Here's another shot with our sweet Caitlin doing an art project at that table.
And Caitlin having a tea party with Hannah and Molly at the same table (big brother Tyler was always a good playmate to his sister). This photo makes my heart almost hurt. How did the years go by so quickly?
But over the years, the table was beginning to look pretty rough. Dave and I actually went out shopping for another one, but we couldn't find exactly what we were looking for. And at times, I felt like I just couldn't let that table slip away from us. It had seen all our children sit there. Highchairs had been pulled up to that table when a brand new baby had joined our family. Toddlers had swung their feet from chairs at this table. Crayons had been emptied on its surface along with fingerpaints and paper. How many times had I been doing the dishes only to look over at the table and see my children sitting there eating cereal in the mornings or finishing supper in the evenings?
So a few months ago, Tyler (now age 18), hauled the table into the garage. He sanded it and painted it black for me. It now looks beautiful again!
Even though it is a bit of a tight squeeze to get us all around the table, my heart bursts with happiness whenever I see it. It's a little part of our memories as a family. Someday it will be just Dave and I sitting at that table, but in my heart I will always see Evan, Elisa, Tyler, Caitlin, Noah and Nathaniel sitting around it with us wherever they may be. Okay, that's too sad. Let's end it this way. Someday, I will sit at this table surrounded by my children and their children. Now, that's better!
|My "new" old table
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