Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A "Tea"lightful Time

Hello Blogland!
I know.... I know.... I know... But you can't say that I did not warn you first... LOL! This weekend was my best friend's bridal tea. And yes, I must admit that this tea consumed every.single.moment of my free time and thus my posts were few and far between... But now, I am back and I am going to pour you up some "tea"lightful recaps...

In the invitation, all the ladies were asked to wear hat and gloves and her mother ordered a variety of the finest teas in the land. My personal favorite was Earl Grey, which also happened to be the tea that Queen Elizabeth and First Lady Michelle Obama drank during their spot of tea a few weeks ago. Now.... where was I???? Oh yeah....that's it....... The Bridal Tea....

The tables were all uniquely decorated with fine china and the coordinating bridal bouquets made beau"tea"ful centerpieces. Here is an example below, but this one just had the clear place settings... You have to see the china to appreciate it... I will have to do a separate post on the tables once I get the photos...
Ekkkkkk! If I continue to type like this, I will be typing forever......Soooooo-oh, since a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, let's see if they can help me out here... LOL!

Let's start take it from the top.... The party favors... I stayed up until 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning working on the tea... My labor of love produced these lil' cu"teas." I purchased the party bags from Hobby Lobby for $1.99 for ten. The flowers were a part of a bush that I pulled apart from the Dollar Tree and embellished them with black rhinestones. The total cost for these gift bags were only about 25 cents each! Aren't they adorable?

Next the food.... We had the normal tea foods.... Teacakes, muffins, tomato and cucumber sandwiches and a tas"tea" spread of desserts. I did not get all the food shots that I wanted, but I managed to snap a few....

And finally, the tea was a huge success! Here are some of the ladies in attendance complete with hats and gloves!

Mom and Bride-to-Be.......

Me and Bride-to-Be........

A "tea"lightful time was had by all... We need to find a reason to do this again... Hmm?!?!? Any ideas?

Monday, April 13, 2009

A Fair Warning...

I am going to give you a fair warning... My post are going to be a bit scattered in context in the next month are so... Here is a list of my upcoming events, so that you can clearly see why my {blog} and my life will be going in so many different directions...
  • April 18th- Bridal Tea
  • April 19th- Baby Dedication
  • April 25th- Bridal Shower
  • April 26th- Baby Dedication
  • May 2nd- Baby Shower
  • May 3rd- Baby Dedication
  • May 9th- Bacherlotte Party
  • May 10th- Mother's Day
  • May 16th- Scott Wedding

In between the babies and brides, I will see if I can squeeze in something {really special} for Mother's Day... If not, I will make it up with her 50th birthday bash in August... More on that later...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Moment with Mello: The Seven Places that Jesus Shed His Blood

Yes...you have guessed it...This post is not about the normal {wedding and scrapbooking} related topics. Today, it is my most ardent desire to take a moment to dedicate a post to My Father. The bible says, "in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." {Proverbs 3:6} And this blog is no exception... So please join me as I share a very encouraging word that my pastor shared with us today....

The sermon was entitled Power in the Blood. Now, I will spare you from regurgitating the entire sermon, but I will however provide you will the {Cliff Notes} version. If this blesses you, I encourge you to carefully study these points and pray and ask God to reveal to you what it is that He wants you to understand about the power of the Blood of Jesus.....

The points are from notes that were taken during our Sunday Morning worship services, however I will also reference points that were brought forth by Jane Shelton in her article, "The Seven Places Jesus Shed His Blood Journey to the Cross."

The blood of Jesus is much more powerful than many of us recognize. It is the source of our
redemption and freedom. { To be redeemed means to recover ownership of by paying a specified sum} The price of redemption that had to be paid was the death of our Lord and his shed blood. The shedding of Jesus’ blood released us to be brought back to the original place; to life as it was in the Garden of Eden where every blessing was available to Adam and Eve {source: Jane Shelton}.

The places that Jesus shed his blood were as follows:
  1. Garden of Gethsemane- When He shedded his blood here it was for our Will.
    {Luke 22:43-44}
  2. The Stripes on His Back- When Jesus was scourged or whipped He received 39 stripes on his back for us to be healed. {Isaiah 53:5}
  3. Crown of Thorns- They placed a crown of thorns on His head and Jesus shed his blood to break the curse of poverty off our land. {Matthew 27:29}
  4. They Nailed his Hands- When the nails went through the hands of Jesus on the cross and the blood ran down, his blood redeemed our dominion and authority. { Genesis: 39:2-3}
  5. His Feet- When the spike went into the feet of Jesus, through his blood dominion and authority was taken back. {Deut. 11:24}
  6. His Side- The sixth place we have suffered loss is where the enemy came and broke our hearts. When the spear was thrust through Jesus’ side blood and water poured down. {Mark 15:34}
  7. He Was Bruised-The last place we have suffered lost is in our emotions; that part of us which is the inner man. Isaiah 53:5 says, “He was wounded for our transgression; he was bruised for our iniquities…” A bruise is bleeding on the inside. The Bible says that the sins of the father are visited to the third and fourth generation. That is called a generational curse. Many are suffering hurts on the inside from iniquities that our forefathers passed down to us. This results many times in inner hurts and bruises. Jesus was bruised so we could be healed from the inside out. Because of the blood we can be healed, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Thank you Jesus for the Blood!