There and Back Again…

Yesterday I put a dress on (gasp!) and grabbed my passport and headed to Chilliwack B.C. to attend a tea planned in honor of our own dear Kathy of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook. Kathy’s Mother-in-law Eileen invited us all to her lovely home and treated us to a very special time. What a wonderful example to all of us girls Eileen is as she chose to bless her daughter-in-law in this special way!

We missed our Manitoba girls, Betty and Charlotte!

Every detail was well thought out and chosen. Beautiful china, silver and 100 year old crystal goblets graced the beautiful table.

After we gathered Eileen shared some thoughts about Kathy using the letters of her name to describe some of Kathy’s attributes. Kind, active, thoughtful, honest, and youthful were just some of the words to describe Kathy. We raised our beautiful glasses to toast our dear friend.

Have you ever seen or enjoyed one of these sandwich loaves? This was my first and I was in awe!

I set aside my de-fluffing regiment on this day because it truly was a day for feasting not fasting!

We found our spots at the table and Eileen offered a blessing on our food and time together. Before we filled our plates for our main course Kathy’s father-in-law, who was our gracious butler for the afternoon, served us our soup course which was a lovely cold Raspberry soup…delicious and refreshing. After we filled our plates and enjoyed our main course there was a light and fluffy Pavlova with strawberries for dessert. Did I mention feasting not fasting?

Kathy is in the center of the collage and her mother-in-law Eileen is above her. Lovella, Eileen, Anneliese, Judy, Kathy, Bev, Marg, Ellen and Julie.

We all reflected on how nice it was to be served in such a special way. It was a wonderful time of catching up with each other. A great time of witnessing Bill and Eileen working together as a couple to help and honor each other and to be a great example of hospitality in action. We were all blessed and our cups were filled to overflowing.

I wanted to share this post before I’m in full swing wedding mode! Prayers appreciated for the blessed event coming up!


About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

22 thoughts on “There and Back Again…

  1. My mom used to make a sandwich loaf like that. What a wonderful celebration! Praying for a glorious wedding celebration for Dan and his bride!

  2. Ellen, I was just working on my post, repeating the same sentiments! It was beautiful and your post expresses it well. What more can I say? I was happy you drove out for this and it was so good to see you!

  3. Just looking at your photos, blew me away again, as to how we all met 8 years ago and began to make friendships through baking and cooking and it became way more. What a special host, Eileen. We truly have been blessed by our connections.

  4. Hi Ellen, I love the title of your post — such a cute nod to Bilbo Baggins. πŸ˜‰ This tea and the table setting looks absolutely gorgeous!! Oh, I would love to have attended that. I’ve never had one of those sandwich loaves, but it looks quite fancy, as does everything in the pictures. That dessert looks yummy and so does the cold raspberry soup. I wouldn’t even think of fasting at a nice tea like this. πŸ™‚

    I can tell you really enjoyed the whole event, and this looks like a special group of friends. Prayers for the upcoming wedding, Ellen; I’ll be thinking about you! I hope you have a nice weekend.



  5. Your “gasp!” made me smile…but so did the lovely affair hosted by your dear friends loving mother-in-law and father-in-law! What a precious gift to her!

    Indeed, I will pray for you all as you move into “full swing wedding mode”!

  6. You covered it so nicely, Ellen…our most special time as guests at the home of Eileen and Bill! I’m so glad you made the trek north…and we could visit face-to-face!

  7. What a beautiful tribute to someone who is loved and appreciated ! The table is set you nicely , but th efellowship you all had seems the sweetest and best gift of all .

  8. Ellen, you were the surprise guest for me:) Thanks for making the trip to the valley to share such a wonderful time together as family and friends. I loved seeing your photos and reading your thoughts.
    I’m excited for you as you look forward to the upcoming wedding. It’s always a very busy and exciting joyous time. I sure will pray for you. BTW…you are looking awesome:)

  9. No, I have never seen a sandwich loaf…everything on that table looks delicious. Glad that you all had such a nice get-together.

  10. I’m probably the last guest at that tea to comment but I’ll add my appreciation and delight at being invited. First of all, Kathy is a good, faithful and fun friend and I fully understand why her mother in law chose to honour her. Secondly – Eileen is the most amazing hostess with the able and willing help of her husband Bill. What a delight it was to spend the afternoon with these friends at this amazing table. As always, Eileen and Bill’s home was filled with hospitality and the love of Christ.

  11. Looks like a great party and a wonderful group of beautiful ladies! As a fairly new visitor to your beautiful blog, I would love to know how you all met and about the cookbook. Guess I should take some time and scroll around your older posts.)

  12. What a beautiful post. You ladies look absolutely lovely! No, I have never heard of a sandwich loaf – but the one in the picture looks so pretty. I am curious how one would eat it… I am thinking it is like eating a piece of layered cake, with a fork?

  13. What a great gathering in such a lovely home to honour Kathy! I love this so much. The food looks perfect and the sandwich loaf is beautiful! Glad you did a bit of feasting – you look amazing BTW. Have a fabulous time at the wedding – I will be praying for you all!

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