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, August 10, 2015

Weekend Snapshots: Birthdays (Of Course)

My daughter and I were chatting this morning about some plans and the need to change them ...again. "Isn't that the theme of the summer?" was Kristin's rhetorical question. 

Yes. It must be. 

And my other theme is "running late" or "failing to keep up with everything" or something like that. Blogging and reading/commenting have fallen way down on the list. (Although, to be totally honest, I am sometimes reading but not having the time to make a thoughtful comment. Forgive me.)

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I enjoyed a couple of especially delightful days last with family, one with friends. The kind of days that are satisfying on many levels, the kind of days that find permanent places in your collection of memories. I'll talk more about those at another time. 

This weekend was all about birthdays. 

Saturday was Ron's birthday. 

I had been gone all day Wednesday, part of Thursday, and all day Friday, so there was lots to do to get ready for a small birthday dinner on Saturday evening. Ron and his brother spent the day at a tractor show and Kati was needed at work, so Bekah and I made our list and did the necessaries. I reminded myself of the myth of convenience and the whole idea of hospitality and we actually enjoyed working together to prepare. (Well, except for the layer cake challenges. Layer cakes are my nemesis. Let's just say that a three-layer cake became a two-layer cake.) 

When Kati got home, she jumped into the preparations along with us, and we were nearly ready when our guests (Ron's mom and one of his sisters) arrived. Just then, the birthday boy called to say that he was on his way home (eek!) and would be there as soon as he could. So I told Bekah to prepare a quick appetizer (spread peach chutney over a block of cream cheese and arrange some crackers) and that bought us a bit of extra time. 

We had an enjoyable evening with a simple dinner and family chatter, ending with German chocolate cake per Ron's request. Ron's mom usually reminisces about her children's births on their special days and we love hearing the stories. This year, she talked about the day she brought Ron home from the hospital and how she sat him in his carrier on the kitchen table and how his three older sisters all oohed and aahed over him like he was a little doll. 

On Sunday, we celebrated two grand birthdays.

Maddie turned 11 a couple of weeks ago and Owen will be 9 later this week. There were multiple plans (all changed for one reason or another) for celebrations, but, for our part, we ended up inviting them to choose the day's menu (Maddie, the meal; Owen, the dessert) and giving them their gifts here at our house. They also brought cards and gifts for Papa, so I suppose it was a triple celebration.

Gammy stopped by with birthday presents and paused for a birthday photo. We ate Maddie's requested lunch of Parmesan-crusted chicken, mashed potatoes, and peas (I threw in the rosemary rolls)...and we had a lot of fun!

Gammy stopped by with birthday presents and paused for a birthday photo.

Photo bomb! :)

Grasshopper pie for dessert!

A birthday Mad Lib!

It was a weekend of simple celebrations, taking time to rejoice with the ones we love!


  1. Happy Birthday to Ron and the grands! You always have the best celebrations in your home, Cheryl. Celebrating with those we love is most important no matter how busy our days are. The menu the grands chose sounds yummy. ♥

  2. Great birthday celebrations! Those grands have good taste in food! I love the photo of Kati and Ron's mom and sister, and the one of Maddie's excited face! Very precious memories!


  3. Well that two layer cake looks just perfect. It's been a long time since I made a German Chocolate Cake. Smacking my lips. What a sophisticated choice Maddie had for her birthday dinner. She smacks her lips again! Great way of combining the celebrations and letting the guests of honor choose some of their favorites. You did a great job! Happy birthday to all three!

  4. As always I love reading about your family celebrations....and I LOVE hearing about what you served up for dessert. That cake looked just perfect to me....yum! Happy birthday to all of your loved ones!

  5. I love the way you celebrate!! Tomorrow is my youngest son's birthday - he will be 27 years old! Child of my old age! I will prepare a family dinner to celebrate with him and his sister and her quads on Wednesday. I love FAMILY dinners and celebrations!!!
    His favorite cake is a Funfetti Cake mix with frosting - easy peasy!

  6. This is the third time I've heard parmesan chicken in two days! And I'm serving it this weekend for guests. Looks like wonderful family times … simple is often best. That German chocolate cake looks lovely and who would know a layer is missing. Your comments are always thoughtful so I can see how you might read and keep going.

  7. Busy summer days swiftly running away... Lots of birthdays to celebrate, as always, in your family. Just saw a Pinterest sign that included a graphic of a rolling pin. It said "Just roll with it." Sounds as if it could be your motto. Hope that Ron never missed that third layer!

  8. Ahhh...German chocolate! It looks especially delish! It certainly looks like everyone was enjoying themselves...great family photos.

  9. Looks like a wonderful time for all! I love family celebrations!

  10. Wonderful family photos, Cheryl! And what's with August! We've several August birthdays in our family too. :-)). German chocolate... haven't had it in a long time but I know it's delicious!


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