Saying Grace

I often wonder if having family meals around the table and saying Grace is lost to so many these days. I have to confess, we don’t always sit down at the table and have our dinner. Several times a week dinner is in the living room. I am trying to stop that and only have one night that is not at the dining room table.

Saying Grace is something I grew up with. It is something that is important to me to teach the Princess. So, after searching for a simple child’s Grace to say, I decided to use the two from one of the Princess’s favorite books, My Little Book of Prayers.

This book was published in 1982. We found it at a thrift store.

misc 041It has wonderful illustrations.

misc 042Dear God, I gratefully bow my head

To thank You for this daily bread.

And may there be a goodly share

On every table everywhere.


(Dixie Willson)

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Thank You for the world so sweet;

Thank You for the food we eat;

Thank You for the birds that sing;

Thank You, God for everything!

(E. Rutter Leatham)

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Matt 15:36, Mark 8:6

"And he took the seven loaves and the fishes and gave thanks..."

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Matthew 14:19, (also see... Mark 6:41, Luke 9:16, John 6:11)

And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and broke, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

Having a sit down at the table family dinner doesn’t need to be elaborate. No fancy dishes are needed. paper napkins and vinyl placemats are just fine.

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misc 048 You don’t have to fix some fancy meal.

misc 051Enjoy what you have been blessed with. Spend time enjoying each other’s company. And always give Thanks.

misc 054 (Princess & Papa)

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  1. Such a great tradition you're starting with The Princess! When she gets older, I'm sure she'll have happy memories of family dinners!
    Happy REDnesday!

  2. Not sure how old your kids are, but mine used to help setting the table when they were 4 years old. I took a photo of several different ways to set a place and then they could choose how to do it. You could also do something fun in the living room. Set up the coffee table and put pillows around it. The simple prayer you have in the book could be followed by everyone taking turns and saying what they are thankful for. Mealtime should be fun and a great way for families to spend time together.

  3. This is a beautiful post! Thank you!

  4. Diann I love this post and that last photo just made me go AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! The sweet hands. We always said grace and Sara & Blake still do. I know Tiger will grow up saying these sweet simple prayers. Dinner is such a good way to connect when your lives get busy. AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! hugs, Linda

  5. DH and I set at the table every night to eat our meal, even though the children have moved to there own homes, this is something we will always do....

  6. What a beautiful post! I love the pictures. Our family always holds hands when we say Grace at our meals.


  7. Oh what a beautiful post, Dian. I love the last picture. What a nice gesture and tradition to teach Princess....Christine

  8. The hand in hand of the little one is so touching. Save that photo!

  9. Oh Dian, that last photo is just so precious! Her tiny little hand just melts my heart. What a sweet little book, and how wonderful that you are teaching her such an important lesson. laurie

  10. Love your reds, but the best thing is your family dinner.

  11. So blessed to hear that you have prayer at dinner. You are right about it becoming extinct these days. So many important truths are taught around the table and sharing as a family.

  12. Lovely post - and a nice reminder of simple pleasures that will live forever in memory.

  13. What an excellent post! I believe in family dinners and saying grace. I love to hear my 5 year old pray his own prayer. It can be funny or moving but always a treat to hear.
    Your meal looks really good. I know you have a happy family.

  14. Just a beautiful post. I loved the pic with the holding precious. I have that book that I did not sell when I closed the daycare down in November.

  15. You've brought tears to my eyes, that last photo! And the book is the same one that my daughters had - I should dig it out again.
    Just beautiful.
    PS your everyday dinner table looks pretty special too.

  16. What a sweet post!! We did not say Grace every day but we did during holiday meals.
    I have a collection of Golden Books put away up the attic for a future grand child some day! I will have to go and look for them and bring them out to display! Thanks so much for the idea!!


  17. wonderful! Love the little prayer book...We say grace to all our meals. Dinner Table Devotions is a great book for table eating and taslking together as well...So you can give thanks for the food, be together and talk together! Thanks for sharing..Mica/The Child's Paper

  18. We say grace before eating, and your table setting is beautiful!

  19. What a beautiful post, Diann! Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings, Beth

  20. What a sweet post! I collect Golden books and this one is especially precious! ♥

  21. Hey Diann :) I LOVE this post! (and we have that same exact book!) :) We have dinner together around the kitchen table every night and, of course, we say grace each night too. :) Carson loves to say Grace!
    I read on FB about your oral did it go? I was thinking of you...I've had it done and was dreading it for you. Of course anything is better than the pain! :) Hope you're feeling better.
    OH and thanks for "liking" my hubby...gee, that does sound funny! lol :)
    Hugs my sweet friend
    PS.. I love the last picture...what a sweet little hand!

