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, May 21, 2013

Our Vacation {The Why}

As you know if you've read my blog for very long, we are blessed to have most of our family living nearby.  Two of our daughters live at home, and we see our oldest daughter and son-in-law and five grands at least once a week (see Sunday Snapshots).

But our son...he has traveled far and wide, and has lived and worked in five different states since he was married eight years ago.  Last summer when he and his wife and their three children moved across the country, this time from west to east, we were delighted to think that we'd be able to see them more often. They came home for a visit at Thanksgiving. And we planned to visit them this spring.

We've been making our plans, and counting down the weeks, and those nine days finally came and they went by lightening fast, even though we enjoyed long conversations and unhurried days and lingering around the dinner table.  But time never waits.

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After two days on the road, we were greeted by these sweet faces--
Ryan and Sarah, and Peter (2).
What a welcome sight!

Some scenes from our week... 
Many scenes from our week...
A gazillion scenes from our week...
These beautiful little girls are Nora (4) and Eve (5.5).

Family devotions




Nail polishing by Aunt Kati
(And, no, she did not polish Peter's toenails. ~wink~)

Eve shows me her notebook...for her first year of homeschool!

Papa and Peter share Reese's Pieces.

So that is the why of our vacation...our dear Ryan, Sarah, Eve, Nora, and Peter!  (And Lucy too!) Later this week, I'll tell you about the where.  And then I'll tell you about the bonus.   Of course, there will be more pictures.  But you knew that, didn't you?


  1. What fun you had together. I'm sure you are mulling over the memories every day.

  2. That is so great! I am so happy you got to go! I can't wait to see and hear about the bonus! Don't keep us in suspense!


  3. Oh the grands are so adorable. I am sure the time went too fast. Looking forward to Part II. ;-) xo

  4. Seeing your son and his family was, I know, worth every hour in the car. Can't wait to read more about your vacation. Terrific pictures! Those grands are a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e.

  5. I enjoyed every photos of you and your very dear family!

  6. Times like that are so precious...
    (and the dog has such a great name:))

  7. Such a beautiful family and beautiful days spent 'living' their life with them. I know what you mean about being back home (your previous post) but what a precious pack of memories you've stored up for you and your girls and your boy and his family... Sigh. Family.

    Blessings, Debbie

  8. Wonderful photos of a great family time. No wonder you traveled and I bet you are already wondering when you can go back. Now you have us on the edge of our seats ...

  9. I am so glad you visited your son and his family! They will not forget it! (My favorite photo is Ron and your grandson staring each other down across the coffee table:)

  10. How sweet, how wonderful!
    I can relate to your post in many ways. We are now blessed to have 3 of our grandchildren living nearby. But our son and his family live far away and we see them rarely. The photos of your grandchildren made me tear up - so happy for your time with them! but wishing I could have more time with my far off grandchildren. Sniff. I'm off to check out your 'where' post now. Thanks for sharing!


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