Friday, June 9, 2017

Steeping Our Tea

In just a few days, we will be steeping our favorite teas and listening to our guest speaker, Sister Clare Hunter, F.S.E. at our annual afternoon tea with our daughters.  It is good to stop, especially at the end of our homeschool year to spend time, and actually enjoy a few hours with our dear girls.  Even more exciting is that every year, we get to listen to and be inspired by a speaker who shares with all of us some bits of advice and lesson to ponder over the summer months.

Our speaker this year hails from Connecticut. Sister Clare is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist.  She is the Director of the Arlington Diocese Respect Life Office, and frequently contributes to the diocesan blog, Encourage and Teach.  She lives with her Franciscan community at St. Philip's in Falls Church.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

You are Invited

It may be rainy today but picture this--sunny skies, warm breeze, pretty dresses.  That image should last you till we sit and chat over a cup of hot tea with our friends and the young ladies that we are hosting.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tea is Always a Good Idea

I shouldn't think even millionaires can eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.  Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Saturday, April 16, 2016

An Invitation to Afternoon Tea

You are cordially invited 
to join us for Afternoon Tea
on Sunday, June 5, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
at the transformed All-Purpose Room
of St. Michael Catholic Church in Annandale, Virginia.

It is that time of the year again, when we look to sunny days and pleasant conversations over a nice cup of tea, and marvel at a year's worth of growth in our daughters!  Our baby girls are becoming young ladies.  Please join us for an afternoon of sweet and savory treats, elegant manners, and an inspiring talk from Abby Sasscer.

Click on our Sign Up button to tell us that you are attending, and what delectable offerings you plan to bring. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Good Reasons to Stop for Tea

"I realized that if every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness and there would be no wild flowers to make the meadows beautiful."

St. Therese de Lisieux inspired our speaker, Kate Kelly, who in turn, shared such beautiful thoughts to ponder with the young ladies and their moms at our Afternoon Tea.  The elegant surroundings, delicate tea plates with delectable treats on them, and engaging conversations have given everyone memories of another wonderful time.  In these busy days of year-end exams and graduations, picnics and Corpus Christi processions, and start-of-summer activities, it was a pause well worth taking.

Have another cup?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Tea Cup

Dear Daughter,

Today, in your hand, you hold a tea cup. It is delicate and beautiful. The handle is gracefully curved, as is the cup itself. The outside may be decorated with multi-colored flowers, geometric shapes, or intricate patterns. It is unique: a piece of art that shows the craftsmanship and skill of its designer.

Once upon a time, I held a tiny little girl in my hands and thought, “She is delicate and beautiful.” Her features were gracefully curved. She was decorated with darling dresses covered with multi-colored flowers, geometric shapes, and intricate patterns. She was unique, a wonderful creation of the Artist, whose craftsmanship and skill shined through her daintiness.

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Each year, our daughters receive a scroll with a message written by a mommy to her daughter.  On the first year scroll, the letter (part of which is shown above) describes the Tea Cup and our darling little girls. 

Though we know they won't remain tiny, we are still surprised that they're not!  This time of slowing down, even for an afternoon, helps us see our daughters now--when they're just a bit taller, a little more graceful, and on their way to a lot more independence from us.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Are you Attending?

If you didn't receive an Evite, no problem.  Just click on the snapshot of our invitation on the right (like the one below) to tell us that you're attending and bringing us yummy treats!

We'll soon be dining on petit fours, sipping delicious tea, and simply enjoying the company of our young ladies.  In the meantime, get yourself counted, bring out the secret baking ingredients, and sign up to help transform St. Michael's all-purpose room for our big event.

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