Saturday, April 25, 2009

Party of Seven

When Jerry & I were engaged, we went shopping for a table and chair set. This was the nicest one we could afford. At the time, with just the two of us, it seemed like such a HUGE table. It has a leaf that folds inside, but the photo above shows the leaf IN, so this is the table we use everyday to seat 7. Yeah, it's a squeeze. 2 people sit on folding chairs and Emma still uses her high chair, just without the tray on it.

We've had a lot of laughs at this table. I grew up in a family that rarely joked around or enjoyed meals together. Not so in MY house. We all laugh, joke, snort and share good times. We are silly and loving and US. I've wanted a bigger table for so long, but it's not in the budget and really, not a huge priority. We've talked a little about getting a bench for one side but we just haven't gotten around to it.

Let me present to you the new-to-us incredible blessing that we've received this week!! This table is amazing! First off, with it fully extended, it can seat 12, TWELVE. That's five more than we need! OH, and it comes with SIX matching chairs, so still using the high chair, we have seating for us all. Divine! Truly divine! It also stores the extra (2) leaves inside, but we opted to have 1 in and 1 stored. It's so much wider than our old table. It's weird to not be able to reach A L L the way across the table anymore. LOL

My dear friend K is moving to a smaller home and this table wouldn't fit. She offered it to us... free. I'm still in shock and just feeling incredibly grateful for her generosity. She could've sold it and made some cash, but instead, she chose to give it to us.

We got it home last night and I just marvel at it's size. There's room enough for all of us plus the meal too. Our old table didn't hold much, so we often prepared the plates in the kitchen and just ate at the table. Now we get to truly know what a family does - Pass the potatoes! Pass the salt and pepper! Oh, the fun times we're going to have at this beauty. I can't wait. Thanks again K ~ you know we love you and appreciate all you do for us!! Come join us for dinner, we've got room.


Christy said...

What a wonderful table! Aren't friends great?

fullfreezer said...

What a wonderful gift! We finally got a bigger table last year and we only have 5 to worry about! But, as the kids got older, it was nice to have them NOT arm's length across the table from each other.
Enjoy the space. I found that it's great for rolling and cutting cookies as well. having enough space for everything and room for everyone to help out.
We put our old table in the garage but recently pulled it out and took it to the new house. Having had several meals around it, I'm amazed now how we ever did it.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

What a huge blessing! And what a dear friend you have!

Sue said...

You have a very thoughtful friend. Treasure her always!

Jena said...

What a beautiful piece! I love the idea of "passing the potatoes". In our home we have only a small dining area at the end of the kitchen. Our table is pushed in to the corner so it only seats 2 unless we pull it out. I'm not sure what we'll ever do if we have kids, that's why we're hoping to add on someday. :)

Patrice Farmer said...

What a wonderful gift to you. Thats very sweet of your friend and a blessing. I have always wanted to sit at the table for meals but every house we get has no dining room, urgh. I hate eating in the living room. Sounds like its a perfect fit and would do well for holidays as well.

Garden4Life said...

What a wonderful gift! It is really a pretty dining table and chairs. :) K sounds like a great friend to have done this. Congratulations!

Melissa ~ Wife to 1, Mom to 5 said...

Thanks for all the kind words everyone! Yes, friends are the best. If it wasn't for them, I don't know where I'd be!!