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 11, 2013

Sunday Snapshots: Twenty!

Just because I am already the mom of two who have passed the thirty mark, it is no less amazing to me that my Kati has now passed the twenty mark!

Yesterday, we gathered with friends and family to celebrate this milestone birthday. (As always, I don't have photos of everyone. I am uncomfortable photographing my guests. Family, on the other hand, is fair game. They expect it. ~smile~)

The birthday girl chose to decorate with an autumn theme. She bought a bunch of pumpkins when they were marked down to fifty cents after October 31. We picked up the rectangular plates in Tuesday Morning (loved them!) and Ron found the golden yellow napkins at Target's Dollar Spot, also on clearance at thirty cents a package! (He bought five packs. The man knows my napkin obsession...and he is frugal. It was a win-win.)

We had a finger food buffet, which was fun. Kati made her own birthday cake. I was willing to make her a cake, but this pumpkin cake is a specialty of hers (and sooooo very good!), so we decided that it would be safer for her to do the baking. Bekah and I made and decorated the leaf-shaped shortbread cookies.

Using our borrowed tradition, we went around the room and each told something we liked about Kati. What a joy to hear what everyone said! Gifts were so thoughtful...and so "Kati." A chocolate Scrabble game for our game-playing-chocolate-loving girl, a lovely mat hand woven by Maddie, a pretty pink travel bag, gift cards to her favorite places. And then the cards...hand made by her dear niece and nephews, with their own personalities shining through! Perfect.

Here, Ben explains his card to Aunt Kati.

The littlest niece was a bit shy (extra guests on this special Sunday afternoon), but everyone else sang Happy Birthday, dear Kati! Well, maybe the littlest nephew wasn't singing either, but I'm sure he was singing inside.

(Or was he thinking about those candles?)

Happy Birthday, Kati!  

As you leave behind your teenage years, we can truly say that they were a delight. 
We look forward to seeing what the next decade has in store for you as you walk in His grace.


  1. We always tell people that the teen years don't have to be fraught with angst and rebellion. Kati is proof of this!

    I love those plates and napkins! Ron is the man!

    Happy Birthday again, sweet Kati!


  2. Your family sure does know how to celebrate! What better way to cross over a milestone year than with those who are so dear to you? And the d├ęcor was spot on! Happy Birthday, again, Kati!

  3. Wow those are neat plates, and your husband knows you well! It looks like a wonderful party with all the thoughtful touches that you all are good at coming up with!

  4. She truly looks like the sweetest girl in the world! Happy birthday to Kati!

  5. Happy Birthday to see Kati! What a wonderful family celebration! I'm sending LOTS of birthday hugs! Any cake left? heehee!

  6. Kati looks so beautiful and happy. A gal who makes her own birthday cake is a very special one. I hope that someone recorded the sweet things that were said about her!

  7. Happy Birthday to your Kati! I understand how the hard that big 2-0 is on Mom! Our Luke turned 20 last winter. She's a beautiful young lady and it's wonderful to see family and friends gathering to celebrate her life with you!

  8. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! Looks like a fun day with family and friends!

  9. Happy Birthday to Katie, the food looked wonderful, the plates and napkins really added a nice touch

  10. Happy belated birthday to your very beautiful and talented daughter:)


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