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.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sunday Snapshots: Twenty-One Candles

On Sunday, we celebrated Kati's birthday with a small(ish) family party. Last year's celebration was more of a big hurrah, but for this birthday she chose to keep it low key. Who knew how fitting this choice would be, for that very morning, the precious elderly gentlemen for whom she had cared for the past year and a half, who she had grown to dearly love, passed from this life into the next. And so her celebration was mingled with joy and sorrow. 

It seems that has been the case many times in the past few years. Rejoicing and weeping, hand in hand, both a part of living in this temporary world. 

Twenty-one years ago, our Kati came into this world...and the world is a better place because she's here! She is a joy to our hearts. Kati is beautiful, but her true beauty comes from "the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God." 


  1. Happy Birthday Kati!! And i am sorry for your loss. You are a beautiful young lady. Lord Bless you! tammyp

  2. Kati is truly lovely and I am glad that she was able to carry on and celebrate her very special birthday even as she grieved. I am sorry for this loss in her life. God knows all things and we can trust Him.

    Funny story...I was pointing out a photo of Kati to John asking him if he remembered this young woman. "Noooooo" was his slow response. I kept showing him photos and he said, "Let me go get my glasses." More photos and he said, "She is starting to look familiar now." LOL! By the time we got to your family photo, he was remembering that we had met at Cole Farms, etc. Now he wishes Kati a very happy birthday, too.

  3. Kati is beautiful inside and out. I love her sweet spirit. I am so happy to know her, and that my girls know her!

    I am sorry for this loss in her life. I'm praying for comfort and encouragement for her.


  4. So true about rejoicing and weeping. Kati sounds like such a wonderful young woman. Happy Birthday to her! Lovely family photos.

  5. A very happy birthday to your Kati.
    The Lord bless you (her) and keep you (her);
    the Lord make his face to shine upon you (her) and be gracious to you (her);
    the Lord lift up his countenance upon you (her) and give you (her) peace.

  6. What a sweet time of celebration although tinged with sadness as she felt the loss of her friend. Kati is just lovely and I wish her a happy belated birthday!

  7. Happy Birthday to Kati. What a special day for her, celebrating the realities of life and death. She looks like such a fun auntie!

  8. Belated Happy Birthday to your sweet Kati. Life and death are ever present, aren't they?

  9. Happy birthday to Kati! She is a beautiful old soul and her smile can light up a room. God bless her for providing loving care for the elderly man, giving him comfort before he was called to his heavenly home.

  10. Amei conhecer o seu blog, já fiquei por aqui!!!Achei maravilhoso!!!
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


    Beijos Marie.


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