Well, today we had some sweet little visitors, the grandchildren of some friends of ours from our church, and since we really didn't have any other toys here for them to play with, and because I happened to know right where this little box of toys was after our recent move, this seemed like an appropriate time to pull these little relics from the past back out. It is amazing to me that these toys, which are almost 50 years old, were built to last...and are still relevant and entertaining for children today.
After a fun and delicious lunch of chicken and/or tuna salad sandwiches, fruit cup, carrot and celery sticks, pickles and chips, we took a break to have a special activity prior to our dessert/tea party.
Every lady, young and old, decorated a special hat for the tea party...with inexpensive (truly...marked way down bargain hats from the dollar store), silk flowers and bits of ribbons and a hot glue gun, we had a ball...
Don't you love these little girls' designs?
I even got to decorate a hat for myself...
My friend Vivian ("Mimi") and I...(my son remarked that it was very interesting that God gave me a friend named "Vivian" right after my mother in law, also named Vivian, passed away. I thought it interesting as well. I guess God knew I needed a "Vivian" always in my life...a special blessing indeed...)
Here we are, modeling our lovely millinery creations...Even the little boy has a special hat that he was proud to wear.
But the real reason for deciding to have this little tea party in the first place was so I could sort of "clean house"... No, I don't mean the kind of cleaning like vacuuming, dusting, etc., although I did do some of that...but this kind of house cleaning was to help me begin the process of "letting go" of so many things...in particular, dolls. Many of you know that I have a bit of a doll collection. (Click HERE for a look back at some of my dollies...) Well, since moving into this new house, I have discovered that I just don't have the space or places to display all of my dolls anymore. So I decided that it is time to start letting others enjoy these special little dolls.
After sharing my thoughts with my friend Vivian, she assured me that her granddaughters love dolls, and they have a special shelf for their really nice dolls that they take good care of...and so we concocted this scheme to have this tea party and to surprise these dear little girls with some special treasures. I will let the pictures speak for themselves:
And the little guy got monster trucks...not dolls...but that made him very happy too...
So after the hubbub died down, the guests packed up their hats and dolls and toys and headed home, the noise and laughter faded out, and hubby and I washed up the dishes together and talked about how much fun we had. Yes, I'm tired, but it's a happy kind of tired. It's a wonderful thing to see little children at play again and to see their faces light up with delight when they are given a very special treat...and they were so good, and so very sweet. (They've been brought up very well). It did my heart good.
Speaking of good...we each had a place card at the table, and at the end of the party, everyone got a "Happy Face" sticker if they were really good! I guess I must have behaved well, because even I got a happy face on my place card! (The children said that I had to have one too! :)
Good place to end this story. It was a great day. What does the Bible say about cheerful givers: