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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Project: From One Spring to Another

Spring 2010: 
We purchase bricks for a backyard patio.

Summer/Autumn 2010: 
Lots of work.  Lots.  On Ron's part.  (Especially the part where he removes a blue million tree roots.)

(Click on photo for a closer view of the work in progress.)

Autumn 2010: 
New patio complete!  We decide to take the winter to mull over ideas for patio furniture and landscaping.

Winter 2011: 
Do I want wicker furniture?  That's what we have on the screen porch, so the porch furniture could be used if we need extra seating.  But do I want white?  Does white have a colonial Williamsburg-y feel?  How about Adirondacks?  They are rustic and comfortable  But they will take a lot of room.  Wooden benches are pretty, and fit with the look I want.  But they are way over my budget.  Hmmm... 

And about that landscaping?  HELP!  That is not my strong suit! 

Spring 2011:
Still undecided, I wander through Target's garden department one afternoon (I know my friends and family are shocked to think of me in Target ~grin~), and these wrought iron chairs catch my eye.  I have not even considered wrought iron.  Hmmm...  I love black.  The chairs are stackable, which means that they can be stored easily.  I can (kind of) visualize iron chairs in a Williamsburg garden.  And the price is way under my budget.

I ask one of my trusted design consultants who happens to be with me (Kati), and after we set up a mock seating arrangement right there in the garden center, and after we call in another design-and-budget consultant (Ron) to meet us at Target after he has finished at his day job, we go home with new patio furniture. 

Win-win situation! 

Spring 2011
About that landscaping?  I am still crying "HELP!"

But we are so excited about sharing some Happy-To-Be-Together Times on this backyard patio! 

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Linking up for the last week

of  Kellie's Spring Fling party over at The Blessed Nest...
celebrating all things spring!

 this blessed nest

Thank you, Kellie, for hosting this springtime celebration!


  1. Really a good work is done by you from spring to spring.This post gives me some ideas about how to decor my patio and garden.....

    Thanks Cheryl for this post....


  2. Cheryl I love the patio and the new furniture! I can see LOTS of fun times coming around the corner. Looks Great!!


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