A Blessingway is like a mother shower, or a baby shower centered on the mom. With Native American roots, it’s about celebrating a woman’s transition into motherhood and empowering her to achieve the birth she desires.
Every Blessingway is different. You can include a variety of rituals, ceremonies and components, from henna body painting to lighting candles and singing to laying on of hands and offering a prayer.
My mom did a fantastic job on Kate’s Blessingway!
For my first one, everyone contributed a bead to my birth bracelet. For my second, each guest added to the henna paint on my belly. Both were incredibly sweet and moving.
For my most recent one for Kate, my ladies brought a blessing or prayer and a special bead to add to the dream catcher I made for Kate.
I even entered under an “arch of friendship” after the ladies sung “Happy Birth Day.” I was cracking up–it was such a fun way to begin!
Mom made me a cup of tea and soaked my feet in infused water while leading the ladies in a hands mediation, followed by a foot massage with lavender lotion. Aaaaaahhhhh….! (I think pampering should be incorporated into every Blessingway)
The food at a Blessingway is meant to be beautiful, fresh and as natural as possible and she nailed it.
The look was meant to represent a bounty of blessing and Kate’s middle name, Annelise, means “bounty of grace.”
The sweets weren’t as “natural” but they were sure delicious. And no shower would be complete without nuts and mints (a true Southern tradition)!
So many of them held out HOPE for us so our favor was a dragonfly charm that symbolizes hope along with a lavender tea light they’ll light when I go into labor.
Afterward, my same dear friend who did my maternity portraits (check them out here) also took some more pictures of Kate and I in all our glory. I was a week further along (37 weeks) and you can tell!
I love these with mine and my mom’s hands. The three generations of girls!
We got some whimsical shots in the back yard, too.
It was such a beautifully blessed day and gave me a chance to be surrounded by the women who have stood by me during this journey.
My Blessingway was easily my favorite day of my pregnancy!
It’s such a wonderful tradition and I am truly grateful to everyone who participated.
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