Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Breakfast Treat - Part 1

Not long ago, we had the distinct privilege of hosting breakfast in our home for some students from The Academy of Arts along with some special family friends. The students were on their way back to South Carolina from Indiana. Since we've unofficially "adopted" many of them, they try and visit or stay with us when they're passing through the area. As is often the case when they are travelling, family members and/or friends of the students will come to wherever they are in order to see them, even briefly. We were thrilled to have them all! (You may recognize a number of them from "Our Town.")

Rachel & Anna - always thrilled to see one another!

One of the best things about having these students in your home is hearing them tell stories. They are always a highlight. = )

Another thing we love is their tradition of singing "Come and Dine" before partaking of a meal. It's an old hymn and they sing it with such beautiful harmonies. It never fails to bring tears to my eyes! (I wish I had thought to record it on video!)

A few more of my precious "adopted" daughters -
Erin, Lindsey & Natalie

A couple of days beforehand, I was contacted by Tracy Robertson. She and her family were coming to breakfast so they could see their daughter, Rachel. She asked what she might bring. All I could think to suggest was "a little something sweet." If you know anything about the Robertsons, they're all so very talented, yet also very humble. When Tracy arrived, her "little something sweet" was a large platter of homemade orange-glazed poppy seed bread! Her daughter Brittany followed with a large platter of homemade cinnamon rolls! Wow! Both were positively wonderful. = )

Tracy, Anna, Brittany & Rachel Robertson,
along with friend Lindsey

Ken Hines and Dale Robertson (who happened to be
the jeweler who created Breezy's engagement ring!)

We had such a great time together that morning, even though it seemed to pass too quickly. The sweetness of their love & laughter stays in our hearts long after they leave. As you can imagine, we're already looking forward to "next time." What a blessing and a treat.

Tomorrow, I'll post the recipes for everything we served (including Tracy's wonderful orange-glazed poppy seed bread and delicious cinnamon rolls!)


LisaShaw said...

What a beautiful time of sharing with obviously sweeet people. Wish I could have heard them sing that hymn :)

Thanks for sharing with us sweetie.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Tracy, I have not thought of that song for a long time. What a beautiful song. I can understand why it would bring tears to your eyes to hear them sing it. Hospitality is so crucial to living the Christian life. Opening up your hearts and home to these dear people will leave lasting memories. Your home decor is very tastefully done, as I would have expected. Nice post.

Peggy said...

Blessings Tracy, Who ever said that you'd be going through "empty nest early"?...you just extended your family to even bigger...how very beautiful! I did not know the hymn
"Come & Dine" and I'm sure these talented young ones had their own special flare but here's one I found:


there are more on this YouTube page but quartets always get to me.

Your home & your heart is such a beautiful open place of hospitality. Our Lord shines along with those yummy cinnamon buns. Can't wait for the recipes but don't think I can make them in my microwave...someday I'll learn to convert to do there. You are a blessing & a treat! I'm so glad that they stop in to brighten your days!

Kim... and Her Coffee said...

Hi Tracy,
So glad to get reconnected here with you. Thank you for your encouragement today!

Your house sounds like such a HOME. So inviting and warm. I can just imagine how welcome everyone felt. What a great inspiration to pull in a few extra chairs and invite lots of friends. Thanks for sharing this!

Have a super day!!!

Becky said...

They sound like a wonderful bunch of folks. I'm sure they all felt very warm and welcome in your home, as even your blog exhibits your gracious hospitality.

The lemon-poppyseed bread sounds wonderful.

Tricia said...

What a blessing to have your home filled with such love and great fellowship... those are some of the best times!

I can't wait to get those recipes!!


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

What a wonderful time of fellowship...and you can fit so many people in your dining room...how nice!

Stay Cozy, Carrie