Our church fellowship has an annual auction fundraising event for the missionaries. There are open auction and the silent auction. Members of the group donate goods or activities for auction. We then bid on the items and all proceeds go to the missionaries.
My husband and I donated a steak dinner event, and the bid went up to $400 from two couples. A friend and I sponsored a silent auction of brunch for 12 ladies with $25 each. There were more ladies who wanted to sign up, but it quickly filled all the spots.
We signed up for five silent auction events and bid for two open auctions. One of the silent auction I got was a Spring Brunch held last Saturday. The hostess decorated her home with Paris theme. The co-hostesses did a fabulous job to make the event memorable. The food was delicious and beautiful. Being with this almost 30 years of long-time friends is always a delight and enjoyable.
Amy’s theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week is Celebration.
December is a month of celebration for me and my family. We observe the advent which is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for Christmas–the birth of Christ. It begins four weeks and Sundays before Christmas and continues until Christmas. The preparation includes lighting an Advent wreath, setting up a Christmas tree and decorations.
Last week, December 8th and 9th, 2018 – the second weekend of December, Our Community Choir represents George Frideric Handel’s (1685 – 1759) Messiah. Messiah is a sacred oratorio. An oratorio is a musical composition for choir, orchestra and soloists. It differs from opera because it is a concert piece and not staged with sets, costumes and props. Handel composed the music Messiah in 24 days. The text was a selection from the King James version of the Bible compiled by Charles Jennens, a musician/poet. Messiah is a majestic musical edifice and a popular favorite around the world.
My favorite piece is “For unto Us a Child is Born.” 4.12 minutes.
The third weeks, we get together with different groups of friends for celebration.
The week of Christmas we go to church and spend time with our immediate and extended family.
Ann-Christine gave us a thought provoking prompt this week – Happiness Is… We can ask if we are happy at this point of our life. If we’re happy, what makes us happy? If we’re not, what makes us unhappy?
I’m thankful to be where I am. I’m thankful for loving relationships with family and friends. I’m thankful that I could be helpful to people with my time and energy. It’s being with people and seeing people happy that makes me happy.
Our weekly women’s group has the summer off, but we had fabulous summer breakfast gathering four times. I couldn’t go to the previous three events because I went to see my granddaughter once a month. I was glad to join the lovely ladies two Saturdays ago. The hostess did a marvelous job of decorating the tables with colorful table clothes, matching napkins and centerpieces. The vases for the centerpieces were made with fresh lemon peels (scooped out the pulp and juice).
The food was also colorful with quiche, mixed berries, slices of bacon, toast and other items I didn’t have on my plate. I had coffee and orange juice for the drink. We had a good time catching up with each others of our summer travels and news. Most of these friends have been together for more than thirty years!
In the courtyard, the hostess has a wooden bench. The back of the bench is a one-piece carving of a colorful fruit basket.
Nothing gives us a happier memory than having a photo taken with lovely smiles on these ladies in colorful fashion.
Happy End of Summer, my friendaround the world!
Please visit Tina for this week’s photographers and their colorful posts.
The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “in other words.”
Last Saturday, January 27, 2018, I attended a Women’s Retreat. It was a day of reflection on our personal life in 2017. We spent the first hour leisurely charting the major events, the spiritual journey, and our insights. The following hour was sharing our charts and thoughts. The next hour was meeting in groups of three to pray for each other. We also had individual time to be alone doing the reading, meditating and writing.
The retreat was from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. held in a private home with plenty of space for small groups and individual time. The pace of the schedule was just right. I came away feeling very refreshed and peaceful, ready to face my new journey of 2018.
One precious thing I valued deeply was spending a whole hour with just three people sharing. We were not chitchatting superficial things. We shared our deep concerns and prayed with each other. It was a unique experience that I didn’t have before. It is so often when we meet, we talk about the busy events. If we don’t share our concerns, even when we talk for hours, we still go away feeling unconnected.
After the retreat, one lady and I decided to meet once a month not chitchatting but to share and listen. In other words, we want to be caring friends to each other.
“This week, we’re proposing something a little different to celebrate the end of the year. Instead of a specific theme or topic, we invite you to share your most meaningful photo from 2017” – Ben Huberman
It is our tradition to watch the New Year around the world and here is the New York city welcoming the Year 2017.
In February, when we walked around our favorite Laguna Lake, we watched the lovely family of Mama ducking and her seven ducklings.
In March, we visited Mercy and Will in Portland, Oregon and found out the exciting news that Mercy was pregnant.
In April, a group of friends from church visited the President Nixon Library.
In May, we visited Mercy and Will again and they treated me for an enjoyable Mother’s Day Brunch.
In June, a group of ladies from church went on a short trip of “walk and brunch” in Newport Beach.
In July, we started several home projects. One of them was to paint the interior of our home.
In August, Mercy’s friends gave her a wonderful Baby Shower. She was showered with abundant blessings.
On September 28, we welcomed the precious baby Autumn. She brought so much joy into our life.
On October 15, Autumn had her first pumpkin patch visit.
In November, we had a great family gathering of Thanksgiving dinner.
In December, Miriam participated in her fifth year of performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Mercy went back to work two days ago after twelve weeks of maternity leave. She missed Autumn so much and was happy to pick her up from the daycare.
We get together with friends and have dinner or potluck at each other’s homes for many years. Many wives and some husbands know that I drink hot water instead of coffee for dinner. I can’t have dessert after a certain hour either. Caffeine and sweet simply keep me awake for hours at night. My friends take me seriously when I say I could eat dessert for breakfast. That’s the time I could eat sweet without affecting my sleep.
I went to a breakfast party lately. The hostess served me hot water instead of coffee. She knows I drink hot water, not coffee for dinner. Perhaps I failed to tell her that I could drink coffee for breakfast.
It was a beautiful morning. I enjoyed this delightful breakfast with my coffee and dessert.