Friday, December 9, 2011

Southern Plantations and Cookies

I'm linking up with Rachel today..............

friday favorite things | finding joy

Well, I cannot believe that two weeks from today will be Christmas Eve Eve. Wow! it seems it was just a month ago that we were celebrating Christmas 2010 style.
This has been the third week that I have felt like I am getting "back on track" since my Dad's illness began on June 9th.  That was six months ago today.  Daddy is still a very sick man, but I had to come to a place where I could go on with my life in spite of that.  And, Daddy is settling in to his condition and is trying to make the best of a very tough situation.  He is definitely stronger than he was and his pain is under much better control and he has many good days.  I am so thankful for the peace that the Lord has given me and continues to give me.

Hubby and I took a little overnight trip this week to the great southern town of Natchez, Ms.  Hubby had a business meeting there and I tagged along and enjoyed browsing the cute downtown shops while he was in his meeting.  It would have been a whole lot more fun if it had not been rainy and cold. ~smile~ 

The highlight of the trip was dinner at The Dunleith Plantation.  Oh, my, there is just nothing like these southern plantation homes.

The home was lavishly decorated for the holiday season and let me tell you, you will never see anything except fresh greenery used in these homes.  And, something else that you will never see, is lights on the Christmas trees.  You can see in the photo above that the tree was just beautiful, even without lights.  All decor in these homes is kept within the period that they were built and they did not have electricity and they sure didn't have silk greenery. ~smile~  It was a lovely evening to take a step back in time.

Yesterday I attended a Tasting Tea given by the ladies of our church.  There were cookies, cookies and more cookies.  We could have invited the city and still had plenty to spare.  It's just hard to make a few cookies.  

It was good to see and  visit with some ladies that are very dear to my heart.  I've missed that in recent months.  The picture above is me with a dear friend that has been such an encourager and support to me these past months.  And, she certainly knows what that can mean to someone going through a tough time.  She went through the loss of her husband to cancer about a year and a half ago and has been a real testimony  to God's faithfulness during tough times.  

It has been a good week and promises to be a fun weekend as we gather with friends from our Sunday School class on Saturday evening for a little holiday fun. It's feels so good to be finding a "new normal." Hoping your weekend is filled with some holiday fun too.

Lea @ CiCis Corner
Lea @ CiCis Corner

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!


  1. I'm so glad to hear that things are returning to normal for you, even if it is a "new" normal.

    DH and I visited Natchez on our way to the Gulf Coast about 15 years ago. We didn't have long there (just spent the evening and drove past as many antebellum homes as we could) and would like to go back when we could spend a couple of days so we could tour some of the homes.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. so happy you got to be with some sweet gals!

    i am really glad that you have a peace in this new part of normal with your dad's illness. it's also good to hear that your dad is making the best of it. praying the Lord gives Him continual strength to do just that!

    have a beautiful weekend, sweet Lea!

  3. I'm glad you are figuring out your new normal and finding peace.

    I love the old plantation homes...we've done some of the tours in Virginia. Looks beautiful!

  4. Sounds like your trip to Natchez was just what you's a beautiful place.....I love the old plantations...they were so beautiful....

    I too am glad that you are beginning to settle back into a normal life....I know all those months with your Dad so sick was very hard.....I am glad he has found things to help with lessening the pain......

    Beautiful picture of you and your friend......

  5. Thanking the Lord for his kindnesses to you in the past six months. Many prayers have been answered. Glad you got some get-away time and cookie time. Both good stuff!

  6. So thankful to be back to CiCi's Corner. But I have to tell you your first sentence about Christmas Eve Eve being two weeks away about freaked me out. Yipes, I have got to get busy. But yet I want to relax and have peace while being in the moment. I wonder if the two are possible? Blessings.

  7. Nothing like fresh pine... romantic, nostalgic, beautiful! Glad you had a chance to get away, and it sounds like you needed a respite. Prayers that your dad may find peace and healing.

    Glad to have stopped by!

  8. Wow; that plantation looks beautiful! I would love to visit a place like that, especially when it's decorated for Christmas. You look so pretty in the photo. I love to go to teas; how fun.

    Blessings and love,

  9. Happy to hear that your Father is doing well under the circumstances.
    I have another blog friend who goes over to that plantation, it sounds/looks wonderful. Sounds like you have been busy. Enjoy your Christmas.

  10. I am sorry about your dad still, but happy for you that you can go on with your life. As I have said before, I have only witnessed others live thru this from working as a nurse for many years, and it is not an easy thing to deal with, I know.
    On a lighter note, oh how beautiful this home is! I didn't know that about the Christmas lights? Hubby has a brother that lives in Nashville.
    And may I just say, CiCi, you are a very beautiful lady! You just have a glow about you in your pictures. I have got to run now, and show hubby your comment about his cabbage, it will just make his night :)


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