My baby sister is having a baby! And how good is God that he is also due the same week of Christmas (like my son, Gabriel!) We have a feeling these two will be best of friends, about one year apart!
Here are the invites and the theme:
And the invitation inserts:
Myself, my mom, and sister Katie decided to host her baby shower where I had mine–the beautiful Royal Park Hotel. We love the Conservatory, as well as that gorgeous “tiffany blue” chandelier!
The theme we chose was “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” since my sister is an Elementary School Teacher. We had guests sign the book by Dr. Seuss, and moving forward she will have each of her child’s teachers sign it each year. She plans to present the book back to Easton when he graduates high school!
Hot air balloons are the theme of this Dr. Seuss book, so we had them decorating each table, along with some pretty roses, of course! Each table also included the “Wish tree” instructions. Our family isn’t big on baby shower games, so this is an activity we enjoy–“Write your wish for Baby-To-Be and hang them on the wishing tree!”
My aunt Lorrie made these sweet hot air balloon cookies as favors for the guests!
And here’s the wishing tree…before, and AFTER! (Look familiar?)
People seem to enjoy these baby shower brunches!
Brett’s mom made this lovely cake!
My sister Katie and I had fun with this whimsical theme in decorating, gifting, etc! Our gifts to baby…We had each guest bring a book in lieu of a card to help baby build his library. I chose “Oh, Baby, the places you’ll go!” It was fun to write a note inside to my sweet nephew!
I can’t wait to meet this sweet angel! Oh, the places he will go!!!
Writing this warmed my heart, and gave me a little flashback of my shower, which you can view here!
It’s been a while…and for good reason. I have soaked up the last 8 months of being “mama” to my sweet son Gabriel (aka “Baby G”!) It’s amazing how life changes–not just our bodies, schedules, sleep, etc…but how our life changes for the GOOD.
Being a mom has caused me to worry less about the “little things” and now I worry more about things concerning him! I guess you can call it “shifted worry”! But then, I bring to remembrance this verse:
Philippians 4:6-7New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
It has also caused me to carefully think about “legacy” in every decision I make…my desire is for him to view me as a woman of character and integrity, a faithful wife to his father, and a devoted mother to him. His opinion of me will form over time, with each decision that I make, so I am choosing them wisely.
My success is not about me–it’s about legacy. I’m constantly asking myself where more I can give of my time, talent, and resources to others, while not sacrificing what is most important to me (him).
He is at the forefront of every decision I make.
I’m not going to lie…the transition is tough…at times you struggle with identity, but I am confident in the role I have to raise a mighty man of God, who I believe will be a world-changer!
TRUTH: “Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.” -Andy Stanley
There are times where I felt “mushier” than most…but then I praise God that he allowed this body to carry a happy, HEALTHY baby boy to full term (plus two weeks!)
There are times I am so tired or forgetful that I walk into a room and have to think (for about 30 seconds) why I am there! LOL! But I am CHOOSING to rejoice in the journey and make the most of my moments with him! He is my EVERYTHING, and I refuse to lose sight of that! Nothing and no one will steal my joy, or my quality time with him.
Often times I see people setting goals, and defining their reason “why” (why they do what they do), yet they sacrifice the very ones they are doing “it” for. I want to encourage you to put them first (yes, the days are long, but the years are short), instead make “healthy exchanges” in other areas where possible (less TV time, etc), as this will be the legacy you leave and a seed you sow that will bear good fruit for generations.
Put the phone down, enjoy those chubby cheeks, sweet smiles, and soft voices. I’m already finding, it goes far too fast! When I am away from him, that is when I am glued to my phone, scrolling through the 10 million pictures that I take, that is taking up all the storage on my phone (*smile*).
I’m so thankful God chose me to be his mom!
Here are some great shots from Jean Smith Photography of his 6 month shoot!
(*click on a pic to start the slideshow–my FAVE is the one where he gets away with pulling my hair, little stinker!)
(*Thanks for letting me be a gushing first time mom, and share my sweet boy!)
Are you a parent? What is the favorite part of the stage your kiddos are in?
