Even though my mom passed away over a decade years ago, I am blessed to have amazing women in my life. While none of these women can take her place, they honor her memory in sweet ways. Last weekend, I gathered with several women who have known me ranging from 17 years to my whole life.
My maternal grandma, aunts, friends I've known since high school and a friend of my parent's who came to my mom's baby shower when she was pregnant with me gathered in Northern Virginia for the special celebration. I was so grateful for the chance to celebrate this new life growing inside me with so many who have loved and spurred me on over the years.
It was truly a sweet time. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of salads: chicken salad, black bean quinoa salad (using this recipe), fruit salad and a lettuce salad.
Since I lived in several parts of the US, some friends who couldn't be there sent gifts. It was so special to open gifts from college friends, my old Bible study leader, and cousins, as well as from those who were there.
The cake was also super sweet; a baby in a pea pod!
My dear friend, Keyne, hosted the shower. It's hard to believe I've known her for half my life and I can't wait for her to get to know our little one, as I've loved watching her kids grow up over the years.
This little one is already so loved and I hope to remember this sweet bit of encouragement at times I feel overwhelmed by motherhood and feel ill-prepared or long to pick up the phone and ask my mom what she would do.
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