Friday, March 20, 2009

The Incredible and Amazing, Ms. Taylor!

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We had some wonderful guests for supper this week.
This is Ms. Taylor and her husband, Mr. Taylor.
Ms. Taylor was a School Counselor
at a school I worked at in Philadelphia.
I loved her immediately.
I could tell instantaneously that she really cared about the students.
She used to bring cut up apples
and other assorted fruits for kids to snack on
while they were sharing problems.
She gave up her lunch time to help.
She showed love to the children daily.
She showed love even when it was frowned upon to do so.
She is someone I look up to and respect.
She is definitely one of my heroes.
I was stressing before they came-
because you know I am not
the most fantastic cook around...
Gary told me I could never have company again.
But then they came.
The stress melted.
It was a blessing for sure.

How often do you have someone over for supper?
What do you make for company?
How do you keep from stressing?


Living on the Spit said...

She sounds like a fantastic mentor and friend. I am happy you all had such a great time together!

I make reservations!! :)

Lolli said...

What a wonderful friend, and how nice that you could spend time with them! I used to have people over for dinner more often--maybe twice a month, but recently it's been less, simply because my husband is not home for dinner, and it's better when he's there.

Martha said...

Beautiful photo. I rarely have company for dinner (unless you count my daughter's friends)... it is one of the things I want to do more of when we get back to PA, closer to family and close friends.

The Mrs. said...

Just stopping by to say hello and I hope this finds you and your family doing well! Thanks for all your love on my page :). You are a doll, love ya!

The Incredible Woody said...

She sounds like a wonderful woman!

I wish I were more at ease entertaining. I think it is something we learn by doing. We just don't have enough practice!

Bonnie said...

She sounds like a wonderful person! When we have company I try to do something I can make ahead of time like Lasagne or chicken enchiladas.that way we can spend more time visiting and I don't get as stressed out because they are easy recipes!

Cortney said...

Awesome! She sounds amazing! I haven't had anyone over in FOREVER! I should.

April said...

Aww...they look like such a sweet couple! Ms. Taylor sounds like the kind of person who will forever live on in the hearts of her students.

Oh, I stress out BIG TIME when we have company over, which isn't often, at all, other than the girls' friends. I don't know why I'm like that...drives Chris nuts! I wish I could not worry about everything having to be "just so" and learn to go with the flow!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Thanks for stopping by for the Ultimate Blog Party :)

It's great to have such wonderful friends and company! I don't have company over often, but I do love to entertain. I try to make people feel as welcome as possible and pull out all the stops. Good, comforting food. Food tastes better when there's thought behind it, I think.

Grandma J said...

What a beautiful couple, inside and out.
Who doesn't stress when they are having guests for dinner? I bet Gary is cool and calm...he seems like it, but I'm not.

You guys are a perfect match. I'm glad it was a glorious evening.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Ms Taylor is my kind of lady. Awesome!

I love it when folks come to my house even if I dont have anything planned I can always throw something together.

No such thing as no stressing though!

jubilee said...

I always stress when company comes over. So, we rarely have company. Maybe if we had company more I'd get used to it and I'd be stressed less. Think it'll work? BG

He And Me + 3 said...

She sounds amazing and she would be my hero too. What a wonderful mentor for those kids. Great photo too.

ness said...

in almost 13 years of ministry, I've had my fair share of company...probably a little more than my fair share when you throw in that old man that told me not to mind him getting up in the night because of his "frequent urination." EEK!!!

Best advice (from Mrs. Carter) is to make something you make a lot and make well....I'm a big fan of soup and bread. It makes a lot, it's comforting, and casual. When you are at ease, you let your guests be comfortable too. It took all my cupboard doors off so guests can just help themselves to whatever they need. I tell them that the first time they come to my house, I will wait on them. The second time, they'd better help themselves.

: )

This mentor looks like a pretty amazing person.

