What about JOY!

“JOY is simply the signpost that points us to Jesus.”  I love the writings of C. S. Lewis and he writes a lot about joy.  I think he discovered this truth as I have and shared it in his book Surprised by Joy.

Hi Friends,

My post today is inspired by a very special friend.  She gifted me this beautiful table runner and a pillow I will share in another post.  I have a large island in my kitchen and sometimes we use it as a table.  My Dining Room table is in the process of decorating and my kitchen table is prepared for a tea party.  Bob had an errand to run across town so I hurriedly set this table and made a simple lunch.  I knew he would love it because he loves my friend almost as much as I do.

I used a throw that has a red border and then placed the runner on this.

I used my placemats that I bought from Pier I years ago.   The plates were a gift from Bob in 2017.  He knows my love of cardinals.  These stoneware plates are by Susan Winget     found at Cracker Barrel.

These beautiful Italian stems are a favorite of mine.

The tree and birdhouse make a sweet centerpiece.


I quickly redid the table for our lunch.  Not much change-just removed the throw and added the sandwiches and mugs filled with hearty chicken noodle soup.

I have had this little cake stand for more years than I can count.  We love the deli ham and white cheddar cheese from Publix.  

I swapped out the utensils for soup spoons only.  

Everything feels festive in my kitchen including my chair.

What JOY a day can bring!  Wishing everyone the JOYS of the season!


3 thoughts on “What about JOY!

  1. Dianne, you always bring joy into your tablescapes. I love watching the cardinals during the winter months. They are everywhere in my garden this morning. Your table is so lovely and it is always a pleasure to take a virtual seat and feel the warmth of your friendship. Blessings~

  2. Dianne, Your kitchen is so festive. I love your cardinal theme. We have lots of cardinals in our yard and they are delightful. Your cardinal plates are very pretty and the runner with the cardinal is lovely. I enjoyed your commentary and your joy is contagious. Put me in a good mood just reading your blog with your emphasis on joy. Joy is a choice and I try to choose joy.
    Wishing you a delightful December and a Merry Christmas.
    Thanks for your visit to my tablescape blog.

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