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.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

{Gathering the Moments} November

I have been "gathering the moments" of each month for nearly two years now, and I am always surprised at how much life happens in a span of thirty(ish) days. But this month has been one for the records. So many life changes! 

I thought back to June and how so many changes that month were those that I did not want, and now I see the path more clearly and so much has been resolved. He has been leading all the way, of course. It is always up to me to trust Him, whether I see the way or not. Always.

This month, my sister moved...back. It is such a comfort to know that she is closer, and she is happy to be closer to her darling grandbabies again. 

This month, our Kati Grace turned 21. On the same day, her dear friend, the elderly man for whom she had been caring, passed away. (She wrote her story of their time together ~here~.) 

This month, we had several gatherings. Alaine enjoyed her very first Special Day. We continued the tradition of our Annual Mother/Daughter Christmas Shopping Trip, and were glad for another year together. We girls hosted a ladies' game night.

This month, Ryan and his family moved...closer!! (Ron accompanied them on the drive down. While he was away, we girls ate spicy food and watched musicals...both things that Ron could live without.) Oh, we are excited and so very grateful! Ryan has a new home, a new job, and (you already know, don't you?)...a new son! We cannot wait to meet Baby Paul! 

This month, seventeen people gathered around our table(s) on Thanksgiving Day, enjoying the gifts of health and food and warmth and family and fellowship and numberless blessings.  

We owe our thanks to the Giver of all good gifts! 

And so I end this monthly Gathering with the verse I ended with back in the "before." 

Oh Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself. 
It is not in man that walks to direct his own steps.

This month, I thank Him for directing our steps.

Again 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. Your beautiful gathering of November moments reminded me of the line from an old song: "Take my moments and my days....Let them flow in ceaseless praise. Let them flow in ceaseless praise."

    Ceaseless praise, for sure!

  2. You had such an eventful month! So exciting to welcome a new baby to the family!

    I didn't take many photos this month, but I posted and linked up anyway!

    So much to be thankful for!


  3. What a blessed lot of "resolveds" this month. Always exciting to see! You are living a full and exciting life, my friend.

  4. What a little cherub! Such blessings to be cherished. Have a wonderful Lord's Day, Cheryl.

  5. Yes, as Vee said, answers came this month and things "worked out" for He makes no mistakes! Your pictures are always pleasing to the eye and there is so much thankfulness in them … good times, good memories and a wonderful family and home!

  6. What a grand month you had filled with family moments and family moves that bring you all closer together.

  7. Such a full month! Joy and grief mingle together in the richness of life.

  8. A really full month for you. Love your photos and love how they tell a story of what life was like for the month. This is such a wonderful way to remember and give thanks for the many blessings the Lord has provided

  9. I always enjoy this post and getting a chance to see what's happened that I might have missed. Blessings for this new month! Sweet hugs, Diane

  10. I enjoyed seeing your gathered moments. You had a busy month but one filled with many blessings, too. You will cherish all these captured moments on your camera in the years ahead. Have a wonderful week!


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