On Mother’s Day this year, I found out I was going to be an aunt! “Grammie” sure is blessed…as she found out last year on Mother’s Day that I was pregnant with her first grandbaby! It was so sweet…my sister took our son Gabriel in another room to “play” during our Mother’s Day gathering with my mom…and when she came back to the room, check out what he was wearing to share the news…
And guess what is even greater news??? Baby Yost is due around Christmas too (just like Gabriel was!) Cousins! One year apart! Isn’t this amazing news?
I immediately offered to host a “gender reveal” party for my sister and brother-in-law. If you’ve never heard of these before, it’s a newer concept to me too! Basically, you get your gender scan, and wait to open it up in front of your closest friends and family. Together, you all find out the sex of the baby at the same time! Emily and Brett would find out in July!
Since Brett and Emily would have Baby Yost’s gender scan in July, we decided on a patriotic theme–but instead of Red, White & Blue…we would ask people…Blue, (White), Pink? What do YOU Think? He or She? What Will Baby Yost Be? Guests had to show up wearing the color that guessed the gender of the baby! Can you believe my sister waited until this day to open up the results of the scan?!
On the menu was a dessert bar, or as we called it “Emily’s Cravings Bar”! We chose to stick with sweets since it was later in the evening to showcase the fireworks. We did a sundae bar, popcorn bar, and s’mores bar…that included many sweet treats to top off their snacks!
People brought gifts for each gender (one boy gift, and one girl gift–or a gender neutral gift!) You could always return the other once you found out it was a girl or boy! I had so much fun finding the “perfect diaper bag” that I stocked up with all of the essentials, that they could throw in the car for their trip home from the hospital! Here is what it included….
Stain stick & sanitizer, diaper cream & diapers, wipes & wash bag, bibs & bags for diapers, pacifier & pacifier clips, blankets & burp rags, bottles & bottle holders, cover-up for nursing & clothes, diapers & a diaper bag, and of course–a toy for baby & a cute Tory Burch bag for mama! G got his cousin a gift too–teal and pink (since we didn’t know boy or girl)…a little “Rockin Robbin” baby toy from our little Robbins!
We headed outside for the big reveal of baby Yost! Pop! Pop! Pop! The firework was…BLUE!
Can you believe it?! I am going to have a nephew…and G is going to have a cousin exactly one year apart! We are all so very excited! Congratulations Brett and Em!
OH BOY! It’s a…
We can’t wait to meet our little nephew (and G’s new cousin/bestie) around Christmastime!
Here’s more pictures and details from the special day…
(*feel free to click on any pics if you desire to view them bigger to check out details!)…
PS. if you missed my gender reveal last year, you can view it by clicking here!
Credit where credit is due: Food by my little sister, the super famous Dashing Dish. Pro pics by my sister’s bestie Dayna Mae Photography (along with a few amateur ones taken by me, scattered in!) And to the cute parents Brett and Em who are making us all another beautiful baby to celebrate!
Hippity Hoppity Easter Is On Its Way!
We are gearing up for Easter here at the “Robbins Nest”…it’s our first with “baby G”, and I couldn’t be more excited!
On the menu will be: food catered by my sister Katie Farrell, of Dashing Dish! We are deciding between a spring lunch like grilled shish-kabob skewers, rice pilaf, and greek salad…OR doing brunch with frittatas, gluten-free pancakes, and turkey bacon. Of course there will always be one of her famous fruit trifles for dessert!
For a fun treat, I am preparing adult Easter baskets with some of my favorite beauty products for the gals…and yummy chocolates for the boys (pictures to come, as I don’t want to spoil the surprise!)
Here is last year’s tablescape…I can’t wait to see what I create this year! (*If you know our family you know that I LOVE to entertain and decorate, but am a TERRIBLE cook…but my sister is actually famous for cooking! So between us three girls, we have the best holiday gatherings!)
What are YOU doing for Easter? I would love to hear your plans below! Happy Easter from “The Robbins Nest” and our cutest little EB, baby G!
Sources: I got the napkins, and napkin ring holders from Pier 1 last year!
One month ago I was awarded with the greatest accolade… MOM. My greatest achievement…YOU.
