Give Thanks for Family in Your Centerpiece

Give Thanks for Family on Thanksgiving

I was privileged to be invited to join this lovely Thanksgiving Tablescape Tour today. Katie from Katherine’s Corner is hosting and she is one talented lady! She designed my header a few years back and continues to help me out whenever I have a question. Thank you, Katie, for including me!

I know you will enjoy this tour. Feel free to pin or share any of the tablescapes you love! My post is about loving and accepting our family, just like Ruth and Naomi.

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In the book of Ruth in The Holy  Bible, Naomi told Ruth to return to her people after her son died. Ruth refused. She then said something to her mother-in-law that I also had read at my wedding.

Your God will be My God

 

Give Thanks for Family

Ruth loved her mother-in-law. Naomi loved her daughter-in-law and only encouraged her to return to her people because she thought that was the best choice for Ruth. But, Ruth refused to leave. Something or someone was pulling her heart toward Bethlehem. The result was that Ruth, a Moabite woman who was not from Israel or a Jew, became part of the lineage of Christ, our Savior. Here we learn a lesson in what it means to love our family. We may not all be “cut from the same cloth” so-to-speak, but each and every one of us matter.  Setting a table for Thanksgiving is a way to portray the unity we all desire. Mine this year, centers around the “Tree of Life,” a sculpture we picked up during a recent cruise.

The Tree of Life

Give Thanks for Family: Alfred Gockel Tree of Life

This sculpture by Alfred Gockel, has become a treasure in our home. It was meant to be centerstage in a garden, but I loved it so much that I had to place it on my dining room table. Especially for Thanksgiving. I mixed it with gold, glass and a touch of silk to combine metals and textures. I wanted to portray how easy we could all live together, if we accept each other as we are… creatures, made in the image of God.

Tree of Life Thanksgiving

I’ve also mixed everyday dinnerware, (Johnson Brothers, Blue Willow) with Lenox Fine China. I added gold-rimmed cups and saucers with Pier 1 glass goblets and gold-leafed wine glasses.

gold leaf glasses

Mixing Textures

Johnson Brothers Blue Willow

I think they all live beautifully together, don’t you?

Mixing patterns

Scarlett

Even my kitty, Scarlett, (who is a member of the family) approves.

Paws for Thanksgiving

Paws for Thanksgiving

Love even from a distance

Love from high above the scene.

Curly Stemmed Pumpkins

Glass pumpkins add color and texture.

Mixed Textures

draped orange napkin

Draping a rust napkin within each place setting ties all the colors together.

Some colors aren’t what I would normally pair together, but I thought it all blended together beautifully. Just like the Moabite woman who blended beautifully into the lineage of Christ. After all, our greatest gift is HIS life. He died on a tree and conquered death, so that we might all live with HIM in paradise. I think paradise can begin in our grateful hearts. Another sweet way to portray thankfulness is by writing a note. Perhaps to the person who first introduced you to Christ?

Give thanks for your family.

happy thanksgiving

Please click on the photo below to tour all the other beautiful tables.

 

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Adoption and the Fullness of Time

In Galatians, we are taught that as Christians, we are adopted into the family of God.

Galatians 4:4-7
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

There is so much in these verses to soak up and learn, but, the words that caught my eye this morning are “when the fullness of time was come.

So many things come to mind. Christ came to redeem us when the time had come. It was His perfect timing. A mother gives birth when the fullness of time has come. And, as many of you already know, when the fullness of time has come in an adoption process, a child who may have been crying in his/her very soul, “Abba, Father,” becomes an heir in an adoptive family. Oh, can I get an Amen!

This very process is complete in our family. One of my most popular posts is about my cousin Jacob and his dear, sweet bride, Anna, which you can read about here. And now they are parents.

Jacob, Anna and Eric

The family

Jacob and Anna met Eric while on a mission trip to Belize and it was pretty much love at first sight. Adoption had been on their hearts since before their marriage; they just didn’t know when or how. And then they went on the trip of a lifetime. While working in an orphanage in Belize, they met Eric who was 12 at the time and had watched other children get adopted; but he was beginning to believe that he “just wasn’t wanted.” Does that not just break your heart into pieces? To quote Anna, “HE IS DEFINITELY WANTED!!!”

“The process was more than I could handle at times – the waiting, the wanting and the wishing. To know our son was waiting on us to come and get him broke my heart. But, the learning, the growing the praying, the relationships made, the support we felt, the miracles we experienced,  and the faithfulness of God we saw through it all were more than worth it. …To know that he will soon be smothered by love by us and you is wonderful beyond words.” ~ Anna, the new mom.

And now the fullness of time has come. This family of 3 is playing in Belize, getting to know each other better, loving on each other and beginning their lives together. Eric is no longer an orphan, but a son of Jacob and Anna. He is the grandson of David and Christina, and Kay. He is the great grandson of Erma, nephew of Jared and Ashley, great nephew of Beckie and Irving, cousin to Johanna, me and many others, and soon to be the pet lover of Walter and Jubi. He has a family. Can I get another AMEN!!!

Walter, Jubi, Jacob & Anna.jpg

Jacob and Eric

 

Jacob and Eric
Mom and Son

Eric and Anna

You can read the full story here. And now let’s pray that God redeems all the time that they have all waited through. He is our Redeemer. Praise Him all creatures here below.