Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday. Before I walked out the door I got a call from my best friend Cathy (Skaggs) Higgins from Texas wishing me a Happy Birthday and only like a best friend can do, magically whisking me back to the days of college, sorority houses, sports cars and t-tops, fall afternoons, diet Cherry Cokes from Sonic and giving me strict instructions to have some fun today. Only those that know me from my younger days realize how funny those instructions are to someone whose middle name used to be spelled FUN!

We have known each other since 1982 when we were sorority sisters that just happened to become roommates. You really get to know someone quickly in a small space shared by three girls, shoes, clothes and lots of late night talks about boys.

Memories...there was the Masquerade Ball 1983 where I went as Bonnie and Clyde and she went as a Playboy Bunny with Hugh Hefner? Those were the days. She reminded me that its been 26 years that possible?

This was taken in 1988 after we were out of college and living in Dallas. Our friend Cathy (O'Donnell) Mills is pictured on the far left, tragically died a few years ago and we promised that we were going to try to live life better and remember what is important.
So I found a picture of my 280zx with the t-tops and I told her that even though the car is gone and the wind doesn't blow through my BIG hair anymore. Now I'm in a mini van with 3 boys. I promised I would try to have some FUN today.

The day started out wonderful with pink roses from my husband, sweet cards and balloons from our staff.
So Eric said we could go wherever I wanted for dinner so I chose to go out to Lakeside Grill and watch the sunset in honor of my friend Cathy's request. It was the perfect fall evening. NO wind, just perfect. We got to watch the sailboats glide along the water.

So I'm honored to be with my family out to celebrate.

My sweet guy is not one to forget my favorite things to enjoy.
A perfect sunset on the take in the moment.

Blake and Benjamin watching the boats.

Eric and the boys watching the sunset.

Perfect and peaceful and calm.

Goodbye sun...the day is done.

Under the lights..the lighthouse in the distance.

Back at home blowing out my candles!
Thanks Cathy for reminding me to stay the course,
have a little fun along the way. Enjoy the ride!
This ain't no dress rehearsal.
Thank you God for giving me this day and friends and family to share it with. This is from a card my sister-in-law Sue sent me and its for me and every woman I know:
Follow your dreaming heart.
Reach for your shining star,
Dance to your inner song,
Know how unique you are,
Hold out your helping hand,
Fly with your soaring wings,
Live from your daring soul-
Believe in what each day brings.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Special Event with Jennifer Rothschild

Celebrations of Hope
"Blessings In Disguise"
"Lessons I Learned In The Dark"
written by Jennifer Rothschild
I read her book last year and my mom got it autographed today.
Tammy Seibert, Jennifer Rothschild & Charlotte Nease

Menu: Tea Party Sampler (chicken salad mini croissant, smidgeon of tuna salad on greens
and sliver of Breakfast Quiche with fruit and muffins)

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary
Friday, September 25, 2009
Coles Garden - Royal Room

Foreward by Beth Moore in "Lessons I Learned In The Dark"
After I heard Jennifer's testimony (she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative disease that slowly eats away the retina of the eye at 15 years of age) I had an "aha" moment and knew why her maturity exceeds her years. Not only did her eyes reveal a knowing; there was something indefinably chosen about her. From this vantage point I now know that I was seeing Jennifer not so differently from how Jennifer sees most all the time - with eyes of the Spirit. I saw the invisible hand of God upon her. And I've never failed to see it since.
2 Corinthians 5:7 "We walk by faith, not by sight."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Emily's 40th Birthday

In their own words:

Our friend Emily Wingard's 40th birthday was celebrated today with her two sisters, Anita and Anna who flew in from Florida this morning. The rest of the group are from Thomas, Oklahoma. Also pictured were Margaret Schrock, Martha Miller, Glenda Miller, Merlene Wingard and Loretta Wingard.

Emily's beautiful 16 year old daughter passed away two months ago. We have been doing our best to support her and celebrate the good things in her life. This is the tea house Emily had looked up a while back on the internet and we were delighted that it's the same one we found.

This has been wonderful! Thank you.

"My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways, they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation." Helen Keller

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tea Friends

Taylora Swift, Tammy & Vanda Camper

Vanda & Taylora having tea in the Queen's Room.
Tea Friends
Step inside A Spot for Tea and the cares of the world seem to quickly drift away. We hope that the soft scents of tea and the fresh-baked vanilla muffins perfume the air, while you can chatter away with your friends. It should be a haven for your insides a place to take a deep breath and relax and enjoy.