Dearest “Baby G”, “G”, “Rooster” (you have so many nicknames already)…my boy…you are the greatest answer to prayer! Grammie prayed for a baby under the tree this past Christmas, and what a blessing to your momma…I found out on my birthday that I was pregnant with you, and due on Christmas Day! But much like your momma, you decided to arrive fashionably late, on the Epiphany (the 12th Day of Christmas! 1-6-16) It will forever be the “best day of my life” (besides marrying your handsome and hilarious daddy of course!)
I know most mommies think their babies are brilliant…but you had a LOT of Dr appointments your first 3 weeks (all is well now). Every medical professional who saw you said “what an alert baby!” and “I can’t believe he’s really smiling! Those aren’t accidental smiles!” You “coo” in your crib. You recognize our voice…as we talked to you, prayed for you, and sang to you faithfully…every day when you were in my belly.
No one could have prepared me for how much I love you. You’ve challenged me to become a better wife, daughter, sister, friend, leader, and mother… because you deserve the best of me.
Your daddy…he truly is a “Good Good Father” (this is the song we sang to you and played for you every day when you were in my tummy. Now when we play it, and sing it to you..it calms you). Watching him become a daddy to you has made me love him even more (and I love him an awful lot!) He cherishes his time with you…making you smile, and even making you laugh! He sings to you, plays with you (sometimes I have to remind him you’re 4 weeks old, not 4 years old!)…and he prays over you every single day. He calls himself your “Body Guard”…which is a lot better than the nickname he gave to me… the “Dairy Queen”! LOL! (I told you he would make you laugh with all of his #Philisms!)
Our greatest achievement together is being your mom and dad…
Oh by the way…you do have one more body guard, and that’s your puppy Bella! She followed my every step faithfully when I was pregnant with you…and now she follows you around instead, carefully peeking in your bassinet and barking (and coming to get us if you even make the slightest peep!)
You’ve brought so much JOY to the “Robbins Nest”! I can’t imagine life without you…
Happy “1 Month” my son! This past month has been the greatest month of our lives! I can’t wait to see what our future holds, together…
P+S +Baby G= Robbins Party of 3…finally <3
A special thanks to Jean Smith…who somehow made this tired momma, fresh out of the hospital (just one week post-delivery) look and feel her best for this photoshoot! You’ve captured our greatest memory beautifully. View more of Jean’s work, and Gabriel’s 1 week newborn photos, by clicking a photo below to start the slideshow:
And last but not least, a tribute to our boy…
On the 12th Day of Christmas my true love (Mr. “Rockin Robbins”) gave to me…little baby Gabriel!
Meet Gabriel David Robbins–Born on the Epiphany (the 12th day of Christmas!) 1-6-16!
…our Christmas angel….due on Christmas, but who decided to show up fashionably late (like his momma) on the 12th day of Christmas!
We truly had the most amazing pregnancy, and the most incredible labor. If you read my previous posts here ,you now that is exactly what we prayed for! After 5 minutes of pushing (ladies, don’t hate me)…we welcomed our angel into the world! We are finally home now…P+S+ baby G= Robbins Party of 3 (finally!)
Little Gabriel is loving his new home (as you can see from the pictures below)…he is quite the happy baby!
It was so incredible to be welcomed back home to incredible meals, flowers, and fabulous messages from friends and family who prayed for our little miracle.
I feel especially grateful for these bouquets (seen below)…not just because they are beautiful, but because of what they mean. Let me tell you why…
I’ll never have to miss a baby smile…
I’ve been married for almost 12 years…and we waited a very long time for our precious angel, our firstborn son. He is the result of an answered prayer–a promise from God. We prayed for him for a very long time. We were so blessed to find out on my birthday that I was pregnant, and that he was due on Christmas day! Everything worked out so perfectly–we even found out he would be a boy on our anniversary day (the exact day we were allowed to find out!)
We prayed for the most perfect pregnancy (and it was). We prayed for a speedy and safe delivery (and it was–only 5 minutes of pushing!) With all of the excitement, we didn’t get an ounce of sleep since labor started Monday, so it was so nice to be welcomed home to these beautiful bouquets, and a really special phone call…
The beauty of our business…
As I walked into our home, with my beautiful boy in my arms….I stepped in to find the most gorgeous bouquets of flowers I had ever seen. Many from friends and family…and 2 from my “Rodan + Fields family”…one bouquet from our CEO and President Lori Bush, and the other from our executive team at Rodan + Fields.
