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Tuesday Tea: A Sweet Reward for a Diligent Homemaker


 
Ahhh…what a wonderful feeling when the breakfast dishes are put away, the counters are wiped,  the laundry has been deftly sorted in piles and the washer is merrily singing away on the first load of the day! Hopefully, the living room has been all tidied from the family activities of the night before and the bed has been neatly made with ‘hospitable corners’. (Thank goodness we don’t have to do THAT anymore!LoL).   The morning rush is finally over and everyone is busy at their day’s work whether job, school work, or play time for the little ones or nap time. It’s my favorite time of day…time for tea!

I’ve always felt that tea time is the homemaker’s reward for a morning well spent.  It’s something I really have to work towards, but if I’m doing my ‘morning routine’ the way I should, 10:00 am is that perfect time. Yes, I still have lots to do, errands to run, receipts to tally, rooms to clean, and phone calls to make and a myriad of other projects to complete, but this is the time of day that I most look forward to..a morning break from the rush of the morning with the misc. chores finished and the house tidied. (If the house isn’t tidy—I don’t enjoy the tea time!) :o)


 


That’s when Rebekah and I like to sit together at the dining room window with our cups of hot tea or coffee and perhaps a little toast to chat about yesterday’s events and the things on our minds. It’s a good time to listen to what is on her heart.  And when she isn’t there, I have a little chat with the Lord about what’s on MY heart or more importantly..vice-versa. 


Tea time is more important nowadays, I think, because it gives us the motivation to STOP and be STILL…and just enjoy life..even if only for half an hour. I think other cultures understand the importance of this little ritual  better than we Americans ever will. We are too rarely quiet..too rarely thoughtful…and we’ve lost the value of ‘routine’.  It’s not only important to know when to Start but also when to Stop.  :o)

I’m the worst for failing to do this. I used to be very good at it when the children were smaller and I had more control over the schedule, but this is one of those busy seasons of life where I have to MAKE time for God..and tea… because it simply won’t happen otherwise.   Enter Rebekah, my daughter, who pulls me away even when I haven’t thought to stop for that break in the day.


It seems like the topic of stress is always making headlines on magazine covers. I don’t remember seeing it that often as a headline when I was a young homemaker. I  personally think it’s become an epidemic in today’s culture. Perhaps it’s because we have forgotten the fine art of rest… naps…tea time..and Sunday’s off.

What I love best about tea time is that I take the time to be in the MOMENT…to enjoy my orderly home, the birds chattering and soaring through the tree tops, the blooming bulbs in the window sill..the happy chatter and antics of toddlers.  Every season of life has it’s beauty as does every place.Kitty
What about you? Do you need to rediscover the art of quieting yourself?
Don’t let time drag you through the day  like a runaway horse. Take hold of the reins, tidy up before going to bed, and in the morning, you too can have your morning chores done and be able to have that special quiet time for a break.  Whether you are at home or at a job, do those important little ‘daily’ tasks early, so you can really rest at your ‘break time’.  When I worked, I used to make a real point of going outside to sit in a quiet place or of finding a quiet corner to be alone.  Nature is the best reviver in a less than cozy environment.  And it’s a must for those of us who spend a little too much time working indoors. :o)

What about you? How do you ‘revive yourself’ during a break in an otherwise hectic day?
I love these quotes from Natasha’s 5 Minutes Just For Me.. Tuesday Tea post.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.S. Lewis
and
Tea is liquid wisdom. ~Anonymous
Kathy A Delightsome Life

My new bloggy friend, Kathy, at A Delightsome Life shared a lovely recipe for cream puffs by Laura Caulder last week for Tuesday Tea. It looks just delicious! And the music she plays on her blog..sigh..I could listen to it all day! 

