Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Little Lamb

My oldest is nearly 18.

Her oldest is ten.

My youngest is 14.

Her youngest is



She became a mom earlier.

I became a mom later.

Technically, I could
be her mom.

But as with so many
women I've befriended
in my life, it isn't about
chronological age.

It's about spirit.

And she has it,
in bunches.

Roots in South Dakota
but transplanted to
North Carolina, Alicia
is a smart, funny,
creative and organized
wife and home-schooling
mama to three ~ soon
to be four ~ kiddos.

We have a mutual
friend who invited me
and a few other bloggers
to fete Alicia and bebe
to be with a virtual 
baby shower, 
since we all live
in different states.

Today is the day : )

Dear April Baby,

In a few, short weeks,
you will be here, a
fellow citizen of this
amazing place that
we call Earth.

A little lamb of God.

I have always been
awed by the odds of
being born.  That those
exact genetic materials
came together, to form
you, is such a miracle.

Greater odds than
winning the lottery.

Greater odds than
a meteor falling from
the sky.

Greater odds than 
becoming president,
winning an olympic
gold medal or walking
on the moon.

And yet, here you are.

I have learned a lot,
as a citizen of this
big old planet.....

And I have tried to
share some of the 
important bits with
my own children.

Little citizen,

little lamb,

this is what I advise:

Love with your whole heart.

Be grateful.  Say thank you.

Celebrate the small things.

Kindness always counts.

Be your own best friend.

Choose to be happy.

Enjoy the ride.

Here's a toast to the 
wonder that is you, and
the life that is spread
before you, just waiting
to be tasted.

I hope you'll find it as
as you are 


to be.


Mailing to Alicia:

1- Painting created just for bebe
by my daughter

2- Jelly beans & meringues
{For big brothers & sister}

3 - Thymes baby shampoo 
{Love that baby scent!}

4- Oh-so-soft security blanket

5- Ity-bitty Minnetonka moccasins
{A Minnesota original}  

6- Love

To peek at more shower
celebrations for Alicia,
click below:

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Nantucket Daffodil said...

Oh my goodness this is so very exciting....what a wonderful idea! I adore the gifts you have chosen....obviously from the heart....I am filled with emotion for the lovely people I have met here in this blogging community.

Farmgirl Paints said...

SHE MADE THAT!!!!!! Oh dear goodness...that Elizabeth is one talented girl. Love all that she put into her gift and those moccasins!!! So very Minnesota. Alicia's head is going to pop off. Love you Suzanne.

Alicia said...

you guys have NO idea how much this blesses me!! i was just telling jarrod last night how this pregnancy has been so different being so far away from everyone we know...this is just such a timely blessing.

your words are beautiful. thank you, my friend.


Mary said...

ahhhhh! this is beyond sweet suzanne! i just LOVE it! :)

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

this is amazing, suzanne. you did such a heartfelt job at expressing your beautiful mama heart. and the pictures, too, are gorgeous. wish we could celebrate in one big room today. : )

traci said...

what a sweet post. such an exciting time.

Blondie's Journal said...

You are the best!! Your gifts are so sweet and thoughtful and when she reads your post, that will be the greatest gift of all!


Stitchfork said...

What a wonderful welcome and a very sweet gesture!

Blissful Blooms said...

Suzanne! Now this one has got ME in tears! :) Such a beautiful party! I love every word and image you shared- just beautiful! And those moccasins are PERFECT!!! I know Alicia will LOVE them! Blessings to you!

Tricia said...

Oh Suzanne, this is so beautiful that it made me feel weepy. I think it's because I'm always filled with a sense of amazement when I think about a new little life, where one never existed before...and about how the whole world is enfolding for each new person and all the possibilities that exist in their life. It's just too much for me to comprehend sometimes. Your gifts are beautiful. xo

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

LOVE this!!

Love your sweet words. They are a treasure for any new Mama and I would have been oohing and ahhing over your gifts to her. Those little boots!!!

Hartwood Roses said...

Babe #4, what a blessing! How lovely it is that so many of you came together over such distances to celebrate. I love the idea!

Olive said...

What a darling baby shower. Love your sweet words. They always found here:}

Joanna said...

Wonderful! Beautiful presents and superb advice. The miracle of birth is, indeed, a gift. Wishing Alicia's new baby much love and happiness in life.


