For each of our pregnancies after Sophia (our oldest), Jesse & I have debated the etiquette of what is known as a "Baby Sprinkle." For those of you not hip to this term, a baby sprinkle is basically a baby shower, except the expectant family already has a child or children. Usually it happens when you are expecting a child of a different gender than your previous one(s). So, in our case, as we had more daughters, Jesse would inform me that if/when we had a boy, that he would be throwing me a shower so we could get a few boy clothes to bulk up his closet.
After Francis was born, I didn't really think about our previous discussions, but Jesse had been. A couple weeks ago, he asked me if I would give the talk at youth group. He wanted the kids to hear about sacrifice, told from the perspective of a mother. All day, I thought about what I would say to the kids, but I didn't really write too much down. I have found in the past that my youth group talks are better when I jot down a few notes, rather than write out an entire speech. At 6:30pm, Jesse came & picked us up to head to the church. I was feeling alright about my topic, but still unsure if the kids would find it relevant.
Upon our arrival, I was surprised to walk into a superhero-themed baby shower (or baby sprinkle!). I was shocked that Jesse was able to pull off the entire thing & catch me completely off-guard. The room was so beautifully decorated, a delicious spread of food & many thoughtful gifts.
Then, as I walked around & greeted everyone, I was touched that so many people thought of us & were there to share in the joy of our new arrival. I couldn't help but thank God for putting so many wonderful people in our lives. Most of these people came into our lives through Jesse's ministry & it was very touching that they were so invested in our little Francis Oliver. Even though ministry work can be very exhausting, moments like these make me so thankful.