Ok, I love the teacups
Maybe it’s the delicate, unique beauty each of the teacups possesses. The flowery ones top my list of favorites. The bold, black ones are pretty gorgeous. And, the handle-less cups designed to hold Chinese tea leaves are exquisite as well. I’ve never been to high tea and have only attended a handful of tea parties. But I have an intense infatuation with these sweet treasures. Not quite to the hoarder classification, but still!
My mom started my love of teacups. Most of my collection originated from her china hutch. And, I sorely wish I would have asked about their origin or at least the story that accompanied each one. I know a little and imagine the rest.
Grandma Edla would have picked out several favorites to start Mom’s collection. I’m positive Grandma Amy did the same for her sweet daughter-in-law. It’s also fun to envision sisters Martha, Helmi, Vienna, Laura, and Elsie sharing or trading cups with each other. There’d be lots of giggling and gossiping at that sister get-together!
The Teacups Friends
Currently, most of my teacups and teapots reside for enjoyable gazing on a cute antique piece of furniture in our Texas entryway. Others are tucked away in the buffet in our living room, waiting for their turn. Occasionally a Grammie and Grandgirls Tea Party around the dining room table will be held, complete with a lace tablecloth, raised pinkies, snickerdoodles, and hand-picked cups! Some of the cups and saucers found new homes when the girls, their mama, and their aunties all chose a few to start their collections before we left Washington state.
Time to Party
I like to think about my friends and family like I do my teacups. Some are more comfortable being tucked away on a shelf in the buffet; others want to be out for all to see and enjoy in an entryway. Each has its unique beauty created and loved by a talented Craftsman. Each has an important function, a purpose to cherish solitarily or with several friendly faces. My pals hold the ‘sweet tea’ of love, acceptance, joy, encouragement, and humor. What amazing tea parties we should have! Let’s do it, and I invite YOU!
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Romans 15:13
Finding a new purpose in living and joy in the day-to-day was the goal when author Kathy Rowland and her entire family (adult kids and grandkids) moved from the PNW to Texas several years ago. The focus of Quiet Hollow is to encourage ‘next chapter women’ – those who are retired, empty-nesters, or have found themselves without a spouse to jump back into life. And, she shares multiple tips, ideas, and possibilities toward that end. Kathy completed her almost 30 years as an elementary teacher and hopped into over a decade of volunteer work, side hustle-type businesses, and grandchild care before discovering her unique and fulfilling purpose for the next chapter of life. What you read on Quiet Hollow is a large part of that calling. Another part is the happy life she’s leading in Central Texas in the same neighborhood as the 3 big kids and her 5 grandkids. She and her college sweetheart husband made sure to add a pool to their new Texas home, so there are lots of noisy, splashy days in their little oasis of a backyard. Come join her on Quiet Hollow in a conversation about finding and living the life you were created to live in this later stage. The chats will be full of laughter, support, faith, and inspiration to create.