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, June 15, 2015

Weekend Snapshots: What Snapshots?

A hazy Monday morning

My, but it was a busy weekend! The busyness actually began on Thursday and we went from one thing to another until we went to bed on Sunday night. Projects, outings, and gatherings. 

And the snapshots? Hardly any. 

Blogger fail. 

On Thursday, Mom, my sister Linda, and I met at my aunt's house where we began a family photo project. Robin has albums and boxes full of family photos, ranging from the very old...

This one is old, but there are even older ones!

to more recent history.

Ron and I, circa 1979

Linda is scanning and organizing the pictures and she will upload them to an online storage site where anyone in the family can access the photos. It's a big job, but it will be a wonderful way to preserve family history. 

Our Keepers at Home club met on Friday and the girls worked on embroidery projects. I have no photos of our meeting, but this is a picture of Bekah's project. 

Will be pressed and made into a pillow...

On Friday night, the four of us went out for dinner to celebrate Ron's fifteen year anniversary at his company. Ron is a good and faithful provider for his family and we wanted to honor him for that. We let him choose the place and we were not at all surprised that he chose a steak house! We were all set to take a few selfies on Kati's phone when the server came with our appetizer and then we forgot. (Did I say blogger fail?)

Saturday found us all over the place! Ron had a breakfast meeting and then came home and did yard work. Kati worked both of her jobs and then went out with her coworkers on Saturday night. Bekah went to Kristin's house for her summer sleepover. I took Bekah to Kristin's, made a quick stop at my parents' house, ran errands (which may have included a stop at Starbucks for iced coffee), and grocery shopped. Ron and I ended the day with a date night, fajitas-for-two at a Mexican restaurant.  

Sunday was the day for a big house project! 

Ron finally hired a man to replace the duct work under the house for the heat/air conditioning. I say "finally" because people aren't exactly lining up to do such work under an old farmhouse that has very little crawl space. Now Ron is a DIY kind of guy and he has worked under the house many times over the years, doing plumbing, insulation, and wiring. But that was back in the day...and now...let's just say that when he ran a line to the computer desk a few years ago, it nearly killed him. 

No, such things are better left to the (young) professionals these days.

Knowing it was supposed to be hot on Sunday (it was!), and that the air conditioning system would be turned off for an indefinite time, we canceled our usual Sunday afternoon gathering and Kati canceled a game party that she had planned for the evening. But by the time Kati and I got home from church, the men had already finished the work, cleaned everything up, the AC was humming right along, and the house was pleasantly cool! No need to have canceled anything. Oh well.

The three of us drove down to get Bekah from her sleepover, and Brian and Kristin took us all out to a local pizza place that they like. Now we like it too! 

We wrapped up the weekend by attending a birthday celebration for Ron's sister Debbie who was born on Flag Day! 

Lots of activity. Lots accomplished. Lots of fun. Little cooking. That sums up our weekend.

How was your weekend? Did you take any snapshots? :)


  1. I like the word pictures... I am forgetting my camera so often it's scary and I haven't always remembered the phone camera. Last week, as I shopped at New Balance for New Laces for John's shoes, I saw three,THREE, black helicpoters land (presumably) behind the treeline. Some things just demand documentation!

    Wonderful family project getting the family photos sorted. Hopefully, everyone remembers who is who and where is where and when is when. I have a few old photos with unidentified people and little helpful (not) messages like "taken last summer."

    Date nights...they're a good thing!

    And yay for working AC!

  2. I can't believe how much Kati looks like you in that photo of you and your hubby...amazing! I love going through old family photos and it seems like a daunting task to get them sorted and scanned. I have so many I need to do too but I keep putting it off. We are about to embark on major updates to our house and replacing the duct work in the crawl space is on the list...let me just say that you won't find my hubby down there! We have a guy and his crew that will doing pretty much eveything we need times at the Ray house!! :)

  3. Sounds like an exciting busy time at your home, Cheryl. I know you are a happy camper to have the AC all working. It's so hot and humid I don't know how folks stand it without AC! Growing up we didn't have it and we didn't think a thing about it---I guess it's all in what we're used to.
    I love the photo of you and Ron--So sweet. How great you all are uploading those photos for posterity. ♥

  4. My heart stopped for a moment thinking of you without A/C this weekend! Relieved to hear that it was back on so quickly.
    Congratulations to Ron! How blessed we are to have men who provide adequately for their families! And that picture of you and Ron... love it! I have so many photos that need to be organized. So. Many!
    I only took one snapshot this weekend but I can't share it. Amanda and the boys came over Friday night for dinner. We ended up out in the garden where the boys had an impromptu splash under the sprinkler... sans clothing! It is a precious picture but it won't be going out on the internet :-)

  5. I had a wonderful spa weekend in April and missed so many photo opps it was crazy. When I first saw the photo of you and Ron in 1979, I thought it was Kati!

  6. Sounds like a great weekend to me. So glad you had some younger ones doing that crawl space work! Oye! Glad things are humming again. My head is spinning over here at this old house. Thank goodness I know God holds all things together! Have a great week!

  7. I too thought you were Kati! I can just imagine how much fun the old photos were--but a lot of work too.My cousin scanned all our grandmother's photos and put them on a cd for each of us--what a gift! I just wish they were all labeled, as all of her children who would know are now gone from this earth. How nice to celebrate your husband's 15th year. Taking not and celebrating--so good! I find I am taking less photos recently. I sometimes think I'm so busy taking pics I miss what's really happening, but it is so wonderful to have the pictorial memories. Stay cool. I think we broke a heat record here today.

  8. Enjoyed your weekend wrap up so much, Cheryl, I love looking at old photos, it just refreshes memories of times gone by, the photo of you and Ron, is priceless, Kati looks so much like you.
    I too get so busy that I forget to take photos! Thanks for sharing,
    Enjoy your week,.

  9. You're right, so much going on! But that's a good thing, isn't it. :-) Love the photo of you and Ron. So cute!

  10. Congratulations to Ron! That is an awesome accomplishment! I am glad you had such a fun projects weekend! Sounds like it was full of good things. I have gotten out of the habit of taking photos, but I am trying to get back at it. Blogs are much nicer with photos!

    Sounds like summer is going well at your house!

  11. I was thinking about you today and said a prayer. Busy times are good times and I know you enjoyed them! Your family look so happy......

  12. Those old photographs must bring up a lot of great memories, and I’m sure the new ones will also serve to remind you of those happy times in the future. As for your AC dilemma, it’s good that it’s finally fixed, though it took Ron and a bit of DIY-ing to get it done. Anyway, I hope that helps alleviate the heat that we are currently having. Take care!

    Tommy Hopkins @ AccuTemp


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