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, April 26, 2014

A Saturday Chat

The lilac is blooming. Oh, I wish you could smell it too!

Cute new shoes...for $1.99. Yes!! 

I went to buy some summer sandals, but when the store has "buy one, get one for $1.99," what's a girl to do? Buy some pewter-colored flats, of course! Wouldn't you? 

(Ron was willing to buy the $1.99 pair in the men's department, but honestly, he is the male version of Imelda Marcos. Shoes galore. I kid you not.)

My favorite plant in our yard (maybe in the world) is a pyracantha. We had a huge pyracantha growing at the side of our house, visible through the dining room window, and even out of Bekah's upstairs bedroom window. I absolutely loved the rust-colored berries in autumn. How I soaked up that vision of autumn...and told my family (often) that it was my favorite. "I love my pyracantha. Have I told you that it is my favorite?"  "Yes, Mom."  Occasionally, Ron would suggest that it needed trimming. I gave him the stink eye. "It is gorgeous just like it is."

At the end of winter, I realized that it had died. I may have cried. (Have you ever cried over a plant?) 

This morning, we went to the nursery to pick up our new pyracantha, a special order because I wanted one with orange, not red, berries. I feel like a new parent. I will be bursting my buttons when it produces those glorious orange berries come autumn. 

So many things to smile about in my world!

A beautiful hymn sung by sweet granddaughters over the telephone yesterday.

A "happy package" sent on its way this morning...and imagining the darlings as they open the box with small gifts and books to borrow.

Wonderful aromas from the kitchen where Kati has baked cupcakes for my niece's baby shower, and rosemary bread for a friend (and a loaf for us).

My oldest daughter completed her first half-marathon this morning. (I am amazed.)

Now I must get back to work. There is a lot more on my to-do list upstairs and down, preparing for the baby shower, laundry.  I just wanted to share some of my reasons to smile on this spring Saturday.

What is making you smile today?

On Wednesday, it will again be time to Gather the Moments. (Don't the months fly by?) 
Feel free to join in...with a little or a lot, words or not.
(The link-up will be open for about a week.)


  1. I do like your chats! Love the lilac view.. can almost smell them. they are a favorite we don't get down here.

  2. I love your new shoes! I added your blog to my "Blogs you might enjoy" list on my blog.


  3. You make me smile, Cheryl. Every time I visit. I had problems with the iPad and my drug company, but I feel better now! xo

  4. Really? Only $1.99? They are darling. (I'd never have guessed that Ron was the male Imelda Marcos. LOL)

    I have not heard of your beloved plant, but if you love it, it must have been heartbreaking to lose it. Glad that you have a replacement.

    Hymns sung over the phone...very sweet.

  5. What's making me smile, one thing for sure visiting with you, and catching up on your previous posts! I just haven't been online to much lately, just so busy, and enjoying beautiful weather!
    I am also smiling because I have been getting a lot accomplished! ~smile~

    Loved the shoes, and the price, OH! I see you are married to a fashionista too! Clothes is his weakness,~another smile.
    Sorry about the pyracantha, we lost a lot of our plants too, one reason we have been so busy is we are having to replace them.
    Congrats to your daughter on her run!
    Loved the family photo, I know you look at those beautiful girls and wonder where time went! One thing for sure you have so many memories tucked away. I always leave here refreshed and encouraged.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  6. Cheryl, there is much to smile about , isn't it? Your lilac is lovely--great photo! I have a row of lilacs that came from my Grandmother's home. They mean so much to me. They have lived in my garden for many years and I would cry if I lost them. Enjoy your weekend in those cute shoes! ♥

  7. Oh how I love lilacs! My grandmother had a lilac bush in her yard when I was growing up. She would cut some and bring them inside and the whole house smelled of them. So nice.

    Sorry about your plant. My hydrangea died with this bad winter we had. It has bloomed for many years and I miss it.

  8. Oh wow, cute shoes at a bargain price. THAT makes me smile. And so does the lilac picture.

    Today the thing making me smile is my newly painted "back" door. It is now an orangy red color on the INSIDE as well as the outside. I love it.

  9. Cheryl,
    Yesterday I picked up an Iris for my yard. Gardening hasn't been my thing but my Grandmother who passed two years ago had a beautiful yard full of Iris plants. I want to plant them to remember her. Thank you for your wonderful blog.

  10. That's a lot of good things to make you smile! Love the shoes...


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