It was rainy & cold this afternoon as we prepared for our weekly Tea Time Tuesday – so we decided to do it around the fireplace in the living room. It was cozy and warm and very relaxing as we sipped our tea and ate fresh baked peanut butter cookies and chocolate truffles (well at least that is what the girls ate – I had Ezekiel bread drizzled with flax oil and sprinkled with cinnamon – resolved to stick with my diet plan).
Rachael Ruiz – a regular tea time friend!
We continued to read through our book – When God Writes Your Love Story. It was a great chapter today on being faithful. The girls seemed to really get into this chapter as the author explored the concept of being faithful to your spouse even before you know who that spouse will be. Yes, somewhere out there is the man whom they will someday commit to love for a lifetime – why not commit to loving them even now? Why not be faithful to wait patiently for that person that the Lord has for you instead of giving your heart, soul and body away to others along the way? I believe that if we raise our children with these hopes, dreams and standards that they will forgo the heartache of broken relationships and the sadness of painful memories. This chapter was especially compelling.
Tuesday Tea Updates from Christmas Time
Yes – We did have Tea Time Tuesday during the holidays (except for Christmas Day & New Years Day) The best part of these teas was having Michelle home to join with us. The first Tuesday she was home we had our dear friend Nicole McBride & her daughter Alex over as our special guests. Nicole shared her incredible story of how the Lord brought her & her husband, John together. It is always wonderful to hear others stories who have followed Gods plan and are enjoying the blessings of a solid marriage.
Another Tuesday before Michelle left, I asked her to share her views on dating, courtship and marriage with her sisters. What a joy as a mother to hear your adult child sharing your values and passing her the wisdom and influence on to her sisters. Michelle is such a wonderful role model and example for the rest to follow. She is greatly admired and respected by them as well. We look forward to her being back home the next two Tuesdays for tea! (She is coming back from Hawaii along with the family she is working for to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of JECHS at the Founders Gala!)