Teatime Prizes

I love an invitation to tea!

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Teatime with a congenial friend, happy conversation and perhaps a garden setting to make it perfection is glorious, indeed. Of course, there are those teatimes when one is company and two’s a crowd.

I’m enjoying my tea this morning in solitary stillness, with a lovely china teacup ~ and an improving book ~ via Blog Give-Away prizes I’ve recently won.  Blessed beyond measure by Martha and Brenda, I’m thinking fondly upon them as I sip with much gratitude for my inspiring new teatime companions.


Martha of Martha’s Favorites hosted a teacup give-away of this lovely rose and gold trimmed beauty.


Lately, I’ve been hungry for roses in shades of pink. Especially with so much snow and cold weather keeping us wrapped tight in sweaters and hand mitts. There is naught budding green and hopeful in my garden. So, it was a joyful surprise to unwrap Martha’s gift!


I love the scalloped gold trimmed shape of the cup – and the roundness of the body. The intermittent pink roses are complimented by a flourish of gold leaves against a white as snow porcelain background.



I’ve poured out my green tea and am snuggled in my reading chair with yet another prize I had the blessing to win – from Brenda at It’s a Beautiful Life. She was giving away two books by author, Carolyn WeberSurprised by Oxford and Holy Is the Day: Living in the Gift of the Present. Carolyn blogs at Pressing Save – a web address you will want to save, too! When I entered to win one of the books, I was fearful to make a choice myself, as to which I’d prefer. Didn’t have to – the choice was made for me when my name was drawn to win the gift of Holy Is the Day.

But, Brenda lives in Canada – I’m in the States. There was a delay in mailing out the book to me because of the holidays, so I didn’t receive it until earlier this month – within a week of the teacup arriving.  Both, Divinely appointed to arrive in the proper season.


I’m always ready for tea – and new teacups. But, upon the book’s arrival, I was in a place of contemplation on a writing project of my own, which made me ready for the choice morsels in Carolyn’s words! I knew this immediately upon reading the book blurb on the back cover:

“In these pages Carolyn reflects on the eternal beauty that lurks within the present. Drawing from literature, history and everyday life, Holy Is the Day is a collection of spiritual reflections that trace the way God’s ever-renewing grace is a gift of the present. Carolyn gives us new eyes to receive this gift and then to give it away to others.”

As a writer, dramatist and visual artist, I have always found deeper meaning and a connection to “His Story” through literature, history and the beauty of God’s art in creation. There is drama and God’s truth in even the most mundane moments of the day – if we have the eyes to see. And, in so doing, joy and rejoicing can be part of our lives 24/7 – in every moment. Carolyn’s memoir style stories take one into some of her most intimate zones, where she deftly illustrates the commonplaces we share in our human hearts and frailties – and the glories she finds in God who meets her there.

Carolyn’s book has become an important preparatory factor in the new book I’m working on, The Cameo Christian: Becoming a Work of Art Set Apart to Shine.


After reading Carolyn, or Ann Voskamp or Emily Freeman, I am tempted to put my pen down. What more can I say that they have not already said – and so much the better. But, that is not why they have written – just so I will NOT write. They write – I write – to spur each of us to write, and tell our own unique stories in “His Story”.

And, that is ever and always a treasure best shared between kindred companions – with a cup of tea. Blessed, happy . . . be thee!

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Sharing Teatime Prizes this week with:

Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage Tea Time Tuesday

Kathy at Delightsome Life’s Return to Loveliness

Terri at Artful Affirmations Tea Cup Tuesday

Martha at Martha’s Favorites

Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideens Teatime Blog

Ruth at Antiques and Teacups

P.S. Nana Kathy had a lovely visit with son, daughter-in-love and grand-girl, Mackenzie last week. However, due to the fact that she had the camera most of the time, this is the only photo with the two of them together. Have plenty with all the other relatives, though. Boo. Will share a recap later this week.

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Congratulations for your wins. They are perfect, and clearly were meant for you.

  2. Ah… Miss Kathy…. I love hearing how He orchestrates things concerning us so that things fall in place in the right time and season.
    How lovely to hear that the book arrived ‘just in time’. And what better way to enjoy it than with tea in that lovely tea cup and saucer!

    I am excited to hear about your own writing project…. and look forward to more about it as the weeks unfolds. Many blessings as you bring mine those ‘nuggets of gold’ for the hearts of others.

    Wonderful to get your comments on my site… and so happy to leave my own footprint here.

    Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places…

  3. Hello my friend,
    What a wonderful book you have won! It sounds marvelous and I’m so happy you have won it. Martha’s teacup is a beauty and I love the sweet little roses.
    I’m sure your book will be a wonderful success. God has gifted us with so many wonderful gifts and one of yours, among many, is writing, I know. You express yourself so beautifully and thoughtfully.
    I’m sorry to tell you that my dessert is not so good for you but it is a treat, believe me, especially on these cold days we’re having. I’m sure if you researched a little you could come up with one that is gluten-free. Thank you for joining me for tea. It’s always a delight to have you stop by.


  4. Each of us has a voice…a tune…a tone…in the Eternal symphony. Each a line, a verse, a strain to bring forth the manifold Grace…keep writing and being who you are! A perfect creation of…You seen through Him. Psalms 31:14-15a
    But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;
    14 I say, “You are my God.”
    15 My times are in Your hand;

  5. So happy for you to have won those beautiful gifts. So great that they arrived at nearly the same time. They needed to be enjoyed together.

  6. Hi Kathy: I am so glad you loved the tea cup. Your granddaughter is beautiful. What a wonderful time you must have had. If you want to put the link in again, go back and cancel, you will see a red X and you just start again. Hope that helps. You are a dear lady. Blessings, Martha

  7. What a beautiful post here and I think I have the very same Victrola.

  8. Lavender Cottage says:

    Congratulations on winning two giveaways, both of them lovely and able to be enjoyed at the same time.
    Your granddaughter looks infatuated with the record and player, old fashioned technology!

  9. Always enjoy your creative and beautiful posts, Kathy. They always entertain me and warm my heart. I loved this: “Be thee.” I suppose that’s what I need to concentrate on – just being me, and accepting all the foibles that entails!

    Glad Nana had fun with Mackenzie!!


    (Would you be surprised to know that I also own an antique Victrola???)

  10. Oh my gosh, who is a lucky girl! Isn’t it lovely to win a little something here and there? I love it. That tea cup is so sweet and really does feel like summer. I love that photo of you and your grandbaby too. Just lovely. Hope your week is shaping up to be wonderful.

  11. Hello Kathy,
    Tea and a good book!, that is the ticket! You are such a lucky girl with your winnings. Maratha’s cup is so lovely, and if it was pink roses you needed, it looks like this cup is just right. Congratulations! Your newest writing project looks great. The artwork is fab!

  12. I love your new tea cup, and enjoyed this sweet post. Your new books sounds divine. I agree with you about writing. We write because we must, and it is our calling.


  13. I am so honoured that you would post this, Kathy, and that you would pair my book with such a beautiful tea cup! Your site is delicious, just gorgeous. What a treat to come here and be restored and renewed. Many blessings, friend!
    Caro xo

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