Our Christmas Dining Room






Our family is really enjoying living in less house.
It means less to clean, less to maintain, and less space to decorate.
There are no more formal rooms or "company/guests only" rooms.
We live in these rooms and use every single one of them, every single day.
Which also means more time to focus on living and loving 
and less time spent on the shuffling of stuff from one spot to the next.
It means contentment.




Our dining room is not only the place where we dine,
it is also my office and our music room.
(I talked about our plans for this space a few months ago HERE.)

To have one large room do triple duty is a blessing.
As I switch out the office stuff spread out all over the dining table 
for place settings, silverware, and  candles,
I thank God for the versatility of this house.




I also welcome the quiet times I can write and work,
and spread out all my office-y stuff all over the table,
yet while I do, I ponder and pray for the friends and strangers-become-friends
that we've laughed with, sung songs around the piano with, and been encouraged with in this room.
And I smile.




This is what this sideboard looked like when I got it 
(bartered from my friend, Ann, who got our theater room TV console in exchange).



The top two drawers hold my Gram's silver, candles, and linens.
The long, large drawer holds my paperwork, laptop, and crafting things.
In the bottom baskets, the left side (for now) holds Christmas gift wrapping supplies
and the right side contains board games and cards.
(Hmmm... I guess this room is also our game room!)





This Christmas, as we settle in this house, fresh from unpacking
and determined to keep only those things that we actually use and enjoy,
a new layer of gratefulness has spread itself over the floors and walls.




It's an understanding that joy doesn't come from inanimate belongings.
It's a realization that hope isn't found in the acquisition of paraphernalia.
It's a discovery that peace can't be found by holding onto stuff.




   

The items that we chose to keep have all been merged together to create our home.








The things that we've kept with us are the things we are willing to enjoy and share.





And, through the years, as tables and lamps and rugs and candles come and go,
these things will always remain within these walls:
The hope that our lives will reflect the glory of the One Who gave us life.
The joy of knowing that our security rests in eternity, not in the trappings of the here and now.
The peace, that our Emmanuel is always with us.






Jaime

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I am joining the Christmas Celebrations at:
The Nester's Place HERE for the 2013 Tour of Homes
Richella's Home for Grace at Home #86 HERE
HERE at Kate's Place for Flaunt it Friday #185

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful Post and Wonderful Message. As Always, Leslie.

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    1. Hi Leslie (great name :) ),
      Thank you for visiting me! I pray you have an especially peaceful and joyful Christmas!
      <3

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  2. I needed this today. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

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    1. Hi Terri!
      You are always in my prayers... thank you for always being such an encouragement to me!
      HUGS!
      And merry merry merry Christmas to you, as well!
      XOXO

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  3. How Beautiful Leslie!!! the Dining table is just gorgeous!!!! Most of all..... What a blessing your post is to me today!!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!!

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  4. Hardwood floors from here to there and back again! LOVE this!

    ;-}

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  5. I loved this post!! Your dining room looks absolutely beautiful! It's hard to imagine that it used to be red...LOVE the new color! Have a Merry Christmas!!

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  6. Beautiful!! I'm loving your dining room table!!! Where did you get the snowflakes on the table? Is it a placemat? The whole room is beautiful!!

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  7. I LOVE your house!
    I love all the care and love that you have put in to making it beautiful! I love the family that dwells in your home and that you all love Christ and share that love with everyone!
    Merry Christmas!
    Sue

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  8. Beautiful, encouraging post, Leslie. Your dining room looks (and functions) great, and I can totally understand its appeal. We continue praying about the best time to put our house on the market and downsize. I am so ready! Your words ring so true for me: No matter where we live, Emmanuel within the walls with us is all that matters. Merry Christmas in your new home, my friend!

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  9. Leslie- this post couldn't be more aptly timed! I come here and read your blog for so many different reasons - I love the spiritual eyes you use to look at your home. It doesn't hurt that you also display some lovely 'eye-candy' !
    I leave here inspired. :) -Pat

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  10. Love, love, LOVE it, Leslie! What a wonderful room. And how lovely that your spaces are really getting used. You've made it all look beautiful, but I especially like knowing that at any given time, this room could be a beehive of activity. :)

    God bless you this Christmas and always, sweet friend!

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  11. What a fabulous room. I love it. How wonderful to have room to make it a music room too. Love your tablescape, so beautiful. I hope you have a very Blessed and Merry Christmas. Hugs, Marty

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  12. I like the beauty and family friendliness you have brought together in your home. Things do come and go but He is constant and ever present. Thank you for your words and reminder. Merry Christmas! Linda

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  13. I love your new home! I have watched you stage your old home...pack...move...and get all of this done in your new home...while I have sat here still trying to pick out paint colors! You are amazing!
    God Bless you and your family and I pray you have a very Merry Christmas!!
    Sharon

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