Nov 17, 2014


Hello Ladies and welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 247!  To say it has been a long, hard few months is an under statement.  However, I can finally see the light at the end of a very long tunnel.  My son has had two great days!  I am so grateful for small steps.  It has been hard to think about anything else but him.  I thank God first, then each of you for all the prayers sent our way.  I had one dear friend say, she has his name on her refrigerator, so she would not forget to pray for him. Some of you have shared your struggles of panic disorders and more.  You do not realize how sharing your struggles has helped me.  It is good to know others, have had the victory.  You are truly an amazing blog family. If I think about your prayers too much, it will make me cry and I am in a great mood today. 

How many of you had heard someone say "Why are people decorating for Christmas so early?"  That question is always followed by "We have not even celebrated Thanksgiving yet!"  I am one of those people this year. It is true, I just pulled out my Christmas tree box.    In the next few days, it will go up.  I am sorry, but other than doctor's appointments, I have just been home bound.  So here I am, listening to Christmas music two weeks before Thanksgiving. 

So to throw you all off, and really because it was easy, I am sharing pink cups.  All my cups this week are Theo. Havilland, Limoges, France.  At first glance, they look so similar,  however, if you look closely, you will see each is a beauty all on it's own. 

If you have followed this blog for very long at all, you know I have a love of all things Limoges.  These tea cups are a small example of why.  As you take a close look of each cup, you will see each has a different flower.  I do not know the names of any of the patterns. I simple just love the beauty of Limoges. 

I hope you all have simple and easy plans for Thanksgiving, filled with love ones.  Thank you so much for your continued prayers for Terri and her son.  He had a very hard week, but is improving.  Thank you again, for remembering my son in prayer as well. If no one has told you that you are wonderful today, consider yourself told.  Sending hugs your way,  Martha

Nov 11, 2014


"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." -Benjamin Franklin
"Where liberty dwells, there is my Country."  Ben Franklin
Hello Ladies: Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 246! I would like to first thank all the Veteran's in my life starting with Kevin, Uncle D, Uncle Randy, Aaron, Dustin, Tim, Sarah and Bobby, Al Cook. That is just our immediate family. There are so many others to thank. A simple "Thank you" will never be enough. We honor and salute you today!

I am only sharing one cup today. My Fireman, has still been having a bad week. He is suffering from PTSD. As a mother, my heart is broken. I would appreciate your prayers for him. I choose to share because, I know you will pray and not judge. Have a wonderful week. I think as a Mother, you will understand, why I shared this German Cup. Nothing can change how we feel, no matter how old they get. Next week will be so much better, I can tell already. God is faithful!

Blessings, Martha

Nov 3, 2014


Hello Ladies and welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 245! Can you believe we are in November?  I am sorry I did not visit everyone last week.  I have been caring for my son.  I want to thank you for your prayers, he is improving slowly.  Yesterday was the best day he has had in a long time.  It rained on Halloween here in Los Angeles. I did not get one child at the door.  I have so much candy, not quite sure what I am going to do with it all.  Noah and Maya got sick on Halloween and Noah's dog got out of the gate and was not found until late the next day. Sophia and Noah's Dad was away on business. Their Mom only took them to a couple of houses.  Maya did not get so lucky, she had a stomach flu.  According to my grandchildren, it was "the worst Halloween ever."  Hard lessons were learned this weekend. 

Since December is almost upon us, my home will begin it's transformation.  Half my home will be decorated for Thanksgiving while Christmas will also begin to be put up in other parts of my home.  I am having two large Christmas parties in the early part of December so, here we go.  I don't want to feel stressed, so I am starting early this year. 

I have such pretty tea cups to share this week, starting with the amazing Aynsley. It is just perfect for Thanksgiving.  The pictures do not do this cup justice.  

The next cup is a Royal Albert.  Love the colors on this beauty.

The last cup is a Noritake China, again, a stunning cup!

Thank you for coming to the party.  It is always a pleasure to visit and share in your lives.  I feel like I have this large group of friends, that I may never meet face to face, but are so precious me.  A blogland family to celebrate the good, the bad and on occasion the ugly with!  I have noticed that I will not be alone starting Christmas decorating, some of you are in full swing.  I am excited to get new ideas for this Christmas season from you.  

