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.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Weekend Snapshots: Togetherness

The event sometimes known as the Umpteenth Annual Mother/Daughter Christmas Shopping Trip was this past Friday.  My sister Linda and I have had a special Christmas shopping day with Mom almost as long as I can remember.  Neither of us knows exactly how many, but it has been more than 40 years.  (It makes me feel old even to say this.)  We shop and we eat and we shop and we drink fancy coffee drinks and caramel apple cider.  We ooh and aah at Williams-Sonoma and at Pottery Barn.  We listen to Christmas music.  We walk our legs off.  

Sometimes a baby has joined us, or a daughter who has reached the required age of eighteen. Sometimes a new daughter-in-law, or a new grandbaby. Sometimes a mini van full of mothers and daughters, sometimes just the three of us.  This year, we three and Kati made four.

We love this tradition and are thankful for another year of being together.  

Top: Mother/Daughter Christmas Shopping Trip 2012
Bottom right: 2009; bottom center: 2010; bottom right: 2010

After the delightful busyness that was last weekend, this weekend was slow.  We eased into Saturday, putting away gifts purchased on Friday, catching up on laundry, doing a bit of cleaning in fits and spurts.  Ron and I slipped out for a while on Saturday evening, to run a couple of errands and to savor some time together, just the two of us, making plans and lingering over coffee.  

Today found us on the road to Kristin's house, looking somewhat like the Beverly Hillbillies, as we lumbered over the roads with a bookshelf loaded at an awkward angle and tied down in the back of Ron's pick-up.  It was the partner to this one, and Ron put the finishing touches on it only yesterday. After a yummy lunch (in which Kristin's family made hospitality a family affair!), Ron and Brian brought the bookshelf in and installed it.  

Papa and Alaine enjoyed some togetherness over books.  Take a look at the size of that stack!  I think Papa panicked at first, but Alaine took them over to Aunt Kati after he had read one or two.  Sort of a toddler book tag team.  I took a turn too.

I also enjoyed some together time with four-year-old Ben.  He chose facing pages in his Veggie Tales coloring book for us to color.  I teasingly told him that I thought I'd color Larry the Cucumber in red.

Ben:  "No. Larry is green."  

Me:  "But I think he'll look good red."   

Ben:  "Gran, remember, I'm in charge of this coloring book."


Uncle Max (Ron's brother) and Aunt Pat were invited for dessert this afternoon.  Ben had asked for dessert several times since finishing his lunch.  Brian and Kristin both told him that we were not going to eat dessert until Uncle Max and Aunt Pat came.  

When they did arrive, someone saw Uncle Max through the sliding glass door and announced  "Uncle Max is here."  And Ben shouted, "DESSERT!"  

Here, Kristin's family poses with Uncle Max and Aunt Pat, after dessert of course!  


  1. The book shelf is WONderful (but I'm having trouble trying to figure out if it is in YOUR house or Kristin's house???? I read this too fast and don't have time to go back (Haha!) We're off to Chicago to catch a train for KS to see our oldest daughter and her family.....

    I'm taking along 25 books to be wrapped & then UNwrapped and read each night as a sort of Advent activity. I saw this idea on Pinterest and think it's a GREAT one!

  2. Oh those shopping trips are the best. So fun to see the photos and read about your time together.

    What a great bookshelf! Looks as if it's coming at just the right time if the wee grandgirly's book stack gets any higher.

  3. We are off on our trip today! We used to do an age requirement of 13 but we waived it a few years ago! I am looking forward to it.

    There is no mistaking that Max and Ron are brothers! Strong family resemblance!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day yesterday! Kamryn came to church with us and she did very well! That was a treat!

    Well, I am rambling now....

    Have a great day!


  4. What nice memories in the making! Such adorable grandbabies you have. xo

  5. For being a quiet weekend, you still did plenty. I love the photo of the two reading together - such sweetness.
    Can a house ever have too many bookshelves? My answer is no. The new ones look lovely.


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