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.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Photo-a-Day Challenge ~ Week 1

When my daughter Kati did a month-long photo-a-day challenge in February, I joined her. The challenge stretched my thinking and prompted me to try different things, so I am going to join her again with this June edition of the challenge. I will be posting a week's worth of photos on Saturdays.

day 1: leaf
I took several leaf photos on Sunday, but Ron influenced my choice.
He planted a tulip tree in our front yard in 2000 and has waited for blooms ever since. He had given up, but as he drove the mower across the lawn last Saturday, he saw a flower lying on the ground. Looking up, he saw that the tulip tree was full of blooms!
So I chose to post the leaf of the tulip honor of my sweetheart and his excitement over a tree full of blooms.

day 2: favorite color
red geranium is a beautiful thing!  

day 3: weather
The weather was bright and sunny the day we went to hang out on my parents' lovely new deck.
We sat and talked and sipped cold coffee drinks until the weather sent us into the air conditioned living room

day 4: on the wall
A framed print of "Noah's Ark" by colonial artist Edward Hicks.
We saw two of Hicks' paintings at the National Gallery of Art: "Peaceable Kingdom" and "The Cornell Farm." I wanted to bring them home!

day 5: sunglasses
Ron wears his sunglasses on his drive home from work these days.
Quite the change from a few months ago when he drove to work and home in the dark.

day 6: dot
A slice of orange cinnamon poppy seed cake on a polka dot plate.

day 7: water
This little pond is directly across from the home of my friend Lindy.
We went there this afternoon for a happy occasion: a baby shower to celebrate her daughter Christy's first baby, a little girl expected in late summer. Oh joy!

What a lovely array of things there are to see and notice all around us...if we pay attention.


  1. Wonderful choices and I love your commentary. Photography skill seems to run in your family!

  2. So pretty! Oh you're making me want to see the tulip tree myself. Ron is a tenacious guy. Fourteen years is a long time to wait!

  3. Oh that is a long time to wait for blooms! Great choices for the photo challenge.

  4. Tulip tree blooms are worth the wait. Yay for Ron! Your parents' new deck is really nice. I'm sure it will get a lot of use.
    All of your pictures are so nice. You definitely have an eye for it. Looking forward to the weeks to come :)

  5. Huzzah, for the Tulip Tree! Happy for Ron!

    I love your little plate with that delicious looking cake, your parents deck is delightful with color and such a great size!

    I like this photo challenge!


  6. I love red too and enjoyed your photos. My favorite is the last one. So peaceful. You are so right about all the loveliness around us if we only pay attention. I tend to pay much more attention since I got my camera.

  7. I like your weather photo because of the little Starbucks in the corner! :D

    The poppy seed cake looks nice on the polka dot plate. Thank you for making it for me. :)

  8. A nice collection of photos for the first week. Your deck looks cozy for family gatherings, and I like the Noah's Ark print.


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