I absolutely love family dinner. I love the conversation and laughter. I love just being at the table surrounded by the people that I love the most. It has been a while since I've had a full table.
Our schedules are busy. One is in college and lives in the dorm. One has moved out and is preparing to become a husband. The other two have very full calendars with school, athletics, friends and church activities. We eat at different times and different places. We are always rushing to get to the next thing on the agenda. But not tonight.
Tonight we slowed down and enjoyed time together. Tonight we had to put both leaves in the table. We had to grab the extra chairs from the garage. We crammed as many as we could around that Ikea table. It was loud. It was messy and chaotic. It kinda reminded me of the movie "Cheaper By the Dozen". But it was just what this momma's heart needed.
We celebrated having family visiting from out of state. We celebrated my firstborn's 22nd birthday. We celebrated the love of family around the table. We celebrated the simple joys of just being together.
As I sat there looking around the table, it hit me. This is what life is really about. It didn't matter that the house wasn't spotless. It didn't matter that we were using paper plates instead of "real" dishes.
What truly mattered was the joy, laughter and connectedness. What mattered was the love that was felt around the table.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.