Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Party

I'm late, I'm late, posting about a very important date!

A few weeks ago, the girls and I attended a very special birthday party. We stepped into Wonderland for a few hours to celebrate the much-anticipated birthday of a friend who became queen of our hearts this summer.

Mom Heidi planned a Mad Hatter tea party and carried out the theme with charming details. Guests donned hats for the tea and found a variety of tempting treats that said "Eat Me."

What Queen of Hearts could resist these suckers?

The children's eyes lit up when they learned they could fill their own goodie bags at this candy buffet.

Isn't that lollipop topiary adorable?

I must admit, I don't think I have ever felt more grateful to attend a child's birthday party. This was a most special celebration because of the presence of the honorary guest.

Was it Alice, who told the children her story and led them in games and songs?

Was it the Red Queen, whose regal authority sent Emma to my side?
The White Queen, who graciously accepted Mary Ashley's hugs and flowers?
Or the Mad Hatter, who taught all the children his silly dance?

I do believe it was the tiny Alice in Wonderland sitting on the throne.

That is our dear Lily Murphy, the little girl so many of us prayed for this summer after a drowning accident nearly took her life. You can read her mother's account of that harrowing experience here. More than 5,000 people around the world prayed for the Murphys during their ordeal, following Lily's progress through the Pray for Lily Murphy page on facebook. Lily has made a remarkable recovery, with no cognitive damage at all.

Watching Lily giggle and play with her friends, you would never know how close she came to death this year. Looking at her mother's face -- full of emotion and gratitude to celebrate another birthday with her daughter -- you could not forget.

What a Wonderful God we serve. 


Rach said...

What a great party. Such a great miracle story too.

Anonymous said...

Very cool story. Thanks for sharing. God is good.


La Table De Nana said...

Tears here.. I do believe in Miracles:)What a sweet party.. She deserves it!!!

Sue said...

Fabulous party, and what a blessing to have little Lily alive and well as the guest of honor!

Jennifer Driver said...

That was an amazing party! So glad they were able to celebrate another birthday!

Anonymous said...

I know God is a healer ~ bless this young girl and her family - What a wonderful way to honor such a special baby! I lost my younest brother to a drowning accident -
He was only 14.
I am blessed by this story of deliverance!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What a wonderful party and even more amazing story! God is so good, isn't He?

A month or so ago, you featured a recipe for Corn Chowder from a lunch you had with your friend Vonda. It calls for chopped ham. Could you tell me what kind of ham would be best to use? It sounds like the perfect recipe for an upcoming soup supper I'm planning. I no longer have a blog, so you could leave your answer as a comment to this post or e-mail me at Thanks!

Sue said...

We, too, have a drowning victim in our family, and so know first hand of the grief and sadness this tragedy brings to families. How wonderful that Lily is whole and happy and celebrating a miraculous birthday.

God is good.

Laura Burciaga said...

Wow~ What an amazing God we serve! He is the Healer! Praise God for beautiful Lily!

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Dylana Suarez said...

This all looks so fabulous!


Pamela said...

I would even like to fill a bag at the candy buffet! Looks like a lovely table and such as glorious story of God's grace. Yes, we do serve a wonderful God!

Dora Groot said...

What a heartwarming story. Children are blessings! I LOVE the idea of the party!

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