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, May 12, 2013

For My Mother...

This is a repost from 2010, but the words remain true, and the sentiments are the same.

In A Garden to Keep by Jamie Langston Turner, one of the characters says,

“A mother focuses the lens through
which her children view life.”

Thank you, Mom, for focusing my lens. You have influenced my life in countless ways.
  • You shared with me your love for books, for words, for learning.
  • You showed me that an orderly, well-kept home was a worthy goal, that a lovely table was worth the effort, that traditions mattered to children—that homemaking was important.
  • You shared with me a love for God’s little furry creatures. (And some without fur, such as the spiders that you carefully escorted from our home on envelopes because you did not want to kill them.)
  • But I am most grateful that you focused the lens for me to see Jesus. You showed me an “unfeigned faith” (II Timothy 1:5)...and that has made the difference in my life.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!  I love you! 

With my mom...then and now.

circa 1963

P.S.  Mom, we must make a concerted effort to get a better current picture of the two of us!  :)


  1. lovely post and very sweet photos!

    Happy Mother's Day!

  2. Ohhh what a beautiful mom with a very cute little girl! She was so proud of you and, I'm sure, still is. ☺ I'm chuckling to think about the spiders being transported via envelopes to the great outdoors. Ha!


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