Preparing to celebrate the completion of our Nehemiah study.
Last Thursday I had a little garden party. I invited the ladies from the Nehemiah Bible study over to my home to celebrate our completion of this study. A couple years ago I began to realize that it is important to recognize that our study is complete, but we are NOT finished! See this post if you want more details.
I can get anxious about having people over my home. Especially if I plan for it way in advance. So, I try to not think about it until the last minute. Not always the best idea for decorating, but it is good for my nerves. I did try to make some fun decorations to hang outside to make the space more cozy since it was a gray day (and to draw the eye to the colors and not any of the unfinished yard work). I just used some crepe paper and tied it on to some heavy thread. Thanks Pinterest! (Note the hammer on the table?) The hummingbirds loved the red crepe paper which makes me think I need more red in my garden.
Another little trick I did right before the gals arrived was to wet down the mulch and concrete. It hides a multitude of imperfections. I've seen this done on television and movies so much that I thought it might work for me. And it did!
Caren, Sherrie, Sarah, Penny, Penny and Susan
(Missing from the party - Barb, Barbara, Bernie, Crystal, Jan,
Jennifer, Joan, Lisa, Roxanne, Sheila, Tanyadene, Tessa)
Have you ever done a Kelly Minter study? Well, she includes recipes in her studies. So the gals made a couple of the dishes from the study to share with us. Delicious! We had the Tasty Quinoa, Capri's Pasta and Billie's Banana Pudding.
The JOY of the LORD is my strength.
Susan made the favors and the centerpiece. She choose the color of the paper for the favors to be like Jerusalem stone. Sorry that you can't see the details. Inside were some yummy chocolates. She is totally gifted in making a piece of paper look like a million bucks! Then she painted this clay pot to look like the wall Nehemiah built!!! What a thoughtful keepsake for me. Just like building an altar to remember what God has done. (More details about my thoughts on memory stones or altars see these posts.)
I am so blessed to have these precious sisters in my life. We are kindred spirits and I love each and every one! I know they think I am pretty special, too. But the secret is... I wouldn't be who I am today without them in my life.
Looking ahead, we are starting Lysa TerKeurst's study "What Happens When Women Say Yes To God." If you are in the Portland, Oregon area on Tuesday mornings, JOIN US! We meet from 9:30-11:30am at Portland Christian Center.
Then all the people went away to eat and drink,
to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy,
because they now understood the words
that had been made known to them.