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 🦀 summertime 🌞 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! 

serves 6


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


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! 

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