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, May 18, 2016

Weekend Snapshots

Mother's Day weekend...

We were blessed with a beautiful day and a houseful of mothers for the first holiday gathering in our new home! 

Yes, we're still working around boxes, but we are not the kind to wait for everything to be perfect before opening our home. (Who has time for that?!) 

We are learning how this house works for entertaining. This time, we set up a buffet line for food and drinks in the kitchen. We had three tables and no assigned seating: the dining room table, the table in the sun porch (it was our kitchen table in The Farmhouse), and a folding table at one end of the living room. Tablecloths are still packed, and all but a few dishes, so it was an informal affair, but I don't think anyone minded.

We are making new memories and loving it!

Last weekend...

On Saturday evening, we had a coffee/tea party on the sun porch. Some of the guests came in their jammies. Again, I was struck with the realization that Ryan and his family are only 4 miles away. Not 1500 miles or 3000 miles or 700 miles or even 200. Just 4. It is so good to be neighbors!

Then it was a more informal Sunday with plenty of time to chat and baby watch. 

(And play, if you were under twelve.)

(And move a piece of furniture down to the basement if you were adult and male. Thanks, guys!) 

We are thankful for time shared with our loved ones. It is a gift.


  1. You have such a beautiful family! I am so happy that you live so close to them all! Your new home functions better for all the family than the Farmhouse. I'll miss that house, and am thankful that I was able to spend many happy hours there!

    Can't wait to come to the new one!

    Love you!

  2. The baby, I see, gets a lot of watching! Such a good idea to get the moms with their children. Some mothers do not have those photos. (Raising my hand here. Speaking of which, where are you and your children, hmmmm?) Glad that you are settling in and carrying on as the family gathering place. Every family needs one!

    1. Oops!! How did I miss that? Just went back and added it...
      (Thanks, Vee!)

  3. Such wonderful photos of time together. Glad you added the shot of you and your kids. Your informal gathering sounds like some of ours including the moving of large pieces of furniture or equipment when more guys are around. Hope your week is going well. Sweet new addition to your family to enjoy watching as she grows!

  4. Beautiful photos! Looks like plenty of memories are already being made in your new place! That is what life is all about!

  5. BEAUTIFUL pics as I would love being neighbors with any of my kids...soo wonderful!

  6. Wonderful photos of memory making. What a blessing your large family is!

  7. I love seeing your family altogether in your new home, Cheryl! The Mother's Day gathering is so special with photos of each Mother and her children. You are a blessed woman to have all of your family close by. Your photos always convey love and warmth. ♥

  8. Belated Happy Mother's Day! I am so glad to see you are all settling in so well. The baby is adorable and getting so big. Time flies.

  9. Well, the pictures say it all...what a wonderful day for all of you mothers (and everyone else)! How wonderful that Ryan an his family are right down the road...or is it right UP the road ?? :)

  10. I enjoy hearing/seeing how you're making your new house a true home...

  11. Looks like a perfect Mother's Day. I think it's wonderful that you had everyone there even though you aren't completely unpacked. It looks good to me! :) Being together and sharing in family time is all that matters.

  12. How wonderful to get everyone together.

  13. This is just wonderful, Cheryl. All the FAMILY!! There's nothing like the group getting together. So many blessings!

  14. What a lovely post! Catching glimpses of your beautiful family in your new home. Yes, I can imagine working out the details of how to entertain in a new space. Seems you've got that well in hand already.

    That pie looks yum---my!

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend, Cheryl!

  15. What a beautiful family with lots of beautiful smiling faces. This post warms the heart...

  16. Love how you are embracing your new home and filling it with warm memories already!!!


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