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.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

{Gathering the Moments} April

Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; 
for consider what great things He has done for you.
I Samuel 12:24 NKJV

Yes, He has done great things for us! 

At the beginning of April, Kati had her surgery and was back on the road to recovery and restored health. That was a great thing! 

April brought gentler weather, unfurling blooms, new growth, sweet smiles, happy mail, and family gatherings. We celebrated Bekah's 13 years and we knew that He had done great things for us!

We rejoiced in the reality of a risen, ever-living Savior! It is in Him that we live, and move, and have our being. He has done great things for us!

In April, we marveled at the beauty of God's creation. We enjoyed the fellowship of friends. We celebrated a soon-to-come baby girl. We enjoyed the blessing of family, both near and far. 

He has given us blessing after blessing.  

The Lord has done great things for us, 
and we are filled with joy.
Psalm 126:3 NIV

Again with this month, I am inviting you to join me in "gathering the moments." You may wish to share two or three photos, or several collages, or bunches of photos...with words, or without words. The link-up below will be a gathering place for us to reflect and share and connect. (The link-up will stay open for a week, so you have plenty of time to gather.)

Thinking About Home


  1. Many and diverse are His blessings. I kind of love knowing that so many of them are going on right around the corner (and down the road a bit).

  2. So many good things to celebrate in your month of April. And indeed you did celebrate! There seems to be a girl theme too! :-) Thanks for an inspiring post, and for hosting.

  3. So many beautiful photos and moments to gather!

    I'll try to gather my moments and join in!


  4. Oh how I LOVE these gatherings! You certainly had much to celebrate this month. And yes, He has blessed us abundantly, and we WILL rejoice and be glad!

  5. Superb gathering of memories and beautiful praises to accompany them! A lot happens in a month around here! I love that serene expression Ron is wearing, the idyllic quality of the photo of Bekah at the picnic table, and all the sweet grands!

    Say have you seen that swing decorated with lilacs on Pinterest? I have it on my summertime board. I think all the gals in your family should have a photo op with something similar. Yes, I did miss my calling...I could have been a Directa! (purposely misspelled and certainly misquoted)

  6. Beautiful connection with God, beautiful family, beautiful table, beautiful thoughts - everything just beautiful!

  7. Lovely pictures as always, beautiful perspective and a gift and blessing to your readers.

  8. A beautiful summation of another month lived in God's care.

  9. He surely loads blessings upon us....every day!
    Wonderful to have Kati's surgery behind her, Bekah's birthday celebration.
    I am still smitten with your Easter table. Lovely.
    And Hallelujah, He is risen! The ultimate blessing of all!

  10. Sweet photos. So much going on in your home!
    Thanks for hosting!

  11. Hi Cheryl, your gathering the Moments for April, are so precious, and filled with so many blessings! I can only imagine if at the end of the year you decided to put the monthly Gathering Moments in a family album, what wonderful Christmas gifts they would make!
    I don't know if I will be able to put one together for this month, please excuse me If I don't. I will try real hard, however I will visit the other ladies.

    Thank you for sharing

  12. I love this post and it's a good way to count your blessings. I'm joining in this morning! Hugs Diane

  13. What a wonderful way to capture the essence of the month! Lovely photos. I'm going to have to try to remember this for next month! Love it!

  14. I really enjoy these gatherings, they such a good way to record God's care and faithfulness. Thanks again for hosting this

  15. Dear Cheryl
    I apologise for arriving late but I've been working!
    What a joyous month for you - celebrating Easter and the resurrection of our Lord.
    It was such good news of Kati's recovery from surgery.
    The comings and goings of your lovely family.
    It is indeed good to gather these moments - captured in our memories and our blog posts!
    Thank you for hosting - I love your party.

  16. It's my first time here, and I really loved looking at your photos, a collage of the month just ended in pictures. So beautiful, so meaningful. I joined in as well, thanks for hosting. Shalom... Lidia (from the Philippines)


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