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 home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—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.




Thursday, April 19, 2018

Turning Seventeen With The Sound of Music




Somehow, my "baby" has turned seventeen already!

The years have flown by, 
from the time we brought our little preemie home from the hospital

through all the years in between
18 months

8 years old

11 years old

age 15



. . . and now, she is a young lady on the cusp of adulthood.


My mama-heart flutters a little when I realize that this time next year, all of my children will be adults and this chapter of my life will end. But mostly, I am so grateful that I have had the wonderful privilege and responsibility of raising this precious girl, walking alongside her, encouraging and being encouraged by her as we have grown in grace together!





On Sunday, we gathered to celebrate Bekah with a Sound of Music birthday party!
(We played the soundtrack during the party. Click ~here~ for a song!)



🎜 Raindrops on roses 🎝



🎜 Whiskers on kittens 🎝

🎜 Brown paper packages tied up with string 🎝

🎜 These are a few of my favorite things 🎝

🎜 Edelweiss 🎝



"A Few of My Favorite Things" game:
We named some of Bekah's favorite things (dark chocolate, Sherlock Holmes, high heels, etc.)
and each player stood near the appropriate sign.





Sadly, Ryan had to work, but Paul was willing to participate in Wrapping Paper Antics.


Bekah with Mommom

with Gammy

with Gampy

her "camera"


The kids performed a skit for Bekah! :)

with Aunt Linda

with her sisters

with her nieces and nephews



As I do every year, I reflect on the hard and beautiful story of Bekah's coming into this world and I am filled with gratitude. She was meant to be! Our God has a plan for her life!




For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. 
Therefore I also have lent [her] to the LORD;
as long as [s]he lives [s]he shall be lent to the LORD.” 
I Samuel 1:27,28


Monday, April 16, 2018

"Life's Autumn"


Continuing this series of quoted ponderings and Bible verses about growing older. (Click ~here~ to read others.) Today, I am sharing a poem by Amy Carmichael, found in Mountain Breezes




LIFE'S AUTUMN
~ Amy Carmichael

Great Giver of my lovely green in Spring,
          A dancing, singing green upon my tree,
My green has passed; I have no song to sing;
          What will my Autumn be?

Must it be, thought alive, as all but dead,
          A heavy-footed and a silent thing?
Effectless, sapless, tedious, limited,
          A withered vanishing?

                    * * * * *

This I; but He to me: "Have I not shown
          In Autumn woodland and on mountain fell
The splendor of My purpose for Mine own?
          Fear not, for all is well.

"And thou shalt see, My child, what I will do,
          For as thy lingering Autumn days unfold,
The lovely, singing green of hitherto
          Will come to thee in gold."




Does this poem say anything to you? Does it give you encouragement for the "Autumn" of your life?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Is It a Boy or Is It a Girl?



"Sometimes," said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."


Shortly after Christmas, we learned that our daughter Kristin and her husband Brian were expecting their seventh child! What joyful news!

Fast forward through weeks of morning (or all day) sickness and excited siblings and speculation on how the tie between boys and girls would be broken (I feel certain that Kristin would like to have fast forwarded through some of that!) . . . and we arrive at Kristin's sonogram last week and the gender reveal party on Sunday! 

photo by Kristin


Kati and Bekah were ready for the party with their "Blessed Aunt" shirts. (The pink color simply represented the aunts themselves, not their vote on the gender.)



Kristin's church family blessed them with this very special evening. It was a night for families, for singles, for retired couples . . . anyone who wanted to join in the celebration.



Attendees brought food to share and a package of diapers. Each person made a prediction of boy or girl and wore the appropriate color clothespin. There was a super fun game in which everyone tried to identify whose baby photo was whose.

photos by Kati


The climax of the evening was the cutting of the cake! Was there pink or blue cake under the cover of frosting?


photo by ?? (copied from Facebook)


Kristin and her good friend, Melinda who did much of the planning of this gender reveal party
photo by ?? (copied from Facebook)

Yes, it's a BOY!! 

photo by Kati



We are filled with anticipation as we await the August arrival of our new son/brother/grandson/nephew/cousin/great-grandson!

Monday, April 9, 2018

"By What Death He Would Glorify God"


Continuing this series of quoted ponderings and Bible verses about growing older. (Click ~here~ to read others.) 





A brother in our home fellowship illuminated something in this passage that had been a hidden truth to me. The resurrected Jesus was speaking to Simon Peter . . .  

Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”  John 21:17-19

I hope you are not finding this discussion morbid. Conversely, I find this thought heartening: that God has designed the time and circumstances of my earthly departure in a way which will bring glory to Him! 

There is great comfort in this! 


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Resurrection Sunday | 2018




As the music we had selected played during our family celebration on Sunday, I learned that the song "He Lives" was a favorite of my Papa (my dad's dad). I love knowing that! It is also a favorite of Ron's (who is "Papa" to his own grands), and so I have chosen to include this song in my glimpses of our Resurrection Day. (You can click the link below to listen, or simply read the words between the photos.) 



I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today
I know that He is living, whatever men may say





I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer
And just the time I need Him He's always near






He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way







He lives! He lives, salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart






Rejoice! Rejoice, O Christian! Live up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King









The Hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find
None other is so loving, so good and kind








He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way






He lives! He lives, salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart






 . . . that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, 
and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death . . . 
Philippians 3:10


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