More than 10 years ago, we were expecting our fourth child. Back then, I knew of only one family with more than five children and having four was overwhelming to most people I came in contact with. I desperately wanted others to celebrate with us. It was then that I told our older three girls (ages 6, 4 and 1) that our job was to celebrate babies. Today we continue to celebrate each precious gift from God. This past Monday, we celebrated the pregnancy and imminent delivery of a very dear friend of our family. They have a 16-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter and are expecting another blessing. It was a joyous occasion as girls, young women, and adult women gathered together to bless the mother and child. They brought practical gifts such as outfits, lotions, and things for the nursery. They brought gifts from the heart such as a crocheted afghan, hand-drawn picture, and a handmade blanket. Most importantly, we spent time together praying to bless the mother and this priceless gift inside of her.
It wasn't your typical shower, but it's a concept I learned from Doran Richards and her ministry Blessing God's Way. She co-authored a book entitled, Celebration of Pregnancy which describes how to have a shower-alternative that is God-centered. (You can find it on our webstore.) Blessing God's Way is a ministry seeking to encourage women in three areas of life--maindenhood, maternity, and menopause. Last year, Doran completed a God-centered curriculum for girls and women to learn more about their bodies, specifically in the area of their menstrual cycles.
These materials will be presented at the upcoming conference, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, July 18-19, 2008 in Front Royal, VA. While I cannot endorse the material since I haven't yet reviewed or used it myself, I can recommend that Doran's other materials have been a blessing to my life. I believe that it will be especially helpful to moms who are looking for more biological information than is included in Lady Day.
For more information or to register, please visit: www.blessinggodsway.com.
God bless you as you celebrate the Giver of Life and the life He gives.