June 23, 2008

Adventures In Surprises

I am still replaying the entire weekend over & over in my head. As exhausted as I was, it was so hard falling asleep last night. And I definitely fell asleep with a huge wide-open grin.

What started off as an awesome local Mama Speaks getaway to the spa and then slumber party back at Ashlee's turned into this huge event, of which I had absolutely NO CLUE, when we got back from breakfast yesterday morning. (I am so thankful I brought a cute dress and earrings to wear.)


We walk back into Ashlee's house (and past many cars parked on the street- I even said someone parked in your driveway... rude!) and soon I see faces of friends from all over- from here and there and the blogosphere. I was so confused.

And then I started to cry and ran upstairs.

I came right back down. (I saw presents! And cookies!) But I was so
in shock. I think I still am.

First of all, I can read people very well. I think this is one of my gifts. Now I am thinking I am so way off. I had no idea. I even spent the day and night with Ashlee & Arianne... the masterminds responsible for this amazing surprise baby shower. And they never gave it away. Ever. I just thought all their quirkiness was normal. I did learn that they were near heart failure from being so nervous and hoping it all worked out.


Well, girls. You worked it out. Big time.

Regardless of the beautiful girlie gifts and blessings I received yesterday (and the lemon bars), I had one of those defining moments in life. A moment where I realized that for the first time ever, I am surrounded by the best friends possible. People that love and encourage me and would pretty much do anything for me. And I know some weren't able to make it and I know if they could, they would have been there, too. It's just a feeling so hard to explain- knowing you have such contentment with these people that only want to see you happy, build you up, and show you love. Unselfishly. I didn't want the day to ever end.

I've seriously hit the friend lottery.

I keep thinking about everyone that showed up to surprise me- those that had long drives and those that skipped church just for me. Friends that sent cookies and more in my honor. And the gifts- oh my goodness- so much thought put into those gifts by my
sweet, generous friends. My baby girl is going to have the best wardrobe and toys and bath bubbles and I promise to plaster this blog with her sweet pictures in every outfit. And of course I got a one-of-a-kind Nest sling from Ashlee that is just me. Everyone deserves to have friends that just "get you."

I promise to send a proper thank you, but right now I wanted to thank you all here, from the very deep corners bursting in my heart.


Back row: MJ- one of the sweetest people ever (no wonder- she is the sugarmama!), Jen- my best friend since birth- practically- and she brought presents from Paris! Deb (Arianne & Carrington's Mama)- but I also think she's part my Mama, too. Carrington- one of the most stunning and beautiful people I know inside and out. Sarah- my due date mate (let's see who has their baby first and then I think they are going to be betrothed). This girl just makes me smile. And gives really good gifts. And I'm so glad to have her in my life.

Middle row: Arianne- what can I say? There are no words. She is the best. Watch out Bloghers... here we come. We are a force to be reckoned with. Robin- we go way back and she is the real deal. And she makes the best beer bread and spinach dip. Ever. Me- just happy and thrilled to be among this group of amaze-za-zing women. How did I get here? Doesn't matter. I'm never leaving. My Mom (in law)- God used her for the mold when he had mother in laws in mind. She loves me like her own daughter. Trust me. It's the best. My Mom aka Mimi- she appreciates my friends almost as much as I do. It blesses her, I know, to see me in such a circle. And she knows me. One of her gifts was a pedicure... thank you thank you thank you, Mom!

Front row: Crooked Eyebrow- photographer and beautiful friend- you want this girl on your side. Sheryl & Aisling- even seeing Sheryl's van in the driveway with Florida plates didn't give the surprise away (again- I was clueless!). I am so glad this Mama is back here in my end of the world. Ashlee & Xavier- another one that I don't have the right words for, they just wouldn't be perfect enough. She has super powers and doesn't know it and someday when she does realize it, she'd never admit it. This is very true. Jaymi & Jonathan- um, hello supermodel. She's crafty and sweet and has the best laugh. You just want to see her smile.

Lori came, too, but didn't make it into the group shot. We'll have to stick her head in there somewhere! She and I go way back as Moms of all boys and we still laugh that I'll be shining some pink light into her world soon- we still can't believe it! I was so touched to see her there.

