Mar 4, 2013


Hello Ladies: Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 156! Well, "Lucy, I think you have some explaining to do!" I know you have noticed that I have been off and on since Christmas with my blog. I do want to apologize to you for that. The truth is my husband has been gravely ill since Christmas Eve. There are days when I am not sure he is going to make it or not. Before I say anything else, I do believe that God is in control of his life and that He is not done with him yet. Last week, however, it was just more than I could take emotionally and I had a slight melt down. He has stopped eating and it just seemed hopeless. I barely had the strength to email Terri. She has been such a real friend to me and has encouraged me through this whole thing. I never meant for this blog to be a place to share sad things. I have always wanted this to be a place where I can share my lovely family, beauty, crafts and of course tea cups. Sometimes life just happens and it is more than we can handle without God. Many of you have asked how I am doing and I know are praying for me. I thought honesty was the best thing right now, even though it is so sad. I have been feeling better since this weekend, trying to take things one day at a time as God commands.

This weekend was Noah's birthday! He had a wonderful time. There were so many people and children at this party, I am not sure how my daughter managed it, but she did. It was a "Star Wars" birthday. She made Princess Layia head pieces for all the girls and light sabers for the boys. Noah is lucky enough to not only have a Grandma, but a Great-Grandma at his party. My children were lucky enough to be raised along side their Grandparents and it is wonderful to see that Noah too has that privilege. I can't imagine what my life would be like not seeing my Grandchildren, everyday they say or do something wonderful. I feel so blessed to be a part of their lives. At this party place, there was a large throne chair, as you can see, Noah just loved it. I hope you can see the birthday cake it was so cute.

Ok, enough of family, on to the tea cups. You ladies have been sharing your Easter Tea Cups already and I have been behind, (that else is new). This first cup is one of my all time favorites. It is a can shaped, unsigned beauty. Look at the handle on this cup, it is the Christian Fish. The cup is very fine and is hand gilded. It is just beautiful.

The next cup is a Royal Albert. Love the shape and the look of this cup. You can always tell the quality of a Royal Albert.

My last cup for the week is has a similar design as the Royal Albert without the quality. It is very pretty just the same. It too is unsigned, however, if I had to guess I would say it is Made in Japan. Thank you for your faithfulness to this party, even when I have not been so faithful. Don't forget to visit Terri, she always has some amazing tea cups to share. You know what to do with Mr. Linky. I have also listed some tea parties I will be joining this week. Blessings, Martha


Wanda Lee said...

Oh dear heart!

Yes indeed, Martha our times are in His hands to be sure. I stopped right here and now to pray for you for your precious dear husband. I pray that God's divine peace and comfort that surpasses all understanding will be with you both and all of your family (and friends). What a trying,deeply painful time!...

Yet good for you, you must release your stressful, sad, hurt feelings and emotions as needs be though Martha, so "a melt down" occasionally or (even often), although painful, it is most understandable and even most therapeutic at times dear lady!

I am glad to hear that you grandchildren, children and family are such a comfort to you during these trying times.

On to lighter things such as your little Noah's birthday! Glad He had a wonderful time with so many people and children at this party,

Good for your daughter, A "Star Wars" birthday you say, replete with Princess Layia head pieces for all the girls that she made and also light sabers for the boys. Yes, Noah is lucky enough to not only have a Grandma, but a Great-Grandma at his party.

Such pretty teacups this week Martha. Oh my! Just lovely. Thanks for co-hosting dear Martha. Good to have you back, yet only day at a time, as you are able... Take care. (Your kindness and your prayers is not forgotten and always has been warmly appreciated, likely much more than you may well know dear lady)!

Hugs and blessings from Wanda Lee

P.S. ~ (I have been ill, and sort of "semi present, yet not fully accounted for" in blogland myself you might well say. I have been ill again with anemia).

Terri said...

Hello Dear Martha,
Hugs of love to you!

Happy Birthday to Noah! He is getting so big!

Your tea cups are amazing. I love them all!
I am so sorry for your pain sweetie.
Wish I were there to give you real hugs.

