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, October 18, 2018

Sunday Snapshots: October Birthday Celebration!

Away for the first part of the week, coming back to two days filled with school activities and house projects, we hit the ground running on Saturday morning with a list of things to do in preparation for our October Birthday Celebration. 

However . . . Ron was still "project-ing" and Kati was away for the weekend. Which left Bekah and me to do all the things. And we are the slow pokes. Hmmm . . .

The day kind of looked like this:

1) Coffee and donuts with Peter. (Ron went to get him. I took him home.) 

2) Bake the cake (Bekah). Take Peter home (me).

2) Go to the farm stand to buy a pumpkin for the front step.

3) Come home and start cleaning.

4) Decorate for fall. Because it finally feels like fall and I'm in the mood.

5) Decide the mantle needs wheat sheaves this year.

6) Run to HomeGoods for wheat sheaves.

7) Go to Marshalls for wheat sheaves. (The ones at HomeGoods were either too tall or too short.)

8) Slip in Old Navy so that Bekah can look for a fall dress.

9) Come home and start cleaning.

10) Finish decorating for fall.

11) Bemoan the fact that Kati is not here to keep us on task.

12) Clean!

13) Frost the cake (Bekah).

14) Get Chipotle for dinner because it's getting so late. 

15) Continue cleaning and table setting and party planning until we run out of Saturday. 

And that, my friends, is how I do parties.

And I love it! 

It is so worth it. Every single time.

Gathering with my people. Sharing a meal. (This one was pizza, per request of one of the birthday boys.) Sharing time together. Watching the babies. Sharing conversation and laughter. Often a mini concert. (This time, four piano solos.)

When death comes to someone who is your own age, you are reminded, yet again, that is is important to live and love well. To make good memories with your people. To rejoice in the gifts that the Lord has given. I think that we will never be sorry for the time that we take for people. 

Here are some glimpses of our gathering on Sunday in which we celebrated our October guys: our grandson Ben and my Dad. 

So thankful for these moments . . . 


  1. Your parties are always inspiring!

    There is nothing better than celebrating the people we love.

  2. Ha! Love how you and your daughter progressed through the day!!!

    1. Melissa, we're not the fastest pair, but we (usually) get it done!

  3. Loved seeing all of your great party shots! And pizza is ALWAYS a good idea! Family time is the best time.

    1. I agree with you about the pizza! And the family time too! :)

  4. I wonder who chose the pizza? Father or grandson? Maybe both! Looks like great fun. Pizza always wins!

    1. My dad chose the pizza . . . but actually Ben is a big pizza fan too, so I'm sure he was happy!

  5. So good to spend time with loved ones and to be thankful! Loved reading your process for the celebration!

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    1. (Just a test...keep losing comments in Blogdom.)

      What you and Bekah lack in speed, you sure make up for in persistence and creativity.

      Another wonderful family celebration where all the most secure men in the family don the footballs headgear. 😁 Loved that.

      Many blessing to the birthday boys and I surely hope that there are some November birthdays.

    2. Love your thoughts about the "secure men" . . . so true! 😁

      Yes, there are three November birthdays! We'll be celebrating Kati, Peter, and Paul in a few weeks!

  7. Yes, there is nothing like celebrating with people we love. Had a wee chuckle at your list and how the 'cleaning' part was oft struck off as undone. Hahaha, we recognize that, do the fun stuff first. A big happy birthday to the birthday people!

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend,
    Brenda xox

    1. That's how we roll!

      Thanks for the birthday wishes . . . and a lovely weekend wish back to you!


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