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, July 27, 2020


After Caleb's illness . . .

I longed to get my eyes on him 

to see for myself that he was well

to see that Kati and Andrew were well

to hear the ups-and-downs and behind-the-scenes of their ordeal with Caleb's health

to love and spend time together

to help Kati recharge after such long and lonely days.

I am so grateful for the week that I was able to spend with this dear family! 

Seven wonderful days of baby holding/kissing/snuggling. Plenty of time to talk. A few coffee runs. Learning a new game while holding a sleeping baby. Good food. 

I'm really not scowling; I am just a poor selfie-taker!
But I wanted to record a typical moment from our week together. 💗

I was delighted to see that Kati and Andrew are doing well, enjoying their time together as a family, settling back into a routine (or as much of a routine that one can have with a baby . . . during a pandemic!).

And Caleb? 

Amazing! He is gaining weight every day. He is happy . . . smiles easily, baby-talks, sleeps well at night. In the one week that I was there, he grew out of his swaddles into the next size, he started to reach for things with his little hands, he began to notice their dog Pepper, he noticed the fish tank as it bubbled, and the incisions on his little belly were remarkably improved. 

I thank the Lord for answering our prayers for Caleb, for His strength for this young family, and for allowing me the opportunity to visit them and put my mama-heart at ease. 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Caleb's Bumpy Road

I took another unplanned blogging break these past couple of weeks when our family suddenly found ourselves dealing with a medical crisis involving grandbaby Caleb. 

At his two month checkup, Caleb was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis. He spent ten days in the hospital, requiring not one, but two surgeries to correct this condition. It was a long haul for that precious little boy. It was also hard on his mommy and his daddy who not only had to see their baby suffering, but, because of current covid-related restrictions, could not be together for those ten days. And it was hard on the extended family of grandparents, great-grandparents, aunt, uncles, and cousins who waited for frequent updates on Caleb's health from afar. 

But . . . Praise the Lord! . . . the second surgery was successful, Caleb rapidly began to improve, and he came home this past weekend! The little family is happily reunited! 

Doesn't Caleb looked happy to learn he is finally going home?

And here he is this morning, alert, handsome, and healthy!

"The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy!"
Psalm 126:3

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