Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Bunny Trail

Quote by Kahlil Gabran, shared at this special event:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Saturday was the hottest day in Portland in 3 years,
but also the day we celebrated with joy the upcoming
birth of our grandson.
It was a garden party in our backyard.
The bunny marked the path.
The tables and chairs were ready.
Flowers were arranged.
Food was made.
Oops! I forgot to photograph the
little tea sandwiches, the watermelon salad,
or the veggies and hummus.
The desserts you see above are carrot cupcakes
and gluten free lemonade bites.
There was plenty to drink.
For a time there was even the sprinkler turned on
and just a delight to see the children playing in our yard.
Most of all special friends were here to celebrate
and bless this new family.
How special to have old high school friends, college friends too,
plus just dear family friends all here.
For those of you that were here, thank you so much.
It was pure JOY!


Britt-Arnhild said...

You must be so excited about the upcoming blessing Marilyn :-)

FayeMc said...

A baby on the way! How exciting! And such a party on such a hot day!

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Sorry about the weather Marilyn, but what a lovely celebration you created!

La Tea Dah said...

It looks like it was a joyful delight of the heart! So special --- and I know every little detail was just perfect!!! Thanks for sharing pictures with us, Marilyn!

Linda at Friendship Tea said...

Your yard is the perfect place for this fabulous celebration! Sorry for the 103 temperatures.

Annie said...

What a glorious time to treasure. There is nothing quite like the birth of a first grandchild.

Laurie said...

What a beautiful setting you provided, Marilyn. Congratulations on the upcoming birth! Love Kahlil Gabran, I read and cherished his book. Beautiful passage.

relevanttealeaf said...

What a BEAUTIFUL celebration, Marilyn, in spite of the weather!

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Adrienne said...

What fun! I'm glad you had a wonderful time 'hopping' down the bunny trail!

beth said...

okay...i have totally goofed on all my notes to you, as i was thinking that baby WAS here. oh well....he will be soon :)

Rosemary said...

Looks like it was a joyous event! Lovely setting, beautiful gathering, yummy menu! Such fun! Such joy! Such anticipation!

Mark said...

That looked like a delicious party.

Cathy said...

Your party is beautiful, Marilyn, and what a happy occasion to celebrate. It looks like your trees provided some nice shade. It sure was hot at the market.

8)(8 said...

The gluten-free lemon bites look like little sailboats.

Tracy said...

Soooo WONDERFUL... can feel the love and fun and anticipation... What a lovely occasion. A boy on the way... oh, how happy! :o) ((HUGS))

Angela McRae said...

What a fun way to celebrate the impending arrival! I love these photos and your carrot-topped cupcakes are great! (I like them even better than the carrot treats I made, as the cupcakes no doubt taste better and won't get soggy like the sugar wafers. Thanks for the idea!)

Jeanie said...

Oh, Marilyn, I can feel the happiness -- it's so beautiful -- setting, food! I love the theme. What joy -- I can hear it in your words!