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.

Friday, January 3, 2014


Yes, the title is correct. I am still in December, I suppose.  But I have been reviewing my month in pictures since February, and I didn't want to miss the month of December.  So if you'll allow me a peek back, then I'll be moving forward...I think.  (By the way, I am going to begin a winter recipe series this Tuesday. So you see, I am thinking ahead a wee bit.)


For all of my intention to be "uncomplified", our month was everything but.  It was full from start to finish. There were birthdays. There was a chandelier fire...and a new chandelier. There was shopping and wrapping and decorating. There was a house photo shoot. (I am still amazed!) There were visits with my aunt. There were Christmas gatherings, both here and there. There was even our annual  girls' Starbucks outing because at the beginning of December, someone said that it was one of their favorite Christmas events, and so we made time and let some other things go.

There was lots of help from my girls. Oh, how they helped! They did almost all of the baking and did such a beautiful job. Bekah made fudge for the first time. She also made gorgeous (and delicious!) truffles for gifts, and the rest of us were noble and taste-tested them. The girls helped clean and wrap and decorate and address Christmas cards...and I accepted all offers. I can't forget Ron either, who brought home pizza or Chick-fil-A on more than one occasion.

Yes, the month was full.  Full of joy, full of sorrow, full of busyness, full of mercy, full of peace. To God be the glory. Emmanuel..."God with us."

Glimpses of our celebrations...glimpses of His gifts...


  1. Looks so wonderful.... your pictures are always so very cozy.... thank you for sharing!!!

  2. What a month for you! And what a lovely review. I'm sure your head is still spinning with all that happened. And I'll look forward to your winter recipes. You've arranged your photo collages so artistically! Have a nice weekend!

  3. Love looking at your pictures...they do look so warm and comfy! Prayers for a blessed new year!

  4. Beautiful moments. RIP Lynn. Sweet face. I see the family resemblance. I think Starbucks day would be a favorite of mine, too. xo

  5. Lovely collages of your family at Christmas. I just love your kitchen! Looking forward to your recipe series. Have a nice weekend!

  6. Ahhh...and I thought my comment had been eaten and indeed it had.

    I don't remember exactly what I said...something about what a good idea it is to document a month. I know I said something about the sweet expressions on the two grands' faces just under the bar. I also mentioned how beautiful your Aunt Lynn was and that I hope your memories will be sweet.

    Oh, and I was happily surprised that the photo shoot went on. Yay!


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