After publishing the apartment photos I went back to look for a photo of our "Dining Room".
Who did not have a set of wooden utensils hanging on the wall?
Behind the table our then very recent High School Graduation photos sat and I can just barely make out that our engagement photo sat on the end table at the end of the couch.
The table and chairs were a a labor of love.
We had a short engagement in today's standards.
Three months from the day he slipped the ring on my finger until the day I said...
How then...did it seem so long?
We needed something to keep our hands busy so we purchased an unfinished pine table and chair set.
We sanded and then stained and lightly sanded and then put on coats of varathane.
We were motivated and young and excited.
We did not know what the years ahead would hold for us but we were did not worry about the future.
The first time we sat at the table was exactly one week after our wedding.
At first we used two chairs around the table...
and then eventually we pulled a high chair close to the table and then bought a booster seat to bring our toddler to the table.
Another chair was moved aside and we pulled the high chair close once more when we added another little boy to our family.
Family supper was always a priority for us.
Shift work occasionally prevented the Daddy to be present but that did not stop me from sitting down with the children and talk about their day and "try" to keep a schedule they could count on.
Our table is bigger now.
When we are alone it is too big...
but we have never stopped having our supper together.
When the children come home with their children...
my heart is full and grateful that our commitment all these years has given us the blessing of a complete circle.
I wonder then...
how God must long to have all of us around his table.
If I could hope for one thing...
it would be that the family circle will remain complete...
as we are seated around the table that our Saviour is preparing for us in Heaven.
That is all ...
that really matters.