Just a few weeks ago we hosted a baby shower for 52 single and pregnant girls.
I’m fairly certain there probably has never been a church attempt something like this before. Gateway Church and friends made it happen.
Many people would come up to me with their tears in their eyes and barely able to talk and simply say the words, “I didn’t know ….”
We say how amazing it is. We talk about how life-changing it is to be a part of this. But until you’re actually there, until you see what we see, until you look into the eyes of a girl with an unplanned pregnancy, really look, or hold a miracle baby in your arms … then it’s just words.
Even the pictures can’t do it justice.
If you donated a gift, your time, your skills or craft, or even if you slaved over 250 cupcakes and donated those too … you were a part of changing the world. All of us joined together, using our gifts for God’s glory, are adding momentum to a new PRO-LOVE movement. I see it. I feel it. Just watch. It’s happening all around you. I really appreciate all that you’ve done! You’ve really helped me with so much! I feel blessed with all the gifts and love – Zoe
I appreciate you all. Love you – Tiffany
Thank you, Thank you, thank you sooooo much! Words cannot express my gratitude! The baby shower brought so much joy to my heart. Knowing that God put me in your hearts and you listened. It was such a blessing! I pray blessings over you! – Brenda
Thank you sooo much for everything! Receiving the carseats and double stroller was a huge huge huge relief! Plus the outfits were adorable! I can’t wait to hopefully see ya’ll once they twins are born and that ya’ll will get the chance to hold them! Thank you so so much! Love Aleigh
Thank you all for everything! You have done so much for all of us. I couldn’t be more blessed to be apart of this. – Kayla
Thank you so much for all the gifts! I really appreciated everything. I’m so thankful for all you got for Isabella but I’m glad you got me a bible and prayer book for Isabella. Everything was so beautiful. It was such a blessing. – Love Mariah T.
Thank you for all of the gifts. I really appreciate it. Now my twins will be able to stroll around in fashion! – Ruby P
Thank you! I really appreciate all that your group got for me. You really blessed my family. I really loved all the gifts. Love you guys. – Julian
Thank you so much for all of my presents. I loved each and every one of them. My favorite was my bible and the baby prayer book. I’m so happy I got to meet you and your family. You are all so sweet. I will stay in touch with you and keep you updated with the baby. Thank you so much. You truly blessed Cooper & I. – Love, Emily
I would love to thank you guys for all the great gifts for my little baby girl to be. I was so happy to know people are thinking of us. Ya’ll are so wonderful for helping us out! Me and my mom had a great time, and we felt so much love for me and my baby. Thank you so much! – Love, Brittany
I can’t thank you enough for the gifts! It is so sweet that you alone blessed me and Joy. I definitely saw Christ shine through you. Thank you thank you! Embrace Grace has blessed us more than I can express. These women, including you, inspire me to be a warrior as a mom! Thank you so much! – Love Bekah!
I would like to thank all of my sponsors for the Embrace Grace shower. Thank you for the time and effort you put into making it possible for me to get the things I needed for my baby and more. I am grateful for the gifts both me and my baby received. Bless you all and Thank you again! – Bria
Thank you so much for all the wonderful gifts you gave to me. They mean the world to me and are all going to come in very handy. Thank you for all the time, effort, and money you spent on making my baby shower the absolute best. The gifts were so thoughtful and amazing. I’m so lucky to have gotten the chance to be a part of embrace grace. The shower thrown for me and all the others girls, was so spectacular. I’m so lucky to have met all the wonderful girls in embrace grace and make friends. I know I’m never alone now and if I need help ever, I know I can always turn to Embrace Grace. I’m so happy I got to be a part of the magic that is embrace grace and I hope one day I can be in a position to adopt a girl just like me, and help to create a better life for her and her baby, just like you did to me. – Scarlet
Thank you so very much for the shower! Everything was so amazing and beautiful 🙂 My daughter and I really appreciate everything you’ve done! It really helps me out so much! Thank you thank you thank you!! 🙂 ❤ – Andrea H.
Jaden and I would like to thank the sweet women who came to visit us in the hospital bearing baby shower gifts. It was such a pleasant surprise and very much appreciated. Embrace Grace gives such hope and love to so many of us. I am very thankful for Amy Ford and all she has done. Thank you Embrace Grace and thank you to those who took the time and love for Jaden and I. We love you. God bless.- Ashley S.
