Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Showered with love

This past weekend, I had my first bridal shower. In fact, I had my first TWO bridal showers. I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love from some very special people in our lives.

On Friday, the shower was hosted by Sean’s aunt and a friend of his family (who is as close as family as anyone else). The hosts came up with the cutest theme: Deck the Deck. Everyone brought gifts to help us make the most of our outdoor space—grilling tools, lantern lights, salad bowls, a firepit. We were amazed at how kind and generous everyone was. We felt so blessed to have these wonderful people in our lives!

On Sunday, a couple of my aunts (my mom is one of 11 girls!) threw a shower for my side of the family. Again, I can hardly put into words how blessed and loved I felt. For many years I attended showers for other friends and family and dreamed out what it would be like when I was the guest of honor. It was everything I could have imagined and so much more. They served a delicious lunch and an ice cream sundae buffet. We played games, visited, and talked about the big day. Again, we were overwhelmed by all of the thoughtful gifts. We now have a complete new set of dishes, fun glassware and vases, a new pots and pans set, baking tools, and so much more. Now we just have to figure out where to put it all!

Events like this make me more and more excited for the upcoming nuptials. A coworker asked me the other day what I’m most excited about, and I knew my answer right away. I can’t wait to have all the people we love—from so many different areas of our lives—in one room, celebrating with us. When I envision that day, I see scene after scene of our friends and family. This day may be about Sean and I coming together as husband and wife, but it’s also about the people who have shared in our lives and will be there to celebrate this incredible milestone. I can’t wait!

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