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"A joyful heart is good medicine." ~ Proverbs 17:22

Monday, 13 June 2011

Father's Day Tea For Tea Time Tuesday

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday ~

Hello tea friends and welcome to my  Father's Day Tea.

Today I am honouring the special men in my life and this post I am dedicating to them.

My Daddy was my first love. He brought me up, bounced me on his knee, took me to church, and instilled within me all the values necessary to live a life that would be pleasing to God and man. He was strict but it didn't hurt me a bit. While I was growing up, I thought he was the wisest man in the world and I could go to him for advice about anything.  He was my hero. I have so many wonderful memories of him.
He loved God and his family; music, sports, woodworking, and was a real character who possessed many friends.

This photo was taken of him when he was just a young man working as an accountant at Westinghouse. Sadly, my Daddy passed away in May 1995 and I still miss him! Love you Daddy and I always will!


"My son {daughter}, observe the commandment of your father, Bind them continually on your heart; tie them around your neck. When you walk about, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you."  ~ Proverbs 6:20-22

One day, a shy young man came along who swept me off my feet, or rather danced me off my feet. We met at a record hop on a Saturday afternoon and he became my knight in shining armour! He is 17 in this picture which was taken on our first date. Isn't he adorable with his Beattle haircut?


This guy made me laugh and treated me like a princess. He still does; he's my hubby and the father of our children.


My hubby and I have been blessed with three sons and five grandchildren. They are all so precious to us and we thank God for each one of them!

When I speak of fathers, I must also mention my heavenly Father who I have known since I was a little girl. I love my life and I have Him to thank for that. He loves me unconditionally and has blessed me beyond my dreams. I cannot imagine my life without Him in it. Thank you Lord for Your loving kindness toward me. You are worthy of all praise!

You have made known to me the path of life;
You will fill me with joy in Your presence. ~ Psalm 16:11

We are having our tea in the den today. Because it is my Father's Day Tea, I won't be using any lace or frilly accessories but the toile makes up for it, I think. I have set the teapot on the table in front of the window and graced it with some red tulips from my garden; the few that the crows didn't destroy!


What a better teapot to celebrate this occasion with than the one Hubby gifted me with for my birthday a while back! A frenchy rooster struts his stuff on this teapot. On the rooster motif it says, Country Kitchen Fine Terracotta. There are no markings on the bottom.


I thought the tulips would look nice in a canning jar for a more casual look.


Hubby likes his books and his candy...

I am using some tea mugs today since Hubby likes his tea and coffee both in a mug rather than a tea cup. This one is red toile and made of china, produced by Royal Garden Staffordshire England.


This is the stamp on the bottom of the cup.





I have a trifle for this celebration. Since this is rather heavy and there is more room, I am serving this on the kitchen table. Would you like some?


Layers of sponge cake, vanilla pudding, and fresh berries topped with whipped cream make for a delightful treat with tea.

Served in my Kings Crown dishes, it looks pretty as well as delish!



Hubby likes his books and this is generally what his desk looks like; books stacked up everywhere. His desk is never very neat; his one flaw!


 Hubby is a great student of the Word...


I will share one of  Hubby's favourite verses-

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." ~ Romans 8:28

Next week I will be hosting my Summer Dreams Tea and I hope you will make plans to join me then. The following day, June 21, Kathy @ A Delightsome Life is hosting her Savoring Summer party. Both parties should prove to be a lovely respite.

I would love for you to join me for Tea Time Tuesday! All you have to do is share a favourite tea cup or teapot, a coffee mug, or something tea related. If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea. Or any of the following is acceptable... iced tea or iced coffee, lemonade, hot chocolate, apple cider, or punch. The TTT button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome! Please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants. The inlinkz is available below to sign up.

I wish you all a delightful day filled with love and a good cup of tea. And please be sure to give that special man in your life a little extra attention this week. God bless you!

I am pleased to join the following parties as well~

Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Table Top Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Tuesday Tea

Trisha~ http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/
Tea Party Tuesday

Teatime Tuesday

Trish~ http://angelwingsandapronstrings.blogspot.com/
L.A.C.E.

Teacup Thursday

Sherry~ http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/
Home Sweet Home 





Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

42 comments:

Snap said...

Wonderful, masculine Father's Day tea. Lovely tribute to the men in your life. The trifle looks delicious! Happy Tea Day!

Johanna said...

Dear Sandi,
Lucky girl you - to catch all those wonderful men in your life! This was a wonderful tribute to all of them. And yes, sure I would love to have some of this yummy triftle with my tea. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful fathers day tea with us (and for hosting this event).
Best greetings, Johanna

Mildred said...

Thank you so much Sandi for hosting this special Father's Day Tea Time Tuesday. I enjoyed your post very much and learning about your dad, husband and sons. I love the toile mug that is your husband's favorite and oh, the trifle - I could eat the entire serving dish full! Keeping you close in my heart and prayers. Blessings to you and your husband this coming Father's Day.

Donna Heber said...

Sandi,

Beautiful tribute to the men in your life! Thank you for sharing a wonderful Father's Day tea with us.

Kathryn Ross said...

