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.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

You Are My Sunshine!

In a few days we will celebrate the sixteenth birthday of our precious daughter Kaitlyn. It sounds "cliche", but I can hardly believe that my "baby" is going to be sixteen.

When we were expecting Kati, our older daughter Kristin was thirteen and our son Ryan was eleven. The reactions to our happy news ranged from delight to pity to consternation! "I'm glad it's you and not me" was a common remark, to which I responded (mentally, if not verbally), "So am I!"

And what a blessing Kati has been!

Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. Proverbs 20:11

Our Kati was such a pleasant, happy baby. She grew into a sweet child with a gentle and generous spirit. Now she has blossomed into a young woman on the brink of adulthood whose many talents are being revealed to me daily.

Kati reads voraciously, loves to bake, dabbles in photography, watches birds, memorizes poetry almost effortlessly, enjoys decorating her room.

She is a tremendous help around the house. She sees what needs doing...and does it! (And helps keep me on track too!)

She is orderly and sensible. Quiet, but a deep thinker.

Kati is a wonderful daughter, sister, granddaughter, and aunt.

And she loves the Lord.

As I rocked Kati to sleep when she was a baby, one of my favorite songs to sing to her was "You Are My Sunshine."

Kati, you're still my sunshine! And I thank God for bringing you into our home, our lives, our hearts! May your "sweet sixteen" year be filled with blessings as you continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Happy Birthday, Kati!


  1. She's grown into such a lovely young lady. No wonder you're so proud!

  2. Love the pictures (although I see "not girlish ways!").

    Happy birthday to one of the most cheerful and pleasant and likable people I know! And to think the littles make her out to be the villain!

    Makes me feel old, that Kate is turning 16...


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