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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday Snapshots: This and That

It was a grill out, eat in kind of Sunday. Not because it was too hot, but because of the bugs! Good grief. The fruit flies are crazy. Also sighted today: daddy-longlegs, mosquitoes, and a ferocious looking wheel bug. So we kept our hamburgers and hot dogs to ourselves (mostly...some of the fruit flies are inside too) and enjoyed an indoor picnic. 

"Let me in. (I think.)"

Kati read to us about the wheel bug. Ben was right. He is ferocious. 

Kristin brought dessert this week: molten lava cakes


One boy cleaned his plate...thoroughly! "You can just put my plate away," he laughed. We didn't, but we admired his effort to save on dish washing. :)

After time! 

The littlest grandgirl convinced Papa to play the "Maisey Game" with her. And then again. And then "Guess Who." Again. And again. I must tell you that usually Papa is not much of a game player, but he melted and somehow let Alaine talk him into playing five games!

He was rewarded with some snuggle time after the games. I think it was worth it. 

The hardest part of playing games? Trying to keep Aunt Kati from taking your picture. Because why would you want all that cuteness recorded for posterity?

Time for Grandy...

...and the weekly race (a relatively new "tradition") before piling into the van for the drive home.


I have been Gathering the Moments of September. Would you like to join me? 
Feel free to "gather" your September moments...a few glimpses or many, with words or not. 
I'll have the linky up sometime tomorrow, and it will stay open for about a week.


  1. I understand why there was so much anticipation, the cakes look delicious. Tim and I love Dutch Blitz!

  2. Good morning! Love reading about your Sundays. They just seem like the epitome of what family days should look like. This look wonderful as always. Hope you have a good week!

  3. Delightful Sundays.

    Ours was different than usual. We spent it quietly as a family - I even had a nap! After Tim came home from work we ate dinner on the deck, he played some bocci ball with Kyle and threw the frisbee with Sarah and Kyle. Then we watched Dr. Who, went to care for our friends dog, and home to bed.

    Love you and can't wait to see you! One week!


  4. What's with all the bugs? Hopefully their last hurrah before cool weather comes to stay. Nice photos of a good Sunday together!

  5. Cheryl, I love seeing family around the table. I'm with the kid who cleaned his plate thoroughly. Only the LOOK from my mother kept me from licking my dessert plate when I was a kid. Lol

  6. I love your Sundays! We struggle with making Sunday afternoons/evenings good. You are always reminding me not to give up:)

  7. What a great weekend making sweet memories! Those molten lava cakes look dangerous...AND delicious!!

  8. Wonderful Sunday moments. I'd lick my plate after a chocolate lava cake, too, if I could get away with it.

  9. What wonderful family Sundays you always have! Lovely to bring everyone together. ♥

  10. Love to see how you enjoy life together! Now pass me one of those molten yummies and no one gets hurt!

  11. Dutch Blitz! That was a favorite game in my house growing up! I'll have to see if i can find it and play it with my boys now.


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