Last night I had the fun of hosting the ladies from my church. It was a casual get together - bring a creative project or not - and come.
I made tea - scones, mock Devonshire cream, homemade lemon curd, homemade strawberry jam. A new friend, Amy, made cinnamon rolls and cookies and Susanna brought the most beautiful cherries I've ever seen.
Several ladies brought their daughters, too. Amy brought her only girl Allie - they are new to our church and to this region. Her husband is starting his residency in Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins. They are far from home and those that they love and it is so lovely getting to know them and helping them to feel connected to knew friends. We know we are going to love them, sometimes you can just tell. Bonnie came with Juliet (she was making the sweetest nightgown for her youngest daughter), Kelly came with the neatest paper folding project (she was making cards), Becky and Chelsea came just to fellowship. Susanna and her oldest daughter Laura brought their drawing pads and proceeded to do the most amazing drawings! I started a bit of knitting - I have the most gorgeous alpaca wool! Emily and Sarah were here and Lindsay was giving a riding lesson, so for a brief time the younger girls went out to watch the lesson.
It was such a wonderful time together. Laid back, very relaxed the conversations went around in small groups, the whole group, and all around.
It is a blessing to share this time with these ladies. All busy with their homes, and families and some with their own businesses. Time for gathering is precious and we treasured this time we had.
We did miss the other ladies from our church family - Mindy and Hannah, Brigette, Ruth, Sue, Carol, Grandma Ruth and Georgia, Kim, Sonja.
I am thankful, so thankful for these women and their friendship. It was delightful to have you in my home.