Thank you to everyone who blessed Sadie and I with wonderful things at the baby shower. We will always be so appreciative of everything everyone has done for us. Especially all the love and support we have gotten from our Embrace Grace family. Just a few short days after the shower Sadie decided to make her entrance into the world and has blessed my life in more ways than I could even begin to imagine. She is now 2 weeks old and is loving all of the wonderful gifts she and I were given. Embrace grace has been an uplifting experience for me in teaching me ways to be the mom I never knew I could be. Single parenting was never something I saw myself doing but Amy and the leaders equipped me with the strength to know I could do this and choosing life, choosing Sadie’s life, was the best thing I could ever do.Your support throughout the pregnancy has been the best gift I could be given. All the love that has been shown to me makes it easier for me to know that I am not doing this alone, I may be parenting alone but I am not doing life alone. Sadie and I will forever be grateful for God choosing to put everyone of you in our lives. – Laura Lyon
Thank you to everybody who gave me such a unbelievable shower. The thought and love that was put into every gift was so appreciated. I had such a great time! How refreshing it was to be in a room filled with so much life and love. Thank you! Micka and Eli-Cristiano
Roses are Red Violets are Blue There are no words so I will say, “thank you” Moe
Dear Renee and family, I just wanted to thank you all for everything you have done for me. It has helped so much I need everything you got for me. I can’t say thank you enough. You guys have done a beautiful and selfless thing for me and I hope you guys continue to help me in my situation because you all are truly blessed by God. You guys are my angels. Thank you. Love, Victoria
Thank you! I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all that you did for me, but as I kept thinking for the right words I realized there aren’t any. What you guy’s did for me and my little Jonah is beyond thank you. It was God blessing me with his good grace through your beautiful hearts. I feel like I need to say thank you a million times and it still won’t be enough but I thank you very much anyways. Love, Samantha
Thank you all so much for being there for me all giving me such beautiful and great baby gifts. I feel so blessed to have people in my life that show me love and give me a blessed life. I can’t wait to share all the love you all showed me with my baby girl, Elliana Grace. To have ya’ll there the night of the shower was amazing. I can’t say enough how blessed my life has become and each one of you have a special place in my heart. I will one day pay this forward. Thank you … Bless you all as you have blessed me. – Chanler
I just want to thank everyone for the amazing gifts I received at the shower! I can’t express how grateful I am for everything. I feel so blessed!!! Camari and I are so thankful! Thank you for making the journey of my pregnancy that much easier! Again thank you! With love, Mariah A.
Could you send out a huge thank you to every one that blessed me and Niko with a incredible amazing breath taking baby shower!! I’m so grateful and blessed! Thank you thank you thank you!! For the wipes, diapers, diaper bag, cloths, burp cloths, diaper cream, medicine for fever, teething and gas, Bible, prayer book and picture frame for Niko, car seat, car seat toy, stroller, blankets, bottels, and all their support and love!!! Thank you so much!!! We love you. And also to you Jocelyn you have been so kind and loving to us i dint know what i would do with out you!! Thank you!! Lots of love, Nikodemus & consuela Mears Also thank you too every one that made the baby shower possible, the food, decorations, time And energy thank you!!!
I want to thank all the incredible people that made the best day if my life possible! I’m sure there was hours of planning and slaving to make all of out dreams come to life! I was so abundantly blessed and can thank you all enough! I was gifted with so many amazing things that are going to go to good use. My son was so blessed by each and every one of you! You all had a major hand in helping my little man come happily into this world! I have seen such a beautiful light from this experience and can’t wait to pay if forward as I progress through life and my next steps with my son! Hopefully I will get the privilege to help plan and orchestrate the next amazing baby shower! Thank you all so much for you blessing they truly have changed my life! Katelyn Blakesley
Hi my name is ashley brown and I would really like to thank you for the gift from my baby shower it really means alot that there’s people out there that care enough for someone in need, the clothes really helped and diapers once again thank you for helping me give my child what he needs – Ashley B.