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

How wonderful that you had them over, sounds like a wonderful visit. I find that if you put a smile on your face and welcome people warmly, make them feel at home that it adds a wondrous seasoning to the meal.
I don't entertain nearly as often as I would like. In the midst of renovations and new baby and hubby out of town, it just doesn't happen.
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Melinda said...

She sounds like a really amazing woman!

I love to entertain but now that we live in the boonies, I don't get to nearly as much : (

So, what did you end up making? Did she bring the dessert or did you get to make my not-so-low-cal banana pudding : )

RR Mama said...

What a great friend! How have you been, where have you been, what's been going on. I know the third degree! I haven't heard from you and just checking. Have a great weekend. =)

Wifey Dessert said...

i rarely have freinds over for supper.. we just really can't afford it right now. when we could i usually tried to make something yummy in the crock pot so that it stays warm until you eat.. and i always made rolls and potatoes.. and different desserts i love to bake and poeple always ask for my desserts lol

Jenny said...

What a great Lady. She sounds so compassionate and warm, therefore I don't think you needed to stress she probably would have loved whatever you made..

on the same note I am a stresser when it comes to gatherings, but I am trying to get better.

Kristin said...

I never have anyone over for dinner. I guess it never crosses my mind, but I would love to do it! I am thinking about hosting a clothing swap next month!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Beautiful pictures. They look like a lovely couple.
We don't have too many people over except on holidays and birthdays.
Let Gary know that most people are not just coming for the food...they are coming for warm and fun company. :)

Debbie said...

What a great time you must have had.
We don't have people over now as much as we used to. The kids keep us so darn busy.

mamamia said...

i like to make my mom's lasagnia. It is the best! I also like to make this amazing lime cream pie. Yummy! We used to have people over all of the time.

Kristen@nosmallthing said...

What a wonderful friend to have. What a wonderful mentor.

It's been a while since I have had company for supper...I always stressed over the details. It always had to be perfect. There must be flowers, the house must be spotless, the music must be right, the grass must be mowed and the flowers watered and fluffy. It's ridiculous!

Lately, I've been a little more relaxed...I try to make the guests feel special, but I don't overdo it. I want them to be comfortable, too. And I want to spend time with them, and not fuss so much over the meal I'm making. Now, I make things like spaghetti, or tacos, or steaks and baked potatoes. And you know what? I think we have an even better time. said...

sounds like you had a great time in the end and were blessed simply by the company of an old, dear friend! i never have company cause i'm the self-proclaimed worst housekeeper in the world, but when i do i make either spaghetti or lasagna...i have a little secret to making phenominal tasting tomatoes sauces of any kind...wanna know what it is???? make sure first you're gonna cook your sauce for at least a half hour, start with olive oil, add your spices and some diced tomatoes and boil med-high for 15, then drop to low for 15, which thickens it...this gives you a thick base, then add prego or just tomato sauce...but none of that is the real secret...what gives resturant sauces that sun-dried tomatoe, pungent taste is to add no more than a tablespoon of any type vinegar when you first start cooking your me, it will amaze you with how it tastes! blessings...

Jason, as himself said...

That is sooo nice of you! I love hearing about people that truly make a difference.

Alicia said...

She sounds like she is such a blessing to so many people!!

We have a home fellowship at our house twice a month, so I am so used to people being over here! We have at least 25-30 every other Friday!

Live.Love.Eat said...

She sounds like a great woman but so are you. You have so much love and respect in your heart for so many.

As you can imagine, we have get togethers often. Not so much with a large group of friends but both sets of parents live close and come for dinner often. I don't get stressed only because I love doing it so much. Also, I prep whatever i can ahead of time and always write out a timeline, especially if I am making an appie, dinner and a dessert! I do have to work on one thing - NOT cleaning the house the day of. Instead doing it the day before to give myself a break!

mimi said...

She sounds like a wonderful,interesting person! That is such a sweet picture too.

I'm not such a great cook...though I like have stress free people over;)