We consider that we are welcoming friends and family for each and every customer who walks through our gracious doors. We have found that taking a tea break even 30 minutes is something you do just for you. We need that as women and caretakers to remember to take care of ourselves too, and take a few minutes to rejuvenate, just for our own peace of mind.

Psalm 29:11 "The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Louise!

Tammy & Louise

Louise Miller is 89 years old today and the ladies in the bible study are helping her celebrate. I have known Louise since I was 15 years old. I have been in bible study with her since 1995 and she is a precious part of my spiritual heritage. She has such a strong relationship with Jesus and loves the Word. She said today she hopes she lives to be 100 years old...We do too.

Proverbs 3:13-16 "Happy is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gets understanding. Wisdom is worth more than silver; it brings more profit than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you could want is equal to it. With her right hand wisdom offers you a long life."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Heart Story by Alma Hill

Tona Herndon & Alma Hill
Tona Herndon is the pastor's wife of First Assembly of God, Bethany.
Alma Hill and her husband served as missionaries for the
Assembly of God church to Africa for many years.
They have been friends for over 59 years ago after meeting
at Fellowship Assembly of God on South Walker.

Heart Story

submitted by Alma Hill

Holiday 2008 Newsletter

I invited a friend to have lunch with me at "A Spot For Tea". We ate a delicious meal, reveled in the tasty food and the gorgeous decor of the tearoom for a while, and then talked at length about our spiritual journeys. We were in total agreement that God had placed us where we were supposed to be. We spoke about so many decisions that were taking place at that moment. It was a very uplifting time for both of us as we shared the same philosophy regarding our walk with the Lord.

We were just about ready to take our tickets to the cashier when this nice looking young lady, about 40, walked up to our table. Neither of us had ever seen her before. She simply stated that she had a message to give us and proceeded to do so. We were too stunned to ask questions, so we just looked at each other and listened.

It is hard to remember exactly what she said, but in essence, she told us that what were doing was the right thing to do, and that we were in the right place. As she turned away, we looked at each other in amazement and in gratitude to the Lord for giving us the extra confirmation. We just praised and thanked the Lord for those words of encouragement.

God has various ways to speak to us and let us know that we are in His will, and how grateful I am to the Lord to know that He is with us and He makes it so obvious through our brothers and sisters in Christ. Who knows? Was she an angel of the Lord? We don't know, but at any rate, it was a very special Word from God for us that day.

Hebrews 13:1-2 "Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Two P.K.'s (Preacher's Kids)

My friend and customer Jeanne Pratt.
Jeanne and her mom (Rebecca Heaton).
Mother's Day 2008

Two Preacher's Kids or Two Peas In A Pod

Jeanne and her mom have been customers at A Spot For Tea for years. They have attended all of our Mother's Day teas except this year because of illness. It wasn't until recently while visiting with Jeanne about her mother that I became aware that we shared more than our love for tea.

Jeanne's father was a Methodist pastor for over twenty years. Pastoring in small towns like Goodwell, Purcell, Mangum, Britton, Pauls Valley and larger towns like Tulsa's New Haven and First Church in Moore. Taking on a different roll from pastor as a District Superintendant in McAlester. My father was also a Methodist pastor for over twenty years.

Jeanne's mother, Mrs. Heaton, became seriously ill in April 2009 and was in the hospital for a long time and was not able to attend our Mother's Day Tea. Finally, after much prayer she was returning to her place of residency at Spanish Cove in a different wing for rehab. I always ask Jeanne how her mom is doing. One day over tea she was telling me that her mom doesn't like change and didn't want to move back to the west wing where her friends were. I asked her why and she told me how they had lived in parsonages and had moved every five years.

"Every time we moved," Jeanne said "mom would always cry and say I will never meet people this nice again at our next appointment." I immediately felt a kinship with Jeanne and Mrs. Heaton having experienced the same type of moves: Salem, Georgia; Alex, Tulsa (Prattville), Marlow, Tulsa (Sheridan Avenue) and finally Putnam City Methodist here in Oklahoma City where we moved when I was a sophmore in high school.

In fact, it has always amazed me that God would move us four blocks from where my dad had pastored on 42nd street and MacArthur to 38th and MacArthur which in now the home to A Spot For Tea. I would have never dreamed in a million years that I would have lived in Dallas only to find my way back to this post so close to home. I graduated from Putnam City High School in 1981.

