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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Friday, 12 February 2016

A Romantic Tea for Sweethearts

Love is a language spoken by everyone but understood only by the heart. ~ Author unknown

Hello dear friends! Valentine's Day is almost here and so I have set the table for Hubby and me. 

Fresh flowers.  What could be more perfect than roses!

Pretty china. I think a mix of pink and red transferware is perfect! And pink goblets for sparkling cranberry-apple juice.

The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly and to feel close. ~ Carol and Malcolm Cohen 

Johnson Bros. Old Britain Castles

Something decadent for just the two of us. Oops, I forgot to include some chocolate hearts on the plate!

Tea is a time in which we were perfectly contented with ourselves and one another. ~ Charles Dickens

I had made this Banana Split Cake for our Valentine's supper with our Bible Study group. I will share the recipe with you tomorrow.

"Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile." ~ unknown

This past week was the anniversary of Hubby's and my very first date so many years ago. What a journey we have been on! Three children, five grandchildren, and a marriage that we are so thankful for. God is good! He has blessed us because we are not only mates but we are best friends.

We met at the most unlikely of places; a dance. A Saturday afternoon record-hop, to be precise. I wasn't supposed to be there.

Jane Austen once said, "To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love." That was certainly true in our case.

The journey hasn't always been easy but we have grown and the friendship that started out so innocently many years ago, is simply precious today. 

Our youngest son told me last summer, when he was home for a visit, that his father and I are very lucky to have each other! I prefer to think of it as being blessed. But yes, we are so very, very lucky!

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. ~ Victor Hugo

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to do something special together. It doesn't have to be a big thing. It can be as simple as sharing a pot of tea and a dessert together at a pretty table. 

Valentine's Day is also the perfect time to honour a dear friend or friends, a parent, or your family. Spread the love around. 

A bell is no bell 'til you ring it
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn't put there to stay -
Love isn't love
'Til you give it away. ~ Oscar Hammerstein- The Sound of Music

What are your plans for Valentine's Day

Love first came to us from our heavenly Father. Without the love of God, there would be no love in this world. He made it possible and we are reaping the rewards of that love.

I always end all of my Valentine posts with this heart. It says it all.

Thank you for your visit and I wish you all the loveliest of Valentine's Day celebrations.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's TTCG Blog Party
Tea Cup Tuesday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Beautiful Sandi!! God's love is good! Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. Breathtaking, Sandi! Have a lovely Valentine's Day!

  3. That's a love post and sweet remembrances! Memories shared bring twice the joy!

  4. A beautiful post. A blessed love story. Thanks for sharing.

  5. That Banana Split Cake!....I look forward to the recipe!
    This was a lovely Valentine's post from start to finish!

  6. DH and I celebrated the anniversary of our engagement on Wednesday. He always told me he wanted it to be a special day of it's own. Not just Valentine's. We met by some mutual friends, and had a rocky start, but like you I am blessed beyond measure of the gift God gave to me in my sweet DH. Looking forward to the recipe. I may have to make it for Sunday :-)

    Hugs, Jocelyn

  7. Lovely post and photos and that cake looks YUMMY ! Papa and I met on a dating sight as we had both been through terrible marriages it was meant to be as we were both about to give up searching till that one little smile sent to my profile on the dating site , we hit it off right from the start we really do complete each other and we are the best of friends as well finding your soul mate is amazing . I feel we are both blessed to of found each other . Thanks for sharing , Have a good week and a Happy Valentines day !

  8. Very beautiful!! The table looks lovely and festive. Whau that cake looks delicious!! Please share the recipe. Wishing a wonderful Valentine's Day for you and your husband. May the Lord bless your union!!!

  9. What a lovely post! How funny you weren't supposed to be at that dance- what a romantic story
    A very Happy Valentine's to you and yours:)

  10. A beautiful post, full of loving thoughts and stories of love. Happy Valentine's Day.

  11. Sandi,
    Thanks so much for your visits, my friend!! Lovely rsoes and you know I adore transferware and you have shared some beautiful pieces!!
    Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!! Sunday is supposed to be so cold with a low of -3 degrees here so Joe and I are staying in the hous eand ordering delivery of pasta from our favorite eatery for our V day dinner!!


  12. An absolutely lovely post. Especially love the heart at the end!
    Happy Valentines Day
    Blessings, Candy

  13. What a sweet post, Sandi! I love your tea for two. My beloved and I were engaged on Valentine's Day, and we always remembered our first date together, also.
    Cherish your time together, and Happy Valentine's Day to you both.

  14. Beautiful. Love those pink roses. Have a very happy Valentines Day Sandi and an awesome weekend.

  15. Everything is beautiful, Sandi. And that Banana Split Cake looks absolutely amazing! Love the heart with which you ended your post. It truly does say it all.

    Our own plans -- well, today (Saturday the 13th) is my mother-in-law's 90th birthday so all of her more local children and their spouses/friends are taking her out for a nice lunch to celebrate. And then tomorrow, we will be in church. We always have a potluck lunch at church in between the services, and this week we have encouraged the men to make special desserts, turning dessert into a men's dessert contest. My hubby has an idea and ingredients ... we will see!

  16. Such a beautiful Valentine tea! Love your red transferware and your teapot is a beauty! Your dessert looks so good! I will be making it soon! Thank you for always having the prettiest tea parties! Happy Valentines day to you and your hubby!

  17. Such a beautiful Valentine tea! Love your red transferware and your teapot is a beauty! Your dessert looks so good! I will be making it soon! Thank you for always having the prettiest tea parties! Happy Valentines day to you and your hubby!

  18. Lovely Sandi, I love you valentine theme teacups.

  19. Happy Valentine's Day, Sandi! I always enjoy seeing your red transferwares and I adore your hearts teacup! I love all things banana so your scrumptious dessert is just up my alley!

  20. Beautiful post Sandi and happy 1st date Anniversary, so sweet! Loved hearing your story. Happy Valentine's Day to you and hubby!

  21. Such a beautiful love story Sandi! I love how the Lord brought you together in an unexpected way, and the wonderful life you have lived together in one of the most beautiful places on earth! I'm sure your banana split dessert was the big hit of your Valentine's Party! And the lovely tea table you set for you and your husband was simply delightful! Have a blessed and wonderful day :)

  22. A lovely post with your matching teacup to mine and the prettiest bouquet of pink roses.

  23. Love the heart teacup and saucer! Who is the maker???

  24. Love the heart teacup and saucer! Who is the maker???

  25. The roses ... the red transfer ware ... that yummy dessert ... a perfect way to celebrate!

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

  26. What a sweet post and tribute to a wonderful marriage and it's also left me LONGING for a sweet dessert lol / that looks SO delicious

  27. Sandi, what a picture perfect, and Mimi xxx

  28. Love the transferware, and wow that picture with the rose in the teacup! So pretty.


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