I mentioned in my last post that not many that were there when Rachel was born were coming. My parents and my nurse/friend Kim were here. I think this was the only downfall to combining the parties - it kind of made it less of a serious day, I think (for lack of better words) so maybe it was easier to turn down. For some reason, being with the people who met Rachel on her day I feel closer to her... and I feel less like I needed to explain anything to anyone. They were all there and they know what the day held for me.
But this is where combining the parties was good for me... because this house was hopping! It was great. God met needs I didn't know I had.
We had a lady named Claire offer to make Rachel's birthday cake this year as a gift and when I said we were combining the birthdays, she worked with me to incorporate everyone. She delivered the most amazing cake and cupcakes I've ever seen! I looked at it and thanked her, but when she left and I *really* looked at it and told the kids how she didn't charge us for it, I started crying... Rachel has brought us so many amazing people who have a heart to help us just because she is loved. It's humbling. I'm just so thankful for that. Please know that even when I don't say it (which I hope is not often!) my heart overflows with gratitude for every ounce of love we are given as we walk this path.
Here are some photos (wish the quality was better, these don't do any of this justice - I failed in the photo department this party)
|The "Arctic Freeze Punch" was a huge hit and super cute.|
|The kids' favorite food name was "Penguin Poop" - AKA: Meatballs - lol.|
|They all got their own cupcake with edible penguin - Sam ate Rachel's for her, since he didn't have one.|
|Des was missing Jay - she's always at the top of the guest list.|
|The penguin piñata... I loved how the belly had a white heart on it.|
|The birthday bunch|
|And of course, daisies and Rolo's...|
|An unbelievably perfect gift from my friend Donna - it's a Precious Moments vase.|
Every moment is precious.... and since we still have fresh flowers always on the counter to represent Rachel's presence in our home, I now have the most perfect vase to put them in! She has touched so many hearts. Especially mine.
|Rachel's gifts...including enough money to cover 2 more care baskets!! THANK YOU ALL!!!|