Jeanne and I were talking about moving and the upheaval of packing your bags but leaving the furniture for the next pastor's family. It never really felt like home until mom had all her things unpacked, pictures on the wall and dishes in the cabinets. We talked about how moving every five years helps with the clutter. You can't really be a packrack when you don't have that long to accumulate before the next move. It helps you not to get so attached to material things. People seem to hold the true value when you think about places you've lived and the memories you shared.

I knew immediately why I had always felt so much like I wanted to give her mom a big hug and squeeze. It takes a special lady to be a pastor's wife. Jeanne says that her mom is now able to walk about a block and soon we are hoping Mrs. Heaton will be able to come for a visit. We will be saving her a spot for lovely cup of tea.

John 14:1-4 "Jesus said, Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house; I would not tell you this is it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am."

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day 2009 R & R

Taking a break from the tearoom on Labor Day 2009.

What more could I ask for? All my guys and a day at White Water Bay.
Blake turns 14 (September 8) so we decided to do a little early celebrating.

Brock is the baby (shhh don't tell him) he thinks he can do whatever his brothers do.

Benjamin making it to the end of the obstacle course.

Eric coming off one of the water slides.

Benjamin making a splash!

Family time - Down time

I layed in the sun, read books and watched people.
Taking it all in and enjoying a day with my family.
Now is the time to know
that all you do is sacred.
- Hafiz

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Rose Cottage Tea Parties Sept 4 & 5

Trinity Boismier turning 8
September 4, 2009 1:30pm
Trinity and her sister Ashley

Trinity and her guests posing for the fashion show.

Chailyn Hudson turning 7
September 5, 2009 - 11:00am

Chailyn and her sisters and mom all dressed up.

Chailyn and her guests for one last picture.

Double birthday
Lily Tarleton & Kyndal Payne turning 6
September 5, 2009 - 1:30pm

Kyndal & Lily and guests
Right now a moment of
time is floating by!
Capture its reality....
become that moment.
- Paul Cezanne

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Lindy

Lindy & John Jerlow
having tea for two (soon to be three)
John called me a couple of weeks ago and said that he wanted to arrange for something special on Lindy's 30th birthday. They had never had tea upstairs in the Queen's Room and we decided in front of the fireplace would be the perfect place for them to have some quality time together. Della was their own designated tea server to make Lindy feel like a queen.
How sweet a plan a surprise tea for his wife who is expecting their first baby (baby boy Zane is due on January 10th) and so what a treat for me to get to be in on the surprise.
Happy Birthday Lindy!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tea Time Ladies

A Spot For Tea Menu: February 2004

"In February of 2004 - 4 ladies got together at A Spot For Tea to dress up and take pictures for our husbands for Valentine's Day. Our husbands loved them."
- Becky Dunn

Tea Time Lady, Becky Dunn and Owner, Tammy Seibert
September 2, 2009

Tea Time Ladies having lunch in the Green Room.
September 2, 2009

"We had so much fun that day in 2004! We decided to invite other ladies and decided
to call our group Tea Time Ladies. Over the last 5 years we have grown and grown. We
have had as many as 40."
- Becky Dunn
"We usually have a poem or some special thought of the day and
sometimes a song. We come from many different churches
and we are always inviting new ladies.
The fellowship is always so sweet as we share pictures and stories.
We laugh alot."
- Becky Dunn

"And of course, tea can be a celebration in itself
- an act of appreciation
for the little everyday wonders
that make up the texture of our lives.
Every teatime is a sort of celebration
- of the world around us, of each other,
of simply being alive."
- Emilie Barnes If Teacups Could Talk

Thanks Tea Time Ladies for always making A Spot For Tea your destination for celebration.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

First Outing

Allison Sutton (in yellow), her mother-in-law, Barbara Sutton in blue,
Allison's mom, Sue Johnston (in green) with owner Tammy (standing).

Sue Johnston recently had open heart surgery 2 weeks ago having her aeorta valve replaced. In the hospital even days after surgery, she had mentioned A Spot For Tea and how she could hardly wait to be back to feeling better so that she could come in and enjoy her favorite soup(Our Original Chicken Pot Pie) and her favorite tea (Jasmine with Flowers Green Tea). She made A Spot For Tea her very first outing after surgery.

Thanks Sue and girls for making A Spot For Tea your first outing. We are so glad you are on your way to a full recovery.