Before we even lived in the old house.
Before we were ready for a table .
Long before we knew we would need a table for so many people.
I stopped at a thrift store to look at 1 table and left with another.
She was a beauty. Nine feet long with two drop leaves on each end with a lovely painted base.
Who needs a 9’ table?
For the space I wanted to put the table…….I did.
Immediately inside the front door. Just to side of the stairs and immediately in front of the brick fireplace we FOUND during renovation.
We put the table in storage with the rest of our belongings because we were living with Mom and Dad since our previous house sold and we were kind of homeless.
When we all moved into the the old house, it was suggested we eat together as much as possible.
That was 6 years ago.
Three boys later and many many meals at the 9’ table. I would say we eat together 5 out of 7 nights with Sunday night being with everyone, sometimes even our basement tenant friend.
We have game nights
There are arts and crafts , puzzles, legos and many games of candy land at the 9’ table.
It was looking pretty shabby.
Lots of colored markers adorned the table.
The cracks on the top of table definitely needed cleaned out and today was the day.
The old house is always occupied. Rarely is there time for sanding and time to work on something without a small boys wanting to help. Helpers are fine most days but sometimes I just want to get it done.
Today was the day!
It was school day for little boys
Men went to work
I was home almost alone (Mom was next door in her house)
Wow I made a mess.
There was dust everywhere
Tonight we will have a picnic while the table dries but here’s to a couple more years of eating together!
I’m always curious if others eat at a table? We didn’t always but it’s another way of intentionally spending time with one another.
Next up……. Clean the gross cushions!
Jack and I sit on the pew together every night 😍😍😍