Our annual Ladies' Day was on October 30. The theme was "Aprons: Tied with Love," and Laurel Sewell was our speaker. She did a wonderful job teaching all of us that someone is always looking up to you - no matter your age. We were all encouraged to live out the words of Titus 2:4, 5,
Let the older women encourage the younger women . . .
to love their husbands, to love their children,
to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind,
being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God
will not be dishonored.
Mrs. Laurel is so wonderful. She created an acrostic poem to help us remember these things we are suppose to be working towards.
A is for attitudes of kindness (Col. 3:12)
P is for pure (James 3:17)
R is for respecting and submitting to our husbands (Eph. 5:22, 23)
O is for organized (Proverbs 31:27)
N is for nurturing, loving our husbands and children (Eph. 6:4b)
S is for sensible, sober-minded (1 Thess. 5:8)
The ladies of our congregation went above and beyond donating over 50 aprons to be used as door prizes for the day. These were tied on the backs of chairs at each table. The tables, besides the lesson, were the hit of the day. My lovely friend, Kristen, was wise and chose a different lady to "host" a table. Along with hostessing this table, they were also in charge of decorating that table. Each table had a story behind it. I was able to help by decorating 3 tables. My mom helped to hostess one of the tables while Laura Beth and I hosted the other two tables (which were right beside each other). We had a great time deciding on our themes!
Our first table was a Coca-Cola table. I am NOT a soft drink drinker by any means, but my Grandmama Whittle LOVED an 8 oz bottle of Coke each day. My kitchen is decorated with all kinds of Coca-Cola memorabilia. We chose to lay a Coca-Cola apron down in the middle of the table. The center was an pitcher that looked like an old Coke cup. We placed white Zinnas in the middle to add a bit of color. We placed 4 framed postcards of old Coca-Cola posters around the sides as well as an old 8 oz Coke bottle, a Coke bottle from 5th Ave. in New York City. An antique soda fountain table and chairs with the Coke emblem on them also graced the table alongside a real Coca-Cola napkin dispenser, utensil caddy, and ice cream scoop.
Our next table that we hosted was our Little House on the Prairie table. My great grandmother's quilt that she made for my mother was laid in the center of this table. I used Ma, Mary, Laura, Carrie and Grace dolls (given to me by my Grandmama Whittle) to grace the middle of the table. A Little House Cookbook was also part of the table decor. A tin pail with yellow and orange wildflowers and another tin pail with handmade wooden kitchen tools from Papa Whittle stood alongside the dolls. When I was Laura Beth's age, someone had given me my own lunch pail like Laura's. I used this filled with soft peppermints as the final touch for this table.
Our last table was completely dedicated to my late Grandmama Whittle. Mrs. Laurel even mentioned Grandmama in part of her lesson. The centerpiece of this table was her Fostoria crystal cake plate with the recipe book I made with her recipes on top. Behind it, was one of her crystal pitchers filled with pink roses - her favorite.
I was so glad to be able to spend the day hostessing with my favorite little girl, Laura Beth. She spent the first part of the morning being a hostess with Gran at Grandmama's table. She joined me later and was a wonderful hostess!! I was so proud of her!
The Whittle Ladies at Grandmama's table -
Me, Laura Beth, RoRo (Rosemary) and Mom (Dwina)
It was a wonderful lesson, a wonderful day and a wonderful time spent with wonderful Christian ladies!