Hi Sandi - thanks for sharing tea and encouragement with me as I dive into my big day tomorrow! Your post was so touching. Though the men in my life prefer coffee (leaves all the tea for me!) you have captured their contemplative interior spirit nicely in your tribute. Hope you are feeling better - May God bless you in renewal and health, milady! Joy! Kathy

GardenofDaisies said...

Your trifle looks delicious!!! My mouth is watering!
Be sure to stop by my blog for the tea cozy giveaway!

Beth said...

Hi Sandi, I've missed participating in TTT but today I made it. I love your post. I enjoyed hearing about the special fathers in your life including our Heavenly Father. You have indeed been blessed! Your trifle looks delightful. You are such a good cook, Sandi. The Kings Crown dishes are just gorgeous! Pretty teapot and mugs too. Happy Father's Day to the ones you love.
Blessings and hugs, Beth

Jacqui said...

You are truly blessed to have had such men in your life!! Lovely post!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sandi...

God is sooo GOOD to us..isn't He! I too, thank God continuously for all the dear men that He has put in my life! My dear, you certainly did honor your precious gifts with a beautiful tea! Of course, I love red toile so this really "tickled my fancy"! Hehe! Sooo pretty! Ohhh...and that beautiful toile cup...love that! Your red tulips really brought a sweet touch to the tea table too! Such a beautiful tea table vignette...the tulips and pretty wire cloche! Thank you for sharing this with us today, sweet lady...this was such a joy!!!

I also wanted to thank you for stopping in and taking a peek at my summer Tea Rose bedroom! I always enjoy your visits and sweet notes, dear friend! I hope that my note is finding you and all of your family doing well!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Emily said...

Your family is beautiful. I loved hearing about your husband early on and all the pictures of your dad and young husband are great. Your husband sure has good taste giving your the frenchy rooster tea pot. I love toile on most anything and your mugs are perfect for your FD celebration. The tulips perfect, but oh my goodness the trifle looks so yummy. I'm sure your husband will love his father's day.

~Emily
The French Hutch

D said...

No wonder you fell for him! And he's still cute. :) That dessert looks so refreshing!

D

A Vintage Green said...

Wonderful trifle. Happy Father's Day to all Dad's. Thanks for such a lovely Tea Day for Father's Day.
- Joy

Antiques And Teacups said...

A wonderful post for your special men. Aren't we blessed? With a wonderful Heavenly Father as well!
The trifle is wonderful!
Ruth

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Sandi, I enjoyed your wonderful tribute to your dad and your husband for Father's Day. I so remember the Beatle haircuts and sock hops. Fun times. Thanks for hosting again this week. I've joined you with a link today. Blessings, Pamela

Jocelyne's Tea Parties said...

What a wonderful idea. You are blessed to have such awesome men in your life. You've inspired to do something similar for mine. I used Romans 8:28 in my post too! The Lord keeps bringing this scripture to my mind. Have blessed Tea Day! I'm having a give away if you're interested.

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Sandi,
What a beautiful Father's Day tea and tribute to the wonderful and dear men in your life.
Your words about them bless me so, and remind me so much of my own father and hubby. My father passed away in 1998 and I miss him everyday. Life has never been the same, but I carry his love with me in my heart.

Your dessert sure looks scrumptous.
The mugs and tea pot are perfect. My father and hubby both love books too.

So enjoyed your special tea today.
Hope you are feeling better. Prayers for you.

XO from Texas, Celestina Marie

Liz said...

What a wonderful post! There really isn't much more of a blessing than a Godly Man! :) I know how you feel! :)

~Liz

Wanda Lee said...

What a fabulous Father's day tea and loving tribute Sandi!.., Your trifle looks light, airy, delicious and oh-so-pretty..,
Hugs WL

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a beautiful tribute Sandi. Thanks for sharing about the men in your life. And the importance of our Heavenly Father.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Charlotte said...

How nice to honor the dads in your life:) I always hear of Mother's Day teas but have never heard of Father's Day tea...until now! What a lovely idea!

Dawn said...

I wish I had a daddy like you had. What a wonderful story, you were really blessed. And it seams you are blessed with an adorable hubby too! At least I have one of those ;0) It was so nice to stop by

Love Dawn xx

♥ Miss Tea said...

What a lovely and touching tribute to your father! i too always thought that my father is the wisest man in the whole world, my father passed away also in 2002, lovely photos of your father, and i do love your teapot and mug, as well as the tulips are beautiful, you sponge cake is so yummylicious! thank you for sharing and hosting. Happy Father's Day! xx Susan

Kathy said...