BTW, Linky tools not working, I am trying to fix

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

I am so sorry about your husband's poor health - I hope and pray it is something that gets better soon.

Your china is lovely as always.

It is so neat about your grandchildren knowing gparents and gg parents = I never even know any of my grandparents!

It is such a blessing, indeed.


doodles n daydreams said...

Martha, I am so sorry to hear about your husband and will certainly pray for him.
Great pics of Noahs party, grandchildren are a treasure aren't they? And isn't he the lucky one to have both his grandmother and great grandmother to help celebrate.


xinex said...

Beautiful teacups! Belated Happy birthday to Noah! My, isn't he growing so fast?...Christine

Betty Stapleton said...

Hi Martha, sorry to read about your husband, will definitely pray for you and your family as soon as I finish this comment. Beautiful tea cups and Noah is a little cutie. God bless...

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Martha,
I gathered from some words, that there are big problems that keep you away from blogging. Real life is always more important than blogging. So don't feel bad when you are not in the mood to blog. I will pray for your husband, too. But in the end we all have to follow God's commands. I enjoyed your pretty tea cups with Violets. What a luck you have your adorable kids and grandkids to enjoy your soul. Noah is such a sweet boy. Happy Birthday to him.
best greetings, Johanna

Edith DUTERTRE said...

des tasses de saison
avec ces timides violettes
un très beau billet
bonne journée Martha
edith (iris )

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Lovely teacups: you never disappoint! I have been suffering from anemia lately as well and some days I'm very tired, so I understand you veyr well. I hope you'll feel full of energy soon and you won't suffer from to many anemia side-effects... I'm really tired of them!

Beth in NEPA said...

Martha, I am sending lots of hugs, prayers and good thoughts. HE is with you and will guide you through this. And all your tea friends are here for you too!
I am a BIG fan of violets so really enjoyed seeing your teacup. It is lovely! Thanks for posting.

Maria Andrade said...

Dear Martha,
Life is always a mix of joy and tears and you're welcome to share both here with us.
Your tea cups are beautiful, as always, and so is little Noah!
Happy Birthday to him!
I sincerely wish you can cope with this sad moment and I send all my best wishes to you and your husband.

Veronica Roth said...

Dearest Martha,
I’ve only known you for three tea cup Tuesdays but feel I’m getting to know you and some of the ladies who link. I’m so sorry for your difficulties and so sorry that these things must happen in our lives. I’m not religious but that doesn’t stop me from sending you a silent prayer of strength and support. It’s wonderful that you can take comfort in your family; it’s what gets me through difficult times. Much love from me to you.

Sarah Coller said...

Hello Sweet Martha,

I'm so sorry to hear your husband is not well. I truly pray God will give you both peace and that you'll feel His comfort. Thank you for sharing with us so we can pray for you!

Your tea settings are so pretty. I love the little purple flowers. Noah's cake is awesome...I know my boys would love a cake like that!

Thanks for the party. I'd love for you to link up to my Homemaking Linkup, if you'd like.

Mrs. Sarah Coller

Snap said...

Dear Martha, Wishing you and your husband well. I know something of what you are going through. It is a difficult time for both of you. Hug each other. The bunnies are coming!!! Spring must be on the way. Your teacups are lovely as always. Happy Birthday to Noah. Such a lovely family.

Gentle hugs to you and yours ....

luisa said...

Hola Martha,DIOS bendiga tu hogar.Siempre te sigo.bendiciones para tu familia en este momento.
Tus imágenes son bellas,gracias por compartir.-

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh, Martha, I am so sorry to learn of your husband's ill health. I will be praying for you all.

I enjoyed the pictures of Noah's party and your beautiful teacups. Thank you so much for your visit.

Kathy M.

Jocelyn said...

I am so sorry to hear of your husbands poor health. Yes that can be such a difficult fire to walk through. Praying that God will give you and your family renewed strength and peace.

Jocelyn @

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Dear Martha...this is my first time by... but, we're family in in a moment, I will take your need before the throne of our Abba Father. May HE bring you strength, comfort, and healing to your dear husband. [hugs] Diane

Mary Massot said...

