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 21, 2014

Photo-a-Day Challenge ~ Week 3

Another week of taking pictures for Kati's June photo challenge...a photo-a-day...

day 15: backyard
Ron at the grill at our Father's Day picnic.

day 16: bright
A beautiful summer morning as seen from my kitchen window.

day 17: stripe
White and blue bands on an old yellow ware bowl.

day 18: something old
A row of old tins atop a kitchen shelf.

day 19: refreshing
"Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." (Acts 3:19)

day 20: book
It so happened that I spend some time organizing our homeschool book cabinet yesterday.
It is refreshing to have things neat and tidy.

day 21: summer
This is the same view as day 16 (above), but from a different perspective.

It was a busy week, a people week: Mama Coffee; a visit with an old friend; a day with my sister, niece, and great-nieces; a special 25th birthday party. A good kind of busy. 

Today, however, was a puttering, at-home sort of day. Ron worked in his shop. I cut out those curtains I'm making for the dining room. (If you read ~this~ post, you won't be surprised to learn that both girls asked me which room the curtains were going in. *smile*) Bekah played lots of songs on the piano (she's playing for church tomorrow and she also has some new old sheet music) and she baked cookies. It was a laid back first day of summer. 

How was your week? What did you do on this first day of summer?


  1. Sounds like a great summer day you had today. I love your choice for refreshing. I enjoyed scrolling through all your photos...
    Have a great Sunday.

  2. Beautiful response to the the sunny views from your kitchen windows and the neat old tins across a cabinet top. I think yours has lots of overlap, too, where Ron's photo could also be used for summer.

    Were you able to get the curtains completed? This reminds me that I was going to make a bathroom curtain a few years ago. Wonder what I planned to use for fabric. Hmmm...

    I'm going to finish all my prompts this week and next Saturday will tie it up. I've had fun with it. I think the gals who join in do. Kati's created a winner with this one!

  3. Love all your photos - the stripes is a great photo!

    I have hit the ground running since we got home yesterday early in the afternoon. Rachel and I went grocery shopping, then home to make dinner. Today, Tim and I ran errands, including getting Emma's tires aired up, and my glasses tightened. Then home to make lunch, visit with our friend, get Tim off to work. Then visit with Nate, Kay and Kamryn, I made omelets for hungry people, cut Kyle's hair, washed some dishes and now am getting the kids in bed.

    Tomorrow is church, then lunch with friends here, finishing the prep work for the girls trip on Monday to SC for a youth conference!

    I am looking forward to a slow week.


  4. We did "normal" Saturday things like cut the grass, play in the kiddie pool, go for a bike ride, make a pie (for tomorrow)...

    The weather on this first day of summer was so much more pleasant than the last days of spring!

  5. All your pictures look so "you." The yellow ware bowl, the tins, the books... Personalities come out in the pictures we take.

  6. Beautiful glimpses of your week. People busy is good, but exhausting sometimes.
    We spent the day on the water and came home to mow the lawn late afternoon. Beautiful sunny weather.

  7. All great pictures again this week, Cheryl. I remember when we were homeschooling that bookshelf space was premium real estate so when we had a good clear-out it wasn't long til those spots were filled again.
    With the kind of refreshing your photo shows, we will never thirst again. That's the *best* kind of thirst-quenching!
    My week wasn't particularly busy but it started out great with Mama Coffee. I enjoy talking and laughing with you! The first official day of summer was cooler than the week of days before it. I hope that is a sign of things to come!

  8. Cheryl
    I loved your choices for the photo challenge.
    I especially like the Bible photo for refreshing!

  9. Great shots! I love those old tins. It's the kind of thing I wish I hadn't thrown out in one of my rare fits of downsizing (extremely rare). And that bowl photo is fantastic. And now I'm trying to read the name of the publisher on the Mystery of History books! I'll find out on Amazon. Looks fascinating.

  10. I really enjoyed your "bright" photo! I have always liked geraniums.


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