As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this nearly six-acre tract of land, this farmhouse, this domain—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Grandmother Dishes

On Resurrection Sunday, I debuted The Grandmother Dishes. 

Technically, it wasn't their debut, because this china was gracing tables long before I was born. They once belonged to my great-grandmother Anna. (I told you about Anna ~here~.) Then, they went to her only daughter, my great-aunt Minerva. Aunt Minerva never married, but she valued family history and carefully preserved treasures and stories. 

The next keeper of the china was Great-Aunt Minerva's niece, my Aunt Lynn. 

Lynn, too, never married, so when she passed away on Christmas day, another generation was to be given the care of these family heirlooms. My mother and my aunt (Lynn's sisters) decided that I, the oldest great-granddaughter, would receive them. 

And because I believe in using heirlooms so that they have a place in family memories, The Grandmother dishes made their debut appearance at my table on Resurrection Sunday

All photos by Kati

If dishes could talk, I'd love to hear the stories of days gone by. But I'll have to be content to make new memories, to tell new stories with those around my table. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sunday Snapshots: Resurrection Day 2014

Celebrating the Risen Lord! 

The morning spent with our church family, celebrating His life with the Word, the bread and the wine, worship, and sweet fellowship.

Back at home, celebrating with fellowship and food...

...and, of course, a little fun too!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
Then life is worth the living, just because He lives.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Hope of the Resurrection!

May you know the HOPE of His resurrection!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Heritage From the Lord

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. 
The fruit of the womb is a reward. 
Psalm 127:3

On Sunday, the "baby" of our family, Rebekah Hope, became a teenager.

And on Sunday morning, my heart was full, absolutely full. Full of love. Full of rejoicing. Full of gratitude. Full of praise.  

Tears spilled as I greeted the birthday girl on her first morning of being thirteen.

Tears spilled as I stood at the stove and stirred caramel sauce for the ice cream sundaes she'd requested. 

Tears spilled as my girl sat at the piano and played "Hallelujah, What a Savior," and though I had been singing it along with her all week, I could hardly voice the glorious words. 

But I was also thinking about God's plan for Rebekah, "a future and a hope." I was thinking of what a blessing she is to us, and how God has made her a unique person with gifts that she is using for Him. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10)

Later, tears spilled again as brothers and sisters in Christ sang along as Bekah accompanied, and we all lifted a song of praise to our Redeemer. ♫ "...ruined sinners to reclaim. Hallelujah, what a Savior!" 

We returned home, ready to celebrate Bekah's birthday. It was a milestone. 

It was an Ebenezer. 

 "Thus far, the Lord has helped us." 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Note Card Party: Our Just Desserts

Again it is time for Vee's monthly Note Card Party,
and I'm serving up a little something sweet this month!

(Below each image, I'll provide a link to the recipe.)

~ Lemon Cheesecake Mousse ~

~ Strawberry Pie ~

~ Blackberry Pavlova ~

~ Blueberry Lemon Scones ~

Are you hungry yet? Want to grab a cuppa and join me?

Do you have a blog?
Then you can join this month's party over at Vee's Haven!
Come on's lots of fun!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday Snapshots: A Sneak Peek

More about this milestone later in the week...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Personal Photo Challenge {Close-up/Macro}

Again this month, I am joining Donna in her Personal Photo Challenge. I have been practicing all month, and although I feel like I'm barely scratching the surface with all that there is to learn about macro photography, I was able to come up with three photos that pleased me. 

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This pansy pleased me, partly because I have enjoyed the delight of these early spring flowers in my kitchen. But I also enjoyed the play of sunlight as it shone through the kitchen window and highlighted the cheerful flower's yellow petals and its leaves. 

I am wondering if this photo is close enough to be considered "macro." I used my Canon Rebel T3 and the 18-55 mm lens, on the "close-up" setting. I cropped the image a bit, slightly sharpened it, and then used PicMonkey's "Focal Soften" tool to blur the background a little more.

This photo of our own forsythia pleased me because I loved it even without editing! 

All the informative articles about macro photography that Donna provided said to avoid taking pictures on a windy day, and yet, I was struggling with some wind the day that I took this shot. Even so, I liked the focus of the flower and the bud in the foreground, and the soft background. (And then, maybe I am just influenced by the long-awaited symbol of spring that these blooms represent!)

This last photo pleased me with the sunny yellow bloom and the tiny details that I did not notice with the naked eye. And it also pleases me to see the sweet smile of my granddaughter Maddie as my beautiful background. 

I cropped this image, but otherwise it is straight out of the camera. 

A Personal Photo Challenge was definitely a challenge this month! Lots of shots attempted, lots of shots "meh", and a few I really liked. But that's the good part, right? Keep trying, keep learning, keep improving! Thank you, Donna!

Next month's challenge...colorful. Hmmm...

A Personal Photo Challenge
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