Hello friends! I felt like the luckiest person in the world to have not one, but two baby showers thrown for us and little Nova! Today, I want to share some snapshots from both showers with you.

My family and close friends know how much I have wanted a child and how rocky the middle of our adoption wait felt for me. It was overwhelming to feel so loved by them at these showers. We’re so grateful that Nova is coming home not only to a family who loves her, but a whole community!

When I saw how hard Laura worked on this shower, I was stunned. I held it together pretty well through the shower, but when we got into the car to leave later on, I sobbed so much!!

Balloons are from our favorite east Nashville party shop, Harlan Ruby, and the cookies are from Leeuw Bakeshop.

I’m not ashamed to admit that being able to drink champagne with everyone else is one of the little perks of adoption baby showers. Haha!

In case you can’t tell, the theme was roller skating (I LOVE roller skating – I am always annoying everyone trying to get someone to go with me).

It was SO fun and SO CUTE. Not pictured, there was pizza from our favorite spot and an AMAZING 1990s playlist. It was a sweet, sweet fantasy.

I love all these people SO much. We’ve made so many amazing friends in Nashville (which I still claim is the world’s friendliest city) and I had some longtime friends there as well, including my friend Amy (we’ve been friends since 7th grade!).

One week later, we had a second baby shower in our hometown in Springfield, Missouri. It was hosted by my sister, Emma, and bffs, Rachel and Katie. It was GALACTIC themed … perfect for our Nova! Isn’t this cake incredible? (It was also delicious.)

My sister is so excited about Nova. (My star dress is from here.)

The galaxy sherbet was so pretty!

We felt so loved in our hometown! In the bottom photo of the kids, it’s some of Nova’s cousins and also Rachel’s daughter … and also all our friends and my sisters-in-law on the Larson side of the family.

They made the cutest photo booth!

This was probably my favorite photo. My grandmothers and my mom. I love them so much and I can’t wait for Nova to meet them.

Jeremy didn’t come to this shower because while it was happening his friends threw him a “wiffle ball shower,” haha (meaning that they just played wiffle ball). Wiffle is one of the biggest things J misses about our hometown; they used to play every week. So that was really fun for him!

I felt so loved and celebrated. Nova is already more than spoiled with so many toys and clothes from people who loved her … so much so that I’ve been texting family, begging them to only get her books for Christmas. Haha! We even hid a bunch of her toys in a closet so we can slowly introduce them over time. Little gal isn’t going to know what to do with herself. ?

We’ll be leaving next week to travel to China and bring Nova home. It’s going to be a Christmas we will never forget. THANK YOU. We’ve truly never felt more loved. xx. Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.




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