Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dinner Time!

When we call our kids to the table, there is the sound of feet thumping up and down the stairs, water running, fussing from the littlest one as she gets a bit jostled around the bathroom sink, more feet thudding into the kitchen and then the typical tussle as they all try to get into the same seat.  We have two long benches on either side of our kitchen table and inevitably all four kids seem to be vying for one of the two seats closest to Mom or Dad.  That is a rather rowdy start to any meal!

In an attempt to lessen the rumpus and ruckus around the dinner table, I made little tent cards to use as place cards. Or I should say, Norah made them.  She chose pictures of each kiddo and a fun font and color for their names.  We printed them on creamy card stock and folded them so that they could stand at the top of each plate, designating each child's seat.  It worked great!

The kids showed up at the table that first evening and there was no wrestling or drama.  Each little person plopped down at their place and we enjoyed our pizza dinner.  However ... upon clearing the table, Aaron's place card was missing.  Gone.  MIA.  Somehow his card disappeared after only one use.  It makes my head hurt sometimes!

By the end of the week, Ashley's place card had gotten wet and her name and part of her chin was smeared.  Norah's was still looking okay, but Lydia's card had been folded multiple times across her face and one corner looked a bit chewed.

Hmmm ... it was a good idea, but the delivery needed some work.


New and improved ... and still in one piece ... name place blocks!

I had four wooden blocks to which I Modge-Podged their faces (or, at least, pictures of their faces!), along with their names and a few characteristics that I believe describe them well.  It was a fun project and a memorable moment in which I was able to use a few words to capture some of the bits about them that I love:

Lego Master
Big Bro

Big Sis

Middle Sis

Baby Sis

As I glued the pictures and attributes to my little wooden blocks, God brought to mind the banquet table that He is preparing for His children.  While the Bible doesn't come right out and say, "God is setting a ginormous table for all those who trust in Jesus and it's going to be an amazing shindig!" ... there are a few verses that compare heaven to a banquet and the picture that He paints gives me the impression that it promises to be quite a celebration.

In John 14:15-23 Jesus describes a "feast in the kingdom of God."  It is a parable that He told with the purpose of compelling to His hearers to respond to His message of salvation.  "Don't be one of the guests who reject my invitation ... come to the feast!"

In Isaiah 25:6-8, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah about a time in the future when He would, "prepare a feast of rich foods for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine - the best of meats and the finest of wines."  He goes on to describe the dinner guests:  welcomed in to God presence, free from death, joyful and unashamed.  That is quite the party!

This idea of a heavenly banquet also shows up in paintings, poetry and music.  It is a beautiful promise of hope and wholeness.  And as I worked on my little name blocks, I thought about what God would put on my place card.

What would be on my little wooden block, inviting me to sit down and enjoy the celebration?

My name, perhaps:  my married name, my maiden name or God's own name for me?

A few roles I have filled: wife, mother, daughter, writer, friend?

Several attributes ... hopefully ones I'd like to have on my block:  loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled (the fruit of the spirit)?

Any other descriptions that God would choose:  servant, obedient, listener, present?

What about you?
Do you have a place at the table?
What would be on your name place?

P.S.  I'm thrilled to announce that they work great and we haven't lost one yet!


  1. This is such a wonderful and creative idea, Morgan! My girls love making placecards, but these more thoughtful and permanent ones would be really fun to make!

  2. Love the idea! I'm going to steal it and make some for my own family, only perhaps with a different flare. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Morgan, just wanted to let you know that I loved this project so much that it's one of this week's features at Rook No. 17!


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