A close friend of mine is having a baby mid August - around my birthday (LOL).
Today we went to her belly blessing party.
The dads took the children to the park as the women
sat around the kitchen table, listened to a beautiful song and wrapped a ball of wool around our wrist a few times and passed it on to the next person so we were all connected around the table - a circle of friends. One by one we introduced ourselves while we told our stories of our mother's names and how far back we could remember the names of their mothers. It was interesting that most of us could only remember as far back as our grandmas, maybe our great-grandmothers. Some of us read poems, blessings, gave gifts and talked about birth.
After the next six weeks or when the baby decides to come into our world, we can cut the string that bound us around the table.......:)
When the dads and children came back from the park we painted her belly (and another friend who was there and due about the same time). The kids had a great time painting the pregnant bellies. There was lots of giggling by the mums to be and the children. We watched the babies wriggle in their mother's belly as we were trying to paint.
It was a beautiful afternoon. I even caught myself getting clucky for a brief moment...LOL
Katie took a photo of me painting.
The painted bellies!
Katie got inspired to paint her brother's face and anyone elses face she could find.
Katie wanted to be a tiger so she got me to paint her face. I have a new admiration for face painters - it is not as easy as it looks....:)