Friday, December 19, 2014

A CHRISTMAS INVITE






Come on in and sit for awhile, I love company, especially at Christmastime!




 We'll sit and talk awhile.





Never mind the mice, they love to play in the china cabinet that I inherited from my Mother.



We can listen to some Christmas music playing softly on the CD player.



Christmas is an exciting time of the year!
Friends and family visiting and sharing.



We can sit at the table an have a cup of Christmas Tea!

  



My daughter gave me this teacup as an early Christmas gift so I could use it now. Wasn't that thoughtful of her. I love it!





 Do you like my crystal wreath, I found it at Pier 1 Imports while out shopping last week!


 It looks like frozen ice all over it.



Found these plates at Wal-Mart , love the snow scene.




 I have enjoyed our visit, please stop by again!
I'll light the candle for you!


Have a Blessed Day
and
A Very Merry Christmas!

Sylvia

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Story to Tell



Each of us are a story. 
 Our lives we live and how others read it is our story.  What are we in this book of our life? What are others seeing in us?

"be careful not to forget what we've been taught--- teach it to our children and grandchildren."
Deuteronomy 3:9-10


Many of us make wills or set up trust funds to be sure our assets will be used for a good purpose after our life on earth is over.
This is being a good steward. Much more important is to be good stewards of our life story. 
The legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren is much more important than monetary things or "stuff".  It is our responsibility to be sure they know what we believe, and how God has worked in our behalf. 

 We buy books to read or check them out in libraries, and read about the lives of others or fiction people. Do we stop to think of how we live out our life in front of others. This has been on my heart lately. As we come to the end of another year, we're reminded of  TIME, how it goes by so fast! Our children and grandchildren, it seems, grew up and as for myself, I think, "where was I when this all happened"- 
So my thoughts often go to  "How do they see me in my life's story".  Am I leaving a testimony I'd want them to follow?
My heart's desire is that they see my love for God and His ways, not always my own.  His faithfulness is the story I want to pass on to them. I want to be a good steward of the story God is telling through me.

This past year has been a time of growing and learning for me. God has brought us a long way. He has seen us through my husband's cancer. I praise God for healing him. I also want to thank each of you that have prayed for us, for your kind words of friendship and love shown in your emails, without God's great love and your prayers only He knows where we'd be at this time. 




As the days come and go, I pray God will remind me of all He's done for us!


Remind me, God

When I am lonely and
Perhaps I feel despair,
Let not my ailing heart forget
That you hear each prayer...

Remind me that no matter what
I do or fail to do,
There still is hope for as long,
As I have faith in you...

Let not my eyes be blinded by
Some folly I commit,
But help me to regret my wrong
And make amends for it

Inspire me to put my fears
upon a shelf,
And in the future try not to 
Feel sorry for myself.

Give me restful sleep I need
Before another dawn,
And bless me in the morning with
The Courage to go on. 
(author unknown)

The story of God's Love was shown many years ago in a stable in Bethlehem on a night when Christ Jesus was born.

 Luke 2:10
"Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy
which will be to all people."

This is God's story to us, it's our duty to share as believers, with others, he brought to us forgiveness and hope. He deserves our praises!

May we all that know Him and have His gift of Eternal Life share His story through our life!

With angelic hosts proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark the herald angels sing, 
Glory to the newborn King" ( -Wesley)



Be Blessed!

Sylvia
 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Reason for The Season!



For unto you is born this day in the city
 of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord. 
Luke 2:11 kjv





verse 12..  And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger.



verse 13. .  And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God,
and saying,




 verse 14..  Glory to God in the highest and on earth 
peace, good will toward men



















 Have a Blessed Sunday!

Sylvia





Friday, December 12, 2014

It's That Time of the Year !



It is that time of the year, 
when we all get busy with Christmas!
Shopping, cleaning and decorating...and Church activities!

I am so excited about Everything!
Saturday my daughter's husband will be in the Christmas program at their church. It is going to be so wonderful, mostly singing, the men were asked several months ago to grow beards. Yes beards!
They will be dressed in period clothing.
Here he is, dressed in his.


It is going to be really beautiful with interacting with the congregation! 

My family will be attending on Saturday afternoon.
There's no charge, but they can only have so many in the building at a time, due to fire codes, that's the reason for tickets.
 
With all the activities and trying to get the house decorated,





I'll be in and out for the next few weeks. I'll be popping in to see what everyone is doing.




So be an Angel and have a very 

Blessed Day!




Sylvia

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Joy of Giving and Receiving



Hebrews 10:24
 "Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works."