It is so awesome to be a part of a company that recognizes us well, and celebrates us well! These flowers were so special to me because they reminded me of our journey–they allowed me to reflect on how thankful I am that I don’t have to take a maternity leave, and instead I get to celebrate every little smile…
I started my Rodan + Fields home-based business part-time 8 years ago, so I could do for my family what I did for so many others as a kindergarten teacher. Since then, it has been more than a blessing to us– providing us the time and resources for both Phil and I to be home with our son and allow us to retire…but also for us to give our time and resources to children in need all around the globe– in fact, a few short weeks ago, we opened up a brand new orphanage in Gabriel’s honor. You can see the dedication below. This is the second we opened (the first was last December for 117 boys in India), which you can see here.
As I was marvel at the beauty of these gifts, I find myself marveling at the meaning behind them…
More than the money…
The moment I stepped inside my home returning from the hospital, I got a phone call from our Chairman Amnon Rodan, congratulating me on becoming a mom…and also congratulating me on becoming our company’s very first “10 million dollar circle achiever”! I was humbled and grateful…and while the accolades are nice, what is truly marvelous is how this business has allowed us to LIVE MORE and be home with our baby, and never miss our baby smile. And also how we are able to GIVE MORE–as we are able to give our time and resources to children in need, so we can make these precious babies smile…
That is the beauty of what we do–it is a vehicle to live a life we truly love, and help others do the same!
What is YOUR “Why”? WHY are you here on this earth? What is your purpose and plan?
If there is one thing I wish for each of you–is that you define your “why”…and find a vehicle to help you achieve it, and passionately pursue your dreams! There is nothing like seeing your reason “WHY” in action! You deserve to LIVE more, GIVE more, and LOVE your life so much more–that is my wish for you!
Thank you all for your warm wishes celebrating baby G, and 10 “MDC”! (<=and to be really honest, this little boy has rocked my world…the accolades don’t matter at all..what matters most is how much more we can give….to our family, and to those we are able to bless. My family IS my greatest accomplishment!)
We are thankful and grateful.
We believe we are blessed so that we can be a blessing! XOXOXO
Phil, Sarah, and baby G! (*more baby pics and posts to come! I’m one proud mama!)
We are in the home stretch…counting down the days until we meet our firstborn son, baby Gabriel…
These final days have been filled with so many emotions…excitement and exhaustion–anticipation and anxiety for what is to come.
And as I try as hard as I can to foresee into the future, the Lord continues to remind me to be still in this moment, and to recall his provision, and rest on his promises.
I am thankful. I had a truly supernatural pregnancy. Today was the last of my weekly checkins with my doctor (which by the way, if you are in the metro Detroit area, and need a good one, I have one of the best in the US! He made this pregnancy so peaceful for us, and works with most of our friends and families we trust)…and even our doctor said “you guys this was the closest you could get to a perfect pregnancy!”….it went without a hitch. But that didn’t surprise me–we believed for that. We prayed for that daily. And still my mind skips ahead to the labor/delivery/recovery…
Quickly my type A logical mind tends to stray away from all of the things that went well, and tries to quickly jump ahead to all of the things that “could” happen…”How will labor be?” “How quickly will I heal?” and “How in the world will this child eat every two hours?” and “Will I ever sleep again?” And each time that I tend to sway this way, I am reminded that Christ uses our “unknowns” to create a complete dependency on him, so we may KNOW HIM more.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says: ““My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.”Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.”
When we are weak, He is made strong in us…
One day, as I found myself frantically fearing the unknown (don’t judge…LOL…I was overly exhausted that day, and of course, my 9 month preggo hormones are raging)…I felt the Lord speak to my heart and say “Sarah, have I not provided for you so far? I need you to focus on me. Focus on now. Recall my provision. Stand on my promises. You’ve had the best pregnancy, and I’m not going to abandon you at the finish line.”
