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.




Saturday, July 31, 2021

Vacation Days and a Maryland Recipe

 

The doctor's office where Bekah works was closed this week, and so we girls went into vacation mode! 

We antiqued.

We went to the beach. Twice. At the river, and at the ocean. 

We took drives and got coffee. (If you know me at all, you probably guessed that.) 

We ate lunch out. 

We did a little shopping.

We got snow cones. 

We also celebrated two birthdays and made homemade ice cream. 

It was a busy, memory-making week! 

















On one of our busy days, between beach time and piano lesson time (Bekah teaches her nieces and nephew), I made this cream of crab soup. 

It was only about 40 minutes from start to table and it checked all of my boxes for a delicious Maryland ðŸ¦€ summertime ðŸŒž seafood kind of meal! I served it with a simple salad of mixed greens, blueberries, feta cheese, and bottled "House" dressing from Aldi. It was all so simple and delicious! 



MARYLAND CREAM of CRAB SOUP
serves 6


INGREDIENTS:

1/2 stick butter
1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup flour
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes)
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups milk
1 pound lump crabmeat


DIRECTIONS:

Melt butter in pan over medium heat.
Add onion; sauté until soft.

Add flour, Old Bay, and parsley. Whisk until well blended.

Whisking constantly, add cream and milk. Bring just to a boil.

Stir in crabmeat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Sprinkle with additional Old Bay; garnish with parsley.







Our girls' vacation was a blessing to us. Time to step away from routine. Time to soak up some summer activities. Time to spend together.

These days are a gift. Bekah is my last child at home, and you never know when life will change.
I am grateful for now . . . for our relationship and for days spent together. 

Friday, July 23, 2021

Welcome, Ellie!!


So what have I been doing this summer since I told you that I was taking a blog break?

I went down south for the blessed event!


I think Kati was ready.
(More than ready after a pregnancy with hyperemesis gravidarum and sciatic nerve pain.)

The day before Ellie's arrival ~ last photo as a family of three.


And then . . .

Eleanor Grace
arrived safely on Monday, June 28 at 9:57 pm.

Praise the Lord!

She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.

Welcome Ellie!
We are so happy to have you in our lives!







And now they are a family of four.



This dear baby girl may be grandchild #14 for us, but she is 

a new person

a new creation

a new delight!

She is a blessing from God!





I spent three-and-a-half weeks with Kati and family and Ron and Bekah joined me for the last week. I have lots more pictures to share! 

So. Much. Sweetness.

A blog break was surely the right thing to do. I have been busy! But I have been home for several days now and I will be making my way around Blogland this weekend. It's time to catch up with my friends! 



Wednesday, June 23, 2021

So Far This Summer . . .




A lovely teatime, hosted by a friend who spent many years as a missionary in Zimbabwe.


A summer cold.


Three grands came for a few days.

Judah was chilly after his milkshake, but Alaine wrapped him up snug as a bug in a rug.

Macie and Judah wave good-bye to Caleb after a Skype call.
Not sure if you can see in the photo, but Caleb is waving too!



Me too!




The living room sofa was reupholstered!
(What? You think it looks the same? Ahem. Same fabric. 😂)


Oyster fritter supper with friends. (Have you even eaten an oyster fritter?)
I didn't get my camera out until dessert.

New storm door.

A little summer decorating.



A young friend's voice recital.


Alaine came for a sewing lesson and stayed for dinner.
~ lavender sachets ~





Annual Grand Summer Sleepover!
Make-your-own naan pizzas & raw veggies and dip

Pajama races!

All the furniture is rearranged for movie time!

Nine grands came this year!

Bridal shower




Father's Day

I love this photo of our son-in-law Brian with his niece Joanna!


My mom had recently purchased two products that she remembers her father using when she was a girl. She had wanted to capture his scent, but she said that they were not the same as she remembered. I encouraged her to bring them to our Father's Day celebration for "show and tell." 

Inspired by her show-and-tell, I had everyone share a scent or a particular item or memory that they associated with their own fathers. Baseball. The smell of the wood shop. Stories from childhood. His shirt. Bedtime songs. Dad making breakfast before dawn and making lots of noise. Name label he wore at his job. Coffee mug with a German shepherd on it.


We had two "gift fairies" this time . . . Macie (5), 

. . . and her brother Judah (2) who wanted to join the fun.
He did a great job!

Kati and Andrew sent Ron a nifty barbeque tool . . . 

. . . which also came in handy for opening a box when he couldn't find his pocket knife.

My dad had his pocket knife!

Joanna ~ 2 and 1/2 months old 
(Photo creds: Bekah)






And now . . . 

I am going to be taking a blogging break. 
I'll be back at Thinking About Home sometime in July.

Happy summer, friends! Make lots of memories! 




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