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.
Friday, December 30, 2011
For many years, our family has made a list of the past year's highlights. We record births and deaths and major life events, but we also include vacations, lost teeth, and room remodels. Basically, we record anything that seems significant to any family member.
I have been reflecting on this past year, 2011. It has been a year of highs and lows, a year of rejoicing and weeping, a year of accomplishment, a year of loss, a year full of His grace.
As I am reflecting, I am going to share a highlight or two from each month, as recorded here in my bloggy space. Join me if you like.
Our visit from our faraway family (son Ryan, his wife Sarah, grandbabies Eve, Nora, and Peter) was far and away the highlight of this first month of the year! I made a Smilebox collection of some sweet moments of our together time.
How can the shortest month of the year seem so l-o-n-g? Maybe it was because the flu made its way through our family of four...one. at. a. time. Sometime between being sick and being nurse, I scratched out these musings about our preparations for our visitors and our preparations for the King of kings.
April was full (with Bekah's birthday and Resurrection Sunday, and Kristin and Brian moving into their new home), but my thoughts were turned towards the end of our school year--Kati's last end of the school year.
Oh, what a month of emotional extremes...a visit from Ryan, a beautiful celebration of marriage for family friends, a graduation party...but also intense sadness as dear friends neared the end of their earthly sojourn, and Ron's father reached the end of his.