Wednesday, November 09, 2016

A Heart Filled With Gratitude. . .




Gratitude:
a feeling of appreciation or thanks

Appreciation:
 a feeling of being grateful for something
: an ability to understand the worth, quality, or importance of something
: an ability to appreciate something

Thankful:
glad that something has happened or not happened, 
that something or someone exists, etc.
: of, relating to, or expressing thanks

Delighted:
made very happy 
: full of great pleasure or satisfaction

Amaze:
to surprise (someone) very much
: to fill (someone) with wonder

Astonish:
: to cause a feeling of great wonder or surprise in (someone)

Overwhelm:
to affect (someone) very strongly




Sweet friends,
these words have been dancing around in my mind since last Wednesday
when we had the big tea cup and mug reveal.
As I visited each blog that linked up
and read the words that were written on each reveal post
I couldn't help but tear up. . .
the love and kindness that each lady poured into her words truly overwhelmed me
and caused my heart to swell with gratitude, delight, and amazement.
As I read the posts, comments, and private emails that were pouring in to my inbox
I couldn't help but shake my head in wonder.
This exchange is very near and dear to my heart
and to have such precious ladies participating brings me great joy.
I truly love hosting this event
and with each exchange it only gets better and sweeter.

I just had to share my heart with you, dear friends,
and tell you how amazed I was at the love you showed me 
through your gracious words.

Thank you for blessing me so. . .
thank you for making my life sweeter. . .
thank you for bringing smile upon smile to my face. . .
thank you for putting a song in my heart. . .
thank you for your friendship and love. . .
thank you for being YOU.
I will never forget your kindness.

How beautiful a day can be
when kindness touches it.
- George Eliston -




Before I start tearing up again
I have a splendid and delicious recipe to share with you.
It's from a sweet blogging friend -
Marilyn from Mountain Top Spice
This recipe for Butter Tart Squares
is oh-so-good and will melt in your mouth.




I shared with Marilyn that the recipe reminded me of the butter tarts 
that my Grandma Betty from Canada made.
She wrote me back and shared that her grandmother was also from Canada!
What a small world, eh? :)




I would encourage you to visit Marilyn's blog for this delectable recipe.
It's the perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of tea.
Simply click here for the recipe.
I kept her recipe the same,
but I did use cake flour in place of all-purpose flour.
The crust was very soft and melted in my mouth.
I am not sure if the cake flour did anything special,
but I thought I would share that tid bit of information.
Also, I doubled the recipe and it was perfect.

Many thanks to Marilyn for sharing her recipe.




Thank you for visiting, lovely friends.
And again, thank you to all the participants of the 9th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.
Your presence truly makes the event extra special and beautiful.

A simple act of kindness
can make a tremendous impact
on a person's life.

Love and hugs!

47 comments:

Deborah Montgomery said...

Oh, it was such a wonderful event! You did an amazing job of bringing it all together, dear Stephanie, and you blessed so many of us. But it's always true that we really always receive more than we give, and it sounds like you were so blessed yourself. I'm so thankful that the Lord repaid your kindness with blessing you so richly with gratitude and love. Have a happy day, sweet friend! xo Deborah

Kate said...

Such a 'warm, fuzzy' post, Stephanie.
Thanks for the link to Marilyn's blog and her recipe - I always enjoy meeting a new blogger especially one who comes highly recommended. Have a swell day.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I always enjoy seeing the fun everyone has in this sweet exchange!! You are such a sweet friend.
hugs!

Debby Ray said...

You deserve every sweet comment and compliment that you received, Stephanie. You are such a dear friend to so many! Those tarts looks absolutely amazing...and yes, Marilyn is a sweetheart, I agree :)

Debbie said...

so very beautiful!! it was fun to read the definitions of words that are so important to me. and the quote, so very true!!

such a pretty tea set, making "tea" very special. you have a way of doing that with everything you do!!

mamasmercantile said...

Although I didn't partake in the exchange it was so much to look at some of the beautiful exchanges. I loved your post today looking at some of the definitions of the descriptive words used for the exchange. Take care.

Jeanna said...

Stephanie, you must know that the emotions you felt as a response to your tea exchange is exactly how you make others feel just from reading your blog. You are a blessing to all who follow you, even those of us who have not (YET) participated in the tea exchange.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Hello dearest Stephanie, you do a wonderful job of organising this lovely exchange. The gifts sent and received show much care and thoughtfulness and one can also find much inspiration in every photo and post.
I opened this post already one hour ago, but having seen those Butter Tart Squares I needed to have my dinner first before I was able to write any comment. :) They look even too much appetising.
Thank you and big hugs!

Debbie Harris said...

