|Me, Gran, Mom, and Beth; 3 Generations|
In the beginning I was hesitant about attending. I was afraid that the event would make me sad, but then realized that there are many women in my church who have children, but no daughters. Mother's Day and events about mothers are hard for anyone with an empty cradle. I am so glad that I had my family and friends there with me. I did not shed one tear, and did not feel sorry for myself for not being a mom yet. I was overwhelmed with the power of the Holy Spirit and grateful for all the blessings that have been given to me.
I'm so glad that I decided to go and host a table. Midway through the day yesterday, I was asked if I could sing. Wow, I haven't sang in public in a LONG time. My mother and I sang "Redemption Song" a capella. I was so nervous, but my Mom gave me confidence. I think we did a ok to have only practiced twice about 20 minutes before the banquet began.
In attendance at my table were Mom, Beth, Gran, Aunt Penny, Rachel, and Jennifer. Here are some pictures from the evening.
|Eleanna Burke organized the entire event. She did a fabulous job!|
|We all had table themes. My theme was "Not Every Hero Wears a Mask." Yes, I know, I'm a nerd! =)|
|Beth (my little sister) and me|
|Joy was our special speaker. Her story is amazing and I will be sharing more on my blog once I get my notes together.|
|Mom and the rooster timer she won (we had door prizes!)|
|Jennifer and myself (She's been so supportive of me! She's always there with a kind word and open heart. I couldn't have made it through the past few months without her. She's been like a sister to me.)|
|Beth and Aunt Penny|
|Nesia (Joy's miracle baby) and me|
|Me with Rachel (my surrogate daughter)|