This past weekend I was able to host a shower for my dear friend, Heather, in honor of the recent adoption of their son from Ethiopia. It has been our deep and great joy to feel like participants in their journey and our hearts swell with pride and thanksgiving every time we see their blessed son.
Jane and I couldn't resist making up some American and Ethiopian flags for table decoration and then who doesn't love international-themed party bunting? A few runs on the sewing machine, couple of diagonal swipes with the rotary cutter and dash through with a needle and brown twisty string to hang.
Sweet church ladies brought fruit salad and nut mix to round out the fare. It all went rather nicely with the bottled sparkly juice.
There was a little quiz with fun facts about the little man himself and his beautiful home country, heart-felt stories from Mama Heather, as well as opportunity for guest to write out prayers they've prayed for the family of honor. And of course, the sunflowers were a happy crescendo to the party atmosphere.
All very simple, but it doesn't need to be grand to be special. Sharing in life together and creating moments of celebration is, for me, an opportunity to treasure.