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, 2010


Words directed at Kati over the past few months:
  • Who is going to bake the summer birthday cakes?
  • Who will be my wardrobe consultant?
  • Who is going to turn over the calendar in your room?
  • But you won’t be able to eat your favorite summer meal.
  • But you will miss the family reunion.
  • Who is going to help me clean and organize?
  • You won't get any more homemade ice cream.
  • What if you get homesick?
  • What if I get homesick for you?
And the list goes on.

You see, when Ryan and Sarah invited Kati to spend the summer with them, it was January. It seemed like such a grand opportunity for visit with her family, to spend time with the nieces she hardly knows, to see another part of the country, to be included in their summer travels to more new places. They wanted her to come; she wanted to go.

Now it is June, and my mother's heart is saying, Oh, wait! It is so far. You are so young. You will have to board an airplane alone. You have never been away from home have never been away from me before.

But she is fledging...she is growing...she is going...she is spreading her wings. He (her Heavenly Father) will be with her. And she will return at summer's end, with stories to tell, new experiences to share, deeper love for her far-away family...and another step closer to leaving the nest. (Maybe that is why my mother's heart is wanting to cling.)

To Kati...
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Numbers 6:24-26


  1. O Cheryl .... this makes me cry.

  2. Oh! Cheryl This is sooo sweet, I Have been there, and I know exactly how you are feeling.
    She will have so many wonderful things to share with you.
    Hope your day was filled with many blessings.

  3. Amen, to your prayer for dear Kati. I'm keeping all of you in prayer as she flies to the "other side of the country". The Lord will keep her... and you.


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