~ Day 9 ~
Our dining table is HUGE! We’ve been known to squeeze in 17 at meals. Our family of 13 anticipated growth when we had this made 7 years ago. Now we have a grand total of 20 family members!
Although mealtime is paramount – family life serves-up more than meals. A lifetime is made up of days and many-a-day a family sits around a table like this – where memories commence, hearts are cemented together and souls are nourished.
If tables could talk:
This beauty would tell of birthday celebrations, Father’s Day/Mother’s Day – when every person, old and young tell what they appreciate about the guest of honor. Christmas Eve dinners on china, bridal luncheons, graduation parties, going away parties with an international theme. Like, when Priscilla left for Taiwan for a year & Victoria to Bolivia, Levi to ALERT, Josiah to New York and pre-wedding gatherings. This table would tell of the Thanksgiving meal we hosted with Hannah’s fiance, 2 days before the wedding. She wanted Jeremy to experience a Chapman Thanksgiving in the midst of wedding details.
This table has stories of Financial Peace gatherings with young couples, expository speech projects scattered from end to end, sewing endeavors, and so-many-meals.
Feasting on venison chili after a big hunting trip. It’s a rite of passage for a son in our home to kill their first deer – a big deal and we celebrate!
When we got this humongous table it needed a center decoration to match in size, but one we could see over to not block our view. I found this iron centerpiece years ago – I looked for one big enough to balance the table. I fill it with seasonal candles and wrap all sorts of decorations around the base to make a statement: the season has changed, those who eat here are special, life is good, let’s celebrate!
The act of lighting a candle emits peace and presence. I’ve never met a kid who did not like candles! When we’re having a gathering the boys ask to light the candles. This conveys the message of value and forethought.
Now our huge table is prepped for another season, just in time for a family dinner tonight. In the season ahead there will be new stories – changes (always changes) and a place to cultivate unity.
How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing even life forevermore.