Last weekend I was invited to my friend, Abby’s bridal shower. We’ve been friends since middle school. We met in sixth grade homeroom. I was struggling to make new friends and too shy to speak with anyone. I passed her a note and asked if she was interested in getting to know one another. Since then, she attended all of my birthday parties and I’ve also worshiped with her at her church a few times in the past. She moved to Iowa after high school graduation and we lost touch for a little while, but recently rekindled our friendship.
I’ve always longed to have a tea party. Complete with dresses, hats, gloves and pearls. I’m about as girly as you can get. I never had the chance as a little girl, so when I received the invitation to a tea party bridal shower, I was giddy inside! My first thought was, what was I going to wear? I showed up wearing a white, floral printed dress with a navy blue cardigan, and a pearl cross necklace I designed myself. I’m not a fan of hats. Any kind of hat makes my head appear freakishly small. I found a white feathered fascinator on Amazon. Abby had the same idea!
I had a really fun time celebrating Abby’s upcoming marriage. A lunch buffet was provided during this afternoon tea time. I ate a chicken salad sandwich on a soft croissant, fruit, and delicious tasting, powered, cookies. Of course, there were a variety of different teas to choose from. I decided on Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile. We were offered our tea cups to take home with us! I chose a cup and saucer just like the ones my great grandma used to own.
After we ate, we wrote on a small paper rectangle, our most memorable time we’ve spent with the bride. She had to guess which memory was from who. I tried to think of an obvious one, so she would know it was with me. I wrote about when we had sat in the front row at a Jesse McCartney concert in the summer of 2005. We wore matching bright green T-shirts that I decorated with an iron-on photo of Jesse. She read my memory out loud for everyone to hear and said, “I was just telling my aunt about this a few minutes ago!”
The Five Love Languages:
- Words of Affirmation
- Quality Time
- Receiving Gifts
- Acts of Service
- Physical Touch
One of my gifts to Abby was a New York Times best selling book, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. I highly recommend it to newly weds and even to those who have been married for years. I gained a wealth of knowledge that I’ve been applying to our relationship ever since. The Five Love Languages will help you better understand your spouse and their daily needs.
I took home a copy of a marriage prayer from the welcome table. What a perfect memory for my journal!
God, fill your marriage
with memories to treasure…
of faith and trust along the way,
of love too deep to measure…
and bring to you as man and wife,
the happiness of knowing,
That God fills your cup of life,
will keep it overflowing.
Abby is also a talented artist! It’s another quality we have in common. Check out one of her minature drawings below.
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Much love and blessings,