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, July 12, 2016

Sunday Snapshots: July Birthdays

Summer birthday season is upon us! 

Time to celebrate!

Of course, their parents plan birthday festivities for each child (a family party, an extended family party, friends over, a special outing...) and we are often included in the celebration. Even so, Gran and Papa like to mark each birthday with a little something special at our weekly Sunday gathering. So this week, we honored the dear grand-girlies who have July birthdays: Eve, who will be 9 this week, and Maddie, 12 at the end of the month. 

Birthday Bingo
photo by Kati

The prize is a hug or kiss from Gran! 
photo by Kati

photo by Kati

photo by Kati

A view from the kitchen window

Puzzle races!
Everyone put together the same puzzle, trying to do it in the least amount of time.

Keeping score.

Later this week...
A post about the updated living room and dining room here at Pineapple House. I'll show you what we've done, share lots of pictures of the space, talk about paint colors, and tell you our plans for a few more tweaks. 


  1. Now this is a post full of family love! Sweet photos and fun times. :)

  2. Yippee for family birthday parties. Love that little face picking up over the table top. What a fun idea to have a puzzle challenge. Hope your week is going well.

  3. I adore the photo of Ron and Peter (or is it Paul?)!

    Lots of love and birthday fun!

    1. It is Paul, who has really taken to Papa lately! ♥

  4. Such loving photos at your home, Cheryl. I adore the little one peaking in the first one. Such sweet grands enjoying the times at the Pineapple House. You always have the best family times. ♥

  5. What wonderful photos of a lovely time of celebration. You have a lovely family.

    Have a great day ~ FlowerLady

  6. Your family pics are always sweetness. Two pics stand out...perhaps three. Ron and grandson, your daughter (looking like one of the kids) coloring, and the polka dot cupcakes. Oops, make it four because the photo of Kati and Bekah with the littlest grand is precious, too. Happy birthday to Eve and Maddie; it is wonderful to be celebrated more than once!

  7. What sweet family memories being made here. The photo(s) which are stand-outs have to be that littlest one peeking up behind the table to see what's going on with those cupcakes and candles...such a darling little photo-bomber! Can't wait to see your updates to the Pineapple House :)

  8. LOVED your photos of your sweet family and lovely home as always. I think I have to say I am with everyone else though. That little guy peeking out at the table is just adorable. He's such a cutie!

  9. Great photos giving us a peek of family celebration. It looks like the sunporch is a wonderful addition for your gatherings. The last photo says so much!

  10. Dear Cheryl, Your photos always invoke such a happy, dejavu , nostalgic feeling in me..Our families are large on both my and my husband's side so really relate.
    Love how you capture the essence of well.
    I gotta say I'm looking forward to be coming a grandma ...Some day!! When the good Lord wills. I'll try and be patient..:)


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