This past Wednesday I decided to take some time....well, it's more like MAKE some time to have three lovely ladies over for tea. These ladies represent so much in my life, they are women to be admired, respected, honored and esteemed. I place a lot of value on having "older" women in my life. Those who have traveled before me, paving the way of sorts. I have SO MUCH to glean from their life experiences. They & their husbands are friends with Jake and I through different avenues of life, but they also are long time friends with one another. It's really a neat story, the way I met each one individually only to find out that they knew one another. Even on our wedding day, it was so special to have them seated at the same table with their husbands. It was delightful to finally spread my "tea" table again. It's been some time, seeing as we moved here only a year ago and 2 months later had a newborn baby. I feel that I've only been "maintaining" since then. I look forward to hosting more tea times this year with those I love and cherish and also with those I have just met and desire to know better. Seated left to right ~ Linda Eberly, Marianne Stoltzfus and Orpha Hostetter.
I met Marianne while I was in high school. I went to school with her sons and became her friend through frequent visits to their home. She has been a spiritual "mother" of sorts to me over the past 10 years. Although our visits are far and few between these days, it still feels like it was just yesterday that we were together. I remember spending hours upon hours over a cup of tea and homemade something or another, asking questions about all sorts of things. She would pray with me, advise me, laugh with me. She was by my side during the whole drama with Jake which has since became our love story! Counselor is the word I think of when I think of Marianne.
I met Orpha through our old church. It felt to me that we were kindred spirits from the beginning. She radiates with love and special attention to detail when you are with her. She listens, truly listens when you speak with her. Her love for Jesus above all else is what first sparked an interest for me. She is a servant at heart and it shows through her actions. Just spend a few minutes at her home and you will immediately feel that you are being cared for with such capable hands. True servant are the words that come to mind when I think of Orpha.
The centerpiece of our tea table. Birds ~ like women, chirping and singing the day away!
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."