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.




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! 



25 comments:

  1. Welcome Ellie. What a blessing.
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  2. Congratulations to you and your family on Ellie's arrival, Cheryl! I'm so glad you were there to help Katie and Andrew and Caleb during this special time. I love her name as I've mentioned before. My dear Mama was called Ellie. I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing more of your time spent down south.

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    1. Thanks so much, Martha Ellen! It was a privilege to be able to be with Kati and her family those first days of Ellie's life! I love that your mama was called Ellie . . . I think it's such a sweet name and I'm sure hearing (reading) it brings warm memories to mind. ❤

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  3. How darling Ellie is! (Love her name.) That's the look I have seen a number of times on big brother's face. Adorable.

    All the best to Kati and family. And warm congratulations to you and Ron on the birth of grandbaby 14.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Vee! We totally agree that she is darling, and we love her name too! We are definitely smitten. Caleb will be someday. 😉 Thank you for your sweet congratulations!

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  4. How wonderful! Congratulations to you all!!

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  5. Dear Cherly congratulations...Ellis is gorgeous. Yes a true blessing from the Lord. Have a great week. Hugs!

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    1. Awww . . . thank you so much, Debbie! A great week to you too!

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  6. Aw - congratulations on this beautiful blessing from heaven!!! Take some time to rest - and enjoy the after-glow of this blessed event!!! What a beautiful little being and I love her name!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rosella, for sharing our joy! We are in love with this little one!

      I have certainly moved back into life at home in a leisurely fashion. I was a busy Gran at Kati's house (and loved it!), but it takes me a little longer to bounce back than it used to. :) Thanks for your kind words!

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  7. This was such a delight to see, Cheryl! What a beautiful new addition to your family circle. Gift of heaven indeed! Congratulations! So pleased you got to spend that special time with your daughter and her family.

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    1. I forgot to mention how much I love her name!

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    2. Thank you for rejoicing with us, Brenda! Yes, I am very grateful to have had the time to spend with Kati and her dear family!

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  8. Wonderful news Cheryl. And such a pretty name.

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  9. Ellie! Sweet baby, and sweet family pictures. And I love those three in a row shots. Congratulations to you all! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Becki! Oh, she is such a sweetie! I am glad that you liked the three in a row shots. Don't you just love the movements and stretches and scrunches of a newborn?

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  10. Welcome sweet and precious Ellie! How wonderful that you could be there for 3 weeks. Beautiful name. Number 14...I love how you keep them all special. Congratulations to all!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Ellen! It felt positively luxurious to be able to spend that much time with them . . . soaking up those first few days of life, bonding with Caleb, sharing moments with the new parents . . . So thankful!

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  11. So happy for your family, what a blessing of that many grandchildren. Also, glad that you were able to stay with Katie and be a help to her, how precious.

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    1. Indeed, we feel blessed with our many grandchildren . . . each one a treasure! Thank you for sharing our joy, Melissa!

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  12. I'm late getting to this post, but it was a must read! Congratulations on the birth of your 14th grandchild. I love her name - Eleanor Grace.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lorrie! She is a treasure!

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