Mekonen's Baby Shower!

Our trip to PA for Jon's graduation and to visit our family was so much fun and a much needed break from work! While in PA, my mom and sisters threw me a baby shower for Mekonen. About 40 of our friends came to celebrate with us. It was so much fun and Mekonen got lots of special gifts! :) I can't wait for him to come home and try them all out! Here is my mom, my sister Amy & my niece Aderyn (being shy), my sister Rebekah & niece Natalie, and I'm holding Jane! My mom and sisters went way overboard with gifts for Mekonen. I am so blessed!

My two best friends of all time: Rachel & Georgia. I've known Georgia since kindergarten and Rachel since junior high. They were a big help with the shower!

The shower theme was rubber duckies! So cute! Isn't the cake adorable! My friend Katina made it herself!
The centerpieces were bowls with blue glass stones and floating ducks.

The party favors were made by my friend Rachel. They are magnets with our cartoon faces on them and our blog address. Here's a close up of the magnets.

At each table was a map of the continent of Africa. Each table had to race to see who could fill in the most country names. My 3 year old niece Aderyn was the only one who could name where Gambia is! How funny is that!

Yeah! Presents for Mekonen!!

One of my favorites! Georgia and Rachel had this made for Mekonen. It's his name written in Amharic. So sweet. His name means "noble."

My two nieces Aderyn in pink, Natalie in orange, helping me open presents. They LOVE opening presents.

My friend Rachel's mom makes the cutest little hoodie sweaters. They zip up the back! Way cute invention. I was hoping that Mekonen would get one. Hehe.

All the presents opened!

We had a little bowl set up where people could drop advice cards for me. It was so much fun to read them later. Lots of good bits of wisdom! :)

And I added this weird one of me, just for kicks. Looks like I'm surprised by something!


Amy said...

Aw, Rachael I LOVE the pics! The theme is ADORABLE! Can we expect to see nursery pics soon?!

Daniel and Danielle said...

rachel so cute!!!

Donovan and Julie said...

So sweet...and I'm impressed by your niece's geography skills!

Anonymous said...

It was so so good to see you! The shower was a blast..wish I could have spent more time with you!
Love, JO

Sarah Dawn said...

Simply amazing! When it comes time, we're going to have to head to the US for a shower like this one. What a blessing to be showered with all the love from your family and friends.
It's nice to meet you, we are starting the process through AAI as well. Glad to be on the same journey, the miraculous road to adoption.

Blessings from this missionary mommy,
Sarah Dawn

Megan said...

Rachel you're so stinkin cute. I love the shower pics!

About the pics - I actually got a random email from someone I don't even remember asking! They said I sent them an email on April 7 and they just got back. I'm assuming they'll be posting the pics on snapfish soon...? Or maybe they just emailed them to whoever the kids belong to. Either way, I'm stoked for any baby pics(as you know!). But I know there is another family that just got back who should be uploading pics soon! It's been too long, huh?

Sarah Dawn said...

Delighted to meet you. Our family serves with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) and we currently live in Costa Rica (but have served in different nations). Such a joy to find another family walking along the same path. I will be following your blog, and would love to help with any missionary family questions you might have.

Blessings from this missionary mommy,
Sarah Dawn

Leah Reeves said...

That is a lot of gift!!!! Cannot wait to see your baby boy!


Brian and Autumn said...

Beautiful shower... it is so fun when you finally get to use all that cool stuff!