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 7, 2021

Family. All Together.

And now it is early JUNE and I still haven't finished talking about Kati's visit in early May! (I've been running late my whole life.) So before we jump into summer with both feet, I'm going to dump a bunch of photos and a few video clips right here.

Our visit with Kati, Andrew, and Caleb was a delight, from special occasions to family gatherings to ordinary moments. 

Papa (who is still working from home) coming out to greet his littlest grandson!

The weather was gorgeous and we were able to enjoy many meals on the sun porch.

Caleb loved looking out the front door.

Do you see who's hiding?

This is why. ⬇

Caleb also loved my Mother's Day flowers and really wanted to touch them.

Caleb's first birthday was just a few days before their visit, 
so we had a mini celebration while he was here. 🎈

We celebrated Baby Ellie who will be born this summer!

While we were having our picture taken (more family photos ~here~)
the Mombasa family was hanging out in the bushes!
(Since I introduced you to Bongo, his entire family has joined the clan!)

Aunt Kati with her new niece, Joanna

A bit of impromptu music . . . 

Kristin and Ryan gave Kati this little animal puzzle for her first birthday!
It has been at our house for years and all of the grands have played with it,
but it seemed right that she should take it home for her own children.

Uncle Ryan gave Caleb his first pair of Crocs for his birthday!
(There are differing opinions about Crocs within our family. Uncle Ryan is on the "pro" side.)

Shrimp feast! 

This is how Marylanders do Old Bay.  

Homemade strawberry ice cream per Kati's request.

Caleb was quite impressed with his very first ice cream!

One evening, we watched Caleb while Kati and Andrew went out on a dinner date.

We texted them this photo of Caleb "drinking" Papa's Diet Pepsi. (The lid was on.)
One of them believed it. Oops! We don't want to lose our babysitting privileges! 😂

The last evening of the visit, we had a family gathering.

Gavin brought a special guest. Meet Gracie!

Early morning walk with Papa.

The paparazzi showed up at the airport!

And Gran left a lipstick kiss on the sweet boy's forehead.

Until we meet again . . . 


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Family Photos at Pineapple House

Five years ago, only a few weeks before we moved from The Farmhouse, our friends Frances and Gary gave us a beautiful gift: a series of family photos in the place where we had lived for so long, the home of so many memories. (You can see the photos ~here~.)

We had hoped to get some family photos at Pineapple House one day. 

And a couple of weeks ago, that day came! It was the right time of year (not too hot, not too cold, lots of green and things in bloom) and, since Kati and her family were visiting, we were all in one place at one time! I talked with Frances to see if she was willing and able to come . . . and she was! (Thank you, Frances!) We had a narrow window of time that day . . . after church and before a couple of the grands had a choir obligation. 

I could not be happier with how these photos turned out! I am delighted that we have a record of this moment in time and in the evolution of our family. 

This "real" moment is one of my favorite shots!

Zooming in on the moment . . . 

I love this photo of our "original" family. 

Frances also took some shots of each of our children's families.

Our oldest daughter, Kristin, and her beautiful* family.
Back row, l to r: Alaine (10), Owen (14), Maddie (16), Gavin (18), Ben (12)
Front row, l to r: Brian with Judah (2), Kristin, Macie (5)

Our son Ryan and his beautiful* family.

Back row, l to r: Paul (6), Peter (10), Eve (13), Nora (12)
Front row, l to r: Sarah with Joanna (6 weeks), Ryan with Baby K (1)

Our middle daughter, Kati, with her beautiful family.
(Yes, I know I have used the word "beautiful to describe each family! They are!)
Andrew holding Caleb (1), Kati with Baby Ellie growing within

I also love this photo of Ron and me with all of our grandchildren! Each one has my heart!

Such sweetness!
(Okay, maybe all of the shots are my favorite!)

I'm going to end with an Amy Carmichael poem that I have shared before . . . 

O Love Divine, if we can see
In our beloved so dear a grace,
When Love unveils, what will it be
To see Thee face to face? 


(Think of it! If we see such beauty when we look at our dear ones, how awesome and beautiful it will be to see His face!)

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