The day of the shower turned out to be one of Washington's famous (but rare) sun shining days. The venue was perfect, the wine was flowing, and the women were happy. As an event planner I always have my eyes open for new ideas, and I got a few today. One of my fave was for each guest to open a gift that was not theirs and explain how they knew Katrina as well as provide a piece of advice on mothering a girl (she already has a 2 year old boy). I've noticed that sometimes boredom creeps up on guests during gift opening, so this is a way to be interactive and keep the party lively. We spent the afternoon playing games, making baby headbands, drinking wine and mingling. It was what a shower should be.
I brought Bronson with me to introduce him to the family and I think he enjoyed himself as much as I did. He spent the day crawling around chasing balloon strings and flirting with all the pretty girls. The shower ended with the mamma-to-be releasing a bouquet of silver and pink balloons into the sky with wishes from the guests for Ryleah attached. My personal wish for this little girl is that she always realize her self worth. When a woman realizes her worth she is unstoppable. If this little girl is anything like the other women in her family then I know she won't have a problem with this one!
What I learned today is that I have been very lucky in friendship. I have lost many friends in my life whether it be to death or conflict, but each and every one of them made a lasting impression on my heart. During my times of self-pity over my losses I will remind myself that I was lucky enough to have something to lose in the first place.