September 26, 2009

You Are Invited...

To a Virtual Celebration!

For: Diann and Baby Button
When: Today

Where: At Art's Chili Pepper

After many years of prayer and struggle with infertility, my sister and brother-in-law, Diann and Ben, are expecting their first child the end of October! Unfortunately for me, they were transferred to Italy in the Spring of 2008. Yes, I am pouting that I will not be there for the birth of my niece (okay, so it could be a nephew). And, yes, I am pouting even more that I will not be able to host the baby shower I've been dreaming of since we were much younger. So you can help me in celebrating this momentous event, blog style.
The Guest of Honor

The other guest of honor


Gram's famous olive-stuffed cheese balls
Phyllo mushroom bites
Crudites with artichoke dip
Miss Ida's ginger fruit salad

Mulled apple cider
Sparkling Cranberry punch

Feast your eyes on this mouth watering cake.



Your favorite children's books

In our family books have always been important. Reading a book was much preferred to watching television when we were growing up. A cold Sunday afternoon would find the entire family laying around the living each buried in our own book. As adults, our oldest brother, Diann and I all chose not to have television in our house.

Oh, and Diann loves to shop. And she is super organized and prepared. She already has most of what is needed for a newborn baby. And the rest she is borrowing from me.

So if I were hosting a baby shower, I would ask guests to skip the normal shower items and instead choose their favorite children's book. So, as guests at this shower you are asked to leave a comment with the name and author of your favorite children's book. Baby Button will grow up quick so feel free to include books for older children as well.

A tradition in our family for book giving requires the giver to write an inscription that would include the name of the receiver, giver, date, occasion and a message surrounding the occasion or why that book was being given.

For example I would give Baby Button "the Jesus Storybook Bible." And inside it would say,

"To Diann and Baby Button on the occasion of your baby shower in blog world. I hope as you grow in health and well-being, these stories will help you grow to know and love our Savior, Jesus. That one day you may give your life to Him and receive eternal spiritual good health and well-being. With love from your Zia. September 26, 2009"

As guests, I ask you to leave a comment doing the same. And if you feel so inclined pop over to Diann and Button's blog and wish them so health and happiness, too. I will look forward to seeing what you all come up with. Thank you for helping me to celebrate such a special moment in our lives.



  1. I love all the Sandra Boynton books, very fun & great for young ones...not long, they rhyme & they are board books.
    I would write in there...You are a blessing!

  2. Kat,
    You chose my favorite book to give...a children's Bible. So, I would choose, "The Complete Works of Curious George." Kind of silly, but I used this book for potty training and recently bought my granddaughter one. We sit in the bathroom and read while we try to go potty. It makes "pottying" fun.
    Blessings and prayers for health and a joyous life for Dianne and baby buttons.
    Blessings, andrea

    PS: I have an urgent prayer request on arise 2 write.

  3. Oh what fun, a virtual shower! I love events I can attend in my pj's. ;) My gift will be Where The Wild Things Are... I know it will be awhile before Button is ready for this book, but it's always been one of my favorites!

  4. I love all those books :) Oh, and you shouldn't have let me eat a second piece of cake, but it was delicious. Thank you for the shower. I had a lovely time.

  5. What a sweet idea, to have a virtual baby shower for your sister. I will gladly attend!

    Some of the books I love, and the kids have always enjoyed, are the ones written by Laura Numeroff and are titled, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie", "If You Give a Moose a Muffin", "If You Take a Mouse to School". I think she has written others as well.

    Diann, Baby Buttons, and Daddy, too:j
    Our family has enjoyed these books over the years, and I hope yours will, too. May the Lord continue to bless you, Carol