I actually had this table done before we left on our trip, but did not have time to do a blog post. I wanted to do a little something different but with fall colors still in mind, so I decided on my red plates for inspiration.
I started with my brown placemats, which I know that you cannot see. Dark wood table, dark kitchen, cloudy day, plus brown placemats equals dark photos. Sorry! I topped them with my white Nikko plates.
Then I layered on the red square plates from Wal Mart. I really like these plates, and for some reason I don’t remember to use them as often as I should.
For the fall touch, I topped the stack with my Family Dollar acorn plates. I really like these plates. Actually, I like all of the Family Dollar fall décor and accessories.
I chose these colorful napkins to bring a little brightness to an otherwise drab table. Don’t you love those fall leaf napkin rings? They really help to carry out the autumn theme.
My Chateau flatware was perfect for this casual setting.
So were the Dollar Tree fall glasses. I love these glasses. Well, I really like almost anything that Dollar Tree has in the way of tablescaping accessories.
The votive holders also came from Dollar Tree a long time ago. I put in the red tealights to echo my “touch of red” theme.
I like the final product and am sorry that my dark photos don’t show up well. A simple table with some red accents was my goal, and I think I achieved it.
The next part of my title has to do with my son and his wife. For about a year now he has been praying and soul searching about his career. He has been at the same camp for 10 years. He has enjoyed it, worked hard, and learned a lot. He now feels lead to move on to become a camp director.
I will skip all of the in-between details and not bore you, but let you know that a few weeks ago he accepted a camp director job in TN. He has a monumental task in front of him, but he is up for it and is ready to roll up his sleeves and dive in. He has already started doing some work long distance, and they will move up there somewhere around the first of the year.
He and my daughter-in-law made the decision together. Of course, he would never make this leap without her willingness. Not only is she willing, but she also is excited and ready. She has not been totally happy with her current job and has already started investigating new job opportunities in the area.
I am leaving out a lot of extra details here because I already am sounding like such proud mama (which I am) and don’t want to be too boastful. I will keep a lot of things to myself about how God has worked in this plan and used Russell in a mighty way. Please don’t take this analogy wrong; I know that my son is not Jesus. But I totally understand why Mary kept some things to herself.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19
Suffice it to say that David and I are thrilled and excited about their new venture.
Our rest this weekend was good. David caught a lot of fish, so he was happy. The cabin was nice and peaceful. Our visit with Russell, Callie, and Wendell was relaxing.
Wendell uses his bird dog skills while fishing. He stays very attentive the entire time that his mom and dad are fishing.
When one of them reels one in, he checks it out. Russell and Callie are convinced that he thinks he has caught the fish. I have taken to calling him a “fish dog” instead of a “bird dog.” We will certainly miss seeing this little family.
While Russell and Callie will be a little further away from us than they are now, we know that he is doing what the Lord has called him to do. Recently I reminded him that he said that he would do what God wanted him to do when he entered seminary almost 10 years ago. He replied, “I guess it’s time for me to make good on that promise!” While we won’t know exactly how and when we can schedule visits until he gets there and works for a while, we are confident that we can get up there every few weeks.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11