What a heartfelt post my dear. Your words were so beautifully descriptive of the joy that has welled up in your heart, I know, because I hear you tell of your joy and thankfulness.
This exchange certainly touches lives in so many ways and I stand amazed over every exchange as I hear the many testimonies from around the globe.
It's lovely, just lovely!

Marilyn is precious and I am positively going to make those squares!

Thank you for sharing your beauty with us today, both in words and photos.

Much Love~~

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AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

You truly deserve all the sweet words for all the hard work you put into the tea cup exchange....and everything you do, for that matter! You are truly blessed!

Ang Smith said...

I'm glad this could make you feel such great emotions; especially after all the hard work you put into this. It was great fun and I got to make new friends, too! :)

Creations By Cindy said...

Sweet Dear Friend, the Mug/Teacup exchange was truly wonderful and for me personally it was a huge blessing in my life. I am so thankful for you and how you orchestrated this time for us all. You truly have a giving heart and not just in "things" but with your time, love and prayers for others. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Consider It All Joy said...

The tea cup / mug exchange is like Christmas, pouring love into preparing a gift and waiting in anticipation for yours to arrive. No matter what it is, you are Filled with Joy at the kindness and love from somebody you have never met! Thank you again for hosting and bringing all of our lives and hearts together! Blessings, Cindy xo

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stephanie, Each and every teacup/mug exchange is so very special all because of you. You have been blessed with this calling and the result is the friendships made all over the world.
Everyone finds a kindred spirit sharing love and friendship along the way.
Your generosity and giving heart makes this even more special. You give the gift of YOU in all you do and God has blessed you with a great talent!!

This is a lovely post with gorgeous photos. The treat looks delicious too. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Hope you've had time to relax from all the work you did for the exchange. I know we all had a wonderful time.
Blessings and Love, xo

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my sweet, angel friend, you certainly make the world a kinder, gentler place to be and you teacup mission has lead to friendships all over. The definitions that you shared surely are true and gratitude is what I feel for you, for you bring joy to all those who know and love you. I wish I could share a butter tart with you and a cup of tea. Thanks to you, we all can enjoy our own little tea party, with thankfulness in our hearts. Love to you, dear Stephanie.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie, I remember when you started this tea exchange and there was only a few of us that participated. It has grown so big and such a success. Thanks for hosting this twice a year. I look forward to more of them in the future! Hugs, Julie xo

Curtains in My Tree said...


yes the tea cup exchange was a warm and fuzzy feeling for all of us me included.
It was mt first one and hopefully not my last
Your tea cups are beautiful on your tea cart

SpicingUpIdaho said...

I feel like you do, Stephanie, amazed, teary, and overwhelmingly blessed in an incredible way at how your teacup party has evolved into such a beautiful mission field of love, grace and beauty. My heart has been touched and blessed beyond measure by the efforts you have put into making this virtual tea exchange a joy for every woman who participated.

How glad I am that you found time to enjoy the delightful Butter Tarts, and that we both share Canadian grandmothers who loved to bake, and loved on their families in beautiful ways, that last in our hearts forever, eh! {smiles}

I will be trying the squares with the cake flour, I think that is an excellent idea! All your tea cups are gorgeous, and I declare, I need to go and make those squares again, they truly are a delight to enjoy with tea!

My Dear Stephanie, I appreciate your dear sweet heart that pours out in such beautiful ways, and blesses each of us who visit. I pray the Lord continues to bless all you do, and your sweet family! Many hugs to you today :)

NanaDiana said...

That was such a wonderful thing to host, Stephanie. I think in the midst of all the angst and political screamings that have been going on you have provided women that participated with just a bit of peace -- and a gentle reminder that life is good and sweet. You are a sweetheart! xo Diana

Elizabethd said...

So many thanks go to you dear Stephanie, for arranging and patiently guiding us all through another exchange.

Christine said...

You are much appreciated in Blogland! You always share encouragements and blessings to do us all good!
Best wishes and thanks to you, dear Stephanie!

Gina said...

Stephanie, I love the quote at the beginning of your post. You are such a sweetheart and a joy to know.

living from glory to glory said...

Hello Dear, It was good to hear that you were blessed in this whole process! Your love for beauty and friendship just shines!
Blessings, Roxy

Margie said...

Thank you, Stephanie, for bringing joy to hundreds of teacup/mug lovers! Even the spectators had fun viewing the tea pretties.

P.S. The plate with a notch for the fork/spoon is really cool!

Christy ♥ said...

Stephanie, lindas palabras las que compartes, soy nueva y deseo que en el próximo intercambio participe.
Saludos cariñosos ♥

Mildred said...

