Remember when I said I was up at 5am on Saturday? Well, this is why: I was throwing an owl themed baby shower for my friend who is also named Lauren, pictured above :). She and her husband are waiting to find out the sex of their baby, so I went with a gender-neutral themed shower… and I’m so happy with how it turned out!
After all the hard work, brainstorming and craft days that went into this, it was so fun to see it all come together that day! We had the shower at 2pm, so for snacks I made delicious cupcakes (if I do say so myself! ;)) and popcorn. I found the idea for the owl popcorn bags here.
For most of the decorations, I just snagged things from my house. All of the baskets, chalkboards, frames, jars and flowers, etc. were borrowed from my apartment for the day. I made the tasseled garland over a few craft nights while watching movies with Jacob and I made the “Advice for the new Mama,” “Advice for Baby,” and “Doody Print” (idea here) to match the invitations (you can see those here!).
The cupcakes were probably my favorite. I wanted them to be fresh for the day, so I started baking by 6am. I had tried out the recipe I used a few weeks prior, but I added a few things this time to make it a little better. I’ll be sharing that recipe with you next week! The mama-to-be is a fellow Oreo lover, so I topped the buttercream icing with crumbled Oreos and a mini Oreo. So cute!
While I definitely breathed a sigh of relief as I drove home from the shower Saturday, I had such a blast putting everything together for our friends. I couldn’t help but realize that the way I felt in preparation for the shower – putting a lot of time in without seeing immediate results – is a lot like our spiritual lives! We have to show up to the daily grind. We need to get in Scripture, spend time in prayer, sit and quietly listen to God… but we may not see the results immediately. In fact, we rarely see them immediately. It’s much further down the road when we realize we are where we are now because of what we did then.
Even in preparing this shower – when I was much more focused on making cute things and yummy treats – God was with me and taught me a lot about myself through it. I need tangible examples like this, of enduring nights when the last thing I wanted to do was make tassel garland, but seeing how perfectly that work came together weeks later for the shower, to remind me I need to show up with God even when I don’t feel like it. It is always worth it. He is always worth it.
Happy Wednesday friends. Show up to the daily grind today, and remember, it counts!