Thank you so much for all the blessings you made possible for my new baby and me. I am still overcome with awe and gratitude at the grace and support so generously poured into my heart. Thank you for being a major part of that. I cannot wait to hold my sweet baby in the clothes and blankets you so sweetly provided and to create a life for him or her with the tools you have given.. Thank you so much! – Aryn Sweeney
I just wanted to say thank you so much to anyone that had a part in the Embrace Grace baby shower! I love Embrace Grace because the people involved brought me not only back to God, but closer to God.. and now that I have that relationship again, I know I will be able to better mine and my daughter’s future. Every single person who has been a part of this has blessed Emma and me and I am so thankful! – Courtney F.
2 Samuel 2:6 “And now may the LORD show loving kindness and truth to you; and I also will show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing.” I couldn’t think of a better way to start this email, than with scripture. Words cannot express how thankful my family is to have been blessed with such great people to help complete strangers and throw my daughter, Lexi Brister, a baby shower. You have no idea how much it means, and I will never be able to tell you exactly how thankful I am for you all, simply because, there is not enough words to express our gratitude. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, you are all blessings! Sincerely, April Brister & Lexi (Oh by the way, IT’S A GIRL!)
Thank you so much for all of the gifts you have blessed my baby girl and me with. I am extremely blessed to be a part of Embrace Grace. All of the encouragement and support means so much to me. I am extremely grateful. Thank you bunches!-Faith Dahl
Thank you so much for all the adorable baby boy gifts. You’ve really helped us out so much. I couldn’t express my feelings towards how amazing it was. God has opened a new spot in my heart for you ladies. Thank you again so much! I love yall!!-Taylor Munoz
Thank you so much for the great baby boy gifts you blessed my baby with and my family. I don’t think I could have done it without the help. Thank you so so so much!!-Lindsay Finley
Thank you all for everything. I couldn’t have done this without y’all. I’m grateful for everything. Thank you so much. -Tana Henson
Thank you so much for all the gifts, God really showed his love through you ladies. You have not only touched me and my baby’s life but also my family and boyfriends life. Again thank you so much-Jenna Tee
I just want to thank you ladies for everything it meant so much to me and Isabella. I love you all or amazing to have ladies like yall in my life.-Lindsey Morgan
It only takes a moment to say thank you, but your thoughtfulness will be remembered a long time. Thank you all for making my baby shower special and for all of your help. I love you guys always. Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes . It gave me strength to preserve and warmed my heart. Thank you. –Ashlie McCracken
I’d like to give you, kind stranger, the sincerest of thank you’s. It’s heartwarming thing to know that although you don’t know me, you took the time to buy my son very lovely things with your hard earned money. For someone in a bad place financially like myself the help you have provided is immensly helpful. So thank you for your generosity and being there for us by providing the great gifts.-Crystal Nieto
To each person who made my amazing baby shower possible I just want to say a huge Thank You!! You guys have no idea how excited I was to open each gift and how overjoyed and blessed I felt to have so many of baby Matthew’s needs met in one evening! The love and care from each of you was felt through receiving those gifts. It’s people like you who give me faith to know that I did the right thing in having this baby and courage to know God will provide for us as I raise him! I don’t know each of you by name but I want you to know that I am praying that the Lord will bless you and repay you 100 times in your lives for your generosity and kindness towards us. You each brightened my day! Thank you so much!! ~Abigail
I would just like to take the time to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the shower last Friday. It went above and beyond anything I ever expected! I was blown away at the amount of love someone could show to a girl they didn’t even know! Before I got pregnant, I was living a life of rebellion and sin, but God didn’t want that for me. This baby is a testament to God’s love for me, and I feel the same way about Embrace Grace. God put me at the right place at the right time to hear about the group, and I knew right away that he wanted me to be a part of it! Boy am I thankful! I am learning so much about what God has to say about certain issues in my life and without His guidance I would be lost right now! Anyway, words can’t describe how grateful I am for not only the amazing gifts I received but also the love! My family and I are inspired to sponsor a girl next year!~Valley
Thank you to those who spent their time and money to get my baby what she needs. It was so thoughtful and generous of you all! You are such nice people for doing all of this not only for me but for my baby as well. Thank you for everything! ~Leslie
I have no words to express how thankful I am for everything. God bless you and thank you for having such beautiful hearts. ~Amy
Thank you ladies so very much for your generous gifts! They will truly come in handy and I’m very grateful and so glad to be a part of Embrace Grace. Embrace Grace has already taught me so much. Thank you! ~Bridget
Written by Amy Ford