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, August 18, 2014

Sunday Snapshots: Simple and Spectacular

Although those words seem to be opposites, they aren't always. Our Sunday gathering yesterday was a simple celebration of our our oldest daughter's birthday, but we think Kristin is spectacular (she is!) and so the day was both!

On the menu: crab cakes, Crash Hot Potatoes, coleslaw, and tomato/cucumber salad with a simple vinaigrette. Also on the menu: grasshopper pie for birthday dessert. Also on the menu: a little singing, presents, and party games. (Well...we played Apples to Apples which we play almost every week. But this week we had the new "Trendy" cards that Kristin and Brian had purchased to add to the original cards. Some of us aren't really "trendy," but it was fun! We played to categories like "So 5 Minutes Ago" and "Fired Up.") 

In between, there were some simple activities.

Kristin is teaching a unit on architecture in her homeschool and Bekah is intrigued, so Kristin offered to bring some of the activities on Sundays so that Bekah can participate. Yesterday they learned about cantilevers and practiced with some building blocks. Here they're watching a YouTube video tour of Fallingwater, the famous house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Others are looking through the ads in the Sunday paper, or talking.

A sniffly little girl asked Papa to read her a book.

"Simple" activities? Or are they "spectacular"? 


  1. I'm thinking that was simply spectacular! Or spectacularly simple?
    Oh, I don't know! Let's just say it looks like another one of those "best kinds of days".

  2. It's all fabulous to me!

    I am now heading to youtube to look at Fallingwaters….


  3. You know the answer! Spectacular! Love the photo of the living room with everyone doing something a little different, but yet together!

  4. Spectacular for sure! Interesting to know that there are additional cards for the Apples to Apples game. My addition is cantilevered. The carpenter, ahem, did not make it as large as we wished so had to add on after the foundation was already set.

  5. Looks pretty spectacular to me! Happy birthday wishes to your sweet daughter.

  6. Oh there's no way it was anything but spectacular! LOVE these simple, celebrations best!

  7. Sounds like a simple spectacularly perfect day to me! Thanks for sharing your family...

  8. Beautiful daughter and her family looks very sweet. Those were the days.

  9. Love to see how your family enjoys each other. It's good to celebrate!

  10. You have such a lovely family Cheryl and many wonderful gatherings - I think that's spectacular!
    God Bless


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