I am living next Versailles in France. I love tea cup and yours are very beautiful. But my english is so bad. I will like to have a french translation of your blog. Is it possible ? Thank you.

Clara said...

Dear Martha,
I'm so sorry to hear about your husbands illness. I hope he will be better soon. Your teacups are lovely as always.
God bless you,

Christina Paul said...

Just stumbled upon your lovely site - so sorry to hear of your husbands ill health- thoughts and prayers are with you both-
I'm sure it must be comforting to have such such a delightful family around you- I bet that birthday party was the envy of his friends- you can see the creativity and love that went into it!
all the best
new follower :)

Antiques And Teacups said...

Oh Martha I am so sorry to hear he has been ill. It is so difficult! You want to do something and can't. I know with a husband with parkinsons. I know the only strength I have is in my relationship to Jesus and I will be praying for you and your family. Lovely teacups, but that's a side issue at the moment. God bless you my friend.

Kathy said...

Hello Dear Martha, sharing is just one of the blessings we've attained through blogging. I never realized I'd come across so many dear Sisters in Christ - I am sorry to hear about your husband. I can't imagine how difficult it has been for you - I have dealt with my parents illness and with my brother's murder - those were tough, but I think the husband-wife relationship is the one that could be the toughest - so very glad you're family is nearby - I never grew up near my grandparents and make sure my children take advantage of that blessing too. Will keep you and your husband in our prayers - remember each day the sun rises with God's love and blessings and sets with His promises - He'll always be there.
God Bless,

Micupoftea said...

I am so sorry to learn that your husband is not well. I am praying for you and your family.

Felicity W said...

Dear Martha,
You are such a strong lady to handle the emotions and the roller-coaster like situation of your husband's illness.

I do hope that everything turns out fine for you and your family.

May angels help you through all of these.


The Tablescaper said...

Hang in there Martha. Sending prayers and good thoughts your way.

- The Tablescaper

relevanttealeaf said...

Your blog is just lovely, Martha! Sorry to read about your husband's illness. Glad you had a birthday party to attend for your grandson to help offset your difficulties. Keep looking up! Fondly, Phyllis

Lady Linda said...

Oh dear dear Martha, I don't know how you manage to present such a lovely blog post when you're dealing with so much. My prayers are with you and with your husband and all your family. Seems you are in one of those seasons of life. Hugs to you.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, Martha, I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. The Lord bless you and give you strength.
I'm glad Noah had a wonderful birthday. He is so cute!
Your teacups are delightful as usual. Thank you for sharing your teacups and your heart. Take care and I will pray for both you and your husband. Stay strong in Him!

Blessings and hugs,

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Martha, just popping in to say I'm still thinking about you and sending you a silent prayer for strength and love. :)

Jeannie and Linda said...

Oh Martha, I love a tea party! Your cups are so beautiful.

My husband and I will be praying for you and your husband. Your internet friends are happy to share your sad as well as glad times. I never knew when we started blogging we would make such good friends or find such a large Christian community.

Thank you for joining us. We are joining you right back! God bless Noah and all of your grandchildren. You are blessed.

Linda at the French Hens Nest

Stacy said...

I linked up to your tea party this week but then I forgot to follow your blog! I am sorry, sometimes I am interrupted, well I am interrupted all the time and I overlook those things! Thank you for visiting and following my blog! Your tea party is adorable!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Martha,

Your Royal Albert teacup is just delightful! You always have such pretty china. Happy tea day!

KathyB. said...

Martha, thank-you for sharing a little bit about the every day sadness and trials with your husband's health. I am glad you were able to share , also allowing us to pray for you and him.

It is so good and encouraging to read of grandparents enjoying grandchildren, and also applauding the parents of their grandchildren ( our kids) as they make life joyful for them.

You are so blessed, and I am thankful for you hosting this tea-time for us to celebrate all things tea, but also, celebrating each other.

Annesphamily said...

Our lives are held in His hands! I am praying for your family. Illness is so difficult. The everyday not knowing what is going to happen next. I dislike seeing anyone suffering and experiencing pain. Please take care and know we care for you and are praying for you.

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