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, April 11, 2018

Is It a Boy or Is It a Girl?



"Sometimes," said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."


Shortly after Christmas, we learned that our daughter Kristin and her husband Brian were expecting their seventh child! What joyful news!

Fast forward through weeks of morning (or all day) sickness and excited siblings and speculation on how the tie between boys and girls would be broken (I feel certain that Kristin would like to have fast forwarded through some of that!) . . . and we arrive at Kristin's sonogram last week and the gender reveal party on Sunday! 

photo by Kristin


Kati and Bekah were ready for the party with their "Blessed Aunt" shirts. (The pink color simply represented the aunts themselves, not their vote on the gender.)



Kristin's church family blessed them with this very special evening. It was a night for families, for singles, for retired couples . . . anyone who wanted to join in the celebration.



Attendees brought food to share and a package of diapers. Each person made a prediction of boy or girl and wore the appropriate color clothespin. There was a super fun game in which everyone tried to identify whose baby photo was whose.

photos by Kati


The climax of the evening was the cutting of the cake! Was there pink or blue cake under the cover of frosting?


photo by ?? (copied from Facebook)


Kristin and her good friend, Melinda who did much of the planning of this gender reveal party
photo by ?? (copied from Facebook)

Yes, it's a BOY!! 

photo by Kati



We are filled with anticipation as we await the August arrival of our new son/brother/grandson/nephew/cousin/great-grandson!

30 comments:

  1. What a sweet party and congrats to all of you on your upcoming little male family member.

    FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you, Lorraine! We are excited!

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  2. Such a fun evening. This has been such a difficult pregnancy so far with sickness (which still pops up occasionally) and more aches and pains, but there is joy, too! Finding out he is a boy makes it seem so real now. (The photos are in my phone, but Liz was the photographer.)

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    1. The joy of a new life rises even above the difficulties! I agree . . . it seems so real now. I can't wait to meet him!

      Liz did a great job with the photos!

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  3. So much fun! How loved this baby boy is already!

    I must say that Bekah has become a young woman, and I love her hair! Beauty runs in your family!

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    1. Oh yes, he is loved . . . and by so many!

      I will relay your kind words to Bekah! How is it that they seem to grow up overnight?

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  4. What a lovely way to introduce the new baby!

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  5. Wonderful!!! It must be the year for grandsons - ours is due to arrive very soon - eek!!!
    Congratulations to you and your beautiful family.

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    1. Thank you! And congratulations to you and yours too, Rosella! I'll be waiting to hear the news of your grandson's arrival!

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  6. Oh how wonderful! Congratulations to all! And what an adorable way to reveal the gender..."they" have come up with the greatest ideas!

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    1. It was the first time I had been to a gender reveal party and it was so much fun!

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  7. Congratulations to you and your family, Cheryl! I love the "new" gender reveal parties. So different from the old baby showers. The outpouring of love is always nice to see. ♥

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    1. Thanks for sharing our excitement, Martha Ellen! This is the first time that I have been to a gender reveal party, but it makes sense that these are the new thing. After all, with the changes in sonography and the ability to accurately determine the gender of an unborn baby, it naturally follows that we will celebrate accordingly. As you expressed it, "the outpouring of love" is the important part of such a celebration!

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  8. Oh wonderful! What a fun party! Genuine joy on all faces...😊

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    1. It was a fun party!

      God gives such good gifts! Can't wait to meet this little boy!

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  9. How very special and Oh Boy! Congratulations to everyone. When my mom was expecting her 7th it ended up being twins so it was her 7th and 8th, a boy and a girl. Blessings!

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    1. Same thing with Ron's mom: pregnancy #7 was actually child #7 and child #8! We have teased Kristin that maybe she'll follow in her grandmother's footsteps, but both of her sonograms have shown one baby!

      Thanks for sharing our excitement!

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    1. Thank you, Kate! Yes, we are excited!

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  11. Cheryl, what a great party! I love a nice old-fashioned bring-a-dish party for all ages. I've been to a few baby showers lately that have rivaled weddings in their formality, amount of work involved and expense.

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    1. I agree, Jean! A great party does not have to break the bank to be fun!

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  12. Congratulations! A baby boy to break the tie. The reveal parties are so much fun and what a great idea to bring a pckg of diapers! Love the auntie shirt!

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    1. Thank you for the congrats! A reveal party is suspenseful and exciting! I, too, loved the girls' shirts. They love being aunts!

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  13. Oh how I love this! What a blessing from the church family to include everyone in on the fun.
    Congratulations, Grandma! I always love baby news and celebrate with you <3
    Last year we welcomed 3 new grandbabies, this year we have welcome 2 new foster grandchildren, bringing our total to 12 grands (with the boys outnumbering the girls!)
    I always enjoy your family updates - you make me smile. Thank you for sharing the joy with us all!

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    1. Linda, your visit and sweet comment warmed my heart! Congrats on your new grandbabies too! It doesn't get old, does it?

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  14. Oh what a fun party, and what wonderful news! Soo happy for you all! Congratulations and love to all!

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  15. What a lovely party and such a special way to celebrate a new, coming little baby! And what fun for another little boy to be added to the family...I'm sure you all are thrilled and counting down the days!

    Such blessed, happy news! Congratulations to your entire family!

    Joyful blessings! ♥

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    1. We are definitely thrilled! Thanks for the congrats, Elizabeth!

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