celebrating ridley (and elinor too)

IMG_1121 IMG_1119 IMG_1120 IMG_1122 IMG_1123 on sunday, our crew went out for dinner at the home of longtime family friends. and we were greeted by this shebang. the sweetest decorations with personal touches galore. and presents presents everywhere! perfect packages with precious notes for our little man affixed. we were pretty overwhelmed by this kind gesture. and, i mean, we were already pretty fired up for just the dinner part (freshly-caught and quick frozen halibut!!! yes please) but to know that additional time and energy had gone into making it a fabulous fete for our little man? that kind of took the evening over the top. an incredible meal with my mom's famous spice cake paired with presents for dessert...what a splendid way to spend an evening.

there are about a million things that i could share from the evening, but for the sake of this post, i will keep things simple. i will share some pictures of specific gifts in my letter to our little prince...because in addition to cute baby boy outfits and sweet soft cuddle items and all the generous and fabulous baby swag, our Ridley Noble was given some heirlooms and keepsakes and handmade treasures that i want to talk about.

and it must be noted that Elinor Grace made out pretty well too. she ate ALL THE CHOCOLATE and received a sweet playmat that she can place on the floor next to her baby brudder's playmat. she also received a precious little romper that is simply perfect for summer. and she had such fun bringing boxes to mama and papa to open for her brother. such an eager girl. such a little helper. and she might have swiped a few of Ridley's pieces...there is a little hat that i haven't seen in a few hours and the last time i saw it, Elinor had stretched it over her noggin a la skullcap, with her cute curls peeking out the bottom. funny girl.

oh boy! it's official. we will have a little boy so soon. and what a generous and loving village he will be welcomed into. so many people who pray for him and cherish him and are waiting with open arms to hold him and care for him and play with him and teach him. what a blessing. we are so overwhelmed by God's goodness and grace...and the sweetness of our friends and family.