“…yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life?
For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes”
Oftentimes, we are so caught up in the busyness of our everyday living that we ignore what we deem the ordinary until ordinary is no longer present. After a life changing event in 2007, I found a day that normally would be called ordinary is actually “extraordinary”!
Today, I challenge you to take time to embrace your “ordinary”–celebrate the small things! Each day is a gift perfectly wrapped in love from the Heavenly Father!
The arbor now sits in our back yard near our pasture, but not always so. Shortly after we built our home, Butch constructed the arbor under two large and very old water oaks in our front yard and hung a swing. It faced our view of the mountain. Most summer evenings found us sharing conversations and glasses of sweet tea in that swing! After many years, Butch decided to move it to the back yard and we planted “lady banks” roses to climb the arbor. In the spring, it is beautifully dressed in hundreds of small yellow roses bursting into bloom!
We placed a table for two underneath with a cranberry toile cloth from Williams Sonoma
I mixed touches of blue with cranberry! You will often see the white chargers on my tables. The dinner plate first appeared here in “The Debut of Tablescape Tuesday”. The cranberry glass salad plates are used at Christmas and Valentine’s Day. The blue stemware was found at Tuesday Morning. Just a few candles dot the simple table setting with a large candle stand in the background (normally found in our powder room).
Napkin rings can be expensive, so I often make my own. Bought these stems at Hobby Lobby and hot glued to twine and tied!
I can always find a place for blue vintage jars! You may remember them from these three previous posts:
The Debut of Tablescape Tuesday
Tablescape Tuesday: The Wedding Edition
The Wedding Edition Part Two
The spider back chairs usually sit in my dining room–they are favorites of mine!
In the foreground is one of the pair of cast iron statues that sit in front of the arbor–a great find!
The candle light from the vintage blue jars adds a little touch of whimsy!
A perfect ending to our dinner under the rose arbor is hot chocolate
Thankfully, the threatening rain held off until later!
Antique pitcher holding dried flowers from a special occasion
The arbor with its twinkling lights!
“…for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’”