  22. Aww, how sweet to see her little hand in yours. I bought that same book many years ago for my little princess, too. I'm afraid we didn't say grace very often. I spent too much time hollering at my little guy to sit down and use utensils. lol.

  23. Oh how very sweet -- a table filled with grace and gratitude is the most lovely table of all!

  24. Great post! We have all our meals at the table....always. The dogs will drive us crazy if we don't.....(should not have told that!!)

    We seriously always have eaten at the table, when the kids were here and just keep doing it. I am afraid many do not do that any more. Happy VTT!

  25. Oh that last picture is so precious!! My husband's schedule doesn't usually allow for us to have sit down dinners but we sit down together at whatever meals we can. The kids always sit together at dinner and our oldest son prays...they wait for each other and aren't allowed to eat until everyone is there. It's a sweet thing that I hope they take to their homes as adults!

    HaPpY vInTaGe ThInGiE tHuRsDaY!

  26. Amen!!
    Family grace is a true blessing.
    joy in Christ..Trish

  27. Time at the table together is special, we don't get to do it much now but I wish we did more sometimes

  28. We have a similar golden book, My first book of Prayers illistrated by Eloise Wilkins. I love her books.
    It is such a lovely and rewarding experience when our little ones want to say Grace. So sweet to hear they little voices as they say parts of the Grace aloud.
    I love family meals and Grace.

  29. Beautiful. I love that last picture. :) I remember little hands like that. They're not so little anymore. :( Family time at the table is very special. I'm thankful that with a 21 y/o and an 18 y/o they still enjoy this. Sure, we have our dinner in livving room days too. ;) And I agree, no fancy setting needed...just lots of love.


  30. What a wonderful truth put in such a lovely way...and yes we get to moving too fast. I love seeing my little one and adult children bow their heads, and I hope it is something that continues in their homes on day also. Saying grace.

  31. Oh my word...this is just precious! We say grace in our home also, but silently :)


  32. I am loving your simple pleasure ....may we never forget to teach the children

  33. My family memories of the special time at the dinner table. We always ate at the table. I agree, with the effort today to sit in the family room and eat while watching TV is a hard thing to fight theses days. I adore your book of prayers and saying grace. We do that too. However, it is so common to eat on the run and let that lovely custom go away. The simple pleasure of a meal at the table is worth the effort. Nice post.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  34. that picture of the adult and child's hands - priceless. And everything on your table looks so yummy. Saying grace..we often say how thankful we are throughout the day..for everything He's given us...would that be a way to say grace?

  35. We have always started our meals with thanks. When my daughter was in college and telling friends about her family, she would say, "you know that family in the restaurant that always prays before they eat...that's my family.". I always loved that. Cherry Kay

  36. Loved this Diann! I remember seeing that book too!

    You are teaching the princess in the way she should go so she'll not depart from it!

    Blessings to you all!

  37. We too love to share grace with family. Somehow the meal takes on a different meaning. Thanks

  38. Sharing a meal around the table is one of life's greatest simple pleasures, and one that is all too often discounted. I can think of nothing more important in family life. Thanks for linking up to Simple Pleasures.

  39. What a sweet book. Saying Grace is one of the things I have taught my grandkids. I've told them that as long as they sat and ate at my table, the blessing must be said before anyone eats.

  40. Loved the picture of that little hand in the bigger hand. So sweet.

  41. Dianne that little golden book may have printed that version in 1982, but that book has been round a LOT longer. I had one when I was a little girl :). I can even still say that grace "thank you for the world so sweet". What a memory you have awakened. Thank you!

  42. Oh Diann, This is such a blessing. I said that exact same blessing when and I still do today. I loved the part about everyone having a goodly share. It touched my young heart. I was old enough to read but I don't remember which book it was from. Had to be between 1946-47.That is when I was in first grade. There was no such thing as kindergarten.
    I am on the computer attempting to find the book where I may found the prayer. Your blog comes. You just have to love it...bloggers, internet and browsers.

    Love and blessings to you.


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