Thursday, December 10, 2009

Retirement Luncheon

Last night, after church, we drove to Little Rock where Hubs had an early morning board meeting with Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes.


I joined him at noon for a luncheon for a beloved member of ABC Homes who is retiring.
It was a beautiful tribute to a lovely lady. We were moved to tears many times as several told of the impact of this lady on their lives. It started with her son leading in prayer. I was in tears by the time he said, "AMEN"! What a sweet prayer thanking the Lord for his Mother's influence on his life and the lives of so many children in this state who have lived at the various children's homes located around Arkansas.

I wanted to show you the many beautiful tables that were decorated for the luncheon. It was a blessing to be there and a blessing in my life to know Mary Lou Heard!






When I put my jacket on this morning that I brought to wear to the luncheon, I felt something in the pocket. Wonder where this came from and who does this belong to???

Any ideas??

22 comments:

Becky said...

Beautiful tables. Judy, you sound like me, sometimes at church I feel like such a cry baby. I'm such an easy crier and I can tear up over the least little thing. My SIL manages to bring tears to my eyes everytime he prayes. It's always so touching. When I was alot younger one of the gentlemen we went to chuch with once said, "Becky is just like a water faucet, you turn it on slow and then watch out" (referring to my tears). I'm glad God made me tender in my heart, but.....boy oh boy do I ever have an ugly cry face!!!! lol

Sorry, didn't mean for that to be so long. Luv it that you were carrying around Harpers' paci!!!

Please do me a favor tonight. Please say a prayer for one of my blog friends, Ashley. She is starting her high dose chemo tomorrow at MD Anderson. She has ovarian cancer and I have grown to luv her so much through her blog. You can also stop by for a visit and leave a message, she would luv it. You can find her at toojazzed.blogspot.com

Talk to ya later Judy. Thanks

The Browns said...

Those table center pieces are so pretty!

Kelley said...

I love the table center pieces. They are gorgeous and festive. I easily cry too. I can't help it. These days I am even more emotional.

I used to find my daughter's pacis everywhere. We couldn't leave home without them. Sometime I will have to tell you how I got her to stop using them.

Girl with the Curlz said...

What beautiful tables. How pretty and creative.

Ann's Page said...

ahh.Harpers paci...how sweet.I loved all the tables so pretty and festive.
Blessing's
Ann

Nancy said...

Those centerpieces are BEAUTIFUL!!
I know finding that paci made you smile!!

Jennifer said...

I knew it was a paci before I even saw the picture! I found 1 in mine 2 winters after my daughter started taking them only because I didn't wear the coat the winter before.

Heather said...

That is too funny about the paci!! Right now we have one "missing" and OCD me has torn the house apart looking for it! My hubby is like "It's just a paci" but I am like "It's that cute pink and purple one!!!" ha! Clearly I have issues...:) Have a great weekend!

Melissa's Thoughts said...

Such pretty tables and a wonderful idea for a retirement lunch. I love the paci. Just a little reminder that someone loves you so much.

Amy said...

Good thing Harper's not just a little bit older! She'd be crying because she wants the pink paci and can't find it! :)

Being a binky-addicted-very-opinionated two year old is how my dauther learned colors. "I DON'T WANT THE GREEN BINKIE! I WANT THE YELLOW ONE!" LOL

Rebekah said...

Harper just keeps getting cuter and cuter! I know you love your days with her!

panamamama said...

I didn't know you were in town! You should have come to see the kids in the Nutcracker! Looks like a nice luncheon.

KK said...

What a special day for all of you and the tables are absolutely beautiful.
How fun to find a paci when you least expect to!!
Blessings always,
Kaye
Matthew 21:22

Jacquie said...

Wow!! They had a beautiful luncheon in her honor.

I'm hoping that's Harper's paci and not Kelly's (or Chris', for that matter). Ha!

tonya said...

Sorry, this has nothing to do with this post. However, those tables are gorgeous!

I just wanted to tell you how WONDERFUL your Holiday Oyster Crackers are!! I got the recipe from Kelly's recipe blog & am loving those little things. Thank you for giving us a new treat for Christmas & ANY OTHER TIME!!

Blessings!

Randee said...

Hello Mrs. Martin ,
Yes Ma'am , I know exactly who the Pacifier in your coat pocket belongs to. It belongs to your Beautiful Daughter & Handsome Son - In - Law , Kelly & Scott's Daughter & Yours & Mr. Martin's Sweet Granddaughter ,(Sweet & Oh So BEAUTIFUL Like her Mommy, Nonny, GiGi And Aunt Carrie , And We can't forget Little CoCo too.)Miss. Harper Brown Stamps! Who has a Birthday soon.

Leigh Ann said...

Wow! Those decorations were amazing, especially the center pieces. Isn't it fun to find little treasures in your pocket??? =)

Rachel said...

Ms. Mary Lou is one of my favorite people! She is one person I continue to look up to, and I was so blessed to grow up at Park Hill under her husband's leadership. She has done so much with ABCH, and I know that she will be missed.

nault's nook said...

Those table scapes are gorgeous!!!!
I had to laugh when you found the paci!!!

Susy said...

We have so many connections that it's beginning to get a little strange! Mary Lou Heard is my aunt (my father's sister)! I've read about your work with the ABCH a few times, and I wondered if you knew her...and you do! Thank you for the kind things you said...I'm so lucky to have such a good family. The blogging world makes the "real" world seem so small.
Merry Christmas!

DramaCity said...

I'm guessin' that's from Harper!

Sam I Am said...

Little Miss Harper Brown!