Catching up.... Last Thursday night was the womens banquet @ our church, it was wonderful! The guest speakers Pam McCune & Kim Wier of Engaging
Women Ministries - were pretty hilarious with a honest message of redeeming the season. Redeeming the season? That's what I as a new believer needed to hear, how does one redeem a season - that never truly celebrated the season past a tree and gift giving? The other night one of the women in my ladies group asked me if we have any Christmas Traditions... sadly no we do not, so I am learning to start some. This year will be our 2nd year attending the Christmas Eve service
@ First Baptist Magnolia - so I would imagine that is a tradition in the beginning. I recently blogged about 3 gifts ... that is another tradition I would love to do. I would love it if some of you would share your traditions with me... Now I'll be honest I am looking to adapt some into ours so please only share if your heart tells you too and won't be upset if I borrow your tradition and make it part of ours :)...
Before I go I want to share a few photos from the
banquet, the tables are decorated by the women who reserve the tables - they did such a lovely job - Leslie decorated our table with the partridge in a pear tree theme... so I will share that photo first
there were 30 tables so of course I won't post all of them but here are a few more....
I never found out if these little presents in each glass were "decor" or some sort of little trinket for each lady @ that table....
This picture does not show the beauty in the purple and silver... it was stunning.
Did someone book Martha Stewart for this event? I am overwhelmed with the creativity of each woman who set up their tables ~
and the last one I'll share ... I would love to decorate my own table like this for my guest @ home... but I have cats... and they would love to sit on all of this and paw @ it ~ one day!!
I also took Sabrina (my 12 yr old) and Noel (my 11 year old) daughters - I am so encouraged to want to share fellowship amongst other women with them - in their earlier years they saw mom go to the grocery, park, and grandma's house - but never celebrating and sharing life with other women - How important this is!!! I never thought it was until I started myself, and realized how much God wants us to share with each other, the joy and happiness his creation has to offer we tend to see the ugly and bitterness when doing it alone....
I would love you, you and of course you to join me next year... and if we can't celebrate together because of distance, I encourage you to look in your community to experience the joy of sharing the season of Christ Birth with others!!
I almost forgot to share.. my 11 year old daughter was one of the door prize winners she was so tickled.... here she is