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, July 7, 2013

Sunday Snapshots: The Bargain

A few weeks ago, Owen (6) had a little accident with his earbuds.  (Actually, he had a little accident with his brother's earbuds and had to give his own to replace them.)  His parents told him that he would have to save his allowance until he had enough money to buy another set for himself.  

Today, Aunt Kati, who had an extra pair, offered to "sell" them to Owen. The price? One hug. And Owen said, "No." (Aunt Kati is the "kissy-face aunt" around here. She is always trying to get hugs and kisses from her nephews, and they are always trying to avoid them.)  

Everyone tried to convince Owen to accept this bargain.  "Owen, that's three weeks of your life!"  "Owen, you'll be sorry if you don't."  "Owen, one little hug and you get the earbuds!"  

But my favorite response was from Gavin who said: 
"I'LL give Aunt Kati a hug and sell the earbuds to Owen!"  

Now that boy understands a bargain! 

(He might take after his mama...who might take after her father.)

In the end, Owen reluctantly gave Aunt Kati the quickest hug on record, and went home with the earbuds.  

Also this afternoon...  

The boys talked "robot" through the fan,

the girls had some horse play, 

and we tried a new ice cream recipe.
(That doesn't sound like a big deal, but I've been using the same recipe for 30+ years!)

The children made ice cream creations, took their bowls into the dining room, and had their own version of American Baking Competition.  Both of our families have been watching the competition on Wednesday nights, and now the kids are regular food critics.  We adults eavesdrop and overhear such things as, "This is a good consistency" and "I like your flavors."  

Paul Hollywood had better look out!  


  1. So sweet Family Happenings!

    Mmmmm, I like hugs too! And like to give them. But I do remember when Grand-boys get *bigger.* I tell Jake that I only hug, when no one will see. In other words, NOT in front of his friends. -gigggles-

    What a beautiful family you have. What a lovely peek into your weekend, you have given us.

    Photos of memories. :-)

    Happy New Moon!

  2. To learn that Kati is a kissy-face aunt cracks me up! Yes, it does sound as if Gavin is an astute businessman already. Too cute! Always having fun together and that's a great thing.

  3. Such a funny story about the hug bargain! And isn't the American Baking Competition show great fun? We've enjoyed it thoroughly.

  4. Oh! so cute... :). my sister, goes around our niece and nephews for hugs and kisses.

  5. Awe, what a sweet story. And I like the pictures of the various goings on. Homemade icecream...YUM. I've been thinking about making some ice cream but just haven't done it.


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