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, May 3, 2010

My Father's World

During our Morning Time this spring, we have been singing the hymn "This Is My Father's World." As we researched the background to this hymn, we learned of Maltbie D. Babcock, a respected Presbyterian minister of the late 1800's who loved to be outdoors. As he went out for his frequent walks near their upstate New York home, he would say to his wife, “I am going out to see my Father’s world.”

We have been enjoying our Father's world...
  • We planted a weeping willow tree (named Wilma) in our backyard.

  • We observed these delicate flowers.
Bleeding heart
  • Ron took Kati, Bekah, and granddaughter Maddie on a birding outing. (Kati was there, but she was the photographer.)

  • Bekah met this tiny little pet at her friend's birthday party. (I am now trying to convince her that Pinky and a hamster would not be good housemates!)


  1. How precious, Cheryl. I love your photos. And I love the words about the author of the hymn "This Is My Father's World". It always adds so much to a hymn when you can learn something about the background and the author. I have a book of hymn stories, but often they don't have much information other than small details like birth and death of the writer, etc. I hope this will be a less-hectic week for you. I always enjoy being in your beautiful home and soaking in the warm and homey atmosphere that pervades everything.

  2. I love that the tree has a name!


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