Gender Reveal Surprise Christmas Baby Shower

That’s lot of words, huh? We had a Christmas baby-gender-reveal surprise baby shower. It was an unforgettable blessing organized by my friend Steph with a part of our foster mom support community from across the country. I had passed Steph the sealed envelope from the ultrasound tech because she offered to give us something more special than a piece of paper to open on Christmas day. (And she’s one of the most creative people I know!) She rallied the troops behind my back and they sent gifts to Steph to wrap and organize into a really unique gender reveal surprise for us. I am still so overwhelmed with gratitude that they would bless our family like this. Most of these women I’ve never even met in person, although we connect daily through social media to encourage, pray for, commiserate with and entertain each other.



The first present to open was this ornament that Steph made. It will be such a special keepsake on our Christmas tree every year.


(Please excuse my Christmas-morning-no-makeup-pajamas family.)


The first baby boy outfit we opened…

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Ali got some special gifts, too.


These little knee pads made me swoon.


A teething necklace in one of my favorite colors.


A fellow chicken mama sent this one!


At some point while I was opening gifts and Jason was documenting it, Ali started taking photos with my DSLR.


These are her photos…


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I am so thankful! What an amazing surprise for Christmas day, to find out we’re having a son and to be showered with so many thoughtful and adorable gifts for him.



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