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, November 7, 2011

Sunday Snapshots: Savoring the Moments

Sa·vor v: To appreciate fully; enjoy or relish

Yesterday, we celebrated Kati's birthday...again.  Her eighteenth (!) birthday was earlier in the week.  She invited some friends over for games and birthday cheesecake on Tuesday.  On her actual birthday, we girls treated ourselves to a day of shopping and pumpkin spice frappuccinos, and then we all went to Kati's favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner.  But Sunday afternoons are usually the time for family gatherings, and so we gathered to rejoice and mark Kati's passage into adulthood.  Oh my...can I really be the mother of three adult children?

The answer to that question, of course, is Yes, I most certainly am.  And although it sometimes seems as if all of my children were babies such a short time ago, I have learned that time does indeed fly by, and lifetimes pass lightning-quick in hindsight, and James was spot-on about it being a vapor, and that the only way to approach the whirlwind of days is to offer them to the Lord and to savor the moments.   

Savoring moments like these...

Kati with 18 candles on her cake
Overheard from the children:
"Wow!  Will that many candles fit on the cake?!"
As the candles were lit, "It's really getting bright!"

Sweet voices singing to Kati

Enjoying the gifts right along with her
In this picture, they are oohing and aahing over a "cake plunger."
I guess they could all imagine the cream-filled cupcakes that Kati will make using this handy tool.
(Leave it to Gammy to find such a clever thing!  She is the best gift-finder.)

Kati with Gammy
Both all dolled up and looking beautiful in their purple!
(Gampy was working, but we sent him a piece of pumpkin birthday cake.)

Kati with MomMom
Last year, MomMom and PopPop came together.
We keenly felt his absence.

And these moments...

(baby?) Alaine
the center of attention at the adult table
as she ate her birthday tacos while standing in her chair... son-in-law (a wonderful father!) helping Ben with a puzzle...

...and lingering at the table
for grandmother-granddaughter time

We savored the moments as we went around the room, each telling something that we liked about Kati.  She gives me piggy-back rides.  I like her hair.  She has a gentle spirit.  (This is a new tradition for us, borrowed from Kristin's family.) 

When Ron took his mother home after the party, she gave him a bagful of treasures that had belonged to his fathera pocket knife, some French and German coins he brought home from his stint oversees as a World War II soldier, an award watch with his name engraved,  a monogrammed handkerchief.  Last night found Ron savoring these tangible mementos and reminiscing. 

Savoring  the moments...and being thankful to our Father for all of His blessings.


So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. 
(Psalm 90:12)


  1. Cheryl, what a touching post. I love the fact that the members of your family can have THREE birthday celebrations! Wow! How special is that?!!! And I adore that new tradition, of going around the room and telling something each one likes about the birthday person. Your pictures are always so sweet. And I love thinking about Ron savoring the treasures his Mom gave him today. I have just returned from Ann's and feel afresh the truth of your words about life being a vapor. May we truly apply our hearts unto wisdom and love each other with all our strength.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful day, a poignant day, a day to savor. I'm sure that your mother-in-law will love to know how these mementos will be treasured. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!

  3. A very happy Birthday wish to Kati!!! I absolutely enjoyed looking at each photo, Cheryl. I always try and pick, my favorite, I couldn't today, as each told a special story. I can remember the first celebration without my Dad, it was a sad time, for a long while we left his chair empty at the table. I can only imagine the joy your dh received when he was given such treasures.
    I throughly enjoyed this read, you have a way of bringing a person right into your home and making them feel "at home". Thanks for making me feel "welcomed"

  4. of course I wish Kati a Happy Birthday and of course she CAN NOT be an adult because that would force me to once again recognize that ALL of my children are now adults. Be it not so....but then again I like this phase every bit as much as I liked the toddler and school age and teen years.

    But of course what I identified most with was Ron's receiving and treasuring those things of his father. no words describe the emotion I feel picturing those moments and reflecting on those yet to come.

  5. Being here this morning feels right! I'm thankful for the time I had, it was what it needed to be... But, I'm also thankful to be back, 'virtually' sitting in your dining room and singing happy birthday to your beautiful Katie! Another special
    family gathering. I've definitely missed you. :)

    Blessings, Debbie


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