I just saw this on pintrest and I'm not sure how I feel about it. It may just be because of her first sentence...
Although I was grateful to also have a baby shower ::babies do need stuff!::, a couple weeks ago my friends got together to give me a blessingway. I had never heard of a blessingway, but quickly got excited by the idea. A blessingway is usually a giftfree gathering of the mothers closest friends and or family, usually all women, with a focus on the birth and the big transition to motherhood. Afterward, it occurred to me how rare it is in life to have your closest friends gather just for you, for the sole purpose of celebrating you and offering support. I kept saying, I feel so loved!!
There is a ton of blessingway activity inspiration to be found online, but here are the things we did at my blessingway:
The bead ceremony: Each friend brought a bead or a trinket that was to serve as a reminder of love and support. For example, one friend brought a jar of sand from the beach where my husband and I were married, to remind me of the strong foundation of our relationship and how important that will be in raising our daughter. Another friend brought a bead that looked like the ocean, to remind me that during labor I will need to relax and relinquish control, the way you do when youre swimming in ocean waves. As each person told the meaning behind their bead, they tied it onto a ribbon, which I can bring with me to the hospital when the baby is ready to be born.
The cord ceremony: We wrapped yarn around our wrists and passed it to the next person, so that at the end we were all tied together by one long strand. We cut the strands and tied the ends around our wrists, making a bracelet that each person will wear until the baby is born.
The candle ceremony: We each decorated a glass votive or two. When I go into labor, my friends will light their candle for us.
The birthing book: Each person brought a poem, story, quote, song, or reading to slip into an album. The readings were about motherhood, or love one friend brought the lyrics to a beautiful lullaby, another brought a journal entry she wrote when her son was just a few days old.
Favor tickets: Each person brought a ticket or two for things they will do for me and my family once the baby is born. They included things like free babysitting sessions, dog walks, meals, house cleaning, etc.