This is a marvelous post - my heart sings with joy for you. Fathers - good fathers - are so very important to families. We live in a world where it is o.k. to mock them and to feminize men - you were blessed to have a father who led you as a young lady and who was a spiritual example! It is a wonderful thing to marry a man whose heart also belongs to the LORD - your tribute to them and to our Heavenly Father is a testament to your love for them. Love your manly tea setting - and your trifle - excellent dessert. My husband's desk is also generally messy - but, you will find an open Bible there too - so my heart is content. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with A Return to Loveliness,
God Bless,
Kathy

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Sandi
My, how your tea party has grown since there were only about 6 of us.
I think we all are our Daddy's girls from the time we're young. Just look at the photo on my post and I can tell you ours are definitely Daddy's girls. With me, we're like best friends and like to do things together.
I'm babysitting grands unexpectedly so couldn't do the post I hoped but next week, I'll put together tea for our special occasion.
Your hubby has certainly aged well, one of those guys that becomes distinguished looking with time.
Thanks for hosting.
Judith

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a lovely post and wonderful tribute. Love the rooster teapot and the tulips are beautiful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Doris Joa said...

Oh what a wonderful blog you have. All is looking so beautiful and you make your visitors feel special. I love your tribute to the men in your life!!! Happy Tuesday!

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Sandi
A lovely post remmembering your father
Happy Tea Time Tuesday
Hugs

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

I love what you did with this post very much SAndi, you are such a sweet lady. Your husband sound awesome and you deserve it! That trifle looks to die for, I would love to dive in and swim around! HA! Lovely tribute!!!

Terri said...

What a dear post! When one has a wonderful men in their lives it is so loving to celebrate and honor them. You did it beautifully.
The toile tea cup is very pretty, and your dessert absolutely delicious looking!
Hugs,
Terri

sheila said...

I am new to your beautiful blog. I love the tribute to the men in your live. It made me tear up reading the tribute to your dad. I was such a daddy's girl.
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings, Sheila

Donna said...

Sandi, What a sweet post honoring the father's in your life. That's something I need to do too..perhaps this weekend.

They sound like wonderful men..and of course we all are grateful for our Heavenly Father. I love how you catered tea towards hubby. Every now and then I try to get mine involved. He doesn't like tea or coffee..so it's always hot chocolate for him. :o)

Lovely tulips!

xo
Donna @ Comin' Home's Tuesday Tea Chat

PS. Thanks so much for hosting your sweet tea party.

Apple of His Eye said...

Lovely tribute to your daddy. I'm loving toile fabric, but finding it's difficult to locate in fabric stores here where I live.

I want red toile fabric to recover a chair.

Your blog is so pretty and I'll be checking you out often.

Linda said...

Sandi - You do share from your heart ... your love of the Lord, your family, all the lovely things as well as lovely thoughts remind me of one of my favorite Bible passages ...
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. Philippans 4:8
Sandi - I know the God of peace is with you and loves you and you Him.
You are an inspiration ... your blog is a beautiful witness to how we can please and love our Father. Thank you.
Blessings, Linda (Pretty Is ... as pretty does)

Concetta said...

Dearest Sandi,
What a beautiful post honoring the greatest father and our heavenly Father!

Thank you dear friend for sharing your heart and hosting this lovely party. I love having tea with you and I would love a bowl of your Strawberry Trifle!

<><
Concetta

Maria Andrade said...

What a beautiful post, Sandi!
The way you honored your father and your husband on Father's Day Tea Time Tuesday almost moved me to tears...
How lucky you are for such a loving family!
You must deserve it all!
(in Portugal Father's Day is in March, on Saint Joseph's Day)
Hugs

Poppy said...

Such a beautiful post,Sandi. I loved reading it and learning about your "hero" and your "Sir Knight".. such a wonderful way to pay tribute to them. I just wanted to add that your grace and your elegance shows so beautifully through your writing, although I never you met in person. I loved your Father's Day tablescape and the lovely toile mug is my favorite... I love toile. The trifle looks so yummy and a great accompaniment for this tea party... and the Kings Crown dishes look soo lovely.. perfect for this setting. I hope you continue to feel better and my prayers are always with you. I admire your strength and positive attitude. I decided to take a blogging break this week and visit my favorite blogs instead. So, I have no post to link up this week, hopefully next week. Thanks for visiting me,I always enjoy having you.Thanks for inspiring us!~Poppy

http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage said...

Sandi, your hubby is spoiled lol!
My friend, you have truly given great honour to the special men in your life!
It is so wonderful to see a man being highly respected and cherished, as you obviously do your dear husband!
Well done!
I think our poor menfolk have been much maligned in the past 30 years or so.
Many loving husbands and fathers are simply not shown the honour they deserve by their family and are not looked up to at all!!
But you certainly have, dear lady.
Thank you for sharing this lovely post for LACE today :-)
blessings..Trish

managed exchange hosting said...

Happy Tea Day dear!

Queen of The Desert said...

It's my first time joining here. Your trifle looks so tempting. I'm drooling....

Lady Linda said...

Sandi...how lovely to honor the men in your life. I think we need to do this more than we do in the world we live in! I know God will bless you in a special way for this. A very good reminder to remember our menfolk this week.
Thanks, Lady Linda

dana said...

Love your Father's Day Tea....and I have to say, I prefer a mug to a cup myself. That trifle looks divine!!!!

Your post was a great tribute to the men in your life.

dana

Sherry said...

What a lovely tea in honor of the men in your life. The trifle looks delicious! Very nice post Sandi. I will join you Tuesday, got that post in draft already. Have a lovely Father's Day weekend! Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

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