I met Leah when I was a senior at Auburn. I was just getting more involved at ACF, and Leah had been there for a while. One day, Leah and another mutual friend, Laura, asked me to get frozen yogurt at TCBY. Which is literally the best, especially at Auburn.
Over fro yo, Leah asked me to be her best friend. If I had to compare that to a feeling, it’d probably be what it feels like to take Cam Newton to formal. I said yes, and we’ve been friends ever since.
That’s truly how we became friends.
Looking back what Leah was really saying was, “Hey, I’ve noticed that you and I have lots of similar interests. We’re both growing in our relationship with the Lord, and we want to invest in this thing called ACF. Because we have such similar values, let’s walk through life together as friends, encouragers, and supporters.”
But saying something like that is too wordy, especially in TCBY.
Leah and I became fast friends, and when I saw her at Dan’s apartment I knew this guy had to be okay. Leah started dating Dan’s roommate, Eric, about the same time that Dan and I started dating. Leah got engaged to Dan’s roommate just a few months before we got engaged. And, Leah also married that roommate just a few months before we got married.
Leah and I also lived together in Tuscaloosa while I was in graduate school and she was completing her pharmacy rotation. If you’re going to live in Tuscaloosa, you should take an Auburn fan with you. While we were in Tuscaloosa, the boys came to visit often and we went on lots of double dates.
Two years into our marriages, we also took the boys on a weekend getaway where we talked them into doing a tree top ropes course. Because we just wanted them to have a great time.
This is me and Leah quickly turning our harnesses back in. Turns out we’re not tree top ropes course kind of girls.
The conversation prior to this picture went a little like this:
Me (who is terrified of heights) yelling to the instructor below the zip line: I’m going to need you to talk me through this.
Him (yelling back to me): you’re just going to sit back like you’re in a chair, and push yourself off the platform.
Me (after about 10 minutes of consideration and prayer): I’m going to need another option.
Turns out there’s not a lot of options when you’re literally in the tree tops. Thankfully, they’ve seen people like me before so they set up a few check points along the way so you could get down. As soon as we saw another girl (probably a lovely, supportive girlfriend who just wanted her boyfriend to have fun) get down at one of those checkpoints, we knew we’d found the ticket out! We moved through those next few obstacles faster than we thought possible just so we could get our feet on the ground.
Leah is a great friend, and I’m so thankful she’s in my life! When she and her husband called us to let us know they were expecting a babe, we were thrilled! And, when I was asked to help with her shower I didn’t hesitate to jump in!
Leah’s sister in law, Corey Kate, is truly amazing, and she organized the shower! She has great taste and a great sense of humor. I value those two things over many other things.
Corey Kate proposed that we do a book themed shower since we don’t know the gender, and each guest brought a book (lots brought booksssss) for Baby. By the end of the shower, you couldn’t even see the table!
We used Oh the Places You’ll Go as the guest book. You just really can’t have enough books.
All of the food was inspired by children’s books too. There were cookies with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, chicken salad sandwiches for Chicken Little, a cheese plate for The Stinky Cheese Man, you get the idea.
I signed up for bacon and spinach quiche to go along with Green Eggs and Ham. A Classic.
There was plenty of food, and lots of love for this little babe. We had such a fantastic time at the shower! It is such a blessing to see the people you love be showered with love and be made to feel so special. This little Babe has a pretty special mom and dad!
We also had some pretty cute decorations at the shower that I’ll share more about later this week! You can expect to see more children’s books.
I used this recipe as a guide for the quiche.
You can make your own mini spinach and bacon quiche this way:
1 (10 oz.) box frozen spinach
1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
2 oz. feta cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan
½ cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
to taste salt & pepper
a mini muffin tin
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Thaw and drain your spinach removing as much liquid as possible. If needed, press the spinach between two paper towels to remove any excess liquid.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs until smooth. Add the milk, parmesan, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Set aside.
Using a small round biscuit cutter, cut rounds of pie crust. Spray the mini muffin pan and place one round of pie crust in each muffin tin. Press the pie crust round into the tin to shape the crust for the mini quiche.
Sprinkle a small amount of spinach in each muffin tin. Top that with a small sprinkling of feta and then the bacon crumbles.
Pour the egg mixture over each of the mini quiches. You will use a scant tablespoon of egg mixture for each quiche. Sprinkle mozzarella over the egg mixture.
Bake the quiche in the preheated oven until the top is golden and the center is set. This took approximately 15 minutes, but will vary depending on the oven.
The egg mixture will make 24 mini quiche. You will have a small amount of egg mixture left along with all of the fillers (spinach, feta, mozzarella). I made a second batch of egg mixture and made a total of 48 mini quiche.
46 of them made it to the party. I take quality control seriously. Enjoy!