Our New Table

On Monday before Thanksgiving, our new table was brought to our home. This beautiful table was a gift from our wonderful church family, in celebration of our tenth anniversary here at Westside Baptist Church. We also were able to purchase 16 new chairs. I am amazed at how well the colors match up! Bro. Kory Mathis handcrafted this amazing piece of work! His wife and children sacrificed time with their husband/dad so we could have this one of a kind piece of furniture. We are so thankful for the hard work and all of the love that went in to making this table! We had thought of looking at Amish Touch to get our table set, but both of us decided that if Kory was willing, that we would much rather have him build it for us! You see, the family table is an important part of our home and we want it to be the center of where discipleship takes place, both of our children, and of those we bring in to our home. We are so very pleased with the outcome!

The table is 14 feet long, with no leaves, so it had to be assembled inside our house. The wood is African Sapele, a mahogany that has had it's natural color pigment brought out by a procedure called pot ash. So the color is what the wood would naturally look like 100 years from now. I call this my "castle table".  I truly feel like a queen sitting at it!

I love that it is the center piece of our home!!!!

Behold! The king and queen! ;-) A very happy and BLESSED couple!

The craftsman and his beautiful bride! Thank you!!!!
That evening, Ian and Rosa came over, Ian to help with the table and Rosa who brought homemade lasagna and bread over for dinner! What a blessing that was and so yummy, too!

Before we ate, we all gathered around our newly assembled table. We held hands and Craig read the Scriptures:

"Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel." Psalm 128

Then he had his father lead us in prayer, and he followed in prayer. After this, Kory spoke a few very touching words. This was a glorious dedication of our table and then we sat and ate a delicious meal, the first meal to be eaten around this massive table. 

Thank you, Westside Baptist Church for this generous and thoughtful gift! Thank you for knowing what would bless us most! We pray this gift will be used for generations to come to bless many and to give honor and glory to our most loving Saviour, Jesus Christ! Thank you also, Kory for taking your time and using your God given talent to make this for us! Thank you, Jonna and children for sacrificing your time with your husband and daddy so that we might receive this blessing! We love you all!!
Together in His service,

Craig & Emily Houston
Naomi, Anna-Rene'e, Samuel, Daniel, Nathanael, Michael, Julia, Lydia, Abigail, Ezekiel, and Selah


  1. Looks beautiful!!!!!! Can't wait to see it in person! ;-)

  2. its beautiful! how does it work out so close to the wood stove? just curious... :)

  3. It's soooo beautiful! (It matches the family!) We love you and are so happy for you. I know you all do not put an importance on "things", but this table is a symbol of ministering to people for the LORD... and those of us who know you ALL, know that THIS is what is most important to you ALL. I do say "ALL" because your WHOLE family has been a tremendous blessing to SO many people... right on down to the little ones... of whom I am glad are counted as my friends too! :) See you tomorrow! Hugs to all, Grace

  4. It's beautiful!
    I wish I could have seen and helped with the process of building it!
    You know, it might even fit BOTH our families in their entirety...we should test that sometime! ;)

    So happy for you guys! I know this was very important to you and a big blessing!

  5. Praise the Lord!!! What a blessing to have this nice table to continue with the hospitality that your family enjoys sooo much. As my wife said your ENTIRE family is a huge blessing and encouragement to the church family at WBC.

    Love and Prayers,

    Rick Potvin
    Pr. 3:5-6

  6. I love it! What a blessing!! Thanks for sharing the pics!

  7. So many hearts, souls, and tummies will be blessed sitting at that precious and beautiful handcrafted table. The love that was poured into it and the love that will be poured out of it and around it will be a blessing to many. Praise the Lord for Anna's improvements on her blood. We will be praying for her pain. Just wanted to send more love you way, thinking of you, love you and it is an honor to pray for all of you.
    All our love,
    Karen Peterson

  8. love the table thank you so much

    Michael .C. Houston


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