Yesterday, I was surrounded by a tribe of women. Beautiful, gentle souls. They had all gathered to honor my entry into motherhood with my husband and son and to give me their love and support. Something I so desperately need and thrive on right now in the absence of a mother or maternal support.
The setting was beautiful. The people I loved were near. It was going to be a beautiful day for us to remember forever.
As the blessingway was about to start, my best friend came to me and whispered that she was bleeding. She is 17 weeks pregnant. We went inside to try and figure out what we should do. She was an hour from her home and family and had only seen her midwife once and wasn't sure she was going I continue seeing her. I called my midwife who gave us suggestions. Ultimately, we went to the closest hospital where she was admitted for observation.
I so much needed this baby shower. As an affirmation to my strength as a woman but also as a mother. I desperately needed to feel loved and supported by women and by the people I cared most about. I needed them to show that they loved and cared about us.
After we left for the hospital, my friends and family bound together for my best friend. Praying for her and making her a prayer bracelet with beads that they blessed. They videoed the ceremony for us to watch when we can. Most of these girls had only met my best friend once, possibly twice, yet they immediately sprang into action to give her whatever spirit and energy they could.
They also continued with my blessingway, making me a beautiful necklace of love and support. They wanted me to know how much they love me and that we are all held together with the same thread.
I can't ever express to them how much it means to me that not only did they send love up for me, but they surrounded my best friend with light and force. They went above and beyond anything I could have asked for. These women, this tribe, have shown me love beyond words. And that is more than I could have ever asked for.
(as of right now, we still aren't sure why she is bleeding but everything checks out ok medically. We are still praying that she and the baby continue to grow and be ok.)