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My Joyful Journey

Poets and sages have long compared life to a beautiful tapestry.  One of my favorite quotes about this elegant comparison is, “Life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences, but rather, it’s a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite sublime plan.”  Looking back, I see how my own life and Gracefully Yours Fine Tea Company have been woven together by rich threads of faith, legacy and love.


My Great Grandpa & Grandpa taking a dairy delivery in

Yuma, AZ

My Grandpa & Grandma winning the family homestead in

Gadsden, AZ


Neighborhood threshing bee

Jud, North Dakota

My Grandma, Aunt & their cousins

Jud, North Dakota


Curled up beside one of my parents, grandparents or other relatives, I feel enveloped by the soothingly recitation of how previous generations, fueled by their faith for a better future, immigrated to the “land of opportunity” from Europe by transatlantic voyages.  From the great plains of North Dakota to the arid farmland of Arizona, stories of cultivating a life from the land and its natural resources, fill the repertoire of my childhood bedtime stories.  I imagine myself on a grand adventure alongside my Great Grandmother as she survives the bitter cold winters on the prairie in a sod home or with my Grandpa doing the milk deliveries with his Dad after early morning milking of the family herd.

A cherished legacy passed from my Grandma A to my Grandma Honey to my Dad to me:
a teacup and saucer from her travels to Hudson Bay, BC in 1954

The gentle hum of the dishwasher, the tea kettle whistling and loving conversations are the melody of Sunday afternoons at my Grandparent’s.  With the dishes done, it is officially time for tea with my Grandma Honey.  Selecting a teacup for each of us from the towering china hutch in the dining room, is one of my favorite weekly rituals.  Tenderly passed down to my Grandma from her Mother, lovingly called Grandma A, are an exquisite collection of teacups.  Whenever my Great Grandparent’s traveled, my Grandma A would carefully select a teacup and write the trip’s destination on the back of the saucer.  Hudson Bay and many other destinations were written into an enduring legacy of teatime through the generations.


Sharon and Rosa
La Casa De La Esperanza, Mexico


Bouncing down dusty Mexican roads, in our minivan brimming with clothes, food and other living supplies we arrive at our destination, La Casa De La Esperanza, a bit before noon.  I enter into this new world, as my family and faith community work to cultivate long term relationships between Mexican orphanages and Southern California churches.  Playing with children my own age, I begin to understand while we are all the same, not all of us have the same advantages in life.  This reality breaks my heart and ignites a spark to do what I can, where I am, with what I have, to help others.  My 7 year old awareness begins to remold my heart.  From re-evaluating my toys when I get home, to years later choosing a vocation in healthcare and supporting humanitarian aid.


My joyful journey to planting a tea plantation and cultivating a business that is equal parts teatime celebration and helping those who need it most, is the natural design in the tapestry of my life.  Each thread gently woven over the years, contributes something of value to its pattern. What will you choose to weave in your life today?  


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  • Regina YAGER on

    Excellent! I sent you a FB message earlier. I just also wanted to tell you, my great grandparents lived in Yuma, AZ too. My mother was born in Yuma. I really love your memories of cooking with your grandmother. My favorite memories of childhood are cooking with my Granny. Biscuits and cornbread were her specialties. Preparation of food has always been a bond in families and communities. I hope our crazy “modern” society doesn’t loose that important part of “people building”. Thank you for your words.

  • Kayla on

    Reading your story, makes drinking your delicious tea even more enjoyable!

  • Lacey on

    You are inspiring, Sharon! I want my life to be woven together faith, legacy and love, too.

  • Kristin on

    You have a beautiful heart Sharon, that shines so brightly, as you share your journey. You inspire me to become my highest self and to choose to Live With Heart.

  • Em on

    This post made me feel like we were savoring teatime together!

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