It was the Saturday of Easter weekend and the plan was to meet my cousins for brunch. We decided to meet at their parent’s house and all drive to the restaurant together. It had been forever since the three of us had spent time together so I was excited. Earlier in the week, we had decided that we would wear dresses and look all cute. Little did I know there was a big conspiracy in the works…
I arrived of course later than I had planned. When I parked in the driveway I noticed things were set up in their sunroom. In the back of my head, I thought it was a little strange and started preparing myself. I walked up to the door, where my cousin was waiting for me. As I turned the corner there was most of the women on my mom’s side of the family. They surprised me, and I had no clue. CJ didn’t even know, they had thought of everything so I wouldn’t find out.
I was in complete shock and speechless for a long time. The feeling of love when I was walking into that room was beyond imaginable. They absolutely didn’t need to do this, but I am very glad they did!
A drink station was set up, one included alcohol and one didn’t. Everything was done with such thoughtfulness. My cousin Jen remembered when I made the announcement we were having a girl I said, “bring on all the pink, bows, flowers, and everything.” She asked everyone attending to bring a bow for Miss Hadley. My Uncle Randy made a bow holder for all the bows, which was a nice touch especially since she came out with a full head of hair.
A good way to get to a pregnant mama’s heart, especially this one: Ice Cream! They set up ann Ice Cream ‘Sprinkle’ bar which was the sprinkles on the ice cream (see what I did there!) It was a cute idea and a success for all the attendee. The best part of the bar was Graeter’s ice cream, a true Cincinnati treat. My favorite is Black Raspberry Chip, and they had it!
It was a splendid afternoon spent with some of my favorite women celebrating the new little lady. All these women inspire me daily and are the best ladies I know. They made Hadley and I feel overwhelming loved that day. I cannot thank them enough for everything they did that day as well as in my life. The Klosterman women are strong, smart, caring, loving, inclusive, and brave. I hope to be half the woman they all are, and be able to raise Hadley like them!
“Here’s to strong women may we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”