The table and china cabinet
As I've mentioned , my Christmas theme this year is entirely dedicated to my one and only human baby. He is graduating in the spring and will be moving off to the next step in his life. This of course is common for all kids , however for mine it's nothing short of amazing to have him come this far.
He's had some serious health issues the last couple of years and some very difficult times that could well have sent him in a very different and less than stellar direction.
To say I'm proud of him would be a huge understatement so I've taken every single little opportunity to make a big deal out of things that are not neccessarily "big" to everyone.
When I thought about how to go about this , it occured to me the challenge ahead. After all, impressing a usually moody high school male is not an easy task. lol
The first things of course was nothing frou-frou , over the top or girly. lol
First was setting the color scheme. Easy enough, his school colors. I could have done his favorites but a black and blue Christmas just didn't sound right.
Then it was keeping it simple, he's by far not a "more is more" kind of guy (this seems wrong considering he carries my blood but I digress...lol).
Having accomplished that task , it was then time for the first and most prominent Table and CC of the season. What to do?? ok, his hobbies are broad but none of which would work well in decor (sportsman , mudding, 4 wheeling, getting greasy working on some project truck somewhere). Now if I could bear to plant a heap of mud , build a woodland and put a wild deer in the middle of the table he'd give me a gold medal but .......
As I thought about all the years that have passed and the struggles we have overcame. It came to me, "through the years" , that would be the theme this year.
Off to the cabinet with the mountain of photos in it.
This was the result....
K through the 11th grade. Step by step on his journey.
Complete with a nod to his favorite creatures (and a few of the pinecones sprinkled in that I suffered a great deal healthwise in collecting over the summer)..
which led to the table.. I got sooo LUCKY and came across the dishes for sale on my local online yard sale from a lady and scooped them up just for this occasion.
There will be no mud ect involved, his Senior pic will have to do.
The plates say so many things.
Cheers : Cheers to you.
Peace: May you find the peace and inner contentment in whatever path you choose.
Celebrate: Celebrate each step that has brought you to where you are today and every step ahead.
Joy : Even with the difficult times, what you have given me so much of.