What happens when during the baby shower?

Written by Randy Wilson

To be precise, anything can happen anytime as long as everyone enjoys it. There is no right way or wrong way—anything goes well. Butrepparttar idea should be to make everyone comfortable and makerepparttar 147631 mom-to-be feel proud and happy at her shower.

Showers are a great tradition to congratulaterepparttar 147632 new mom and her family, shower her with lots of gifts and blessings. Games are lots of fun and especially good to play if guests do not know each other well. In that case games act as a big icebreaker. Typically, three to five games are played at a baby shower, depending on how much time each baby shower game takes. The winner of each game sometimes is given a small gift fromrepparttar 147633 hostess as a prize.

Basic Tips And Hints:

  • Be prepared! Have enough pens, pencils, erasers and paper on hand for any game you decide to play.
  • If it is a couples shower, includerepparttar 147634 games that men and women both can enjoy.
  • Try to includerepparttar 147635 party games that mom-to-be can participate in from her cozy chair.
  • Have gifts forrepparttar 147636 winners such as: scented candles, potpourri, crystal vases, picture frames, address books, day planners, movie passes, plants, coffee mugs, gourmet coffee, hand mirrors, bath soaps, flowers, etc.

Althoughrepparttar 147637 traditional showers were “ladies only” celebrations, these days men are also being included. The baby shower is usually held about 4-6 weeks before or afterrepparttar 147638 birth. Literally there are no specific guidelines to celebraterepparttar 147639 baby party, just plan what you think everyone will enjoy.

However, a well planned and an easy-flowing shower can be something like this:

Pre-shower events:

  • You should do thorough planning to invite everyone close torepparttar 147640 mom-to-be and her family.
  • Sendrepparttar 147641 invitations well ahead of time around 4-6 weeks in advance.
  • If you have a special theme let everyone know onrepparttar 147642 invitation.
  • To plan a surprise baby shower or not should be decided carefully.

Oneness in Marriage (Part 1)

Written by Murphy Toerner

People get married for a variety of reasons: •companionship •love •security •it'srepparttar next logical step after college or after launching from one's family of origin •procreation •to appropriately satisfy sexual desires •it is a holy institution designed by God •others... There are many other possible reasons...! The one we want to focus on is "oneness." We believe that people get married to experience "oneness" or a "shared reality" with another human being. When two people get married they have: •a shared history •a common language •a deep sense of companionship •a sense of security...among other things. The idea of "oneness" is rooted in Genesis 2:24 --"the two shall become one flesh." The Revel Bible Dictionary (pp. 673-674) explains this phrase..."the two shall become one flesh" inrepparttar 147576 follow way. It suggests "the close bonding of individuals who love one another as equals and who can relate on every level ofrepparttar 147577 human personality...[It] implies that husband and wife will experiencerepparttar 147578 joys and sorrows of this life ... together." We assert that "oneness" is achieved when each person: •Is interested in what is going on inrepparttar 147579 other's life •Acceptsrepparttar 147580 other [willingly receives] and intentionally purposes to takerepparttar 147581 good withrepparttar 147582 bad •Tries to understandrepparttar 147583 other person...to know them thoroughly. It includes factoring inrepparttar 147584 effects of one's family of origin andrepparttar 147585 effects of one's life experiences prior to marriage •Is committed to learningrepparttar 147586 other person's primary love languages: time, talking, toughing, gifts, or acts of service •Is interested inrepparttar 147587 goals, hopes and dreams ofrepparttar 147588 other person and desires to help them achieve these goals •Is sensitive torepparttar 147589 fears and insecurities ofrepparttar 147590 other person •Willing participates in (to an appropriate extent)repparttar 147591 other person's life "Oneness" is not a foreign concept for a believer in Jesus Christ. We are one with Him when we begin our "born-again" journey with Him. When we ask Him into our "hearts", we become "identified" with Him. This is a type of "oneness". God designedrepparttar 147592 marital relationship to project torepparttar 147593 worldrepparttar 147594 type of relationship we have with Him. When we fulfill this goal of connecting with our spouses (oneness), we giverepparttar 147595 world a tangible picture of what our relationships can look like (with another person and with God). Remember, we (the church) are called "the bride of Christ" inrepparttar 147596 New Testament.

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