Friday night Casey and I enjoyed catching up with an old college friend over dinner at Fireside Pies. It was so great seeing Chad and just relaxing and hanging out. Sadly, I totally forgot to take a picture!
Saturday, Casey woke me up with breakfast in bed (awww!) and we spent the morning snuggling and talking and catching up. It was so great seeing him after him traveling and being gone all week!
After our lazy morning, I headed up to McKinney to spend a bit of time with my Mom and play hostess at a a baby shower for my high school best friend, Liz. She looked absolutely incredible and it was so wonderful getting to see her! I'm sad she moved so far away after she got married -- the physical distance also put a distance on our friendship but I still love her dearly. The shower was very simple and very nice. It was a "naked" shower so the gifts were displayed unwrapped in the front room instead of spending time watching the mommy-to-be unwrap and giving everyone more time to mingle and chat. Most of the gifts at this shower were gift cards so that Liz could easily transport them home to West Texas. I was so struck by how wonderful all of the McKinney ladies were! Most of the women at the shower were friends of my Mom (and the grandma-to-be) and many of the women had heard of my struggles with infertility from my Mom and the prayer requests she made at church and were so very supportive. I also spent time speaking to Liz's sister-in-law, Erica, who has been through IVF to conceive her beautiful little boy and her words were really uplifting. One of the other younger folk at the shower had also dealt with conception issues and will never have a second child. Hearing her speak of that and how content she truly is also gave me hope that I might get there someday too.
Sunday was Mother's Day and we had a really incredible morning! I was worried about how it would go. I worried I would cry. I worried it would be hard. I worried for no reason. I seriously have surrounded myself with the most amazing people! I received multiple uplifting cards in the mail, countless e-mails, messages, and texts, a few phone calls, numerous hugs at church, and even had one friend leave flower on the doorstep all just telling me they love me. It was absolutely incredible! The outpouring of love floored me.
The sermon at church was also inspiring and uplifting. The passage was 1 Samuel 1 about Hannah's true stewardship when she handed Samuel, her long sought after son, back over to God. The main messages was that "All God-given gifts should be given back over to God." Hannah gave back over to God that which was most precious to her, just as we all should. The thing that is most precious to me is my marriage. I know it is corny, but it's true. So I've been thinking of ways I can better give my marriage back to God and use it for His glory. I don't have an answer on how to do that better yet, so I'm certainly open to suggestions!
Also on Sunday, the MungerKids performed for the congregation to thank them for their support of the All In campaign. They did a Gratitude Dance and sang Every Move I Make and it was absolutely adorable! I have a video of them practicing the dance, but I'm hoping to get a video of the "real deal" from one of the parents to share here. Stay tuned!