Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Althea's Belated Birthday Adventure

A number of months ago, my amazingly talented and beautiful friend Althea turned the big 3 - 0! She had a 1950's inspired party complete with teapots and flowers, aprons and a-line skirts, suspenders and hats. It was a gorgeous affair... well so I was told. That weekend just so happened to be one of the weekends that I was benched due to one of many bouts of Gastro (I'm sure you are beginning to see, this Gastro has been the bane of my existence this year). It was very unfortunate that Daniel also was sick that same day. We were both devastated that we were not able to be there to celebrate our wonderful friend. So we promised there and then that we would make up for our absence. Thus was born Althea's Birthday Adventure.

We kept all our birthday adventure plans a secret from Althea and just told her where and when to be ready and what to wear - a 1950's inspired outfit like she would have worn to her party. Daniel and I had a number of things planned which we knew Althea (and us) would enjoy.

We picked up Althea at 1pm and drove her to our first stop, the Margaret River Chocolate Factory. If you know Althea, then you know her love for all things chocolate. We went for a wander, taste tested the classic Margaret River Chocolate, people watched and made friends with the staff. We even discovered a few new creations including chocolate sorbet (I will be going back just for that I can assure you)!

Um, sorry, but where is Tasmania?

 Our next stop was the Cottage Tea Rooms, just down the road from the Chocolate Factory, for High Tea. If you like quaint and High Tea, then I highly recommend this place. We had Mum's 50th Birthday here last year and it was brilliant. It's a gorgeous 1950's house set out as a gallery and tea rooms. Every room is filled with treasures and knick knacks and plenty of hand made knits and aprons. It's a delight just to explore the house and see what treasures you can find.

We decided it was only fitting, since we were dressed for tea, to have some photos in the garden.

We continued our little photoshoot behind the Chocolate Factory between the grapevines. We found a tiny building at the back too which we had some fun with.


Pockets! Dresses with pockets... Brilliant!

Sadly it came time for Daniel to leave us for another commitment. We made sure he knew how sad we were. Doesn't he look handsome in that suit though?

 Althea and I continued on and we headed out to The Classroom, a themed cocktail bar decked out in everything school related from the 80's and 90's.

 The menus, files covered in contact of course!

Delicious dinner, cocktails, and excellent conversation and company. It was the perfect way to end the day. Even complete with an alien sighting!

Happy Belated Birthday Althea! I hope you enjoyed your special day. 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

A Dedication to God

On the 5th May, 2013, Jonathan and I along with our families dedicated our precious baby boy Oliver John William Taylor to our Lord. We had a joint dedication with Chris and Aimee as they dedicated they're beautiful boy Taj Elliot Ingram. It was an incredibly special day, which had been highly anticipated by us as we had to cancel Oliver's dedication a few months ago when we were all sick with a horrible bout of Gastro. So after a few months delay, rain, hail or shine, we made it to this special day. Sharing this day with the Ingram family made it all the more special. We consider each other family and we whole heartily believe in the notion of a village raising a child. And I feel we really have been blessed with relationships that allow such a village to exist.

Not only did we dedicate Oliver to God, but we dedicated ourselves to raise and nourish Oliver in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. As Oliver's parents, we believe God has entrusted Oliver to our care and so we promise to protect him and raise him as such.

As quoted in our service program,

"The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it. "Don't push these children away. Don't ever get between them and me. These children are at the very centre of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God's kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you'll never get in." Then gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them". Mark 10:13-16

Thank you to all our family and our friends who were there to support us and encourage us on this special day. You are part of our village and we are so pleased knowing Oliver has so many people watching out for him who love him.

Oliver and Taj have a chat and a play after lunch.