Maria & Natalie from BSM Media even sent a gift - Maria has already generously blessed me in so many other ways, I think I'll start calling her my fairy blog friender.

You can see photos from the whole day here (most all of them with my mouth hanging open), thanks to Crooked Eyebrow.

67 comments:

  1. What a fantastic surprise! You definitely are blessed to be surrounded by so much friendship and love!

    xo,
    Jane

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  2. Stephanie, you are SO blessed and you deserve every minute of your happiness. I love you with all my heart. It makes me so happy to see that you are thriving in your environment and that you have some really amazing women in which to call friends. Seriously, you ladies all rock. It looks pretty cool to be a mom, maybe I'll try it after all :) Love you and so happy I could spend the day with you yesterday! xoxo jen kanable

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  3. Ashlee and Arianne did such a fabulous job and it was wonderful to see you so blown away!

    You deserve it.

    Such great women coming together for such a beautiful momma. It doesn't get any better than that.

    oh wait it does...
    your baby girl is coming soon!

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  4. How exciting and wonderful. I can just feel the love and excitement from this post!

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  5. Aw, you totally did hit the friend lottery. And you totally deserve it.

    So glad you had a beautiful day!

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  6. What a great re-cap of the day, and each description of everyone is right on. It was hard to come back home into real life that wasn't centered around me and mah wimmins. Love you. No wait...I, Love you.

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  7. I'm so happy the day went well and they kept it under wraps! You look gorgeous and so happy and healthy.

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  8. It was a perfect shower. I am amazed that I birthed this one of a kind daughter such as you. You are so Blessed to have this group of friends. I knew that God had some big things in store for you when you were born. The food was amazing and you described everyone to a T. I can't wait to see the little princess in all those beautiful outfits.

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  9. Oh, it was a great day! I'm still excited knowing that you were totally surprised! You're so stinkin' cute. I feel like I've hit the friend lottery too...I'm just so happy to be out here near all of you!

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  10. What great friends and a fantabulous suprise!! I LOVE that "surprised face" pic of you, its beautiful!

    Baby girl gifts are soooo much fun, aren't they?!?

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  11. P.S. Did you mention the food. Oh my lands, the food.

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  12. So sorry I missed it!

    So glad it was a great day for you!

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  13. What a great day for you! It's so nice to have great friends like you do - you are truly blessed in so many ways :)

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  14. What a great celebration! And it doesn't look like anyone made you play any embarrassing games... you DO have good friends!

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  15. It was so much fun! Steve apologized over and over again that I had to come home early, but he had to get crackin' on that 5-page paper due this week.

    Good times.

    Lori

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  16. How precious! It is awesome to have such a community of friends that you know you can count on! God has richly blessed you, but you know that! Congrats on the day girl, you deserve it!!

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  17. What a great surprise for you! Friends are a huge blessing. I know your baby girl is going to be as cute and stylish as you are.

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  18. Awesome!!! Totally awesome. Just goes to show you hw God has your mind elsewhere, just to help those fine ladies out!!

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  19. Wow! This sounds like a lot of fun! I had a surprise shower for my first and when I opened the door and saw everyone I shut the door, backed up and sat down in the doorway! It was either that or fall down in shock!!! You never forget those...

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  20. Sorry I couldn't be there, but it looks as if you all had a great time.
    Amy

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  21. Oh, would that I had known...

    But what fun, hon! I'll bet you got beautiful frills and lace...

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  22. How much fun! Those girls sounds so sweet. I'm glad you are blessed to have such great friends. God knows who you need and He gave them to you. AWESOME!

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  23. I think my favorite part was when you said you just didn't want the day to end. You deserve all the blessings from yesterday and then some. I love you girl!

    Robin

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  24. What an awesome surprise!! How special to feel so loved and cherished (and pampered) by those you love. I am glad you are taking time to soak it all in.

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  25. I am so happy that this happened for you! You absolutely deserve it. I was so bummed I couldn't make it that I was a bit tempted to ask the girls to reschedule ;)
    Looks like it was perfect!