Please continue to pray for Terri and her son.  Terri is having a very rough time right now.  Also appreciate your continued prayers for my son.  Kyle is getting better each day and for that, I thank God.   The pictures above are taken at my home, carving pumpkins.  That's my Fireman son carving pumpkins in the first photo. See you at the party!  Hugs, Martha

Oct 27, 2014


Hello Ladies and welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 244! Hope you have had a wonderful week and that you and your little ones or big ones, as the case maybe, are Halloween ready.  Mine have gone though many costumes changes and have finally decided on one or two for the big day.  Parties have begun for both the big kids and the little kids.  I love all the festivities of Halloween.  My first daughter was born during this season so she always gives us a reason to celebrate her wonderful and accomplished life!  Happy Birthday my love.

I need to make this post very short and sweet because my son has been ill, as you know.  Everything stops when someone is sick around here, especially, if you are a man.  So I am only going to share one cup and ask you for your continued prayers.  Terri's son has also been struggling this week so please remember him as well.

Have to share pictures of my babies!

Sending lots of love your way!  Martha

Oct 20, 2014


Hi Ladies and welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 243!  Hope you had a wonderful week.  My week has had it's ups and downs but for the most part it was good.  Sophia started Pre-school and we were all not sure how it was going to go, but she loved it!  Not one single tear was shed, except maybe by Mom. She was saying good-bye in the parking lot!  I must say, no one in our family has ever had a child that did that! This is a picture of her first day at Pre-school. 

I have been trying so hard to get things organized and trying to give away some of this extra stuff.  I gave my daughter a huge bag of items to decorate her home for Halloween.  I still have too much.  Then, there was that little incident of last week's sale.  Since there were items purchased for various seasons, thing got just a little complicated. Today, I am sharing some of the fun items I purchased.  (You thought I would forget, didn't you?) Well, all the pictures you will see today are part of that huge sale.

The tea cups I am sharing today are also, part of that bounty.  The first cup is Bavarian.  Love the beautiful roses on this cup.  It cost me $1, how could I not get it? 

Cup number two is a Paragon.  I love the blues and the yellows in this cup. Who can resist a Paragon for $2?

This next cup I think is German.  I am not sure why I am so attracted to this style cup.  It is chunky and so perfect and only $1!

This next item is a Pumpkin Carriage.  The tree inside was also part of this sale.  The tree is really for Valentine's Day, but I thought it looks so cute in the Carriage, so the hearts are hidden for now.  

I also picked up a few birds.  Did I ever tell you I collect birds?  It's a problem, I know.    

This is just a sample of what I picked up at that sale.  Pray for me,  I could not help it.  Everything was so cute. I will show you more next week.  The items were not  as cute as my grandchildren.

Please continue to pray for Terri and her son, as well as my son.  Thank you so much for joining the party this week.  It is always a blessing.  MARTHA


Oct 13, 2014


Hello Ladies!  Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 242! Our weather is finally cooling down a little bit.  It is hard to think about Fall when we are still 90 degrees in Los Angeles.  We are rationing water so the yards are barely staying alive.  My week was very busy, but I  did managed to squeeze in two very fun things. First, I was at a Scrapbook Convention (yes they have their own convention's) and secondly, I went to the best estate sale ever, by accident.  Love it when that happens.  The lady that lived there owned a local boutique.  All her items were very cute and on the French Country side.  I have a CRV and the back was almost full.  The most I paid for anything was $5.00, $1.00 or $2.00 was the average price.  Tell me, how could I pass that up?  Impossible, right? So, I guess, I have backslided a little from "my less is best idea."  I couldn't help it,  really.  My weeks have been so stressful for so long. I caved, it's true, I was weak.  I couldn't help it.  Thought I might have felt regret, when I got home, but I didn't. Have mercy!  I will try to show you some of the loot next week.  Still have not finished unpacking.

I am sharing two cups this week.  The first one is this cute little girl cup that was made in Germany.  I love how she is surrounded by red flowers. 

My next cup is a Rosenthal Elfenbein tea cup.  Pattern name Konfetti.  It is so cute, looks like it is right out of the 1950's. 

Also sharing some pictures of my Halloween porch.  It is not scary because of Sophia, but it does the trick.  The children love it.  Noah is still changing who he wants to be for Halloween. Now, he wants me to make him Dracula. He wants fangs with blood.  He is pretty "chicken little" so it can't be scary.  That is my next job. 

Please continue to pray for my son and well as Terri and her son.  I can't wait until she comes back to join us.  Have a wonderful week. 

Sending hugs your way!  Martha