Monday, January 2, 2017

'Favorite Thing Christmas Tea' December 3, 2016

Some favorite friends ~ Dee, Christina and Brenda
The season began with my second 'Favorite Thing Christmas Tea' at the farmhouse.
My God-daughter Dee (Diane)
~  Questions we reflected on, we each chose from a stack of TABLETOPIC cards  ~

If you could work as an assistant to anyone for a year who would you choose?

Would you be likely to survive alone in the wilderness?

What you you most like to ask God?

Would you like a quiet life of safety or a life of great adventure and uncertainty?

Beautiful Brenda.
Dolly came. She is holding cards for my friend Ann.  Ann couldn't come as she was not feeling well. The shaw knitted by Anna Clare (my oldest grand-daughter)
Dee and Brenda brought gluten free treats (muffins and a caramel-like berry candy. A few of us enjoyed hot soup and scrimp cocktails...ha, ha, ha.... in a note to Brenda I asked if she liked scrimp folktails (I know...spelled wrong)....she answered "That would be lovely!" She is the best, rolls with whatever is going on and is quite good at it. We had the best laugh over that!
Just before my guests arrived I (sort of) jogged out on our plot of land to cut some branches of pretty red berries for the dinning table.
My husband mentioned that he didn't remember our Christmas tree being so tall. The paper plate angel Sarah created in grade school was the topper again this year. It's a precious angel I enjoy every Christmas. One way I 'keep Sarah's memory' alive in my heart.
'Some of our favorite Things for the exchange'. We took turns sharing about our faith and Christmas joy spilled out onto the party.

Angels were one of someones 'favorite things' and the most beautiful reason why was shared! A very special angel ornament, I picked out of Brenda's favorite things is now in the branches of my Christmas tree from Brenda. It will bring back the memories of her sharing in the years ahead.
There was plenty of muffins, scones, and pear oatmeal bars from an altered 'Pioneer Woman' Ree Drummond recipe. Everything so good!

Nothing is sweeter than having a tea with friends. When I open my Bentley Tea Box , and smell the aroma a flood of wonderful memories is triggered. 
One of our funniest conversations was about the difference between crocodiles and alligators and what life was like living in Louisiana.  

Before leaving we spent a few minutes visiting the Chapel Barn.  It was very neglected (not at all tidy) as I've been inside recuperating from my fall. Because the Chapel Barn is one of my favorite places so I gave a brief 'show and tell'. There is such a serene beauty even in the winter! More work ahead to create a place to play and pray.