On a perfect summer evening, we gathered together for a very special tea party.
The gardens were exquisitely cared for. The soothing sound of water running was an indication of what was ahead for us.
Once again, we met at this old wooden house that used to be a playhouse for the owner's children. The ambience that greeted us immediately calmed our spirits, after the busy day we had all come through. You see, this evening was created for a very special reason by one of my dear friends.
Three years ago, I had invited these three beautiful mothers and their three daughters, to a tea party at this location. What a wonderful, rare evening we all had together. The memories of the evening are still vivid in my mind. In April our precious friend in the aqua jacket, went to heaven, so unexpectedly. Three years later, her daughter, the one in the white suit wanted to participate in another tea party, only this time she invited the three daughters, along with our oldest daughters, to the same location.
Here we are, joining together as the next generation. What a privilege it was to have our daughters share the evening with us in the same lovely, magical location. Maybe someday, they will have a tea party here with their daughters.
The gracious hostess and home owner treated us to another equally beautiful evening that we will never, ever forget.
All the creative touches, the gorgeous gardens, the delicious food and the hostesse's warm, caring spirit, blessed each of us in memorable ways.
Tiny, pretty favors for each one of us.
Our hostess extrordinaire and her young, talented helpers carrying platters of food.
The candles were glowing, the crickets were chirping, the conversations were fun, at times filled with laughter and tears, as together we remembered one very special lady.
"The best portion of a good life is little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love." ~William Wordsworth
Our friend left us with many of the above, giving us reason to celebrate and remember her. In the gardens we shared time together, being reminded of just how necessary it is to appreciate each other, every day that we have here.