Last Sunday, I attending a Blessingway for my friend Corrie. I don’t know how widely known Blessingways are, but I have been to several in the last few years. A Blessingway is a celebration of a woman late in pregnancy, and the journey she is about to begin as a mother. In addition to gift giving, we also each brought a bead and blessing for Corrie. The beads will be strung together for her to wear during early labor…a way to feel the support of her women friends. We also each tied a piece of string around our wrists. We’ll wear them until the baby is born as a reminder to remember her in these weeks as she anticipates labor and prepares for the baby. This is always a wonderful time of sharing, celebrating and anticipating of the transition into motherhood.
Here are several pictures from the event…and while the pictures indicate that there were only a few friends present, there were about 15 of us there.
Corrie is using cloth diapers and received the diapers she needed at the shower. She was thrilled.
We have several friends in this group who are pregnant. Corrie is due at the end of April and Abby is due at the beginning of June with her second daughter. Our baby will have many new friends waiting for his/her arrival!
These are the gifts that I made for Corrie–in addition to contributing to the diapers. I had a lot of fun making the bibs and “taggy”…I’ll definitely be making more in the future.
So far, all of the Blessingways I have attended have been for women who are pregnant. I wonder if anyone has been to a Blessingway for an adoptive mother and what that looked like. I also feel like my women community is so spread out these days. Being new to area, my circle here is still small and my circles in other areas are still strong. I was glad to be a part of this Blessingway, but it also made me miss many of the women I would want to be at my own.
If anyone has been to a Blessingway for an adoptive mother, please tell me about it.