Last weekend, with the help of Kyle's sister who was visiting and 2 very special visitors from World Medical Mission - Mary Elizabeth Jameson and Gail Gambill - we threw a special baby shower for Vanessa. It was so great to be able to decorate with things from home and give Vanessa a special afternoon. We even had pink M&M's! Also, I invited some Kenyan ladies from our women's Bible study. They don't do baby showers - they have a party for the mom and baby after the birth. So this was a new experience for them. They all wanted to know why it was called a "shower" when there was no water involved, and I had to admit that I don't actually know why. It was so special to have them here and share our different cultural traditions. One of the most special moments was when they sang a song for Vanessa to celebrate the blessing of her new baby (see video below). It was a great afternoon enjoyed by all.
As a side note, I also so enjoyed having Mary Elizabeth and Gail here! They both work at World Medical Mission - Mary Elizabeth with the post-residency program and Gail works in placing short-term physicians on the field. They were a huge encouragement and we enjoyed a few days of slumber parties :)
|Gail and I were so proud of our diaper cake. Apparently you're supposed to have 50 diapers at least to make it - I had 20, so we made do :)|
|It was an explosion of pink!|
|Me and Vanessa|
|Ariella's first baby doll, courtesy of Laura|
|All the ladies!|
|Me and my Kenyan mom, Michal|