An Early Anniversary Gift

by | Sep 20, 2013 | Home Sweet Home | 19 comments

This year, for our 14th anniversary which is coming up on October 2nd, we decided to purchase a new dining table, with matching chairs for our family!  Out first table was given to us by one of my husband’s brothers when he entered the seminary, and then in 2008 we purchased the oak table with 6 chairs from my parents old neighbors when they moved.  Since then we have been using the oak table with a combination of the oak chairs and the white school room chairs which were also from my parents neighbors.   This is the first table we have ever purchased new and it was delivered yesterday afternoon!  

It is a little longer and narrower than our old table and it came with 10 chairs, although we did order two extras.  I wasn’t sure at first about the gridback chairs, but they are rather unique and, along with the two-tone Oak Espresso finish, match our home so nicely.

In the picture above you can see the shelves from the old school room in the corner… They are there temporarily until I can find new homes for everything.  Still working on that…  Someday I’d like to replace the white hutch with a dining buffet and also find a painting (my husband would like a large tuscan style painting of a monastery – maybe something along these lines – any suggestions?) for between the windows on the back wall.

Last night I added felt pads to all the chairs and tonight we will all use our new dining table for the first time!  It is such a blessing (thank you overtime) and we all love it! 

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, 
it would be a merrier world. 
― Thorin, The Hobbit


  1. Anonymous

    Gorgeous! Where did you buy it from? We've been needing a longer table and they are so difficult to find.

  2. Kari

    Congratulations on your anniversary and new dining set! It's beautiful and I love how big and spacious it is. Perfect for your family!

    Hope you and your husband have a wonderful anniversary!

  3. Erin

    Oh I do understand the thrill:){{}} congratulations:) We recently bought our first brand new lounge (leather too) after 20 years of marriage. Such pleasure

  4. Marie

    BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE the table!! Are those cubbies in the background of the first and last pics? I noticed them in your back-to-school posts and meant to ask about them, as I don't remember seeing them before. I have been looking for something similar for our dining/schoolroom and would love details!!!!

  5. Anonymous

    How exciting! Your dining room set is beautiful! I wish you many happy and abundant meals at that table. God bless you all! 🙂 Bernadette

  6. Katie V.

    I think the grid back is charming! Im sure you will be making many wonderful meals that will look lovely on this table! Enjoy!

  7. Barbara

    It's beautiful, Jessica. The two tone colors look just like our kitchen set. Is it a Canadel?

  8. Jessica Gordon

    Yes, I purchased the cubbies this past summer when they were on sale at Costco. They have been working out wonderfully for the kids to keep their current school materials/books in this year.

  9. Chris

    Absolutely gorgeous, Jessica!!

    Enjoy it for many years in good health!! It is beautiful.

    (Oct 2 is my hubby's bday! My parents' anniversary was Oct 3, 1943!)

    Happy Anniversary!

  10. melody

    It's beautiful! What a pretty room… so much light! Congratulations! We just celebrated our 17th anniversary in July and have our first dining room table ever (found it on Craig's list) and I'm so excited. They are tearing out a kitchen wall as I type and we will finally have a place large enough to fit that table!

  11. Krista

    Oh, can't wait to have pizza and be able to eat at this new dinning room table! 🙂 I'm ON. THE. PLANE! It really is lovely and it goes so well with your color scheme and those gorgeous floors!

  12. Jamie Jo

    Beautiful Jessica!! I love the two tone colors! Thank you for letting me know, although, I do have you on Bloglovin' and so would have eventually seen it! The Anniversary table for us won't be this year, but maybe another year…I love the idea of it for your anniversary! What a blessing our tables are, they symbolize so much. (love, food, sharing, games, fun, prayer, school…endless things)

  13. Cathy

    Gorgeous dining room – Have been needing new dining room furniture ourselves and this has inspired me 🙂 Wishing you both a blessed 14th anniversary ~

  14. 9peasMom

    I love it Jessica, hard earned money put to great use for a wonderful, deserving family! I hope you get to enjoy it for many, many years!

  15. Anonymous

    Love it! So exciting to get new furniture for which you've been saving and waiting! Happy anniversary! – Genevieve

  16. Jamie Jo

    I had to come back and look, we actually did the Anniversary table thing (early too) and have a new dining set coming in Friday! Ours won't fit our dining room as well as yours either, but someday we plan to remodel and add on, so it will fit better then. We had another chair break this past week, so we went to look at chairs and ended up getting a table. There ended up being a big payroll error at work in the plus direction! (some mistakes are good!)

    I'll try to picture it next weekend! God bless Jessica!

  17. Jessica Gordon

    That's so exciting, Jamie! Happy Anniversary! 🙂


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