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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Grand Weekend



It was our privilege to have five of our grandchildren (the ones who live near by) staying with us this past weekend.  We were busy, busy...and I have renewed admiration for my daughter and son-in-law.  But we had such a delightful time and we wouldn't trade it for anything!

Here is baby Alaine (20 months) who woke up singing

and little brother Benjamin (3) who wanted to do everything the big brothers were doing

and busy Owen (5) who had lots to do

and sweet Maddie (7) who tamed the stray cat 

and the oldest,  Gavin (9), who was the "team captain."

We began the weekend with a checklist for Owen, who thrives on such things.  Oh, the boy loves a list.  He immediately set about accomplishing his "tasks."   

There were indoor activities...

...a little TV...

...books, books, books...

...puzzles, games, and crafts.

There were outside activities...

Papa helped the boys make periscopes
and tape together some large pieces of cardboard for a make-shift house. 
(By the time this picture was taken, the house had been entered and exited a number of times and was in a state of disrepair.)

There was a circus, including a musical parade and a "dare devil" act. 

And I can't tell you about our weekend without telling you that Bekah taught both Gavin and Maddie to play "This Old Man" on the piano.  Oh yes she did.  We heard "This Old Man"  roughly six hundred and forty-two times.  Plink. Plink. Plink.  "Oops, I made a mistake.  I have to start over."  Plink. Plink. Plink. 

Indeed, we all had a grand time!


  1. It looks like grand fun and as if you've had some experience keeping children busy and happy. I'm thinking the two Aunties are a big help, too, not to mention Papa.

    (John and I have laughed ourselves silly over yesterday's post.)

  2. I know you are tired, but what a great weekend:)

  3. It sounds perfect! Exhausting but perfect!

    Great list for Owen, fun times for all!

    What was Bekah thinking? Heehee! I'm certain they were so excited to learn to play a song!


  4. Definitely a 'grand' time grandma and grandpa! I love these pictures of your beautiful family being... beautiful.

    I have a friend who's children attend 'cousins camp' each summer. I've always thought it was such a wonderful idea!

    Grandpa and Grandma arrange food and activities for an extended weekend and the parents drop off their kids and leave! There is an age that they all look forward to (I can't remember what it is) when they are old enough to start attending. I remember that it's a reasonable age so everyone is old enough to enjoy the activities and grandpa and grandma can handle it.

    Anyway, that's what I thought of when I saw your cousins camp. Just wonderful!

    Blessings, Debbie


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