Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Mad Hatter and Kindness


The table is set for 8 little girls

What does the Mad Hatter tea party have to do with kindness? Have you ever read the account in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? What rude and unkind creatures they were!


A granddaughter made signs for us

They were confusing, too! Alice was the only one who showed any semblance of kindness. We spent our lesson this month discussing that very important part of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. Little girls can be very unkind to one another, especially if there are three of them. Usually one gets left out.

My heart's desire is that I see my granddaughters showing lovingkindness both to one another and to others.



No tea party is complete without tea pots filled with tea

The virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 showed kindness to her family, her servants, and to those whom her husband associated with. How do we know? The Proverbs stated that "the law of kindness is in her mouth." She spoke kindness to others. Oh, that we all may be virtuous women!


A Mad Hatter Tea Party without Roses? No way!

One of the granddaughters spoke to us about a wonderful role model from the past, a songwriter named Fannie Crosby. Fannie was blind, and she wrote over 8,000 hymns. As a child, she wrote:
“Oh, what a happy child I am, although I cannot see!

I am resolved that in this world, contented I will be!”


Once when questioned about the disadvantage that she had as a blind woman, she said:
"When I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior."

(You can go to http://www.1timothy4-13.com/files/hymns/crosby.html and see the multitude of most loved hymns that she wrote.)

Not only is kindness a quality to be desired, but creativity is also an important characteristic of a well-trained young lady. Frugality and creative thinking are qualities that every future husband will love in his bride. I know they are young, but I want to help their parents to train them to be women that will please God and be an asset to those whom He places in their lives--their future husbands and children, and in the meantime the parents who nurture and rear them.



Cute bow, huh?


Actually, the bow was a part of a hat--made from ribbons, cards, flowers, and a plastic bowl and plastic plate tied together with ribbon. Creativity in action!

I made pinafore aprons for each of the girls. The older girls are putting them in their hope chests.

And what beautiful girls, if I do say so myself!


What are some of the ways that you use to teach your children and grandchildren kindness and creativity. Try a tea party! It's a lot of effort, but it works wonders!

(By the way, be sure to go to my granddaughter's blog at http://craftycrafteen.blogspot.com. She is having a fun fall giveaway!)

I am linking to:
A Stroll Thru Life
http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/2010/08/28th-table-top-tuesday-fall-living-room.html

Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
Tea Time Tuesday
http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/

A Breath of Fresh Air
Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday
http://breathoffreshair-paperbutterfly.blogspot.com/

The Plumed Pen
Tuesday Tea for Two
Wednesday Tea for Me and Thee
http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/

10 comments:

Cranberry Morning

How blessed your granddaughters are to have such wonderful, thoughtful efforts done out of love for them and our King.

Beth

What an adorable tea! I'll bet the girls had an absolute ball!
Blessings, Beth

marty (A Stroll Thru Life)

Oh this is so creative and so pretty and the girls are all so adorable. What a fun time you've created for them. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Grace on the Narrow Path

So very lovely. I love teas!!!
Blessings,
Bren

KathyB.

Oh how sweet, I love the way you linked Alice to the virtues of any one seeking to be Christ-like!

We had an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party last week, and had a great time!What a lot of good ideas you shared too.

The Thrifty Designer

Those are 8 very blessed girls! So glad they have a grandmother who takes the time to invest in their lives. We love you!!

Marie

Awww, your grand daughter and her friends look so adorable and what a pretty tea party you had set up for them. They're so lucky to have a very thoughtful grandma like you.
-marie

paperbutterfly

You are a wonderful example for these girls. They must have had an amazing time together and took home some wonderful life lessons.
Thank you for sharing with all of us. Truly inspirational.

Blessings, Pam

Chari at Happy To Design

Hello my friend...

Ohhh...what a sweet and awesome post, my friend! I sooo enjoyed it! I am coming over from Pam's Teapots and Tea Things Tuesday party. You know, I have 10 grandchildren, however 10 of them are boys. I soo wished that I lived closer to my two granddaughters...both would just adore having a tea party like yours! I love how you brought the attribute of "kindness" to your pretty party! Yes, the word of God has much to say about being kind! Ohhh...and I love Fanny Crosby! I have read a couple of books about her and her life story...she was an amazing woman...her testimony brings such Glory to God! Thank you so much for sharing you and your granddaughter's lovely tea party with us...this was such a treat!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Delcie Wardrop

What a beautiful teaparty and how lovely to link in the theme of kindness to the Madhatter's theme. I read somewhere recently that the reason hatters went 'mad' was because of the chemicals that were used in the making of felt tophats in the olden days.

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