sorry for myself as I pregnancy waddled through the Saturday afternoon crowd at the grocery store to put together Mother's Day dinner all on my own.  I made a mental list of what the perfect gift would be to receive from my husband on this first Mother's Day and how I would make him take me out for a meal on Saturday only to find out he had to work instead.

And then I got this sweet card in the mail.  A friend of mine sent me the kindest Mother's Day card and it reached in and grabbed my heart.  It made me consider the type of mom (and woman) I wanted to be - prompting me to take a step back and reevaluate my intentions on this holiday.

I want to be the type of friend that thinks of my own mom friends on Mother's Day - to be thoughtful enough to send a card to an expectant mom.  It makes me think of my friends who continue to struggle with infertility and what an especially hard day Mother's Day can be.  It would have been nice to pop a card in the mail letting them know I am thinking of them.

I consider my own mom who spends her entire Mother's Day weekend at her flower shop, serving other well deserving moms beautiful sentiments of love through flowers, while expecting nothing in return.  She has sacrificed every Valentine's Day and Mother's Day since I have been alive to her business, never sulking that she doesn't get these days to herself.

I think about my mother in law and what a wonderful job she did raising my husband.  As I prepare to raise my own son, I want to look to her in appreciation and respect for the mother she has been to him.  I desire to continue to honor her role as mother in our lives and not just make this holiday all about myself now.

And then I think of my husband.  The man who has given me this gift of being a mom as he sacrifices his day off to work and continue to provide for our family.  He gives me so much all year long, expecting so much in one day only sets him up for failure. 

I want to be the type of mom that gives and loves selflessly.  To love and serve my children as a calling on my life with no strings attached.  I want to be a wife, friend, and daughter who is thoughtful enough to honor others before even worrying about myself. 

I want to be a mom that is grateful every day for the life that I have been given.  To find my worth in knowing that I am loved by simply being more present in the moment and to embrace the priceless gifts that are already before me.

I want to be a mom that appreciates each day.  Even when things are hard.  And even when I get caught up in my own selfishness.  I am thankful for the moms who have gone before me, who have shown me what gracious love looks like.  I want to be a mom like them who encourages other moms to see their Mother's Day gifts are already right in front of them each and every day.

Happy Mother's Day to all my mom friends and my hoping to be a mom one day friends as well.  You are a gift to me and for that I am forever grateful.

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