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  26. You are very lucky to have such amazing friends! Congrats and we can't wait to see pics of the little girl when she arrives! xo, Amy

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  27. How amazing! What a group of friends you have! :)

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  28. Aw, Steph, looks like such a great time! I so wanted to be there, but I had an obligatory family gathering here in Chi-land. Sounds like a blessed time! : )

    Til we meet again!
    Happi

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  29. Wow! Those are definitley some super great friends!!

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  30. Looks like you had an awesome time. Aren't great friends just such a blessing?

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  31. What a wonderful surprise! You are very blessed to have so many great friends.

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  32. That is so sweet - I will have to find a pregnant friend to do that for!

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  33. What a great surprise! It looks like a great time and you sure do have some great friends.

    *Do you think I could get great into this comment a few more times? I'm sure that would be great!

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  34. Sounds like you had a great weekend/surprise! :) What a blessing to have so many great women in your life! You deserve it!!

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  35. What a great, great story! How fun to be surprised like that! Wonderful.

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  36. How fun- I'm so bummed I couldn't make it. What a sweet surprise!

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  37. So glad you had a wonderful day. Sounds perfect.

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  38. awe.. that is wonderful..

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  39. Oh my goodness- what wonderful friends. You and little girl deserve a day like that. Very fun.

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  40. What a perfect day! I'll get over it, eventually.

    Much love to the Mama!

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  41. Hi! I just found your blog, I am a babywearer too!

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  42. OH how sweet! What wonderful friends you have. You are blessed.

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  43. OH how sweet! What wonderful friends you have. You are blessed.

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  44. What a beautiful surprise! Isn't it so nice to have such beauty in your life? That is what I find so nice about getting older. You grow into confidence and appreciate your friendships all that more. You certainly have a beautiful network of support so close to you!!

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  45. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Enjoy all those "little girl" things-definitely fun stuff!

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  46. What a fun party.

    Or more correctly -- what fabulous friends.

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  47. what wonderful, beautiful friends you have!! it looks like it was a lovely day :)

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  48. Yay! Suprises are the best! I totally wrecked mine (this upcoming weekend). We are remodeling our bathroom (my husband is pulling I'll do it myself) and through a hissy fit when he said we were going to a party at his grandparents' home this weekend. Turns out he planned a little get together. My mom had to clue me in so I would ease up on him! Glad to hear yours went a little more according to plan!

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  49. That was such a great surprise! You do have the friend lottery going on there! I am glad you had a fabulous time and truly got surprised! Yay! And, by the way, the belly picture is just lovely.

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  50. What an awesome surprise! You deserve it! I'm glad you had an amazing time!

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  51. What a great group of friends and a wonderful surprise. I love the fact that you were so clueless. That makes it even better. Thanks for sharing - you are one blessed girl.

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  52. You deserve this so much, Steph. You do so much for others, this time, it's your turn.

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  53. Thank you Ashlee and Arianne for inviting me. I made new friends and was able to see my favorite blogging friends (yes that's you Steph and Arianne).

    It was worth the drive! I love seeing pure happiness in your eyes Steph...your families and friends are blessed to have you.

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  54. Well, that was terribly sweet. I remember one surprise shower I had and it still makes me feel loved when I think about it. Friends are a gift from God. Of that, I have no doubt.

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  55. How wonderful! Friends are the BEST.

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  56. Here's to the friend lottery.

    Part of me wishes now I hadn't moved away from where I lived so I could be there too and meet you and help you celebrate your new baby!

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  57. Yay for you!! So glad that you have some sweet friends loving on you always and esp during this happy time!!! Blessings...

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  58. What a terrific day! Friends are the best and you are blessed to have so many. BTW I love the tree of life. Great memory!

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  59. You look suprised, that's for sure! Wow Steph, you ARE blessed to have such wonderful friends and family (but you obviously know that!) What a lovely memory too...

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  60. that's wonderful steph!
    you make a lot of people happy with your sharing + caring :)

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  61. That's so great.

    Friend lottery--yeah, that's a good one to hit.

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  62. Oh my gosh! What a treat. I can't imagine. You are blessed. :-)

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  63. this post made me cry, damn preggie hormones!

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