Monday, November 15, 2010

Why I Love Tea Parties

It's finally Autumn in Arkansas, and our red maple in our front yard is absolutely awe-inspiring. How anyone can believe that there is no Divine Architect boggles my mind. Thank you, Father, for the beauty of your earth that reflects your glory! The only appropriate theme for our November tea party was THANKSGIVING. And I am so thankful for the opportunity to have theses tea parties with 10 precious girls. Now, for why I love tea parties, the title of today's post.

1. I love to decorate
Decorating is so much fun, especially decorating for autumn. My favorite colors just flow in our home. Reds, golds, greens........

Our youngest, 17 months old, cries "Punkins!" and works very hard to retrieve them from any spot in the room. She loves to throw punkins. I managed to get a picture of the table before she climbed on it to get the punkins.

2.I do love tea cups and saucers.
I do so enjoy finding them at thrift stores and garage sales. This is my newest one, our 7 year old's favorite.

3. I love my helpers.
Wait a minute.
Did she just help me because she wanted to get first dibs on the food?

3. And speaking of food...........I like food!

4. But what I love most about having tea parties is the ones who make it so special.
The older ones help the younger ones, help me plan, and keep things moving. Haley planned the craft for the party, Indian headdresses and pilgrim hats.

Busy at work!

Maggie loved her pilgrim hat.
Well, she didn't keep it on very long, but she really liked it!

These two little Indians are best friends.
Would you believe the little one is 3 months older than the tall one? Really!

Even the big girls get into the spirit of the day.

5. I love that the girls are willing to share.

Gracie gave the character sketch today on Laura Ingalls Wilder. Each month one of the girls gives a character sketch about a woman from the Bible or from history who made a difference. We loved hearing about Mrs. Wilder's life and her books.

6. I love having the opportunity to share
God's Word with these precious girls.

Our devotional was on being thankful in all situations.

How very blessed I am!

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

And have a blessed and Thankful Thanksgiving!

I'm linking to
A Stroll Through Life

Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
Tea Time Tuesday

The Plumed Pen

The Silken Purse

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My daughter is blogging!

My oldest daughter has started a blog, and as soon as my granddaughter gets over here today and shows me how--or rather, does it for me--I am going to post her button on my blog. This gal has some fun stuff on her blog! Her youngest wrote yesterday about her snake bite that she received while Mom was out getting vitamins at the health food store. I guess that's why this blog is so fun. Never a dull moment in that household.

Maybe that's why mine is so sparse lately. Not enough going on, and not enough thinking going on in my brain. I must practice thinking more often!

Well, today is tea party day for the granddaughters. I'll at least have some cute pictures to post.

We are going to be talking about giving thanks. I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to do these things with the little girls. Although one told me yesterday that she would rather go fishing with her grandfather than to go to the tea parties. She is a bit of a tom girl, albeit a beautiful one.

If you read this before my post comes up for the tea party, take some time to contemplate on 1 Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without ceasing." A very profound verse. What in the world does it mean? How can we pray without ceasing? I have to sleep sometime! I have some thoughts on that passage that I'll share with the little girls and then with you.

Have a great day. It's warm here in Arkansas today. I have the windows open and hear the children waiting for the school bus--before 7 a.m.