I spent the whole day yesterday, shopping with my 3 daughters and granddaughter. We do this each year and pick out what we want from each other, this makes it easy on us, we know what the other one wants and by Christmas most times we forget what it was and it's still a wonderful surprise. It's such a JOY to give and it's nice to receive too!


The first of the week I received a gift from Stephanie, over at "The Enchanting Rose" blog. She loves to make things, and is very good at it.
 She made me this ornament to go on my tree.
 
And this teabag holder. I love it! It's the right size to carry a couple bags of tea in my purse.
 Isn't it really pretty and I love pink!
Thank you, Stephanie.

 While I was shopping yesterday, my husband called me and said, "You got a box in the mail". I was so excited to get home and open it, I was like a child again at Christmas. Twice in the same week I received gifts from two sweet ladies. This one was from Michele, over at "The Nest at Finch Rest" blog. Michele and I met through a Ladies Tea Group website, several years ago.


She had wrapped each item separate, I was so blessed with her love and kindness to me.




Isn't this a lovely set of napkins, I'll have a Tea with my two granddaughters while they are out for Christmas break. They will enjoy the Santa teapot filled with the Holiday Tea.



I sat and read the book this morning as I had my Tea.
I loved it but it did make tears fill my eyes. It tells of a girl growing up and visiting her great aunt at Christmas and how she took it all for granted and then realized the importance of family and the love of spending time together.

 After her Great Aunt had passed away, she realized the lessons she was teaching her and the prayer for her to find faith and truth!

While God has blessed us with this season of His Son's birth, my prayer is that we use it to reach out to others and share His Love, as these two dear ladies has shared theirs with me.

Thanks Stephanie and  Michele, for the gift of your friendship!




Have a Blessed Sunday!
Sylvia

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Change of Seasons






"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1

It's time again to change our decorations from fall to winter. 
Are you ready?  Times change and we need to also.
At this time we need to stop and meditate on the season. Maybe
changing our thinking and habits is a good thing also. So
much is going on in our world, maybe as it says in the Bible
(KJV) , this is the time to cast away old ideas and feelings. 

"A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away;" Ecclesiastes 3: 6

 
A Time to Love....showing God's love is always good, but wouldn't it be great if everyone would show Love at all times and not just at this time of the year.
Just sharing my thoughts this morning, 





 Have a Blessed Day!

Sylvia

Monday, November 24, 2014

A THANKFUL TEA



 "In every thing give thanks; 
for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus concerning
you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18


 internet photo


 Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
This week (and everyday) is a time of  being thankful and sharing with one another. 

 I am thankful for family and friends. On Saturday I with my daughter, gave a "Thankful Tea" at her home. If you remember back in July I went to a yard sale that a friend of hers was having and bought a set of Noritake China. You may read about it here
This is the set of 6 place settings.


Nov. 3rd was Debbie,my daughter's birthday. I gave it to her. I try once or twice a year to have a Tea for us girls so we can have a day to ourselves without the men and boys.
This time we wanted to invite Allison, the lady I bought the china from, to our Tea. Thanksgiving seemed like the perfect time to have our Tea.
(P.S. "now the secret is out and you know where I put them!")


 She gave me permission to show you her picture, she's so nice and sweet. My daughters went to school with her and our families attended the same church as they were growing up.




 We really enjoyed our time today, laughing, talking and catching up on the days gone by. 


I found these pretty fall place cards at Hobby Lobby for half price. On the inside each of us wrote what we were Thankful for and then talked about it, we all had written 'Thankful for family and friends', and more.

After reading our cards about what we were thankful for, I passed a bag around and each  of us put our place cards in it. I then shook it up and reached in and drew a name for a door prize.....guess who's name I drew...yes, Allison's.! Yay!




 For their favors they got to take home their teapot teabag holders, the fall candle with it's voltive and the fall washcloth.
 I had read in a Tea guide book that one lady had used tea towels instead of napkins, so I put my napkins back in the drawer and used the washcloths I had bought to give away, they loved it!







No, I wasn't being bad and got myself a larger candle than the others....I didn't get myself one so I just used one my daughter already had. Our "Teas" aren't formal, I called it, Simple with a little  Elegant!
 






 Since there were 7 of us and the china was a place setting for 6,
 I used a different plate for myself.





The menu:

Ham sliders

Pumpkin Scones with a spice icing
(I just realized I didn't get a photo of the scones!)

Chicken Salad Croissants

Biscotti

Fruit Cups

Brownies

mixed nuts

teapot toasted bread

 Spiced honey cream

Tea:

Harney & Sons "Paris"

Chocolate Mint

Twinnings Earl Gray


So at this time of Thanksgiving , let us
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!" Psalm 100:4 esv

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Sylvia  

linking to Rose Chintz Cottage teatime tuesday