Tuesday, July 24, 2012

showered with love

When we lived in Florida, before Norah was born, my sister-in-law introduced the idea of having a post delivery baby shower.  Between the expense of flying to PA, Brad's work schedule, & trying to figure out how to get all of her gifts back to Florida only to have to move them to Maryland weeks later, we thought it was the best option out there, so we went with this... besides, what do I ever do the traditional way?!  I must admit, it was WONDERFUL!  I loved being able to introduce the family to Norah!  She loved all of the hugs & kisses & Brad & I loved watching her be showered with so much love!  My sister-in-law worked so hard to put this big day together for us & I couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable day!

My Aunt Sharon loves to hide behind a camera... I'm pretty sure that's where I get it from.  I stole a bunch of pictures that she took that I didn't have a chance to capture while trying to keep tabs on who had my little girl.  I look awful in them {notice what humidity does to my hair?!?  I resort straight to the pony tail... Maryland has been miserable to my hair, too}...Thanks for grabbing these moments, Aunt Sharon!

This was a handmade gift from my Aunt Mona.  The prayer on it was just as it was taught to my mom, aunts and uncles by my grandfather.  Since I wasn't able to meet him, this touched a special place in my heart & makes me feel as if Norah and I carry a special piece of him with us!

These pictures are my all time favorite!  I'm so glad Norah got to meet her great grandparents this weekend!!  I will cherish these pictures forever!

The most emotional moment of the day seems to be missing from photographs {probably because I was a blubbery mess}.  When my niece Bryn was born, my mom was extremely ill.  She had passed 4 months later, but before her passing she had given Bryn a beautiful yellow dress that my sister-in-law had held onto all of these years.  After opening a card that read as if my mom had written it herself, I opened a gift with that yellow dress.  It was the most touching gift & Pam pulled at every heart string with that card!  I can't wait to put Norah in it and have her picture taken just as Bryn had when she was only a few months old!

Thank you to all of my family for such a memorable weekend!  We love & miss you all!

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