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, October 17, 2014

gather. {drive-by inspiration}

Because I love house-y things, and because I loooove fall, I make sure to allow time for a little drive-by fun to gather some autumn inspiration. (Actually, we do "drive-bys" in every season, but fall is my favorite!)

The girls and I grab our pumpkin spice iced coffees, and off we go in search of beautiful houses and pretty fall wreaths and pots of mums and piles of pumpkins. Often we find that the most "beautiful" homes are not the biggest or grandest, but the ones that are welcoming and well-loved. 

I loved the little pumpkin line-up over this transom window. Of course, I am also swooning over the color of the trim and that molding and those lanterns. 

This porch looks inviting, doesn't it? Maybe I'd sip a cup of apple cider on a crisp autumn evening. 

The yellow door pops, and works well with autumn color.

This is one of our favorite houses in any season!

Lancaster County offers lots in the way of house-y inspiration! Those folks do autumn well!

Love me a pile of pumpkins!

How about those window boxes filled with autumn bounty?

I saved my favorite drive-by shot for last.

This is a house on our regular route through a nearby town, but as we drove past that day, taking in all the fall decor, we noticed a little something extra special. Do you see him? 

I wonder how much they had to pay him to decorate their autumn porch?! Perfect! 

Do you ever go on rambling drives, looking for house-y goodness?

This is day 17 in the series gather.  Click ~here~ to see more.


  1. Drive by shooting at its best!
    I finally got my {tiny} fall display done yesterday.

  2. I loved your drive-by and yes I love to do that also, as you said for every season !

  3. If houses were decorate like that around here, I certainly would do drive-bys! But alas, they are not. There are some houses in our neighborhood that are already decorated for Halloween, and not in a good way, if you know what I mean.

  4. Love looking at houses. I like it at night too, if the drapes are open and you can see the colors of the walls, etc. It was nice to see these "northern-looking" houses. Have a good weekend!

  5. I love looking at houses, but I don't often go on a 'drive by.' I should!

    I recognize at least one of the houses you showed one here. I do love this area, especially in the Autumn.

    We should go on a drive by together sometime!


  6. I can imagine how enjoyable that was in person as I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual version. Lovely homes all decorated in their fall finery.
    I kind of expected to see June Cleaver walk out of house #2 :).

  7. I am long overdue for a little drive like this without being in the driver's seat!

  8. I liked the first one the best, I think....Several times a week, I make a drive through the countryside and a couple of small towns. There is a house I "adore" that looks a lot like that first one...I just might stop and ask to take a photo or two tomorrow!

  9. Beautiful! The first is definitely my favorite!

    I never tire of admiring houses!

  10. What a fun tradition and a great way to get inspiration!

  11. We love to drive around and look at houses too! I agree that some of the best, are small loved ones. Thanks for sharing all these lovely autumny houses!

  12. Love this!! Such a great way to spend time with your girls too!!

  13. These are all wonderful homes, Cheryl. Just like you, the houses that look welcoming and loved are the ones that draw me in!


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