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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Baby Shower

Although I have avoided repeating it over and over and over ..... and over again on my blog, it probably needs to be said now as I begin this blog post.  I am going to be a grandmother in February. 

Ok, more emphasis - I AM GOING TO BE A GRANDMOTHER!!

Oh, heck, one more time with feeling 

Hopefully you get the picture ... a mother (me) who has looked forward to being a grandmother for probably 20 years and just when she accepted the obvious - no grandchildren for her (me) - a grand child was conceived.  It is like winning the billion dollar lottery - hard to wrap my brain around it.
This little life is most precious to me.  Sort of a perfect jewel in the crown of my life.  

Earlier this month we held a baby shower for my daughter-in-law.  It has been probably 40 years since I attended a baby shower.  They haven't changed much.  Food, laughter and gifts.  At the new mom's request, we skipped the games.  But we did have a few fun activities.

Time Capsule Station
I was in charge of the Time Capsule activity.  Guests were invited to write a note to the new baby.  Notes can include best wishes for a full life, predictions of how the baby's life will evolve, stories about the baby's family members, advice, etc.  The notes are put in a 'time capsule' to be opened and read by the child on her 18th birthday.  We are taking this activity one step further.  Instead of limiting notes to just those who attended the shower, the 'time capsule' can be added to over the years with notes by friends and family.

The sign explaining the 'time capsule' project.
Periodically throughout the event I noticed people sitting at the table, writing their notes and using the sealing wax I included to seal the envelope.
The mirrored box for putting the notes in -
which will be  replaced by a sealed box with a slot on top
 that her dad, my son, will make.
I enjoyed the search which resulted in this beautiful mirrored box.  It will be replaced by something that can be sealed.  But this lovely box can be used by my beautiful little grand daughter to hold any special items she desires.

The first two letters - one from my daughter and one from me.
I am also very grateful for an opportunity to share through letters my love and bits of my life with my grand daughter as she grows.  I hope I live long enough to see her grow into a young woman, but life makes no guarantees.  So having a voice through writing to share with her as a young adult is very important to me.

As with most parties there was food.  Lots and lots of food.  Too much really.  We had about 20 guests and could have fed 50!  No one left hungry.

Another activity was decorating Onesies.  Guests used their own originality to put messages on these tiny garments.  Then they were hung on a clothes line for all to see.  Great fun!

Guess who did this one!!  :-)

It was a wonderful time for all.

Next up ... the gifts grandma (me) brought to the shower.  Yes, they were handmade.


Michelle said...

Such a happy post!!!

Priscilla said...

A time capsule is a perfect idea! It's not just a gift to your granddaughter, but to all those with whom she shares it in 18 years.

Retired Knitter said...

Yes ... life is a cycle with ups and downs. I will admit that my 'down-cycle' seemed to go on and on and on. But things are looking up. And I welcome the up cycle with open arms.

Retired Knitter said...

Totally agree ... if she should choose to share. I hope I am around when that day comes both physically and mentally. But the track record of the female members of my family who reached 88 - and there were a number - they were only here physically. So having this opportunity to 'talk' with her at 18 years of age while I am of sound mind now is precious to me.

happyone said...

What a wonderful idea about the time capsule.
I've never been crazy about the games at showers either. : )
Won't be long now Grandma!! Feb will be here before you know it along with your grandbaby.

Retired Knitter said...

I wish I could take credit for the time capsule idea - but it was offered up by my daughter-in-law's good friend - who is younger and who has been to a few showers more recently than I have. :-). But I jumped on the idea. And it was my daughter and my idea to extend the letter writing into the future - just not a one shot deal.

Paula said...

So happy for you!!

Retired Knitter said...

Thanks. I am happy for me too, finally! :-)

Carolyn said...

How very wonderful that you are about to be a grandmother!!! I am very happy for you.

zerry ht said...

Baby shower for family and friends is a great day of love, celebration and affection. My sister's gender reveal party was so much fun. Arranged by her loving husband and his choice of San Francisco venues was appreciated by all. Classic carnival food with irresistible coffee desserts was absolutely yummy.

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