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, July 20, 2015

Weekend Snapshots: Summer Sleepover

It was the weekend of the annual Summer Sleepover at Papa and Gran's house. Another couple of days to make some memories...for the children, yes, but also for us. We are all too aware that our oldest grandchild will be 13 on his next birthday. Of course, you're never too old to make memories, but childhood is fleeting and we don't want to miss it. So we revel in the time we have to spoil them just a little. Yes, you may have three s'mores. Yes, you may play computer games. Yes, you may stay up way past your bedtime. Yes, Papa will make a run to Dunkin' Donut on Sunday morning so that we can have junk food for breakfast. (No, we won't break family rules, but we certainly will indulge where we can.) 

A two-day Monopoly game

Bekah likes her marshmallows black.
(So do her sisters, and so do I.)

Alaine went with Aunt Kati to buy this watermelon.
Aunt Kati reported that she was very selective, rejecting some for their appearance and thumping them to check for ripeness.
So cute!!
(Apparently, she knew what she was doing because it was a good one!)

We have been blessed with lots of grand time this summer! And guess what?!
Photo by Kristin

Yes!! Grand #10 will be arriving after the first of the year!!


  1. Oh warm congrats...change that to cool congrats all around! What exciting news! I think that all grandparents adhere to II Corinthians 1:20. You and Ron may be the prime examples of just how to do that. I will get my turn this coming weekend!

  2. Wow! Grand #10! Congratulations. Looks like a perfect summer sleepover at your place.

  3. Love it! I'll look forward to that phase when God brings it to be in His time...(not impatient at all tho, but I hear it's agood season) most days I grapple with the fact that my baby is somehow turning 13 in the fall and the others are beyond that!!
    Time, moments; fleeting yes...and so precious.

  4. Looks perfect! We are planning our sleep overs too! Such fun times. Congrats on the new grandchild! They truly are some of God's very best blessings! Have a good week!

  5. Oh how fun! After seeing these pics I am now wanting a big ol' hotdog and a s'more! We used to have a hammock just like that and I remember how tricky it was to get in without falling out! There is certainly no doubt it was a super weekend...and yes...I understand how it makes you feel when the grands get to be oldest will be 17 in November! Where has the time gone? Happy Monday, Cheryl :)

  6. There is nothing as wonderful as being a Grandparent !

  7. You and Ron are wonderful grandparents! How fun and delicious your time looks with the grands. Congratulations on another baby coming to be part of a sweet family! ♥

  8. I am excited for you all!

    I have said before that you and Ron are my inspiration for grandparenting!

    Also, that Bekah is really blossoming into a beautiful young woman!


  9. I smiled to the core seeing your precious grandkids and reading your grandparent spoilers! Oh, yes, isn't it fun!

  10. May they all be happy memories and congrats on #10 - how wonderful for you. I can't wait to do this with my precious grandchild!

  11. What fun! Lots of wonderful memories to be sure. Congratulations on #10, wonderful news, I know you have got to be excited

  12. I think you are going to have to finally admit... You love summer! (just not the heat)


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