This man and this woman are about to have a baby named Ever Elizabeth.
They have been wanting to have a baby together forever.
They have been raising three (or is it four?) children together almost forever.
They have been friends and lovers and husband and wife...forever.
And it is time to have this baby.
And we love Maggie May with hearts that overflow from the abundance of love she puts out into the universe with her words, with her warrior-heart, with her lover-heart, her mother-heart, her wife-heart, her WOMAN HEART. With her words she cuts our hearts into ribbons and then, with her words, sews them up again with painless, invisible stitches.
And we, the people who dip freely into the great shimmering pond of those words and who have come to love her, want to celebrate her and her family and the coming of this so-desired and beloved (already) child.
And because we live way too far apart to meet up for ginger ale and sherbet, cake and cookies, and to bring great bags of tissue-wrapped presents, some of us are hosting a cyber shower for this beautiful woman.
Maggie May. We love you with all our hearts and we offer our hearts to you and your family as this world shifts and rearranges itself to make room for this baby you are about to hold in your arms.
Ms. Petit Fleur has done the work of finding the codes to make the paypal donate button possible. You'll find that on the side, over there, right at the top. Maggie and her family will need some extra funds so that she can stay home for awhile with her newly born and if you'd like to help with that, please- do. Donate. That would be the very best gift you could give them.
And they are also registered at Baby's R Us Registryand their account can be accessed by name: Maggie Ethridge or Registry #: 46171571.
The hosts of this cyber shindig in honor of Maggie and their web sites (besides me, of course) are as follows.
Elizabeth---- The Moon Worn as if it had been a Shell
Terresa----- The Chocolate Chip Waffle
Mindy---- Petit Fleur's AdventuresStephanie----Unsweet Mama
Go read what each of them has to say. You know them. We are, all of us, sisters together. You too. Unless you're a brother.
You know, here we are, this community of people who have found each other through our words and somehow, sometimes, we want to physically touch the people whose words we love because through those words, we have come to love the writers of them.
Let's do that. Let's change, if not THE world, then our world, a little bit, in a way that will show this amazing woman how cherished and loved she is.
She speaks the truth and my truth today is that she needs to feel and know that here we are. We love her.
And oh- even if you can't donate (and that is okay! I promise!) go to Maggie's place and leave your comments, your good wishes, your welcome to Ever Elizabeth. That may be the most important part of all.
Sending MY love to all of you and to the Currys.
If I had my way, we'd be sharing cake and ginger ale and sherbet.
But this will do.