Saturday, December 14, 2013

Baby Shower

Last night Alisha had her baby shower, which was wonderfully put together and managed by Molly Rowley and Rachelle Gay. They had themed the shower to Peter Pan, which is one of Alisha's favorite fairy tales. While the shower was going on, a bunch of the guys came to my house for playing cards and video games. I am writing this blog post without having been at the party, which is proof that the internet is full of people writing extensive descriptions of things with which they have no personal experience. That reminds me of a quote that someone shared with me last night:

"The problem with internet quotes is that you can't always depend on their accuracy"
- Abraham Lincoln

With that out of the way, it's on to show-and-tell. Alisha (and I) were overwhelmed with the volume and generosity of all the gifts she received. This is how some of them looked at the party, set up in a teepee to go along with the Peter Pan theme. 

Every party needs the nice pictures from the start of the party, then embarrassing messy pictures from the end. Well here is what Roscoe's room looked like this morning: 

Alisha was so excited about all of the presents that she stayed up until almost 1:00am opening some of them (notice the sitting spot cleared in the middle of the rubble). As a testament to how generous everyone was, Alisha got too tired to stay awake before she finished opening all of the presents. For reference, I have never known Alisha to put off opening of presents, so this was a real feat. She plans to continue her gift opening tonight.

At the party we saw another great work from Roscoe's favorite artist. It was painted on cardboard, but I plan to hang it somewhere in the house or garage. Roscoe will love the contrasts once he gets home.

Molly and Rachelle set up a onesie decorating station where party attendees could decorate a onesie that one day Roscoe will make a mess of. They ended up with a clothesline full of personalized messages to Roscoe (or from Roscoe to his parents or onlookers who happen to read his shirt).

Around the rest of the house were other themed stations, many of them filled with delicate desserts you can see below. By comparison, the guys were eating chili, BBQ chicken, and cheesy bread that some claimed I made with enough cheese to satisfy a 6-year old. I think the women won on class in this area.

The cake pops were made by Creative Cakes by Moriah and they were inserted into holes drilled into a piece of wood. As Alisha told me about this I was impressed by the attention to detail.

Once again, Alisha and I were completely overwhelmed by everyone's generosity and by the huge effort that Molly and Rachelle made to bring this together as a special event for Alisha. As some of you know, we've taken a bible quote a little out of context from 1 Corinthians 3:7 to indicate how God is causing Roscoe's growth. After being encouraged by all that everyone did for us last night, another verse that popped into my head out of proper context: Hebrews 10:25 which says (speaking of the assembly and Jesus' coming return):

"... encourage one another,
and all the more as you see the day drawing near"

Thanks to God's blessing in Roscoe's life, we can now definitely see that the day when Roscoe comes home is soon within reach. Encouragement, gifts, and most importantly prayers have been instrumental in our emotional well-being and Roscoe's physical safety and development. Thank you to everyone for supporting us in this journey to bring our son home safely.


  1. Looks like a great shower! I wish so much I could have been there!
    Love you three!

  2. Such cute party it was. Looking forward to more such posts. My sister is getting married at one of the best Los Angeles wedding venues and I also would like to throw surprise wedding shower for the couple. I am not able to decide on the theme for this shower. I wonder if you could help me regarding it.