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.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Coming Home

It's been a thrilling week for our family, with a couple of significant homecomings! 

First, Macie Violet came home to a houseful of adoring siblings, all eagerly waiting their turn to hold her. 

A few days later, our faraway family moved "home" to Maryland and are no longer far away!

Bekah and I were excited to be able to have the children over while the moving truck was being unloaded. The older children stayed longer, but Baby Paul decided that he'd rather go back to the new house to take his afternoon nap. :)

But even as I ponder how wonderful "home" can be, I acknowledge that even the most loving and comfortable home is the palest shadow of what is to come. As believers, we wander here as sojourners, on the way to our Heavenly home.

"For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come."
Hebrews 13:14


  1. Absolutely Priceless moments there...God Bless Everyone...

  2. Precious beyond words. I can almost see those older brothers and sisters falling in love with their new baby sister. There are going to be many happy, fun days ahead for them all. Babies bring such joy.

    So glad that you have all your loves gathered close. You have been waiting a long, long time!

    Yes, and as beautiful as these homecomings are...nothing will compare with THAT day when we are truly home.

  3. Beautiful family, Cheryl. I'm so thrilled for you all!

    I had a day with my girls, then all of my kids in the evening. So blessed and thankful!


  4. What a marvelous week you have had, dear Cheryl! A new baby and your son returning home with his babies. Your photos tell the story of a loving family and pure JOY! Yes, our Home is waiting! ♥

  5. Such a wonderful week. Homecomings of various sorts bring lots of smiles. Just a sweet little wee one. The smiling faces say it all.

  6. so lovely to see the looks on the childrens' faces as they gaze at the little new one!

  7. What beautiful times you are having with family. The photos are wonderful!

    It feels like our 'home' going might be soon. Oh how wonderful our heavenly home will be.

    For now I am thankful for my little earthly home and am eagerly waiting to go to my heavenly one.

    Have a lovely Sunday ~ FlowerLady

  8. There's so many smiles in your photos! I can imagine how fun it might be to move close to grandparents! And a good reminder of our future home, our real home.

  9. Oh what a wonderful post! Such good pictures capturing the homecoming of that new baby. How loved she will be! A special, blessed moment in time for sure...And then your son and his family and their new home near you is almost more then I can stand. I can just imagine your joy on this one! Your cup is surely running over this morning. And of course your soo right. Even all this joy and excitement won't touch the wonder and awe of entering our final home! But in the meantime, ENJOY this season!

  10. All the homecomings are so wonderful but you are right about our final will be glorious. That little tired guy is such a cutie!
    Blessings on your week!

  11. That's is "One" blessed newborn, so much love to come home too! Congratulations to All! And now Cheryl, to have all your family so close, what a wonderful way to begin "2016"! Blessings abound for sure! You are so right we are sojourners, and I too am looking forward to my heavenly home!

    Many continued blessings,

  12. What a wonderful homecoming for a very blessed baby and oh so wonderful to have your far away family move close. The children are just the sweetest and you have captured much love in these photos! Giving us a glimpse of how our glorious heavenly home will be!

  13. Precious newborn. Oh Happy Day for both Homecomings.
    My devotions this morning were about our delightful home in heaven, a place of no more striving, of no physical weariness in our serving the King. Then I read this, your affirmation. Blessings, all around.

  14. Beautiful pictures! I know you are happy to have your family closer.

  15. Aww, everyone gets a turn at holding the baby. What a cute bunch of kids! And so nice to have family closer, isn't it. Praise God...for it all!

  16. Oh my, what precious photos! You always seem to be able to place yourself strategically almost, to get the best shots. I love them all but my favorite one is the first one with the door barely letting in the light as the children eagerly await the entrance of mom & dad and their new baby sister! You certainly have a gift of capturing the moments :)

  17. Vee suggested i visit your blog ..
    and i'm blessed to have done so. your online home is lovely, encouraging, and real. if you don't mind i'll be perusing t/o the day here and there as time allows. Vee mentioned that your husband had been ill with a heart infection. my brother in law has a deep bone infection. your husband and my brother in law share the same name. i'll be praying for your Ron .. pray for "my" Ron as well please. bless you dearly... sherry

  18. and... this quote of yours:
    *But even as I ponder how wonderful "home" can be, I acknowledge that even the most loving and comfortable home is the palest shadow of what is to come. As believers, we wander here as sojourners, on the way to our Heavenly home.*



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