Babies and Brunch

Last Saturday I had the privilege of co-hosting a baby shower for some beloved friends. It was a blast.

I’ve known Steven and Kelly for about 3 years now, and we have had the honor of being being in a home community group with them for 2. They are due to have their first little sweet bundle of joy arrive in July, and I could not be more excited to meet that precious baby!

Kelly and Steven decided they wanted a low-key, non-traditional, co-ed shower that could also be described as simply a fun party to invite a ton of their friends to. We were happy to oblige. I have done the baby shower hosting gig before, but I’ve never shared the duties with a group of 5 other women before. It was definitely needed, too, since over 40 people RSVPd! Having a “host of hosts” worked beautifully.

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 Seriously, could Kelly be any more beautiful? I could not stop staring at her in all her pregnancy glowing glory.

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How adorable are they? I found this totally ridiculous t-shirt on Etsy and bought it for Steven to wear. He was a great sport, though I do worry he will re-pay me at some point down the road when I least expect it. (Have mercy, please Steven)

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Brunch was so easy, since in Austin, Texas that only means two things: Alcohol and breakfast tacos. So yes, we served mimosas and a taco bar. The fruit and cupcakes from Bribery (The BEST Austin bakery) were so colorful and beautiful. **Full disclosure: I had little to do with the food, and mainly contributed in cupcakes and decorations.

My favorite party tip: When at all possible, decorate with food.

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Here is the lovely party-planning committee along with the mommy-to-be. My skin tone in this one totally gives away that I have been locked inside a classroom for the last 8 months. At least I don’t need to waste money on sunscreen this Summer…

My 2 weeks off school were very very busy, but in the best way possible. The best thing I could have done for myself with that time is re-connect with all of the people I love, and that’s exactly what I did. This shower was just one of many examples of hours spent filling up my heart cup until it was totally overflowing. I’m so grateful for the people God has put in my life, and how they continue to love and support me even when I can’t be around as much as I would like these days. I am marching on into a new semester with a huge smile on my face thanks to wonderful people like these.

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For real, though, is it July yet??!? I can not wait to meet you, Baby Cutbirth!

Aside

Waiting again.

For the second time, I have officially turned in my application to the school program I have been working toward getting into for  almost two years.

I was devastated when I got the rejection notice in my inbox last May. I was ready to call it quits, though I wasn’t sure what exactly was next.

God had other plans. After a months of fighting with myself and my ego and with every voice screaming to try again, I gave in and registered for Summer classes. I was humbled, frustrated, embarrassed, and confused. I couldn’t understand how God would allow failure in something He so clearly led me to.

But alas, sometimes our definition of failure is God’s demonstration of sovereignty. I entered Summer of 2013 doubtful and upset, and came out of it renewed and entirely grateful. I am ashamed at myself for doubting God’s plan for my life and all He could accomplish in me if I surrendered my time to Him. I LOVE what He has taught me through the past months. I’ve learned more about myself and what I want out of life than I ever have before. I’ve had time to process all the changes my 20’s have brought. I’ve even gotten to pursue hobbies, which were never an option when I was juggling full-time employment with home life. It has been a life-giving, fulfilling, fruitful season, and I could not be more grateful for God’s gentle guidance after a great disappointment.

So, the waiting game is now on again. Sometime in May I should hear some news that will change my future one way or another. I did all in my power to get into this program, so whether they accept me or not, it feels great to rest in the fact that there is absolutely nothing more I could have done. I trust the Lord has a future for me, no matter what the outcome is.

Thankfully, the weeks leading up to the much-anticipated letter are absolutely slammed. I just got back from Georgia, we’re spending a weekend away with our small group, Josh is leaving soon for a week-long conference in Chicago, we’re starting a new volunteer opportunity with foster children, WORK, church, and…oh yeah…we leave for Europe in a little over a month. No time to waste waiting around for answers.

 

 

I had so much fun in Georgia last weekend celebrating my best friend in the world Julianne and her growing baby Judah Timothy. It was a sweet time seeing friends and family. I hadn’t been home in 8 months, so the reunions were utterly blissful.  I can NOT wait to meet that sweet baby Baily.

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Happy Spring everyone! If you’re lucky enough to live near your family, go give em’ a big hug and be grateful! I sure do miss mine already.

Babies Babies Babies!

I had the BEST time yesterday helping throw my wonderful friend Jessica a baby shower. The food, especially, turned out even better than I could have ever imagined. I am such a poor planner, and since most of the time the ideas I have in my head never actually turn out like I plan, I was pretty darn worried.

I decided to go with something I already knew I could pull off (Key Lime Pie), something I’ve never made and don’t even like to eat so I am safe from temptation (chocolate cupcakes) and some fruit and veggies and a few other munchies. Since we had some gluten allergies in attendance, I made some key lime pie cups with no wheat as well. Look at this goodness!

I got all of these vases at Goodwill! My veggie bouquets are inspired by THIS Pin.

Julie’s wheat free peach tart, and Kristine’s INSANELY GOOD bacon wrapped shrimp. There was also bacon wrapped potatoes with a honey butter sauce. Heavennnn. Wish I would have gotten the recipes before I left.

This is my favorite key lime pie recipe, and I made the cups the same way, but without the graham cracker crust. Very tart and delicious. 

In the background are “watermelon cookies” seen HERE. Super easy                                            way to make fruit look cute.  

The cupcakes I made but never tried. Don’t like chocolate cake. Shame.

We all can’t wait to meet little baby Brown!

Getting some snuggles from baby Xavier. There is no lack of cute babies in my world right now, and I am NOT complaining 😉

I didn’t help with games or decorating at all, and my hat goes off to Julie and Kristine for their efforts. We all had a blast playing “Pin the sperm on the egg” and other awesome games. I even won a plant for winning one of them! Woop!

My iPhoto isn’t cooperating for me to upload pictures of the fun games, but maybe I can get it to work one day. Just picture some VERY anatomically correct sculptures of playdough babies, and some disturbing cut-and-paste images of a baby’s face involving adult features from each parents. Scary…Yet so awesome.

That was definitely enough excitement for me for one day. Time to go veg out and catch some Olympic games. Is everyone else enjoying these as much as me? They are so good.

We’re so excited for the Browns and all the fun baby times coming their way (hopefully very soon!)