Do drop by and visit her lovely blog and read her tea time post. :o)

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Sharon of Faith, Hope, and Cherry tea wrote such an inspiring post about God’s love for us and the true meaning of love. It was very encouraging to me. She writes such faith-filled posts. I always want to say, “YES” when I read her thoughts on God’s word. And the music she plays on her blog..sigh..I could listen to it all day! Do drop by and visit her lovely tea time post.:o)

scan0026-1 England..shared by Rayanne

And Rayanne…dear Rayanne shared that she was having one of those days—a bad haircut day.. It just so happens that I was too! It’s one of the most powerful and amazing things to me, that we ladies, at tea time can share our hearts whether we are having a lovely day..or are struggling for one reason or another or just can’t get our hair right—tee-hee!. And that our bloggy friends, will always be there to encourage us, is one of the reasons I consider the internet a blessing. We women don’t often get to visit from door to door as we once did..but now we can…via bloggyland. She has been such an encouragement to me…and I hope I can always be that for her too…and for you. :o)


 What are your having for tea today? What is on your heart..and what are your favorite tea time rituals. Let’s chat.. I’d love to hear from you and feel free to join our linky party. :o)

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2nd Corinthians 1:3,4

Linking with
Raising Homemakers Homemaking Link up

Lady Katherine's Tea Time Tuesday
The Plumed Pen's  Tea for Two
Rose Chintz Tea Time Tuesday
Martha's Favorite Teacup Tuesday


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13 comments:

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

thx so much, Donna, for your heartfelt response to FHC ~ being and doing what it's meant to be/do!
here's today's teatime conversation
along with a honey sweetened cup of 'Holiday' tea from 2nd Cup!
see you soon ")

Antiques And Teacups said...

Lovely to share a few moments with women of faith and love...
Ruth

Ky said...

Donna, you're always an encouragement to me. I wish you were my neighbour. It's just great that we can 'pop in' and visit each other.
Hope you have a great day!
Ky x

Needled Mom said...

I always enjoy the early hours of the morning. Everything is quiet and it is the perfect time for reflecting.

claudia b said...

love my tea time, I am collecting pretty cups and mugs so I am currently in love with my Paris mug.

Terri said...

What a lovely post! I love having a quiet time with tea. It is something I have been doing for over 30 years and I really appreciate it.
Your photos are gorgeous as well as your blog. The first tea cup you share is so pretty with it's blue flowers. Your other cups too are just lovely.
Thank you so much for sharing with us today.
Hugs,
Terri

Trudy Callan said...

I think we need to retrain our brains that it's okay and vital to take a little time for a break for relaxation and reflection. My soul is more at rest in nature. I especially love watching and listening to the birds. I love that part of God's creations. I also love going for nature walks. Very relaxing. The Mercer Arboreteum is a good place since it is close to my home.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Donna,
It's very nice to 'meet' you. I always love to meet new bloggers who share their faith in the Lord. Your post was so wonderfully written and I'm sure you have ministered to many hearts today with your down to earth style of blogging. I had to laugh when you mentioned the 'hospitable corners' because I still do the hospital corners; an old habit from my nursing days.
Taking time to be quiet and enjoy a cup of tea is something I try to do every day. Now that my family is all grown up it is easier to do this. I am so happy you have joined me for tea today. Do stop by again soon as I really enjoy your company! I have signed up to follow your blog.

Blessings,
Sandi

The Clip Cafe said...

I wish I had someone to have tea with (literally I mean - I know can have it here with you lovely ladies!) - You and your daughter sound like you have such a wonderful relationship. It's really nice to know. Love all the images :-) I will have to take time out for tea and relax. Ps it is now wednesday here My date header is true to my time here - when you msged it was tuesday ;o)

Caroline said...

I'm so thankful for the sabbath rest. And crockpots and dishwashers that make sunday truly restful. Your daughter is such a sweet blessing. Everything you say about her is so wonderful. My mom and I are not close and I love seeing examples of moms and daughters who are. :) Have a good evening.

Marianne said...

Donna, what a delightful blog. I, too, loved homemaking, but many things changed in my life. But that doesn't stop me from fantasizing about once again being the artist and homemaker I was meant to be.

Thank you for your lovely post...and a chance to keep faith alive.

Have a happy, happy day,
Marianne

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

such lovely tea time with such wonderful neighbours! and like you I also love having my tea with my kids! been missing the tea time with them lately! Must start to have one soon! thanks for sharing! have a good week!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What gorgeous images. I do hope you will come by and link up to my tea party.

There are two fantastic prizes.

“There's nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.” ~ Margaret Sangster
Welcome to Comin' Home! If you lived nearby, I'd invite you over to my neck of the woods for a nice long chat and a cup of tea out on the deck. But since we can't do that, I hope you'll stay and look around. I love learning new things and sharing what I learn with friends. Comin' Home is where I share tips from my many projects. Let's have some fun together! XO Donna

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