Terra said...

Your advice to the April baby is sweet, and the gifts you gathered are lovely.

Little for a Little While said...

Such gorgeous photos! Honored to be a part of this bloggy shower with you gals. I think you and I am fairly close you live in Becky's old neck of the woods? I'm in New Prague :)

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

Gorgeous Suzanne, and some wise words for us all to carry forward. xx

NanaDiana said...

Suzanne- What a beautiful blogging post for a virtual baby shower! You wrote a wonderful piece here- xo Diana

Maria at inredningsvis said...

AWWW thank you so much for sweet words on my blog:)and you can follow me on Twitter:)

If you want to see a cute webshop..check out my new post:)

have a great day dear

LOVE Maria at

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH this made me sweet and so much love shared! Elizabeth's painting is wonderful!

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Love this and your words of wisdom! Such good advice you offer. I also really appreciate what you said about friends of different ages-we all need each other, no matter our age!

Biz said...

I am so excited for Alicia!
It's such an exciting time.
Your daughters painting is absolutely stunning, breath-taking, and inspiring.
What a wonderful set of lovelies for her and her family!

Big Hugs to you and your love!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And this too is good advice for us older sheep. These basic tools of being human never grow old. HAPPY DAY SUZANNE! I guess we will be outside today, shoveling? Anita

Lisa said...

What a bright post! Gave me much sunny inspiration today.

The enchanted home said... did it again. Managed to draw me right in and keep me glued to your words and touching images. What a poignant tribute to a friend and to the baby she is soon to have. What a neat thing too that they can both look back at this virtual baby shower which unlike a real one will always be "here". Loved this and congrats and best wishes to Alicia!

Leslie said...

Had to laugh at Anita's comment:) Yes, advice we "older sheep" should follow! This is so sweet and such a wonderful idea to celebrate the birth of your friends baby. You are right on Suzanne. Age doesn't matter after after a time and friends can be anywhere. Enjoy the virtual shower!

Sorry if I've missed anything. I'm not sure if I mentioned I had problems with google/ and it's been SO irritating. I am in the midst of a re-do so I will be back soon.


Just a little something from Judy said...

Words that build up, that offer kindness, that inspire, and that make me smile...all are found here on this unique and special blog. I enjoy every visit!

I am so happy for your dear friend and wish her and her family, the very best in this, a brand new journey. What a lovely way to bless her by a shower of this type.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Everything you do and everything you write is always straight from the heart and an encouragement to me...and to everyone that reads. XO, Mona

Palomasea said...

Your poetic words and LOVING images touched me so they always do, sweet friend...
How beautiful...
I figured that splendid painting was your precious daughter' wow wow...
Wishing you a fantastic week, dear Suzanne!
Big hugs,
- Irina

Julie said...

Awesome. Love all of it. And such a neat idea to come out of this unbelievably technical world we live in. *sweet post again Suzanne. You inspire and motivate and build up. Using your gifts in the E-world to bring about many smiles and creativity. Love ya! xoxo ((HUG))

Sylvia said...

Everything here in this post is Awesome, from this brilliant idea of a virtual baby shower, your talented and beautiful daughter's painting and charming presents to your wise advices and lovely photos...LOVE is what it's called..
Sorry for being so late visiting your blog! I feel under the weather lately ...
Tell me how the book is going, what do you think, what do you like and dislike :) ( I am re-reading Gifts From The Sea, there was something unexplainable that made me go back to this book ... !)
Wishing you Love

patty said...

i just .love. your sweet spirit. i swear, suzanne, if ever we were to meet, i might squeeze you to death in a great big hug.

this is the most tender post, with the most beautiful photos... i'm sure miss alicia is so moved by it.

sweetness, for sure.


Deborah said...

Spring will be even more beautiful for Alicia and her family with this new little ones arrival.
How lovely you are Suzanne and your thoughts and heart....perfect.
Love all these little treasures.
It almost makes me want....;)
well, you know...but this season of my life is the time for grandchildren.
What a blessing!

All my heart,
Deborah xoxo

Lili said...

Such beautiful little treasures for Alicia's little treasure. I want to smell the Thymes baby shampoo and feel the softness of those adorable moccasins. And that beautiful painting by your daughter couldn't be more perfect! As always, your words were so beautiful Suzanne. xoxo