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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sunday Snapshots: Eighty and Nine!

This weekend we celebrated the October birthdays: our grandson Ben who recently turned 9, and my dad who is now 80! 

I don't have time for a lot of words this morning, so I think I'll let the pictures tell the tale . . . 

Thanks to my sister Linda for this photo! 

Notice Ben's face as his "9" candle toppled in the middle of the birthday song! 😁

After gifts were opened, we had a mini concert! Kati recorded some excerpts and I am hoping to share a few in a separate blog post once she has some time to upload them to her YouTube channel.

It was a good day for celebrating those we love!

Friday, October 13, 2017

From Friday to Friday {And a Special Birthday!}

I am ever amazed at how quickly the days roll by. Just last Friday, Ron was off and we were preparing for a little dinner party. Now here it is Friday again. And there has been a lot of living in between! 

Setting the table for our dinner party.
This dough bowl is one of the treasures that I brought back from our trip to Lancaster.
(Of course, I had to move it when we sat down to eat dinner.)

Dessert was an apple affair!
Harvest apple cake . . .

. . .  and homemade apple butter ice cream!

Also this week, Pineapple House hosted its first piano recital!
It was a first recital for Bekah as teacher, and it was a first recital for each of her students.
Such fun!

This boy had a birthday!

Ben is 9!! 

And also this week, we hosted another Shakespeare Reading Day, this time reading Hamlet.
We have enjoyed many of these (six? seven? I've lost count!) over the years,
but this may have been our best one yet! 

It was definitely our longest one yet.
We began at 9:30 am, took a break for lunch, and finished Act V at 4:45 pm! 

Sound tedious? Sound like a l-o-n-g and dreary day? 
Not at all! The readers were fully engaged with the play.

~ From "Laertes" when her mom came to pick her up: Mom, I can't leave until I avenge my family!

~ From "Hamlet" when he needed a potty break: To pee or not to pee. That is the question. 

~ When "Ophelia" did not want to sing her lines, the group decided to quietly hum "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" while she read to indicate that she was singing. 

~ When we heard a famous line from the play (i.e. "to be or not to be . . . ," "something is rotten in the state of Denmark," "neither a borrower nor a lender be," etc.), everyone stood up or shouted out.

~ Although we were reading, not acting, more than one reader fell dramatically to the floor when their character died.

No, it was certainly not tedious! 

Today is a special day: It is the day that my dad turns 80!

I am so proud of him! 

At age 80, he is still working full time! He started working the day after he graduated from high school and he hasn't stopped yet. He likes to be productive and keep busy. 

He has always been a good and faithful provider for our family.

My dad taught us to be respectful of our elders. He taught us to work hard and to be responsible.

I always knew that I could depend on him for care and protection. I felt safe.

And I have never doubted his love.

Today, I wish him the happiest of birthdays, with much love!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Getaway

As Bekah was telling our granddaughter Nora (8) about our family's plans for a little getaway, Nora wondered what we were going to do. Bekah told her we were going to go antiquing and do a little shopping.

Nora's response: "That's a long way to go for stores."

I suppose Nora has a point. But that's just the kind of outing that we do best.

Especially when your shopping destination is surrounded by gorgeous countryside AND your sweet blog friend lives nearby and you have plans to meet for dinner!

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Deanna of Creekside Cottage and her husband Tim treated us to dinner (thanks again, guys!) and we sat at the table and talked until the hour was late. That's the kind of friendship we share . . . the kind where you can just pick up where you left off and not run out of things to talk about.

(I wrote about our first "in real life" meeting here. Hard to believe it's been five years, but we all look five years different!)

But not one single picture did we take. (What kind of bloggers are we anyway?!) Fortunately, we also had plans to meet up the next day to exchange birthday gifts, so Deanna and I posed for this one. 
I stole this photo from Deanna's Instagram because the ones on my own phone were dark, even after I edited them to the best of my ability! 
In addition to Deanna and Tim, we also saw Deanna's mom Phyllis and had a chance meeting of Emma and Isla (Deanna's daughter and granddaughter) while we waited in line at Chick-fil-A! CrAzY!

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Our outing was not just shopping. In addition to sharing time with friends, there was coffee . . .

 . . . and the girls loved feeding these darling pygmy goats. Several dear little goats were inside the fence, but the instant that a quarter was put into the feeding machine, goats came out of the woodwork! They poked their heads through the fence and ate pellets from the girls' hands. About two dollars later, they were all fast friends. :) 

But, yes, we also did some shopping. 

Here we are in front of one of my favorite stores in Lancaster: Olde Mill House Shoppes

And this one is fun too . . .

. . . especially if you have a napkin fetish.
Honestly, I did not buy all of the napkins I am holding in this photo. I was making my selections. :) 

We were only away for a couple of days. We had both obligations and house projects to call us home. (Ron is still working on some outdoor painting and repairs before cold weather arrives.) But we came away with a few treasures and some treasured memories. 

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