One of my closest friends is expecting her first child this summer. Right as she and her husband relocate about half way across the world. They are relocating just a month before us. As it turns out due to a variety of reasons she will not be having a baby shower. She seemed to be ok with this, but I wasn't. Maybe it's just because I like to party or because she and I share a hormone disorder which means we faced many of the same challenges in pregnancy. I am over the moon with excitement to see her welcome a little one. We currently live about 10 hours apart by car. Our bank accounts would not be able to bridge our geographical gap before she moves.
I was really bummed when I realized I wouldn't see her mid pregnancy and get to rub her baby belly. I had planned on bringing her cupcakes and some gifts and having a baby shower with both couples and our daughter. Simple, special and a way of honoring both mom to be and her tiny blessing.
I resigned to sending her a few gifts and some cookies. Cookies because I know how to ship them and I happen to know she likes them, since we usually share some at Christmas time. A sort of baby shower in a box. Then I took that idea and I ran with it. I was going to give you a whole how to but it seems irrelevant to this particular post. (If you want the details you can leave a comment and we'll talk)
After confusing my friend a whole lot with tons of questions that seemed strange and contacting her husband, mother and a few friends to get some baby stat guesses I shipped out a box full of baby love with everything needed to have a baby shower for two. I also uploaded a video explaining all that was in the box. I mentioned in that video that thank you cards are great but I would much prefer a few pictures of them enjoying their baby shower in a box.
We ended up skyping through the whole box. It was a fantastic time! I was so happy to see them enjoying some treats and having fun! I was glad that they enjoyed their time and I was able to see on their faces how they felt. I set out to make them feel special and loved. Technology helped me see that I succeeded. It helped me to see things I wouldn't have seen ten years ago.
I sat back in amazement, feeling content.
So is it any surprise that today I am grateful for technology that bridged the gap our bank accounts couldn't? I think not!
May you be blessed today with technology bringing you closer to real live people whom you love!