The online dictionary defines cordially essentially like this:
1. courteous and gracious; friendly; warm
2. invigorating the heart; stimulating
3. sincere, heartfelt
4. archaic - of or pertaining to the heart
1. affectionate, genial
late 14 c., original sense of the noun was "medicine, food or drink that stimulates the heart;" adj. meaning "heartfelt, from the heart" is late 15 c.
at one point in the 1500s, it took on a meaning akin to heartily.
I've been giving a mid winter tea for the ladies in our church for several years now (maybe 5 or 6). The last two years, though, circumstances intervened and I haven't been able to do it. This is the first year that I'll be hosting it in our new home here on the hill. Oh, I'm soooo excited!
The purpose of the tea is to grow relationships and to make new ones, to have a spot of light in the middle of winter (we call it a lamppost), to laugh and, I have to truthfully admit that it's a chance for me to set lots of beautiful tables and to use my china! My goal is that we will meet in a shimmering (shakaina) cocoon and take time to appreciate the light in each other's eyes and hearts.
It's a labor of love.
I, of course, wish that everyone could come!
Then, why is it that I didn't want to let go of my beautiful pile of satiny colored, hand laced invitations?
The date is the 20th of March. Just a little under two weeks away.
I'll be keeping you posted with how it's coming along.
Affectionately (always sincerely from the heart when it's from me),
Katy Noelle xo
P.S. I'm still tweaking the look of the "Sunny Spot" so don't get settled in.