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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekend Snapshots: Five Months

~ This boy is five months old. 

~ It has been five months since our son Ryan and his family moved from Maine to Virginia. 

~ And this past weekend, we enjoyed our fifth visit together in five months. (December, January, February, March...and April makes five!) Such a blessing! 

A few peeks at our weekend...
Tulips Sarah and the children planted in early December

We brought Ryan's childhood stash of Legos for his own family.

The mountains were hazy.

Dogwood tree blooming outside of the restaurant where we celebrated Kati's successful completion of her CNA classes.
(I had forgotten to take my camera inside, so no pictures of said celebration.)

New bikes :)

Papa riding Eve's bike...

...and having way too much fun!

The lovely Sarah

10 years and counting...

As always, I thank the Lord for safe travels, and for this wonderful privilege of being together!


  1. So wonderful that you have been able to see them every month. There's nothing like grandchildren, especially a sweet, cuddly baby. We were able to see our two this weekend and so enjoyed them.
    Glad for you. (And their flowers are beautiful). Blessings, Sharon D.

  2. Cheryl, I'm so happy for you! Having a daughter that lives in NH, I understand that long distance yearning. Family is everything! There is sheer joy in every photo--especially Ron! Congratulations to Kati on her completion of classes. I must add that the children and Sarah's tulips are gorgeous! ♥

  3. Looks like spring has arrived! And such a great place to ride backs. Congrats to Kati on completing her course. Now the experiences begin! And five months old. What a cutie. And what joy you exude.

  4. Ryan and Sarah's children are happy children. You can see it in their bright smiles! So happy for so many visits! I know you are delighted to be just a few hours away!

    What a blessing for the children too, to be able to see you all as well!


  5. Oh how fun! It looks like a wonderful time! The background in pic #4 is amazing! Are they near the Blue Ridge Parkway? Oh, I miss that place since we sold our cabin! Congrats to Kati too...great job! Can't believe how that little one has grown either...sweet post, Cheryl :)

  6. How wonderful ! As I always say there is nothing like being a Grandma and having them near!

  7. So wonderful! Congratulations to Kati. Looks like so much fun with all the bikes and riders, young and old!

  8. The bike riders look like they are having a wonderful time. What a blessing to be able to see them once a month. Congratulations to Kati in completing her training, it's quite an accomplishment. I love the last photo of Ryan and Sarah, just precious

  9. 5 months old already?! What a little doll he is! What a wonderful time you all have together. Love the photos. Congratulations to Kati! Such an accomplishment.

  10. Another case of time running away...You have used the time so well to have five visits in five months! I am sure that that is more visits than in a year in the old days. The grands thrive on the time spent with you all. I can see it. The baby grand has grown so much! What a happy, content child. Glad that you are safely home. You're not anywhere near Baltimore are you?

    And hearty congrats to Kati on graduating with her CNA!

  11. The baby is such a doll! All your family looks so happy and having such fun. Beautiful photos and precious memories you have until the next visit! Congratulations to your daughter on completing her CNA training!

  12. You should see me smiling, Cheryl, I just adored these family snapshots, oh! the memories that are being made,tucked in hearts and captured on camera!
    Congratulations to Katie on her CNA!
    Your grandkids are like mine they have a fun, Papa, I also think you and I are fun grandmas! ~smile~.

  13. Just wonderful family photos, Cheryl. What a cutie boy with his 5 month birthday. :-)) I can hardly imagine planting anything in December!! Lol

  14. Five months - such a tender time and sweet little boy! Five months of blessings.

  15. Five visits in 5 months?!? That is wonderful for all the generations of your family (but especially for your grandmother heart!). I need to pinch Paul's cheeks. Just sayin'!


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