Today we had such a special morning.
Each year the Georgia Governor's Mansion is decorated for the holidays and open for tours and this year the theme of the Governor's Mansion Christmas is "With a Servant's Heart." The house and Christmas trees in the house are focused on celebrating service and volunteerism. Now if you know anything about me, you know this struck a chord with me. Each of the rooms on the tour were decorated with a theme and focused on topics such as health, human services, the arts, literacy, the environment, wild life and of course, United Way was featured front and center. It was because of United Way that I received an invitation to come to the Governor's Mansion for a closed tour along visit a with the First Lady. Wow, what a special way to celebrate the season.
I just loved these rockers that seemed to be waiting for the Governor and the First Lady to take some time to sit and simply enjoy the day.
While I was posing for a photo with the First Lady I didn't realize at first that the Governor had joined his wife and was standing right behind me. Thank goodness my son said something! It was quite a surprise and yet such an honor to be in such good company early on a Saturday morning. We are so lucky to have such good people in state leadership. I was both honored and humbled to have been invited for this special tour and even happier that my family was included to be a part of the event.
While touring the house there were so many details to be enjoyed. Everywhere you looked there were bits of Georgia history, culture or environment and there seemed to be a story behind nearly every little detail. The china used in the dining room tablescape was hand-painted and every piece was different, representing different Georgia wildflowers. The silver pieces in the dining room too represented so many facets of Georgia and was I understood that many of the pieces had once been on a ship by the name of Georgia.
But the real focus throughout the house was volunteering. (Yay for volunteering!)
And be still my heart when anything to do with ballet is in the room. Don't you love these tree "skirts"?
And then there were simply moments of Georgia pure and simple.
Yes, that is a copy of Gone With the Wind.
|I love the dried hydrangeas used here.|
|Having been a librarian for many years it was great to see the Library Association and a focus on literacy!|
Merry Christmas from Georgia!