Hi, we are celebrating my birthday this week, you’re most welcome to join me in a time of reflection over a cuppa & birthday treat.
Another decade has rolled over & a milestone has been reached, so I decided this birthday would differ in its celebration. Rather than family & friends joining me for a one off celebration, I thought it would be fun to enjoy celebrating throughout the year!
I will be organizing a one on one time of…you guessed it…Tea with Jennifer! Just like my One on one time…with Miss S. I thought quality time with each of the ones that I love over a cuppa was the best celebration of all!
These photos show some of the beautiful gifts I have received…two dozen of the most fragrant long stemmed red roses, a pretty congratulatory bouquet & some unique tea cups amongst my teapots including a variety of exotic teas.
As we sit at the table above, under our pergola, watching the honey eaters fluttering nearby & sipping New York Breakfast tea, a black tea flavored with vanilla, munching on chocolate bites & strawberries…Let’s reflect upon this last decade…
So much has happened in the past 10 years, that this reflection would not accommodate all the experiences! Therefore I will share a brief summary…
We have seen the joyful addition of 5 more grandchildren to our combined family.
My daughters & I have witnessed God’s healing miracles for two of our granddaughters, both having undergone major corrective surgeries.
We gathered for a wedding celebration, to welcome a new son in law, only to say goodbye to him (shortly after their first wedding anniversary) at his memorial service. Six months later we stood at my father in law’s ICU bedside as we watched him pass into eternity…both deaths the result of tragic accidents.
My husband & I received diagnoses of chronic health conditions but have also seen the deepening of our love & appreciation for each other through these conditions…introduced in Relationships
In this decade I took early retirement from professional practice as a Therapist & Clinical Supervisor as a result of the chronic conditions. But I have had the privilege & joy of meeting you here each week for our time of tea & reflection together!
I celebrated the publishing & distribution of my second book to the point of supply exhaustion!
I had the delight of seeing our 10 grandchildren grow into delightful little people & the eldest into a lovely young adult pursuing her dreams. I have observed God’s grace working continually in each of their lives throughout those years.
Within this last decade we have experienced exhilaration in joy, comfort in sadness, peace in crisis, calm in life’s chaos, serenity in the face of heart wrenching decisions & strength, when we had none…
Through all of these joys & challenges, there has been One who has kept His promise…never leaving, nor forsaking, always giving us His support & has never given up on us…that One is our gracious Heavenly Father!
” …for He, God Himself has said, I will not in anyway fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down nor relax my hold on you! Assuredly not!” Refer 2
His promise wasn’t to keep us from going through the ups & downs in life but to be with us in them!
Therefore, there is always hope in situations that may initially appear hopeless, for He is the hope, as seen in His grace working in all of the above in my life.
So as I close this chapter on the past decade & begin a new one, I’m excited in what adventures lay ahead in this next stage of my life….as I’m absolutely assured He will be with me to the end…& beyond!
Until next time…dear friend…
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