Monday, May 11, 2009

My Friends Never Cease to Amaze Me

Walt Whitman once said, "I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends."

If there's one thing I know, it's that I don't deserve my friends. For some reason, though, God has chosen to bless me with the greatest friends this planet has to offer. I have great friends from high school, amazing friends from college, and fantastic friends I have met since becoming a wife and mom. I often look at my life and wonder what I did that so pleased God that He would bring these amazing women into my life. I am still clueless but oh so very thankful. Words can't express how I feel about my friends, and for me, not being one who is very good at expressing my feelings verbally, it is even more difficult. Just know that my friends are so important to me, each and every one. I don't call them enough, I don't see them enough, I definitely don't tell them enough, but I love them so much!

This past week, some of my super sweet friends planned a surprise baby shower for me. It was set up like a Mom's Night Out. We had not had one in a while, and my friend, Rachael, sent an email out to everyone (really just me) trying to get one set. She set it for a Mexican restaurant in town that we all like. Another friend, Ashley, told me she wouldn't go if I didn't go (to make sure I went) and offered to drive me. Channing, who knew the whole time, acted like he could care less if I went or not (every time I mentioned I might not go, "Ok. That's fine.").

So Ashley picked me up, and we chatted the whole way there. Once we got there and walked around to the back of the restaurant, I saw a group of some of the dearest people in the friends! They were all smiling and proud that they had surprised me (and surprised I was!). I couldn't believe that so many of them took time out of their busy schedules to come shower me. I was so humbled, surprised, somewhat embarrassed, and excited. I think the most exciting part was getting to hang out with these awesome women that I don't get to see nearly enough. There were friends there that I haven't seen in person in FOREVER! It was such an awesome night. I had the greatest time!

Not only did I have a fabulous time with these awesome ladies...
but they also spoiled Rhiannon (and myself) rotten! They way outdid themselves on gifts for baby girl. I was taken aback by all that they did. Here is a shot of the goodies:
She got all kinds of cute stuff. I can't wait to use it all!!! Oh, and I got some things too. One of my sweet friends gave me some chocolate (yummo!) and another gave me an hour massage...awesome!!!

Ladies, thank you all so much. I am truly blessed to know each and every one of you...and your precious kiddos. I love you all!!! Thank you for a great night, a spectacular surprise, and for showering me with love


Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

I love it! Wish I could have taken part of it! Everybody loves you and I'm so happy to see that so many fab-o girls are helping you celebrate!
I had some great friends do the same thing for me with my 2nd. Isn't the suprise fun? I love it! I'm getting excited!!

Rachael said...

I am sooo happy that we actually surprised you! I feel like I can sleep at night now. Ha ha ha! :) I am so glad you enjoyed yourself and that Rhiannon got so much great stuff. I can't wait to meet her. :)

The Hairston's said...

It was so much fun! I'm so glad that we actually surprised you! I have to tell aren't the easiest to surprise! =)
I can't wait to meet baby Rhiannon soon! Only a matter of weeks now! I love you and your sweet family!!

Donna said...

Yay! How fun- you look so cute- I love your dress! I love Rhiannon's monogrammed dress- that is adorable! You do have wonderful friends- and a "shower" at a mexican restaurant sounds like the best idea I've heard in a while!

AngelGirl said...

ooooh how fun!!! i wish i could have been there :) i am glad you were su[rised--rachael honestly thought you wouldn't be!!! glad you got some good stuff!!!!

Nathan and Rachel Greenfield said...

how GREAT! wish i could have been there. you got adorable stuff- i love the little outfits!!!! and the reason you have such great friends is because you ARE such a great one!