Monday, April 14, 2014

April 13, 2003


Eleven years ago on April 13, we opened the doors of Nilgiris Tea House.

Yesterday morning my Dad came over after church and cut up all my potatoes for the evening meal - the first time he's done that since October ...

Dad and Mum were with me when we first opened the doors at 7:00 a.m. on that fateful April 13, 2003. We were woefully unprepared and ludicrously naive as to how it would all work.

But by the grace of God and the kindness of Nilgiris' friends, the little TH perseveres still.




Yesterday evening Dad came  back with a box of cookies he had made that afternoon: sugar cookies, his mother's recipe.

Attached to the box was this note, summing up the last decade-plus-one as only Dad can:

My dearest Karyn,

[Eleven] years ago today the "Nilgiris Tea House Adventure" began.

There have been so many experiences and challenges. I want to congratulate you today, for under God, great blessing and life have proceeded from this mountain stream.

Congratulations for pressing on and touching many lives ... May [our Lord] continue to guide you as to the future, knowing His way is the best. There are no surprises or unexpected events with our Lord.

May our Heavenly Father bless and provide - as He will - for all the future holds.

My love and prayers,

Dad xxoo




Thanks to my artist sibling for infusing the present
with the past for the perfect cup of tea ...

18 comments:

  1. I'm coming back to Alberta at the end of May. I expect to enjoy a pot or three of tea with you, dear Karyn. So heads up, eh?

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  2. Hi Br Ironside its so nice to see you and Karyan i am so glad for you there are those breathing aid which makes life easy love you Br take care

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  3. Karyn, we love you and your tea house, hope we can visit again soon.

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  4. Sooo happy to see this post! God is so good!

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  5. Heart leaping with joy to see dear sir. His eyes a fresh look of love... Thank you Karyn for the post.

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  6. Hi Br. Allan nice to see you back in action. Congratulations on the Anniversary of Nilgiri Tea House Karyn.

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  7. I missed him (your Dad) and if God willing would love to visit your tea house as well, blessing my sista in Christ Karyn Ironside

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  8. Mary Butler GrettonApril 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Congratulations Karyn!

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  9. Congratulations Karyn! May blessing keep pouring on you. Uncle, it is so good to see your picture there!

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  10. Karyn, you are phenomenal - well done! Good to see your Dad looking so well.

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  11. Nilgiris Tea House is a gem in our little town and you are the one who has crafted it to perfection. Well done for all the hard work you have put in running it and in touching so many lives in your own special way during this process. May God always make the TH a reason of your happiness

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  12. Congrats Karyn! hope to see you when we are visiting our girls

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  13. Elaine Green-MaerzApril 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Beautiful memories!

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  14. Very nice to see Dr Ironside there and the fact he is up to baking again speaks volumes.

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  15. Wow, I am so blessed to see sir. Pray that his health regains

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  16. Congratulations Karyn and may our rich Lord continue to bless you.So good to see dad doing better.Love you

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  17. Brenda Stappler RamstadApril 16, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Miss your family so very much!

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  18. By the grace of God, the kindness of friends, and the backbreaking labour and steel-willed strength of one tender woman, shedding tears of hope and despair, and sweating bullets of blood and persistence - tea has been served in beautiful, delicate china; and beautiful, delicate souls have been forged into something more enduring, less fragile: more like the woman and her God. Thank you for these timeless, endless 11 years.

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