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, April 15, 2019

Eighteen!





This weekend, we celebrated one of our best gifts ever: our Rebekah Hope who is now eighteen years old!!

If you know our story, you may remember that there were difficult days before and after Bekah was born. (Part of our story is ~here~ and part is ~here~.) But is was all a part of God's plan and every dark day was worth it. Our Bekah has been such a wonderful blessing in our lives!

Bekah brings music and joy and laughter and grace and beauty into our world. She is an "old soul" who loves old hymns and classical music, old movies and Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. She loves to read. She has an eye for fashion and home decor. She has a tender heart and loves babies and animals (especially cats) and she adores her nieces and nephews. She is always willing to play a hymn (or two or three or ten) for me any time I ask. She loves to sing. She loves the Lord! (And isn't that the most important thing?!)



















Bekah, we love you so much and we thank God for you! We look forward to seeing your adult years unfold as you follow His leading. We pray that you will always seek His face! 


28 comments:

  1. Yes, loving Jesus is the most important thing! Family is important, too. The color coordination is beautiful. You folks know how to celebrate. 😊 Happy Birthday to Bekah! God has a wonderful plan for her.

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    1. We are a celebrating group!

      Yes, God surely has a wonderful plan for Bekah! So thankful . . .

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  2. Pretty birthday celebrations for a pretty girl. What a lovely family you have.

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    1. Thanks so much, Barbara! I am so thankful for my loves!

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  3. She is such a lovely young lady, inside and out. What a wonderful family celebration.

    Have a fantastic Easter celebrating Jesus!

    FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you, Lorraine! A blessed Resurrection celebration to you!

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  4. Happy birthday, Bekah. Such a talented and darling girl you have raised, Cheryl. I always love seeing the beautiful celebrations you have. Full of family and a lot of joy! The treats look delicious and so pretty.

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    1. We are so blessed! Oh, those cupcakes were so good . . . made by the birthday girl herself! She had been wanting to try making the hydrangea cupcakes (from Jenny Steffens Hobick's blog), and so she decided to make them for her party.

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    2. She did a lovely job with them too!

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    3. Thank you, Melissa! I'll tell her!

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  5. Happy Birthday to your Bekah! She's so lovely. Glad you could all celebrate her with joy, food and of course presents!

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    1. All of the good things about celebrating a birthday, right?!

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  6. Oh what a beautiful post Cheryl! I've been MIA far too long! Have missed you, but life and blogging have seasons it seems.

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    1. Thank you, Lucy! I have missed "seeing" you! So nice to have you pop in this evening! Ahh yes, those seasons . . .

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  7. Happy Birthday to Bekah! What a beauty your sweet girl is...cannot believe she is already 18! Thank you for sharing the bittersweet memories of that time...God is ALWAYS just so good to us and although some of the memories can be tough to look back on, what an awesome reminder of HIS faithfulness! Have a blessed Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday Celebration!

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    1. Indeed, He is faithful . . . and always, always good! Thanks for rejoicing with us! Blessings on your celebration too!

      (Yes, 18 is unbelievable!)

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  8. Many Happy Birthday Wishes Bekah!!! <3 ~tammy

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  9. How ever can it be that your baby is now 18? Time moves quickly and I think you will see that it will move even faster as the years pass and the kids have left the nest. The celebration looks wonderful and I love all the blue, of course. I hope you will have a blessed Easter together, celebrating our Savior's death and resurrection!!!

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    1. Thank you, Dotsie! I know you love the blue! A blessed Easter to you and yours too!

      (Oh dear . . . even more quickly?!)

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  10. I went back and read (reread) the story of Rebekah Hope. A precious story of God's care and provision. Wishing your lovely and beautiful girl a very happy 18th birthday!

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    1. Thank you, Lorraine! We are so grateful for Bekah and for God's hand on her life!

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  11. Beautiful in every way! Happy birthday to your sweet Bekah!

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