I will be blogging on and off this week about the tapestry party I hosted and enjoyed on September 9, 2011. Some of my blogging is reflective and is about the thoughts and process of preparing and some will be reflective as to the event itself….
Tonight, although the day has been filled with thoughts of 9/11, I feel as if the day has been filled with kindness towards all affected in the days coverage. I am not sure there is much I can add except that it is my hope we pray and care as much for all those affected every day of the year, and not just on the anniversary of the events. May we allow these significant events to shape our thoughts and behaviors every day!
And so tonight, after I enjoyed opening gifts from my tapestry party, I am struck by the gift of words I received from so many. With each card was a kind thought or words of affirmation. As I read the words I envisioned the faces, friendship and experiences shared. What a gift to read the meaning of friendship shared.
I wonder what message you would write in the card of a special family member or friend? I encourage you to take time today to write out a few sentences and share it with someone dear to your heart. I can tell you that kind words are life giving….it doesn’t have to be a lengthy message or include a costly gift….offer your heart and enjoy the feeling of offering a rare and unique gift.
During my 30’s I realized that I often would be a bit teary at weddings and other celebrations that included a gathering with a large group of family and friends. As I became more curious about that, I realized that as a single woman, I wondered if I would ever have the opportunity to experience this type of joy? It was with that I began to think outside the box….I started to think, if I am still single by the time I am 40, maybe I will have a party of sorts. And as I began to think about that party, I began to create a dream…
The dream was shaped and formed over many many months…I mulled it over in my thoughts and heart for almost five years. I have often though about my life as a weaving. I would consider how in the tapestry of my life, there are many colors. There are some colors that are vibrant, but there are also strands of color that do not appear beautiful when they stand alone. But when that dirty brown thread is woven next to the purple and the red, the brown seems to have more beauty. I really love the idea of my life as a tapestry, woven by my experiences and community of people who surround me. I began to consider who are the people who have made an impact in my life? I began to consider those names. I realized I had to take time to envision the faces and remember my season of friendship with them in very specific ways. I realized that creating the guest list was not about my Facebook Friends list nor just about the people who surround me today. I thought back to each season of my life. I considered the faces from Canada, Elliott (the street I grew up on), Sylvan Christian, Holland Christian, Saint Mary’s Calvin College, Sunshine Community Church, Western Michigan University, Hospice, Adoption, Open Hearts Ministries and Visiting Angels.
And that is the crux of the birth of a tapestry party. Stay tuned to learn more about how to take it from the birth of a dram to a wonderful evening…And I love the idea that I believe this was the first ever tapestry party. I do wonder how to patent the idea? I just might start giving Tapestry Home Planning Parties!