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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sweet Sixteen!

Moving back in time a bit . . . to the weekend before last when we gathered to celebrate our Bekah's sixteenth birthday . . .

Again, this party was hers. She chose the colors, the decorations, the menu, and even made her own cake. She loves to plan parties and helps me all year long, but she knows that she is the Executive Planner on her own birthday and she revels in it! 

I think she did a good job! It was such a pretty party, perfect for sweet sixteen!

We took some photos of the birthday girl with each branch of the family . . .

with her oldest sister Kristin's family

with her brother Ryan's family

with her Gammy (my mom)

with her MomMom (Ron's mom)

I had to snap this shot of Peter with his spectacles. Isn't he darling?! He has been pretending to be "John" of the Peter Pan story. He was disappointed that he had to remove his "glasses" for the family photo. :) 

I loved Kristin and Macie's coordinating mother/daughter dresses!

Macie, playing with the Fisher Price cash register her mama once played with

Bekah wore her lovely hope necklace, made for her by our dear friend Terri. Hope is her middle name, and it is also her story.

What a gift this girl is . . . sweet sixteen, lovely, musical, artsy, bright, sensitive, tenderhearted, funny, unhurried, a lover of beauty, and wise beyond her years. On her birthday, I always reflect on the amazing journey that brought her here and my heart is filled with gratitude. 

Birthday blessings to our youngest, our Rebekah Hope! We love you with all our hearts and we pray that you continue to walk in His goodness and grace.


  1. Happy Birthday, dear Bekah! It all looks beautiful, and you most especially!

  2. Happy birthday, Bekah! What a wonderful party you had.

  3. Thank you for including the post about Bekah and her middle name Hope. PTL that she survived and thrived. Happy Sweet 16 to her. Love her choices of decor for her birthday. That is a sweet photo of her sister holding her at the wedding. Blessings...

  4. Your photos are gorgeous and tell such a beautiful story! Those white lights on the table really caught my eye! Where did you get them? You know I have an addiction to fairy lights!
    Sweet 16! Times flies by! I can tell what a treasure your Bekad is to you!

  5. Happy birthday to your beautiful Bekah! She did a wonderful job with the party. Perfect decorations, and the cake looks soo good. And what an inspiring story of her birth. Hope is the perfect middle name for her! How blessed you have been by her!

  6. Reread the stories at the altars you made to say what a mighty God you serve. I am reminded that Ron does not get to have all the fun in this family. 😉

    🌷Many blessings this sixteenth, nay 17th year, to Bekah! She is a beautiful sweet sixteen.

  7. Happy 16th to beautiful Bekah Hope. Loved reading her birth story. Bekah sure does plan a part well and the table is beautiful in its colors and simplicity. I also am partial to chocolate cake, pink and pastel m and ms!

  8. Bekah's party was just perfect! Surrounded by family and fun. I do believe she takes after her Mother with her party hostess gene. Yes, Peter is darling with the glasess! In fact they all are just adorable and growing up so quickly. I must confess to tearing up at Bekah's beautiful birth story. Thank you for sharing. ♥

  9. Happy 16th Birthday to Bekah! A beautiful party planned by and for a beautiful young lady. I love the fairy lights...can you let us know where to get them?

  10. Happy Sweet Sixteen to Bekah...what a wonderful party! Anything decorated with pastel M&M's is very cool in my book...SO springy! She did a fantastic job with everything! Great family pics as always!

  11. What a beautiful and sweet sixteen young lady!!! Happy birthday to your Hope girl - such a wonderful story! Your family pictures are wonderful.

  12. What a really lovely Sweet Sixteen birthday party. You did a wonderful job Bekah ~ Belated Happy Birthday to you dear Bekah ~ FlowerLady

    Her birth story is beautiful.

  13. What a sweet sixteen birthday party. That cake looks amazing. And it all looks so special. What a beautiful family. Great photos.

    Wishing you His beauty and grace...


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