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, August 25, 2015

Monday Tuesday Chat

Late summer evening...

Oops. Monday got away from me. It's been a busy summer, friends!

Kati was off all day yesterday, so we girls decided to go out for snow cones in the afternoon. We were all hoping to end the summer with an egg custard snow cone. (Egg custard isn't really custard, nor does it contain eggs. It's a Maryland thing.) 

Our local snow cone stand seems to always be out of egg custard flavoring and we decided before we left home that we only wanted egg custard. In fact, we became passionate about it and said things like "No tutti frutti for us!" and "If you don't have egg custard, we don't want anything!" and (Patrick Henry-style) "Give me egg custard, or give me dea..." Okay, that's a little dramatic for a snow cone. But you get the idea. 

Can you guess what happened? 

No egg custard. Blah.

So although we did not make any of the impassioned declarations that we had made at home, we did say "no, thank you" and headed off for iced coffee which became frozen coffee when we saw that on the coffee shop menu. (It was sort of like a coffee smoothie and it was the bomb.) Then we did a "drive by" and meandered around some of our usual places and then we got off the beaten track and went into some different areas and saw houses and streets and roads that we had never seen before and then went in a totally opposite direction and meandered some more. 

The best thing about this kind of afternoon? Not the snow cones coffee and not the house ogling. It is the conversation. As we meander, we talk about everything from coffee shops to work situations to homeschool science to wedding gowns to God's unique plan for our lives. Priceless. 

Last week Ron and I spent some lovely days at the coast, celebrating thirty-seven years of marriage. We enjoyed time at a beautiful B&B and wandered around some seaside towns. 

All summer, I have been looking for a starfish. I don't do a lot of decorating for summer, but I thought a small starfish in my potpourri bowl would whisper summer. I found some that were too wide, too large, too expensive, or too many (a package of ten), but since a starfish isn't really a "must have," I decided to wait until, like Goldilocks, I found what was just right. And I found it in one of the seaside towns. Success!

We came home from our trip in time for a weekend visit from some of our favorite people, our son Ryan and his family. They were staying at their "vacation home" this time, but we spent lots of time with them over the weekend. 

Isn't this baby boy growing up?!

I haven't told you the primary reason for their visit. I'll do that in a separate post.

Labor Day is late this year, and we've done almost everything on our summer list, so we are going back to (home) school next week. We are both ready. 

It will be the first year of high school for Bekah! (My "baby"?! Yikes!) 

Let's end this chat with an informal poll. On our outing yesterday, I posed this question to the girls. How would you answer this?

With which of the following do you associate the first day of school?
A. Butterflies in the tummy 
B. A feeling of dread 
C. Warm fuzzies


  1. Fun times! I love these kinds of days and weekends!

    I answer C for the poll, but that is me as Homeschool mom and not as a student. When I was a student in public school, I'd say it was A.


  2. Happy anniversary! It looks like you had a lovely time! What a fun time with your girls! It's been a busy summer here too!

    I would say as a student it was B, but as a home school momma it would be C. :-)

    Enjoy your last few days of summer.

  3. I would say a combination of A and C ! I have never heard of custard snow cones but does sound good !

  4. Lovely memories for summer, Cheryl. Happy Anniversary to you and Ron! Seaside times look inviting and very special. Family times are always special at your home. Your littlest grand is growing up--so cute! He really favors his siblings--and the photo of him and Kati is priceless.
    My answer for the school year would be butterflies, but once school started I always loved it! I'm that way about most things I start new. ♥

  5. How lovely to have a day with your girls. That's interesting about that flavor of snow cone. Your anniversary trip looked perfect, good food, fun views and a good find! Looks like a good time with your son's family. That little guy really is growing. So cute!
    For me and the poll I'm going with A!

  6. Warm fuzzies, for the most part...I think I was always ready to back to school. Well, it looks like you had a wonderful weekend...and Happy Anniversary! We celebrated 39 years a couple of weeks ago. I also see you prefer chocolate too :) Great photos!

  7. Butterflies in the tummy even now - and I'm a teacher! Happy Anniversary. You've had some lovely outings!

  8. A followed closely by C...never B! You have been busy in a very good way. I am glad that you did not capitulate. The Egg Custard folks need to know that they are losing business. So it's just flavoring? Our egg custard does have eggs.

    Hmmm...always the woman of mystery. Is that Highboy going home with Ryan? = D

    Happy Anniversary to you and Ron. You have us beat by thirty years. We'll never catch up to that achievement!

  9. Well I think I seem to be similar to most of your other answers. It was a combo of A and C....or maybe I should say C and then A.....more warm fuzzies then butterflies, but they were always there. Sounds like a perfect wrap up summer activity. And good work on buying nothing....they need to carry what everyone wants, lol. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you both! What a perfectly delightful way to celebrate!

  10. Well I didn't realize you lived in a foreign country lol. I've never eaten a snowball or crabs! My loss, I'm sure. I enjoyed the link. This country is so diverse! Congratulations on the wedding anniversary. I love the photos of the grands.

  11. A with a little B mixed in! Enjoyed the views from your get away! I love how you love to meander around on little drives to check out the scenery (and houses.) :-)

  12. Butterflies in the tummy for me!
    I was Team Mom for Amber's Synchronized Swimming team and when we would compete in Maryland I ALWAYS took the girls to a Custard Stand! It was a tradition! Delicious!
    Happy Anniversary!!! God speed on your homeschooling year. I have come full circle. I homeschooled my youngest children - Amber and Benjamin - and now the quads are 3 years old and go to Pre school on Tuesday and Thursday. They come here on Wednesday and next week I am going to begin 'homeschool' with them. That will give them 3 days of 'schooling.' As you know - it is so easy to teach our children just in the course of a regular day. I will do scripture memory and phonics, manners and learning activities, tracing their names so they will learn to print them AND in time to come I will teach them cursive writing! They do not even teach that in schools now! Can you believe it???

  13. Happy anniversary! Sweet get away and lovely photos!


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