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.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Saturday Morning Chat

Believe it or not, this was our first full week of summer vacation.  My student and I are both slow, meandering sort of people, and our school year just kind of drifted off as we completed one thing and then another and then another until we found a place to land.  We are both fine with that.

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For me, summer vacation means two things.  
1) Birthdays.  There are a gazillion of them during July and August. Lots of shopping. Lots of wrapping. Some mailing of packages. Lots of cake. Lots of list checking. Lots of happy.  (Lots of anniversaries too!)  
2) Organizing.  A freer schedule in the summer means that there is time to purge and organize...closets, drawers, book shelves, school supplies, kitchen cabinets, and the dreaded laundry room. My plan for this summer is to take two weeks for each room.  
We just finished our two weeks in Bekah's room. Bekah is not a purger. She is a keeper. But she really wanted to tidy and organize her room, so she made a concerted effort to eliminate and give away and store things for her future children. We rearranged her furniture, flipped her reversible duvet to the opposite side, and gave her a fresh look. Kati and I love it! Bekah...have I told you she resists change? She's still not sure...

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Yesterday was a big day for us.  

Bekah began a new adventure. She joined a book club! (A big deal.)

When the homeschool mom who is hosting it first told me about it, I mentioned it to Bekah. Her first reaction, "That sounds like fun!," was quickly followed by a subdued "But I'd have to talk." 

I must tell you that the at-home Bekah is a chatterbox. But the away-from-home Bekah, not so much. So the thought of having to talk, especially extemporaneously (maybe she's like her mama?), was a daunting prospect. However, The Day came, she went to the book club, she actually talked, and on the way home declared that "It was fun!"  Success!

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After the book club, we came home to finish preparations for a mother/daughter dinner-and-games party! 

We made hors d'oeuvres and dessert. I relied on my recent Fruit On Tuesday recipes and made Fire and Ice Salsa (as promised, kicked up a notch with the jalapeño!) and Blackberry PavlovaWe had asked each mother/daughter pair to bring a salad. What fun! We had great variety (a pesto pasta salad, a Greek pasta salad, taco salad, Waldorf salad) and they were oh-so-good! (Note to self: Next time ask everyone to bring their recipe along with their salad.)

We ate and chatted and fellowshipped (is that a word?) and laughed and gamed (all while it was raining cats and dogs outside!)...and remembered why it is good to get together. 


  1. I like the idea of two weeks per room, not such a rush and more time to think about things; the mother daughter night sounds like a lot of fun, and lastly, I like Bekah saving some things for her future kids, and, yea for the book club --oh and have fun with all those celebrations!

  2. Wonderful! I like the idea of all salads. I am still de-cluttering and semi purging myself. Today I treated myself to a manicure, so am relaxing. I will be out and about tomorrow, and Monday we start once more! xo

  3. This was fun to read. What book did they read in the club? I love summer salads and your table looks wonderful. Great idea!

  4. You do the most lovely things...I'm sure that this requires a lot of planning.

    So glad that Bekah found the book club fun!

    Two weeks per room seems doable. It took me weeks in my bedroom. I still have a car trunk full of things going to Goodwill.

    Oh guess what? I had the grands today and we had a rousing time doing plays of their favorite stories. We were especially fond of "The Three Little Pigs." I was the BBWoof who looked remarkably like Nonni and they were the shivering little pigs who knew all their parts.

  5. Photos please, of Bekah's room! It was such a pretty room, we'd love to see it now!

    How exciting about the book club. Sarah is loving reading these days and is almost finished with book two of The Peleg Chronicles. One book to go in the series.

    Now that we are done with the store, the younger girls and I are getting busy around here. This next week we are rearranging the basement family room area, and I plan to purge my bedroom! Sigh....

    Enjoy your work on your rooms. I guess I'll have to come soon and we can rearrange your living room!


  6. The mother/daughter get-together looks like a really sweet time. Happy to hear Bekah likes the book club!

  7. That party sounds like such fun!


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