Sometimes in life,
we are given moments that are so beautiful, and perfectly piercing,
it seems almost overwhelming, too much to take in and fully grasp.
I recently had one of those moments.
This past weekend was the birthday of a dear friend.
while she is a dear friend,
she is a fairly new one...and I actually didn't know it was her birthday!
We had planned to spend the weekend together in advance,
since her family would be away and we would have the time all to ourselves.
She had no special plans to celebrate,
but I have to say, God had some...
What started as a simple cup of tea between friends one evening,
turned into grand plans for a beautiful outdoor tea party and supper the following day.
We spent most of Saturday planning, preparing, searching for recipes,
By the time we had gotten dressed, carried the table, chairs, dishes and our goodies
out to the edge of a nearby field...
it was sunset.
Tea cups and place settings.
A birthday banquet.
Freshly picked flowers graced out table.
The lovely ladies...
...sitting down to tea.
Beth, the birthday beauty.
Pumpkin Pie Spiced tea...
We couldn't wait to enjoy the fruits of our labor!
Isn't it beautiful?!
Yummy quiche, made with farm fresh eggs, garden picked veggies and gluten free crust!
For dessert, gluten free Scottish Shortbread with Cinnamon Sugar topping!
And a dish of home grown Honey Dew...it was divine!
The sunset was beautiful...
and the perfect opportunity for some vivid shots...
Just gorgeous, inside and out!
I love how the purple hues came out in Beth's pictures,
and the deep oranges came out in mine...the colors matched with what we were wearing.
We finished our meal in the dark, with the stars and a lone lamp post (the farm version) for light.
Is it just me, or does food taste better out of doors?
Probably the high light of the evening was what came after.
Once we had fed our tummies, we nourished each other's souls by praying for each other.
After talking about so many hopes, dreams and desires for the future,
we wanted to bless each other and ask for God's guidance and grace.
It was a glorious way to celebrate a birthday...
and a friendship!