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.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Gathering the Moments | January

A post Christmas gathering / Waiting for Baby

Peeks at the everyday moments

:: Macie Violet ::

:: Moving day ::

Celebrating Brian's birthday

Sweet mommy/daughter moments

Nora's 7th birthday...including the traditional Birthday Dance!

Meeting new niece/cousin

Around our table...

Continuing the celebration

January was a month of new beginnings.

 Ron returned to work after an extended time of medical leave. His health is restored. He feels great.
 Grand #10, our sweet little Macie Violet, joined the family.
 Ryan began a new position, and he and his precious family moved back "home."

We are embracing the changes! And we are praising the Lord for them!

As always, even in the grand and glorious changes, life is made up of moments. Time spent together. Glances exchanged. Baby snuggles. Shared meals. Hugs. Changing a tiny diaper. Coffee time. A long heart-to-heart sitting in the van in your own driveway. Playing "Apples to Apples" with a new reader. Eighteen for Sunday dinner. Watching the snow. A chat on the way to choir. Hot chocolate with marshmallows and hot chocolate mustaches. Joining the Birthday Dance for the first time. Grand giggles. Watching one grandson bounce as his Daddy sings in church. Watching the other grandson play "air guitar" while his Daddy sings in church. 

Moments to be gathered. Moments to be savored. Moments to be tucked away...into the heart. 


  1. Very special and meaningful moments, Cheryl. I'm sure you treasure them.

  2. Oh Cheryl, I love your warm, homey, loving collages!! They're just a delight. What a gift is little Macie Violet. Pretty name. And just the glimpses into your life. They definitely whisper LOVE.

  3. What a joy to share these beautiful moments with your sweet family! ♥

  4. Beautiful photos and words, Cheryl! Thank you for sharing with us. It is a testimony of God's grace in your lives. What a blessing it all is!

  5. Oh how I loved this! You have SUCH a gift for capturing these moments of life in photography! Sooo good! Enjoy your day!

  6. Cheryl, I always enjoy the special moments that you capture through your lens and your lovely narratives. Thank you for sharing your January with us!

  7. Such a beautiful gathering of moments... so many special ones to remember.

    Wishing you a beautiful February...

  8. a blessed cozy surrounds this post and the hearts therein. beautiful.

  9. It was really a great month for your family all the way around. Sure, though, you are right about the little moments. We are blessed with so many of those delicious ones.

  10. What a wonderful and lovely praise worthy post about your family.

    Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  11. Your "Gathering the Moments" posts always convey joy and love. How wonderful to have your whole family near you, Cheryl! ♥

  12. Thanks so much for letting us re-enjoy that with you! And congrats on the precious addition. Happy, happy new year.

  13. Great changes to embrace for sure! Love the idea of a traditional birthday dance! Glad your family is all closer together now, too. Eighteen for Sunday dinner. Right now our whole family is just eight. Looking forward to see how God will grow us...

  14. Just a big sigh here! Your photos say so much! Now will February be a quieter month?

  15. Beautiful post, Cheryl. Congratulations on the new addition to your family! The new baby is just precious. I know you are happy to have everyone closer, too. The birthday girl is so pretty! Fun times!


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