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, January 13, 2014

Weekend Snapshots: Potpourri

Last week, I seem to have had blog laryngitis. Have you ever had it? It kind of sneaks up on you. There you are with thoughts aplenty. You are not down or under the weather. You just suddenly seem to lose your voice. And, as with physical laryngitis, the best way to deal with it is to remain quiet. 

(Do you like quiet? I find quiet to be refreshing. Quiet is a place to think. A place to hear. A place to plan and sort and ponder.)

Now that I've rested my (blog) voice, I am going to jump back in.  Not with anything profound, but with a potpourri of sorts, a few peeks at our weekend.

A surprise.
Ron and I began Saturday morning with a breakfast date. When our server brought us our bill, we had been given the senior discount. This was a first. (Ron was delighted.) As we walked to our next stop, I said, "I wonder how many homeschoolers get the senior discount."

A find.
From an after-Christmas sale. I love it! I decided to hang it for the remaining winter months, and then I'll put it away until next Christmas.

An unmet challenge.
I have enjoyed participating in Donna's Personal Photo Challenges these past few months. This time the challenge was Shadow Play. On Thursday, I took a few photos featuring shadows and was dismally disappointed with them. On Friday and Saturday, there was no sun whatsoever, thus no shadows to play with. And then on beautifully sunny Sunday, guess who totally forgot about the challenge? Yep.

All is not lost (photographically speaking). Having read all of the links that Donna provided in this particular challenge, I have learned new things. Maybe I'll get out and look for some shadows on this, another sunshiny day.

A birthday.
Yesterday, we celebrated my son-in-law Brian's 35th birthday! We are so thankful for Brian who is a wonderful husband to our daughter and father to our grandchildren. It was a pleasure to celebrate with him.

After lunch, peanut butter trifle, and presents, we all played a new game...Beat the Parents. (And they did. Which made them quite happy.)


  1. I hope you enjoyed the quiet away from blogging. I think it's good every so often. You know they aren't supposed to ask if you are a senior, they just guess. Probably anyone with a touch of gray gets it! One of my good still-homeschooling friends has beautiful pure white hair! Is that an ice-cream/brownie or cookie layer cake? That happens to be our son's favorite and if yours is, it's a good idea to put it in the bowl you used. It looks so nice!

  2. The game looks grands would love it, I will have look for it~! Enjoy your week!

  3. I like getting the senior citizen discount. It just hurts my pride a little when they just automatically give it without even asking. Is my age showing that much?! Beautiful cake and family. Love the swag. Blessings, Sharon D.

  4. Love the new Williamsburg apple fan. I make one at Christmas with fresh fruit and greens. I need one like yours--Lovely family get together as usual at your home. ♥

  5. Nothing wrong with taking a break or quiet. It has not been quiet here and I am ready for some. Calm is very pleasant. Gotta love a guy who is happy with Senior Citizen discounts. John never is. =D

    Ohhh...another game to consider...birthdays coming right up.

  6. I think you needed some quiet time, after the fall and Christmas season you had. It's all good.

    Your sale find is very Williamsburg! I don't know what to call it exactly…it's not a wreath, nor a garland…

    I've never seen that game - my kids always love to beat the adults too!

    Glad you've found your voice once again!


  7. Yes, I have had the afflicting too of temporarily losing my blogging voice. All you can do it wait it out!

    I wondered what happened to you on this past challenge, LOL. There were several regulars like you who didn't show up this time. I figured that weather had a lot to do with it. Thank goodness you are enjoying the challenges and reading the informational links. You can use the techniques from this past challenge and apply them to a later one!

    MMmmm, and I bet that birthday trifle tasted good!


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