Sunday, February 15, 2009

Come One, Come All.....

Yesterday was such a fun day. We had a Ladies Tea. It was unbelievably decorated with all the beautiful china, fresh tea, finger sandwiches and scones. Such a Ladies Delight. :-) Most were wearing hats to honor those of us who live with hats these days.

It was such a grand and special party. Poems/stories were read, friendships were strengthened, encouragement was spread....not a day anyone would want to miss; not me, I mean this!! The place was spread as a grand ball would be.....I thought Dear Lord, how could you ever beat this?

I really enjoyed seeing everyone with their hats, and even more so, when they caused the Ladies to wiggle and wag. ha. Just teasing. I noticed that as soon as the party was over, the hats came tumbling down....very few left their hats on. Such will be my life for awhile but a small sacrifice to pay....I must wear hats on my head every day!

I re-connected with a co-worker/friend from 17 yrs. ago (Tammy Taylor), and with Linda Shanks (my former teacher/friend....more my hang-out friend in High School).....oh to think of all my young years of good clean fun ......and then I met Vernie. Yes #1 Fan, also known as Vernie, has been an encourager on my blog for months and months but I've never met her and wasn't sure who she was. She really is a person. She is a beautiful person inside and out. She came to the tea party and it is the first time we've ever met one another. She works with Tammy Taylor, who I've always loved. So, they both came yesterday as a wonderful surprise and we tried to catch up.

Vernie-I know you are reading this so I can make up what I failed to mention. I would love to come and meet all the wonderful ladies at your church who have been praying for us. I owe that to you so let me know when....

Thank you to Linda Shanks for driving so far to come to the tea party! Hope we can get together soon.

This tea also gave me a chance to meet other ladies that may/may not go to the morning service. They all said they heard my name in prayer many times at church and wondered who I was....so I'm thankful that this provided an avenue to meet them.

To all the Ladies and the work- Oh my, I know how labor intensive it must have been and I can't thank you enough for making the day so special. I really enjoyed it and know so many others who said how much fun and how special being at a tea made them feel. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I was feeling really good yesterday so our youngest, Angela said she was going to take us out to eat for Valentine's. I was excited about it...just being out the whole day. Well...Miss Granny Grump doesn't always know when too much is too much. We had such a nice time at dinner. We met my sister-in-law, Angie out to eat and as soon as I left, I was sick. I couldn't wait to get home. I immediately came in, put my pjs on and climbed into bed. First one in bed in a long time. I went to bed around 9:30p.m.....very early for me and did not wake up until 5 am. this morning....ready to get up and go to church.

So, although I went to bed hurting and feeling really sick...God allowed me to sleep through the entire night until this morning. Isn't that the way God is? Always knowing our need even before we ask....as I layed down, I just said, "Lord, please help me and let me sleep tonight"...it wasn't a split second and I was sound asleep. Steve even mentioned that the kids were being loud and I didn't even hear them and I'm a light sleeper.

Sometimes it is the simple things in life we take for granted, such as sleeping....I believe God cares if we sleep. Through our rest, our bodies are being strengthened...our spirit is allowed to rest as God continuously watches over us. How special is that? Do you as a parent/grandparent, etc. stay up and watch over your children/grandchildren all through the night? No, because we couldn't...so isn't it nice to know that we have someone who is keeping watch over us day and night? The peace and comfort you get from rest is just a glimpse of the many facets of God.

As I write this, I'm beginning to feel sleepy again...so I think I will go rest. I pray that you have peace so you can slumber too! ha.

As always-
Love to all,
Leah

4 comments:

Vernie said...

Well hello Ms. Sleepy-head! Sounds like you had a "hang-over" from yesterday! HA! HA! Yes, you are so right when you said you knew I was reading the blog, I've been checking this thing since I got home yesterday, waiting on you to come in! So glad to have finally met you, you are so beautiful, just like I thought!

Leah, I have been to many places to celebrate Valentine's Day. I've cruised to St. Thomas, went to the casino in Vegas, walked the beach in Savannah then took the River Boat dinner cruise, went one year to Tijuana, San Diego and spent a week, but of all the places I've been to celebrate that event, I must say that spending it with you and the other ladies on yesterday was the best ever! I could feel the love in the presence of all the ladies! I had so much fun, you all realy made me feel good. I just cannot put into words how special yesterday was, I just can't thank you and your Mom and Lisa and all the other ladies enough! I had a really good time, we must get together again! I must meet Steve and Dekota, and I must come to your worship services!

I tried to send Lisa the web page from my Church, no luck. Lisa, e-mail me at work, I'll be in my office Tuesday.

I can't wait to see the pictures from yesterday. Isn't it nice to get all dressed up and go to a tea? My daughter has never heard of one so I told her we must put on a tea party ourselves, and get some good recipe and decorating ideas from your "committee"! They did a picture-perfect job! I think I see a career in the making for somebody there!
(smile)

Once again, my thanks to all that had a part in the tea on yesterday, and thank you ever so much for including me. Thank you Tammy for introducing me to Leah. Thank you Leah for being such an inspiration to so many others who are going thru some kind of storm of their own, and I must thank God for putting me in place to receive the love that I have from so many because of you. I love you sincerely, and as always, call your name in prayer for healing.

Now go get some more rest!

Love you soooo much!!!
Vernie

Anonymous said...

Leah,

I am SO glad you were able to go and have a good time! I wish I had been there, but we spent the afternoon and evening with my dad. In fact, we just came in from spending time with him today.

One more treatment and life will be well.

Stay strong!!

Christy

Linda Shanks said...

It was so good to see you again and I am so glad that God gave you the strength you needed to be at the Tea. I look forward to reading your blogs every day and you inspire me with your courage and faith. One more to go and you will have made it through this very difficult time of your journey. We serve a great God and he has smiled down on you. I can't tell how much I enjoyed being there Saturday and spending time with you and all of your friends. I enjoyed every moment of the time there and I enjoyed all of the different speakers and what they had to say. We could take a lot from the words that were spoken and apply them to our lives. You are truly a wonderful friend and I treasure every moment that we have spent together and I think of those days that are past often. What memories we have and I am glad that God chose to allow us to be friends. I can remember even as it were yesterday, the first time I met you. I am looking foward to us getting together as soon as you are up to it. The travel is not far when you are able to spend it with dear friends. My love and prayers are with you today and everyday. I pray God will give you added strength this week as you face your final treatment. You are very special to me.
Love & Prayers,
Linda

Anonymous said...

Oh, Leah, I had such a wonderful time at the tea. I've never been to a tea party so it was all new to me. I can't believe all the attention to detail and that's what made it extra special. Your friends who planned it put a lot of love into that event - from the beautiful china to the individual cakes made to look like tea pots. Vernie and I are still talking about how good the food was. And, Leah, you looked great. I'll admit I wasn't expecting to see you looking so well. I know things aren't up to par on the inside (yet), but you'd never know from looking at you what you are going through. Your cheeks are still as rosy as ever! Thanks for a wonderful Valentine's Day. Like Vernie said, I could feel the love in the room. I think it uplifted us all. Good luck on your last big hurdle on Wednesday. We'll all be thinking about you and praying for you. Talk to you later.

Tammy