Make the bed or set the table?

There is a book on the New York Times best seller list called “Make your bed” by William H. McRaven.

Here is brief summary of the book…

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

I have to admit, I agree with the author. I actually will go the “extra mile” when making our bed in the morning. My poor husband has also learned how important it is to me to make it “correctly”..,This means decorative pillows and the whole nine yards. Even if the room isn’t in perfect order, at least the bed is.

If I had the time, which I clearly don’t, I would write a book called “Set the table”. I feel it is every bit, maybe more important as making the bed.

Currently, my husband and I are away on an anniversary trip to Savannah, Georgia. I can’t get over the plethora of gorgeous home decor stores that are filled with a variety of accoutrements to warmly welcome anyone and everyone to the table.

Oftentimes, the BEST memories are made around the table!

We live in a smaller bungalow and don’t have a lot of room for extra plates, glassware, and “fancy” stuff. I try to keep it simple but thoughtful.

A few years ago we made huge changes to our kitchen. It’s was a BIG project and completely worth every penny. I think we had one of the ugliest kitchen ever. Large but atrocious. We knew when we purchased our home in 2004 that we would be remodeling it. Our boys were little at the time and it didn’t seem practical or sensible. So we waited. My husband had to fix the silverware drawer multiple times as the faceplate repeatedly fell off. We had a cistern (home built in the 1940’s) in the floor. Below, is a photo of the before.

Before we remodeled

The next photo (above) is prior to our kitchen remodel. It was Thanksgiving Day which happens be my favorite holiday of the year! Dishes were purchased from a local re-uzit store and green glassware was bought off of Facebook Marketplace. Even though our kitchen was falling apart, we had many gatherings where the table was set and long lasting memories were made.

I adore taper candles. Though they may be a little “old fashioned”, I still love them. It seems all I need is a pair of tapers and some flowers/seasonal items on the table and guests think “I went all out”…just a few simple items in the middle of the table can make a huge statement. Many things I find find in our back yard or along side the roads. Natural “tablescapes” are the best! I think of it as “table love”…something extraordinary that shows our friends and family we care about them.

Below is a photo of our new space. I couldn’t be more thankful for this space. 2022 will be the first year since 2019 (before renovation) that we will have our holiday drop-in. We have had an annual drop-in since 2004 for our neighbors and friends. The pandemic had closed our doors for 3 years. This year, I will set the table again!

We offer every room on the first floor as well as our basement for our neighbors to congregate and they stand around our table to talk. It’s extremely difficult for anyone to move from the kitchen table. People love to fellowship around a welcoming table.

After renovation

Loren and I often play cards and have couples over for fellowship and dessert. Once again, no one ever wants to leave the table. It is for this very reason that we have invested in a large table and comfortable chairs.

Intentionally keeping this short, because it’s a blog…I could however go on and on and on explaining why it’s important to set the table…I might almost argue it to be MORE important than making your bed. Sleep is vital but memories of conversations and fellowship around the table last a lifetime.

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