Not to be confused with the monthly Blessingway I help host each 4th Saturday at Earth Fare.
My beautiful friends, sister, and mom threw a Blessingway for me. It was so perfect. A Blessingway or Mother Blessing is a ritual to celebrate the transition into motherhood (or motherhood again). While baby showers are fun and result in lots of presents for the baby, a Blessingway focuses on the mother. It is usually spiritual and ceremonial.
For my Blessingway, guests were instructed to bring a small plant that would become part of my birth garden. Each guest wrote a word or phrase to include with their plant; words like “center” or “relax.” The plants are meant to surround me physically during my birthing time.
I was also given a foot bath during which each mother dropped rose petals into the water while sharing their wisdom. The not-yet mothers present massaged my hands. Yes, I cried.
I received a journal filled with wise words from my guests.
And finally, we passed around a cord–each woman wrapping it around her wrist–that was then cut to make bracelets. My sweet friends will wear the cords and remember me until Cedar is born. And I don’t think it will be long…
The food was exotic and yummy. The amazing Makesha made a perfect cake and petit fours. It was such a special time. Thank you Carey, Abby, Noelle, and Mom for the celebration.