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.




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sunday Snapshots: Loving Our Dads


Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.
Psalm 127:1a



Our special day for dads was full. 

We had a full house. Twenty of us gathered to celebrate fathers. 

Our tummies were full. We had assembled our own deli: an assortment of breads, meats, cheeses, and toppings; pasta salad, potato salad, and chips. And then there were desserts. 

The day was full of special moments. A baby climbing into the blanket basket. Little girls in matching dresses. A little boy wearing a tie. A game that everyone could play. My dad's hat hanging on the closet door knob. Tokens of love exchanged. Cousins playing together. Wrapping paper antics. A photo collage of the fathers of every person present (hastily assembled by Kati because her mom had a last minute brainstorm). Moments of connection between generations. Children asking to help serve. Beautiful music by Ryan and Sarah. 


Of course, there were the family photos . . . 



THE DADS and THEIR CHILDREN
~2017~






And then there was this one:

Because the house was also full of fun! 


26 comments:

  1. Good for you! Looks like a wonderful occasion. (We celebrated on a smaller scale with my sister & her hubby on Saturday evening....) We celebrate "life with father" every day as we do life together here...Very thankful.

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    1. Indeed, you are honoring your dad every day!

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  2. My goodness you guys have the most fun! I love every photo and especially the last one! So cute. Each expression is darling.
    I love your last minute collage of the dads in your family. Your attention to detail is inspiring, my friend. ♥

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    1. Thanks, Martha Ellen! In spite of my last minute tendencies, we do have fun. :)

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE it as always! Your celebrations are always so heartfelt and warm Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, for your kind words!

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    1. Thank you, friend! It was a good day!

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  5. Wonderful family memories. That's a new pose with dad being held across his kids! I love your straws and all the other touches you added for the day.

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  6. Haha! Love that last shot. What a neat idea to take each of those photos of the father's with their kids. Sounds like a full good celebration!

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    1. It's fun to look back at the annual "mother and children" and "father and children" photos!

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  7. Such a wonderful family gathering to honour the fathers in your family. The photos are definately worth a thousand words each. The one of your Dad and your grandson reminded me the importance of the legacy of family from one generation to another. Plus I love the merriment in it.

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    1. I love that one too, Sally! I am happy to capture that moment!

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  8. It sounds Walton Family wonderful, Cheryl! Do you ever have your blog made into a book? That would be so great i think. I keep meaning to do Shutterfly books. Lovely family!

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    1. Judy, I have considered making my blog into a book. I have soooo many photos though. I'm not sure if it would be cost prohibitive. Have you ever had one made?

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    2. No, I've never done it for the same reason. So many photos! :-)

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  9. Oh...that last picture is awesome! Brave man, he is!

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  10. Loving all of the photos but especially the last one! Looks like you had a house full of family celebrating and honoring the men that strive to fulfill that high calling of fatherhood.

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    1. You're right. It is a high calling, Lorraine. Men who do it well are worthy of honor!

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  11. Wonderful family collage! That last photo is so fun. Brave guy, your hubby. :)

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    1. He is brave and a good sport! :)

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  12. What a beautiful family you have. Many blessings.

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