Friday, July 13, 2007

The Family Table

Lori over at Glass Half Full is hosting a "tag" about the family table. I love this idea, because I believe this spot in our homes can be one of the most sacred. In our house, we laugh (and sometimes cry) here. We pray, we talk, we share. We tell of our experiences, we sometimes discipline, and of course, we eat! We love having people over to share a meal with us. Our table then becomes the place where new friendships are formed. My prayer is always that Christ be represented well and that people find our home to be inviting, hospitable, and welcoming.

When we bought our first place, I found this set of plates (below), and it became the inspiration for the colors of my living room and kitchen. I love what they say and what they represent. They are, I hope, a reflection of what people find when they come to visit (and hopefully what our children experience too!). They read, "Grace," "Harmony," and "Plenty."
This is my favorite part of the collection. It reads, "Thank You for the world so sweet, Thank You for the food we eat, Thank You for the birds that sing, Thank You, God, for Everything."

And finally, this is our china cabinet. It doesn't have any lights in it, so I took white lights and arranged them in there so everything "shines." It does wonders for the crystal! This cabinet holds a collection of pieces from our wedding, from family, and yard sales, but it also holds other sentimental things, like pictures, momentos, and other things I've found or been given along the way. On top are two pictures of me with the boys and a figurine I got from my mom of a mother holding her child.

I love this area in the house because it's one of the first things you see when you walk in to our home, and I believe it represents what we stand for as a family.
Thank you for taking the tour of our family table. Now, go to Lori's and join in!

16 comments:

Glass Half Full said...

Everything is so coordinated! You remind me of my mom. She always thought things out like that. :)

Thanks for participating.

Lori

Adventures In Babywearing said...

How fun! I am going to get mine up later today... I love your dishes!!!!!!!!

Steph

Deidre said...

I love those plates! And, the fabric on your chairs is the same fabric of my family room curtains. Isn't that funny?

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

How neat that you took something so special and decorated around it. I love the colors, and I really like the plaid seat cushions! Thanks for visiting me as well!

Kari Lynn said...

I love those plates! I have to admit we hardly eat at the table. I need to change that.

mAsOn & tErrI's mOm said...

I love your table! The simplicity is beautiful!!!!!

China cabinet still intact? Good kids!! ::Pat on the back!::

MorningSong said...

Your dining area is sooo cozy!! Very welcoming! I love the dishes too!! You have great taste ma'am! :)

Thanks for opening up your home to us! I enjoyed my visit!

Wendy said...

Beautiful! I love the black and white picture of you and one of your boys. Your children are beautiful!

Elizabeth F. said...

Wow! China like that wouldn't last 5 mins in my house! LOL! I love the cabinet and all of the plates and your table too!

Come check out my table if you'd like!

Life With All Boys said...

I love your table. Oh how I want a new one......

Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats said...

Your china cabinet is beautiful! I used to have a china cabinet but, that didn't make it in our move. Hopefully we'll get a new one soon!

Kate said...

The love your idea with the white lights. I have a china cabinet that I refinished, that belonged to my parents. I'll have to give that I try! I also love your plates...beautiful!

MorningSong said...

I have a special message for you on my blog!! Check it out when you have a minute!

The Flip Flop Mamma! said...

I really like your table!! Very nice! And the dishes are cute too!

Totallyscrappy said...

Those plates are lovely. How neat that they inspired your beautiful color scheme.

Jessica said...

I'll have to look up Hebron. It sounds familiar but I am not sure where that is.

Hope you had a great weekend!