Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gift Bags for a Tea Getaway

I've been purchasing items to put in gift bags for 10 ladies going on a Southern Tea Getaway.  It was a fun craft project to decorate the bags with tea-themed fabric from Hobby Lobby.

 One of the items for the gift bags are Moroccan Tea Glasses.

Georgia is one of the states on the trip [Atlanta and Savannah] so I bought peanuts and peach tea for the bags since Georgia is known as the Peach State, and peanuts is one of its crops.

My girlfriend, Lori, came over to help me assemble the bags since they're from both of us.  Below is the finished product.  I hope the ladies like them.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Spring Tea at Littlefield Presbyterian Church

Several months ago I was asked to return to Littlefield Presbyterian Church to speak at their Spring Tea.  The date was last Saturday, May 12th, and the theme was Parasols, Fans, Hankies, and Gloves.

When I was there in 2016 the theme was Long Live the Queen!  Queen Elizabeth II had just celebrated her 90th birthday a few days earlier.  We're all happy she's still going strong.

We had severe thunderstorms in southeastern Michigan last weekend, and the power went out twice while I was finalizing my presentation notes, but fortunately I was able to complete them.  

Below was the sign on the side door of the church where we entered for the tea.

The committee provided a lovely tea for 44 ladies.

Since I arrived early to set up my display table, I roamed around being a shutterbug when I was finished.  The caterers were busy with food prep.

~ My display ~

Do any of these things look familiar to you from yesteryears, or perhaps you collect them today.  They're all nostalgic items that most of us [or someone we've known] have used in times past.

The tea began at 2:00 p.m. and my program followed the meal.

~ Scones ~

~ Sandwiches ~

~ Desserts ~

It was a fun afternoon, and the ladies were very attentive and receptive.  A friend that I met through tea came and brought her mother and two other ladies.  Laura gave me a Grace Kelly book that she acquired from a library book sale [for a future presentation possibly] and a fan, since she knew that's what I was presenting on Saturday.  She chose a blue fan because she knew blue is my color.  Thanks so much, Laura!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mother's Day 2018

I hope all the mothers who read my blog had a Happy Mother's Day!  I did!  My son, Steve, organized the family gathering at Sycamore Hills Golf Club - the place where we've gone for our Mother's Day celebration the last four years.  They have a fabulous buffet.

I was blessed to spend the afternoon with all three of my children and their families and I couldn't have asked for a greater gift.  Lori forewent her church service to come to church with us, and Steve preached an inspiring message.  Who would have guessed that when he was a little boy and I was teaching him about Jesus, that one day he would answer God's call to ministry and guide me in God's Word!

It all began with Jerry and Me...

Then our sweet daughter Lori came along.

Then Steve [Sharon, Brianna and Brooke]

Then Jeremy [Samantha, Isabella, Landon and Ellie]

John, Tiffany and Evie couldn't join us today, but here's their family picture for Tiffany's first Mother's Day.

Evie will have her 1st Birthday on May 23rd.  A party is planned for May 26th with the theme "You are My Sunshine."

So blessed to be a mother, grandmother [Nana] of 8, and a great-grandmother to Evie.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Nashville - Part II

I had to purchase a few items at a Nashville mall, and couldn't resist taking pictures of the colorful guitars that were positioned in front of stores.  Only in Nashville!  ;-)

Brianna's Commencement was scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, May 5th.  They had hoped to hold it outdoors, but Mother Nature sent torrents of rain resulting in 'plan B' - Moore Gymnasium.   It was packed, but at least the gym was air-conditioned.

 Trevecca University President, Dr. Dan L. Boone, getting ready to lead the procession.

~ Brianna receiving her diploma from Dr. Boone ~

'Showers of Blessings' on Commencement Day!

After Commencement Bri wanted to go to Olive Garden in Spring Hill, TN.  Sorry no pictures!  On Sunday morning we attended church on the campus.  The Trevecca Community [College] Church pastor is Dr. Dwight Gunter.  It was his mother, Dr. Nina Gunter, who presided over Steve's ordination.  She was our denomination's first female General Superintendent, but has since retired.

~ Jerry and Steve ~

Following church, Mother Nature gave us a beautiful day to take pictures that we weren't able to do on Commencement day.

 ~ Our beautiful graduate! ~

~ Bri and Brooke ~

Bri's standing on the outdoor platform where the Commencement Ceremony would have taken place had it not rained.

It would have been like this.  [Photo of Commencement Program]

~ Brooke, Steve, Sharon and Brianna ~

Jerry, Brianna, and Me

~ The whole family ~

~ Bell Tower ~

~ Bri standing inside the bell tower arch ~

Then we were off to dinner at another of Bri's restaurant choices 'Burger Up' in Franklin, TN.  We did a lot of eating on this trip!  ;-)  

At dusk Brooke wanted to go see the sights of downtown Nashville on Broadway Street.

From the parking lot we walked over the Shelby Street pedestrian bridge, which goes across the Nashville River.

Broadway was swinging and crowded.  A little too much night life for me - I was relieved to get back to our motel and its safety [must be my age!  ;-)], but all ended well, and it was a fun family activity.

~ Steve and Bri with Elvis ~

On Monday morning we were on the road by 8:00 a.m  We stopped at a Cracker Barrel for breakfast and kept going until we got home that night.

We had a great time, but it was SO nice when we crossed the Ohio State line into Michigan.  As the saying goes, "Be it ever so humble there's no place like home!"