Last weekend my wonderful friends gave me and Elizabeth Grace a beautiful and meaningful “blessing brunch.” I was so honored and so humbled by their generosity and sincerity.

Everything was gorgeous!

And delicious…

But the best part was the company! My mom and sis got to be there:

And so did my Mother-in-love:

My highschool BFFs made an 8 hour drive from TN and suprised me!

(that’s my side profile “surprised face”)

And we cried, of course.

But we laughed too!

We also had a time of prayer (which I SO wish had been photographed, but…I guess we were all praying, ha!). Anyway, it was beautiful and profound and something I will never forget.

I also received many, many incredible gifts.

This might be my favorite. It’s a box filled with letters from friends and family. Touching and heartfelt thoughts, prayers, scriptures, songs and poems. I know people must have just poured themselves into it. A treausure.

Some beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry:

Some incredibly special handmade presents…

And Elizabeth received some absolutely gorgeous hand made clothing and blankets as well!

I’m not sure I can express how overwhelmingly loved and cared for that I felt, or how much I felt like Elizabeth was loved and cared for. I have been praising God for the friends that he’s placed around me at this time in my life and never before have I been more grateful. Each prayer that you lift up, each encouraging word that you speak to me, every tear that you shed on my behalf–it’s all so very deeply appreciated. Thank you, thank you.

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  1. Anonymous

    Leah, you are so loved and cherished. You are on my heart daily and I have been lifting you and sweet Elizabeth up in prayer.

    Love Ya,
    Becky Gamble

  2. I am Shentell’s sister and I have been praying for you and Elizabeth and your entire family!!! You have such a strong faith that I admire deeply! I pray for God to give me Faith like that!
    In Christ,

  3. Erika Hartzell

    Such beautiful and meaningful gifts. Ones you will always cherish. I am so thankful you have such a wonderful surrounding of women that love and encourage you so. Praying for you, Leah!

  4. That is absolutely precious! What a blessing from God all of your support and friends are! May the blessings continue. Praying for you, Dana

  5. Leah…..praying for you guys.

    What is Heather’s sister’s name?? Can’t remember….I know she cheered with us, but can’t for the life of me remember.

    http://[email protected]
    Mrs. Mo

  6. Anonymous

    What a precious time for you. In spite of her illness, it was a great encouragement to your mom as well. As a parent you know that when your child is going through a difficult time, you are as well. I’m praying for you all, and am encouraged by the grace God has given you.
    Debbie W.

  7. Dear Leah, I hear from Bonnie and see on this blog your hearts cry. I want you to know you, Onan the kids and of course all the family are in our prayers. I ask that you feel His presence as God holds your hand and sometimes picks you up and carries you through this time in your life. Love you

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