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. 
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