I am so excited to finally have some time to blog! The past few weeks have been packed FULL with other stuff, and so often I have just wanted to sit down and write a post, but everything else was shouting louder to demand my attention. Today, I have a few minutes…yay!!!
God is so good. Not only did He provide me with sweet encouragement from blog readers after my last post, but He also orchestrated the timing of a Girls Getaway Weekend (a gift from my sister and my aunt for my birthday). The purpose? To get away as girls, and relax, and read, and watch Anne of Green Gables. That’s all. It was glorious.
The timing was perfect, the weather was breathtaking, the company was delightful, the reading material was prolific, visiting gardens was serene, being in my aunt’s home was refreshing, and of course…there was Anne.
The sky as we were landing in Seattle…it was wonderful to get a real taste of fall, since our So Cal “fall” weather has been in the 90’s…
The bedside table in my room…
My Friday morning walk
Bellevue Botanical Gardens…my lovely aunt Lana and I on the left, cousin-in-law (and friend) Laura and I in the center, and sister (who thought this all up) with Laura on the right
Our almost 3-hour vacation shopping trip to Whole Foods…what fun!!
My cousin Katie joined us later that evening, and we baked cookies and made hot cocoa in preparation for Anne Evening #1
In our comfies ready to begin!
Saturday morning we had ebleskivers (YUM!!!) and took a group walk (joined by Uncle Steve and cousin Josh) to a spot in the neighborhood where you can see Mt. Rainier
The rest of the afternoon was spent preparing for High Tea…Katie prepared our beautiful place settings, (provided by my Aunt Lana and Aunt Ellen), while the rest of us worked together to make “duhlishus” tea delicacies
It was such a special thing to work hard together preparing, then be able to sit down and enjoy together what we had just prepared! My aunt prayed for each one of us girls before we began, and I was reminded yet again of the blessing of the godly women that the Lord has placed in my family. I never want to take that for granted. It is such a gift to be family AND friends with these incredible ladies!
Each of us had a different teacup (mine is in the center). We were very pleased with how our food turned out!
After cleaning up, we got comfy again to enjoy Anne Evening #2…we laughed, we cried…it was lovely!
On Sunday we were joined by my cousins Josh and Dan for breakfast, and then we set out for the Seattle Japanese Gardens. On the way, we stopped so I could snap more fall tree pics…thanks, Costco Home parking lot! 🙂
The gardens were breathtaking and so calming. I could do a whole post on that one place, but here are just a few views.
Taking off to fly home.
“I don’t want diamond sunbursts, or marble halls…I just…want…another Anne weekend next year!”
(I couldn’t resist one Anne quote with a few changes…it just seemed fitting)
Thank you to all you girls for a weekend of wonderful memories…thank you to my sweet and thoughtful sister for thinking up the whole thing, and thank you to my beautiful aunt for refreshing us all with your hospitality, generosity and love.