I know how deeply you care for your blog friends and the time and effort that goes into the tea cup exchange. So very happy you had another successful event! I always enjoy your delightful photos.

Lillie said...

A very touching and sweet post. Thank you for hosting this fabulous exchange, I am so glad to be a part of and am so looking forward to the next.

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh, dear Stephanie! You are a sweet blessing! Every time I think of you, I smile as I remember the first time I visited The Enchanting Rose... You made me feel so welcome that I simply had to stop by again! Your friendship means so much to me...and the joy you share through your blog, Etsy shop, emails, comments and teacup exchange is a true delight! So thank YOU!
Hugs always,
Kelly-Anne

KimM said...

Stephanie, your exchange was absolutely wonderful. I thank you, once again, for hosting this adventure. I look forward to the next one.
Fondly,
Kim

Tamago said...

Such a heartwarming post, Stephanie! You are amazing hosting this great event and bringing wonderful poeple together!
Your butter tart squares look very yummy :-) Have a wonderful day xoxo

Sarah said...

Thank you for sharing the link to this recipe! I hope to make some today. : )

Vee said...

Canadians are well known for their wonderful bars and squares recipes. This one reminds me of my aunt's recipe. You guessed it, she was a Canadian. This was a precious post. I saw many posts of joy as the tea cups and mugs were shared. You are a blessing, Stephanie. Off to see if I have the ingredients for this recipe...I am in the mood for baking on this chilly day.

Ginny said...

What lovely sentiments from a lovely lady! I admired all the beautiful teacup exchanges and am happy everyone was so gracious and thankful. Perhaps the next time I will join the exchange. I hesitated because I have done things like this before, and have been unhappy with the results as some people really put a lot of thought and love in their exchange and then some were very disappointing. One time(years ago when I was an active blogger)we had a Christmas stocking exchange, and I received my stocking over two weeks later, and what I received was used trinkets that I threw away in my stocking. In fact, the stocking was thrown away, because it was used. However, your exchanged looked beautiful. I checked them all out and the ladies were very generous and creative at that! Sorry to rattle on, but I just wanted to congratulate you on this successful exchange.

Anne Payne said...

Oh Stephanie! You are THE BIGGEST BLESSING of all!!! Your heart is overflowing with the love of our Savior Jesus Christ and it shows in EVERY area of your life. I am honored and privileged to call you my friend and so very grateful that you are my sister-in-Christ! I love and appreciate everything you do for all of us ladies.

Marilyn is AWESOME!!! I am really enjoying getting to know her better. Her soul is precious to me. I'm going to try this recipe. I've been looking for something new to bake. Love to you!!! {{hugs}}

Karen@Southern Gal Meets Midwest said...

So happy the Tea Cup Exchange was a huge success again! Thanks for sharing the yummy looking recipe...I am gonna try it :)

Lowcarb team member said...

"A simple act of kindness
can make a tremendous impact
on a person's life."

Wise words and so true

All the best Jan

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Your exchange is a fabulous event Stephanie! So many of us feel gratitude just to take part in it. :)

Carla from The River said...

I love the quote ... A simple act of kindness can make a tremendous impact on a person's life ... so very true.

Have a lovely weekend my baseball buddy,
Carla

Conniecrafter said...

Stephanie you are so caring and sweet to everyone it is not hard at all to express how much you mean to so many, not only have you been such a joy to me but I have met so many sweet ladies through your blog also, so glad that you can feel the love going back to you, God bless!

Jill said...

Beautiful words and gorgeous tea items!! Hope you are doing well and have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,
Jill

Debbie said...

i know this is my second comment but i was just thinking how lovely your images are!!!

Marilyn Mathis said...

As always, your post is beautiful. The soft colors and the lovely words are calming to the soul. Thanks for being such a blessing.

Kim said...

And.....life is more the sweeter to have one such as you, lovely Stephanie in our lives. You truly do make the world a beautiful place!

Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams said...

You more than deserve all the comments you have received via your blog and email. You are such a sweet and kind person and your patience with this exchange is such a success. You are an amazing soul xx

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Stephanie, you make the most delicious goodies. This looks so moist and delicious. It would go perfect with a nice cup of tea. :)

~Sheri

mari said...

Participating in your tea cup exchange was a joy for me. Unfortunately, I had to leave social media for a time, so I was not able to share the photos of the lovely package I received, on my blog. But I am glad that I was able to send them to you :0)

The joy that this exchange brings to so many of us is indescribable.Putting the package together...thinking and praying for our new to us friend, is a true way to share our love for Our Lord and for others.

Thank you Stephanie for your willingness to do so much for all of us.

God bless Dear One!

mari

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