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, March 30, 2015

Weekend Snapshots: SURPRISE!!

Do you remember last Thursday when I told you that our son Ryan and his beautiful bride were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary

Well on Thursday evening as we were getting ready for Bible study, Bekah saw a vehicle pull into our driveway and said "it looks like Ryan." I wondered who it could be that looked like Ryan? 

It was Ryan!

And Sarah, Eve, Nora, Peter, and Baby Paul!

As the car door opened, I could hear the children giggling, delighted with their surprise for Papa and Gran! We were delighted too!

Ryan had already planned to take a few days off for their milestone anniversary weekend. They were going to take a couple of day trips in their area. But early last week, they had decided to just come our way and make the day trips around here instead!


Ryan and Sarah ~ 10 years!

This time, they didn't stay at our house. They had their own place, thanks to a dear brother who has a vacant house and generously allowed them the use of it for the weekend. They did a bit of coming and going, but even so, we were able to share some precious time together. Coffee and dessert. Morning coffee at their "vacation cottage." They brought dinner to our house one evening. Gammy and Gampy (my parents) were able to come for a while. They had an impromptu meal with Kati and her boyfriend at Chick-fil-A. And they were still able to fit in a couple of day trips, have dinner with friends, and worship with our church fellowship before the long weekend was over.

Around the table

Peter, 4

Eve, 7.5

Paul, 4 months

Lucy loves Gampy!

Sweets for the sweet!

Puppet show 

Nora, 6

Peter wanted me to take a picture of all the puppets. So of course I did! 

Stories with Gammy

Baby snuggles!

Aunt Bekah gets some snuggles too.

It was a surprise of the very best kind! 

And again, I am grateful that they are finally close enough that such things are possible. I don't take our shared time for granted. 


  1. That is the best kind of surprise!

  2. Oh Cheryl, I'm so happy for you! Family times are not wasted on you! The picture of you and the baby is just the sweetest. Aren't you a nice grandmother to meet the request of taking a photo of the puppets--By the way, Peter has the sweetest smile! ♥

  3. What a wonderful surprise and a special weekend! Those grands are beautiful--everyone of them--that Peter is a charmer! So happy for you to get in some quality "spoiling time" with them. Blessings, Sharon D.

  4. Great surprise! In that second photo,mthere are two sets of eyes on the camera. Fun to see. Little Peter is very photogenic. I am thinking how cool it is that Paul and Peter look so much alike. It must have been great fun to have so much time together.

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  5. What a very fun surprise. It's great to enjoy family like you do. I'm sure you don't and I certainly don't take that for granted. It is a wonderful blessing! Hope your week started out well, too.

  6. What a wonderful surprise that was! These are great photos of the family...and baby Paul has really grown! How nice it was for them to plan this special time with you.

  7. What a great surprise!! I know you were absolutely thrilled! And knowing that they live close enough to do that... priceless!

  8. What a fun, wonderful, and happy surprise! It was so sweet that they shared it with you - and so nice to have the grandkids around, wasn't it! God blesses us in so many ways.

  9. Aw - what a great way to spend their anniversary ....... snuggle times and all! Best surprise ever.

  10. Ryan and Sarah have such beautiful children! I love that you all are able to share these times together!


  11. Wonderful, thoughtful daughter-in-law and son to surprise you!
    See the delight in everyone's faces. Family is one of God's greatest blessings.

  12. What an absolutely wonderful surprise! How thrilled you must have been! Doesn't get much better...glad you enjoyed!

  13. What a wonderful surprise visit and time for family being together.
    Hurray for all of you.

    Happy Easter week ~ FlowerLady

  14. Love those kind of surprises! Enjoyed the family pics.

  15. Such a delightful surprise! And look at all of those most adorable and precious children! Oh, my heart!

  16. What a special and wonderful surprise! The little ones are all just so cute and the baby is just precious. I know you had a lovely visit with your sweet family.
    Have a wonderful and blessed Easter!

  17. Oh my heavens, the best surprise ever! How wonderful to have your precious family home! I love all of the smiles, all adorable!
    Blessings to you and your sweet family this Easter.

  18. So happy for you. (And wishing you a blessed Easter Sunday.)


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