My husband built this gorgeous table! And my photos do not do it justice! We've talked often about buying an extending farm table for the past few years. I told Cam what I envisioned for it, and instead of us trying to find and buy that vision, he just looked at me and said, "You know, I could build that. Yeah, I'm going to build it." After using two weeks of vacation earlier in the summer, he did! He built it out of solid douglas fir, and made a leaf for it that takes it from a six foot table to a nine foot. It seriously weighs about a thousand pounds and I think it's the most beautiful piece of furniture he's created yet.
I love cooking (as you know!) and it has been a lot of fun to already have friends and family around our beautiful table that Cam worked so hard on. One of my best friends Carie spent a couple days with us a few weeks ago, my big brother Matt was here last week, Nana Beth is here right now and we've had a few friends over for dinner, which means I have a lot of new recipes to share soon. We're hosting an Olmsted dinner here next week for 14. Let's hope they like what I make... !
When we were in Okinawa, our dining table was on our deck (and really uncomfortable) so we avoided it every time it was too humid or we didn't feel like being eaten alive by mosquitos and spent many nights eating on our couch in the cool AC. We were good about ditching our phones and distractions to have that time together, but more so now. Half the time I don't even know where my phone is. Ha! Seriously. It's been wonderful to slow down, drink wine, and really talk to each other and re-connect after John Shea goes to sleep. It's become precious time to us each night and really good for our marriage.
I wholeheartedly think that the table is the very heart of a home. It's such an important part of life. None of us can survive without eating and drinking, but meals are so much more than that. It's time to sit down, relax, talk, communicate. I think that something so simple has such great importance, with ramifications through our whole society. All throughout the Bible, too, we see breaking of bread together, meals shared, good food and wine, real conversation. Cam and I love the verse in John 12 about Lazarus reclining at the table with Jesus. It's after he had been raised from the dead and had tasted paradise. It's like he's saying, yeah, I know what awaits me and nothing in this world can take away that joy so I'm going to sit here all night next to Jesus and fully enjoy this meal. Yes. I love too how Jesus is inclusive. "Come and eat," "Come and see," "Come and have breakfast." (John 21:12) I want to be like that!
If my blog does nothing else, I hope that it encourages people to eat together. Preferably with really good food and wine :)
(More Cameron-Made Furniture here)