Michelle Smiles

Teaching my children to question authority, except mine.

Baby shower in my kitchen


There were a lot of people who helped me get through our adoption process with some semblance of sanity.  I met many of these people in blog world and had the pleasure of meeting some in person later on.  Steve was just marveling last week at some of the amazing friendships I’ve developed that started on my blog.

Yesterday, the doorbell brought a big box of love from one group of women who were there during some good and some not so good times of our process.  We have supported and cheered each other via email for over a year and 1/2 now.  To them, I say many thanks and send much love.  Despite only having met a couple of them in person and despite each of them being busy with things going on in their own lives, they sent us a baby shower in a box.  Thanks Sig, Tricia, Angie, Lisa, and Gibb!

There is a baby doll for each girl.  Sabrina saw me unwrap the dolls and has been walking around the house mournfully saying “baby” ever since.  (I decided to hold on to it until we bring Tessa home.)  I sometimes miss the days that out of sight meant out of mind for her!  And another little matching outfit set for a photo op full of adorable.  And toys and books and sleepers and receiving blankets lotion and binkies and a gift card for Babies R Us – I was in tears before I even got the items open.  It was just such a lovely surprise and completely made my day!

And while I’m being mushy, let me also just send out a general thank you to everyone who stops by here daily or weekly or every once in awhile.  I’ve really loved having this wonderful cheering section for the past 9 months – through my miscarriage announcement and then retraction, through my neurotic refusal to believe this pregnancy would have a successful outcome, through my doc crazy dramas, and now through the minutia of the last days of pregnancy.  All of you cheering me on and being excited about this pregnancy has been wonderful. Thank you for joining me on this ride.

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21 Comments to

“Baby shower in my kitchen”

  1. On July 12th, 2008 at 2:36 pm Kecia Says:

    Women are awesome huh? I wish I had known that in high school. Nice bunch of goodies you have there. Enjoy!

  2. On July 12th, 2008 at 3:13 pm Andrea Says:

    How fun! Baby shower in your kitchen-nice!

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for nearly two years-wow. I can’t wait to see the next chapter!

  3. On July 12th, 2008 at 3:51 pm Amy Says:

    You cried when you typed that didn’t you? In all seriousness, you know I love you to death. Congratulations! I can think of no two people more deserving than you and Steve. Peace and love for your family.


    Pssst Steve. It’s almost over buddy, hang in there. Mikki will be back soon.

  4. On July 12th, 2008 at 3:55 pm Jamie Says:

    Aw that’s so sweet! What great blog friends!

  5. On July 12th, 2008 at 4:09 pm Kim Says:

    What great stuff!!! Good friends are hard to come by – but when they do – they are priceless.

  6. On July 12th, 2008 at 4:51 pm melany Says:

    That is awesome! What a great group of women! Thanks for letting us share in your journey – you know we’re all rooting you on and can’t wait to see what an adventure it is as your family grows!

  7. On July 12th, 2008 at 5:26 pm Meredith Says:

    How neat!

    Elise saw the Baby In A Box at Walmart yesterday, and absolutely loved feeding it while I shopped. She cried many tears when I insisted on putting it back.

    A perfect big sister gift!

  8. On July 12th, 2008 at 5:27 pm Meredith Says:

    Oops, I mean “Baby Alive” NOT “Baby in a Box”.

  9. On July 12th, 2008 at 5:39 pm Kelly Says:

    What a wonderful suprise!

    I may have to check those babies out for Anna, she is just now getting into “taking care” of her babies.

    Cannot wait to see pics of the girls in the matching outfits!!!!!!!

    Try to “enjoy” these last couple of weeks….I know its hard but Tessa will be out before you know it!!!!!!


  10. On July 12th, 2008 at 6:09 pm muriel elrod Says:

    ohhhh, how sweet. I love reading your blog.

  11. On July 12th, 2008 at 6:55 pm Sig Says:

    I tell you, it was so much fun buying it all. We all went back and forth for a few weeks deciding what to buy!
    I am so glad you liked it all, I just wish we could have been there with you when you were opening the gifts. (and I hope the tissue paper didn’t rip in that box before you opened them LOL).
    We love you and your family, can’t wait to see the newest addition!!!!!!!!!
    (and what is funny is that I did not realize I bought Tessa and “white” baby and Sabrina a “dark” baby until I was wrapping them. We have so many dollies and they are a complete mix of white, brown and black, it never occurs to me what the color is LOL!)

  12. On July 12th, 2008 at 8:32 pm Habesha Child Says:

    It has been such a pleasure to be along for the ride!! What a wonderful group of women to send you such a rockin’ gift.

  13. On July 12th, 2008 at 8:35 pm Bobbi Says:

    What great friends—and cute stuff. I am so with you on the out of sight out of mind thing…not anymore!!!!

    What a great post. I want to thank you for sharing this journey. It has been great to follow this true miracle. Just today Reese was copying something and it made me think of Sabrina putting her feet up in the chair. So, I proceed to tell him the story….”you know, the couple we flew back with……..little girl absolutely adorable……….yeah, her………anyway…..” about half way through he says, I thought she lost the baby…………woe!!! Guess we need to talk more about my blog friends……anyway he was very happy for you guys too!!!

  14. On July 12th, 2008 at 10:25 pm Angie Says:

    We are so excited for you Michelle! Glad you liked everything!!!

  15. On July 13th, 2008 at 7:00 am Tricia Says:

    Michelle, I ditto what Sig said –

    We wish we could have been there IN PERSON to watch you open everything and love on Miss Sabrina!! (Although we would have SPOILED her and let her keep the babydoll!)

    We’ll always be here……

    Cheering on Tessa’s birth and BEYOND!

    Much love !

  16. On July 13th, 2008 at 11:27 am Kelly Says:

    yeah…I would have let her keep the babydoll, too, LOL, you mean preggo-mommy!!!!!!!

  17. On July 13th, 2008 at 12:24 pm nora Says:

    What dear friends! I sometimes go back to the statement that “isn’t adoption amazing” because it brings so many people together and now they/we get to share in your pregnancy! Hang in there! I’m anxiously awaiting what the next steps for you are!

  18. On July 13th, 2008 at 12:37 pm carla Says:

    OMG how freakin sweet is that, Michelle?!

    I love it.

  19. On July 13th, 2008 at 12:54 pm Lori Says:

    So Sweet!! Glad to hear all is still going well!! Excited to see pictures of that fabulous family of four!!

  20. On July 13th, 2008 at 2:45 pm Martha Says:

    I’m so glad to have been along for the ride. I think of you often throughout the day and reference you to my 3D friends and family alot. They probably think I am crazy.

  21. On July 13th, 2008 at 4:41 pm JUlia Says:

    adoption buds are the best;)


    by the way

    we all love you too:)

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