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.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Blogging Break

When your laptop is taking three times as long as usual . . . 

and when you can't visit many of your blog friends because their sites won't load . . . 

or they do load, but you only see half of their pictures . . . 

and your comments go into bloggy space . . . 

it might be time to do this: 

Yes, I am going to take a little blogging break (and save myself a whole lot of frustration) until I get it all sorted out! 

In the meantime,

Happy summer!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Baby Shower: All Things Grow With Love

After we learned that Kristin and Brian's new baby is a boy, we started planning to have a little family shower.  A baby is never "old hat!"  Each baby is a new person, a new creation, a new delight. And so we celebrate! 

Kati had the idea of using succulents to decorate for the shower. She created an invitation on PicMonkey and showed me.

I hemmed and hawed. (What? Succulents? For a baby shower? That doesn't seem very "baby." What about teddy bears or puppy dogs or baby blue? Something old school.) 

Then Kristin gave me a lovely dish garden of succulents for Mother's Day. 

I conceded. 

And since Kati was the one with a vision for this theme, she was named the Chairman of the Decorating Committee.

I think she did a fabulous job!

photo by Kati

photo by Kati

Bekah and I were on the Food Committee, which worked out well as Kati was house sitting for friends most of the week.  Our brunch menu was:

photo by Kati

photo by Kati

One of the dads had to work, so I invited all of the boys to come over for donuts and a movie in the library. (They ate brunch food later.) They were so quiet that my mom was startled when they came out after their movie was over. She had not even known that they were back there!

photo by Kati

photo by Kati

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Big sister Macie was very interested in the gifts . . . until there was one for her! Then she happily put her hedgehog puzzle together over and over again. Her mommy had to open the rest of them by herself.

Wrapping Paper Antics (with a feminine flair):

photo by Kati

photo by Kati

Now we excitedly await the arrival of Judah, our eleventh grandchild! He is due to be born in August . . . the month in which we celebrate six birthdays and three anniversaries!

We love him already and can't wait to meet him! 

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.Psalm 127:3

Monday, June 4, 2018

When a Procrastinator Likes to Set a Pretty Table

Last week, Kati helped me clean out the linen closet. We found an embarrassingly large stack of clean linens waiting to be ironed.

So for a couple of evenings, I ironed through . . . 

a winter dinner party

I'm all caught up! 

(for now)

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