He reminded me of the story of the Israelites, who were journeying to their promise–the Promised Land. Although they knew the blessing was at the end of the journey, they would constantly block their blessing when they faced fear and the unknown….yet we see all the way from Exodus through Numbers the times the Lord provided for them, even in the midst of pressure (He parted the red seas, eradicated their greatest fear–the Egyptian army–before their very eyes, the manna that came down from heaven, he made bitter water sweet to drink. He faithfully provided in the midst of pressure. He never left them in their journey). Yet the Israelites always erred toward the fear of the future…forgetful of what the Lord had done up until this point. In fact when they got to the end of their journey, literally bordering the promised land, they sent spies into the land. 10 of 12 came back with a negative report. And instead of recalling God’s provision and standing on His promises, they believed the naysayers and most didn’t make it into the promised land because of their ultimate disobedience and lack of faith in the Lord. I thought “Lord, don’t let me be the Israelites! This child is a promise. You have been on the journey with me this far! You certainly won’t leave me now!”
Immediately I knew that I had to get in a place of peace. I played worship music. I sat down with a notebook and pen. I began to recall all of the ways God provided for us throughout our lives. I wrote down every answered prayer.Then I wrote down his promises…. I wrote down scriptures I found in God’s word such as:
-He will never leave me nor forsake me.
Deuteronomy 31:6Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”
-He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it.
Philippians 1:6Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].
-He has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].
-My sleep will be sweet (and even baby Gabriel will be a sweet sleeper).
Proverbs 3:24-26Amplified Bible (AMP)
When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
-Gabriel will be a blessing, and not a burden (like many moms make motherhood feel for first-timers!)
Psalm 127:3-5Amplified Bible (AMP)
3Behold, children are a heritage and gift from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 How blessed [happy and fortunate] is the man whose quiver is filled with them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies [in gatherings] at the [city] gate.
God will continue to exponentially multiply and accelerate our business even while I am taking time to focus on loving my newborn (enlarging our borders, expanding our territory).
1 Chronicles 4:9-10Amplified Bible (AMP)
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would indeed bless me and enlarge my territory, and that Your hand would be with me, and You would keep me from evil so that it does not hurt me!” And God granted his request.
-We will have a Psalm 91 atmosphere in our home, and in the hospital.
-We will have a supernatural delivery and recovery (just like our pregnancy)!
You see, the world wants us focused on FEAR. And the Lord wants us focused on FAITH…complete reliance and dependence on the Lord. He wants us returning to the Word, speaking the Word, and believing the Word, because it will never return to us void. (Isaiah 55:11) He is faithful to watch over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). If we believe that we were created in His image (which I do), then we must believe our words have creative power and therefore carry forth substance. After all, when He said “let there be light”…didn’t light follow? We MUST be seeking and speaking God’s Word.
What words are you speaking over your situation? Words of FEAR of FAITH? Both require the same amount of energy–belief in what we cannot see.
We all face fear in our life–fear of failure (in my case first time parenting)…fear of the unknown…but God’s perfect love casts out all fear.
Feeling uncertain about the unknown is not necessarily a bad thing (as long as you don’t remain in fear)–it’s simply a reminder that we need to stop being so self-reliant–and instead be completely reliant on God…the “unknowns” keep us seeking God’s peace and getting in His presence. Recalling his provision. Standing on his promises.
Jesus loves you my friend. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He’s brought you this far, and will not leave you now.
He is THE ONE who will stick closer than a brother. So cast all your cares upon Him, for He truly CARES for YOU!
If you know someone who is facing the “unknown”…send them the link to this post for encouragement. Have them write down every way that God has ever answered their prayers or provided for them. Then, have them write down at least one scripture verse to speak / pray about their situation. For example, If they are in need of healing…google “healing scriptures”. Find one that resonates the most and put it on a note card…and any time they face fear, have them speak it aloud. God’s word brings peace…and even better, God’s word is a promise and brings forth provision. It will not return to us void!
~* And if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or know someone who is, I recommend this book. It’s the ONLY thing I read (besides the word) during the past 9 months of pregnancy. It is full of stories of provision (miracles) of many momma’s, including my pastor’s story. It is also full of promises (scriptures and prayer) to speak over your pregnancy journey.
~* One more thing–I shared how my baby started as a prayer, and how I had the most supernatural pregnancy in this post. ENJOY! XO
Hopefully I’ll be meeting my little “promise” this week! We appreciate your prayers for a safe–speedy–supernatural– delivery and recovery!