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.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Endings and Beginnings

And so ends the long summer.

It was a long one.

It was hot. (And I don’t like heat.)
The air conditioning in my vehicle was hit and miss. (And I don’t like heat.)
My sixteen-year-old daughter was away from home for the entire summer. (And I don’t like transitions.)

Today we begin our "formal" school year, even though my laundry room did not get cleaned out this summer, even though I still have a few loose ends to tie up with our school plans, even though I did not read all the books I hoped to read. But this is my comfort zone, and I am entirely happy to be back to "normal".

As we begin our twentieth year of homeschooling (and the last "first day" for Kati), I petition the Lord to guide us. I acknowledge that I can accomplish nothing without His blessing. The words of this hymn voice my plea.


Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.


  1. I love your new header picture!

    Hope your 1st day is fun and calm and a great start to the year. Our 1st day back at semi-school went well and both kids (Gavin and Maddie!) loved reading about mountain men. Go figure. They were begging for more. :-) Owen was coloring nearby so I know he listened, too.

  2. Cheryl, I love the new header picture too! I am so looking forward to the fall!

    Thanks so much for your encouragement! As you know this is our first offical year for homeschooling and I say sometimes I don't know if I can do this. I am so glad that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength! Even when we are weak he is strong! Blessings as you start your new year!

  3. Twenty years ... wow !!
    Thank you for your encouraging post.



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