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.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

And Summer Begins

Summer is here!

How do I know? There are a couple of clues. One, we have completed our (formal) schooling for the year. Two, it is hot. In a perfect world, the temperature would never rise above 72° and there would be no humidity. But, as a wise little girl once said when a guest disappointed her by arriving at her tea party wearing pants, "I can't have everything I want." (And that little girl was not Bekah!)

We heralded the arrival of summer this weekend with several firsts.
  • First corn-on-the-cob of the year. This was requested by Kati whose teeth, after two long years, have been freed from their metal encumbrances. Yep, no more braces. She quite enjoyed chomping down on that corn. ~smile~
  • First homemade ice cream of the season. Chocolate. Yes, there are definitely good things about summer, even if you don't like the heat.
  • First opportunity to use the new cotton tablecloth I snagged at Marshalls last fall for an amazing $3.oo. It was calling to me from the clearance rack, and it was saying "picnic table".

And so we move into the next season of life, anticipating new adventures, planning projects, enjoying the gifts that God sends into our lives, whatever those gifts may be.

Here are some snapshots from our weekend...

"Corn-on-the-cob, I have missed you!"

Brian and Ron churning the ice cream
Creamy chocolate goodness

A trampoline is the perfect place to eat ice cream!
Ron's mom and dad

I was all smiles when Benjamin decided to
climb up on the bench beside his Gran.

A joy ride on a golf cart is the best way to end an ice cream party.


  1. Cheryl, your pictures of making the homemade ice cream take me back to my childhood days. I have so many memories of Mom and Dad doing that very thing, with one of them continuously adding salt to the ice while the other one churned. I believe ice cream freezers have probably come a long way since then. And oh my! how yummy that ice cream looks! I'm jealous! How fun that you found a $3 tablecloth at Marshall's. And how fun that Kati can again eat corn on the cob! I really enjoyed your pictures and I loved reading your words. Now tell me ... who was the little girl who was disappointed about the tea party, if it wasn't Bekah?

  2. Hi Cheryl,
    How I really enjoyed reading about your family time, we haven't made homemade churned ice cream in a long time. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your week.You have a beautiful family.

  3. The little girl was Lindy's granddaughter Lauren...and the pants-wearing tea party guest was Kristin. Bekah was not even born! ;-)


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