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, August 13, 2021

Days With Kati's Family


When I introduced you to our sweet Ellie, I told you that I spent three-and-a-half weeks with Kati and family in June and July. I was thrilled for the opportunity to visit, to be with Caleb while his baby sister was born, and to share those first days of Ellie's life. What a privilege! 

To be honest, I must confess that my homebody-heart was a little nervous about being away from home for so long. But the days were busy and joy-filled, I was with my people, and Ron and Bekah came for the final week I was there. The time passed so quickly!  

Warning: The following post is long and photo-heavy!! 

In Which We Wait For Ellie

I was glad to have arrived a few days before Ellie was born.
That allowed me some time to learn 14-month-old Caleb's routine and for him to feel comfortable with me. 

He is such a sweet, happy baby!

~ watching videos with Mama ~

~ a little before Mama and Daddy leave for the hospital ~

In Which Ellie Is Born and Gran and Caleb Are Home Together

My days with Caleb were delightful!
(Tiring, yes. But absolutely delightful.)
He seemed quite content with Gran, and for that I was very thankful.

We watched lots of videos on my phone (he especially enjoys seeing himself), played, read, ate, watched men mowing the lawn, wrestled with Pepper (until Gran intervened), and ran!

Caleb almost always wakes up happy.
And his little wave melts my heart.

We took a mirror selfie again this year,
and I've decided to take one each time I visit Caleb 
. . . that is, until he's too big for me to hold him.

In Which Ellie Is Home

As I have already said, it was a joy to be a part of Ellie's first days, 
and Caleb's first days as a Big Brother.

So. Much. Sweetness.

Although my main duty was caring for Caleb, I took every opportunity to hold Ellie!
Is anything sweeter than cuddling a sleeping newborn?

My days were filled with getting babies up, dressing and diapering babies, feeding babies, snuggling babies, reading to babies, bathing babies, playing with babies, watching videos on my phone with babies, putting babies to bed . . . 
and I loved it!

All three adults in the house took nighttime shifts with Ellie so that everyone was guaranteed a bit of uninterrupted sleep. My shift (because I am a night owl) was from 10 pm until 1 or 1:30 am and I looked forward to that special time, just Ellie and me, every night.

Of course, during these days, I also got to hang out with my dear Kati while we were tag-teaming all of those things! We talked much about births and babies and toddlers and raising children and God's grace in all of it.

The "twins" born 14 months apart! Caleb on the left, Ellie on the right. Uncanny?

Andrew also spent plenty of time with the babies, and was always nearby if we needed him. He has a home office and had some meetings and deadlines, but he was summonsed more than once! He also took charge of lunch and dinner, and he is a wonderful cook, so the troops were well fed.

He's being summonsed here, I think.

Andrew bought a little cake to celebrate Ellie's one-week birthday.

When you celebrate your sister's one-week birthday and you end up with cake in your ear . . . 

The first outing with both babies.
Any guesses?

Did you guess a coffee run?

🐙 wearing their sea creature outfits 🐙

In Which Papa and Aunt Bekah Arrive

So much excitement!
I had missed them. They had missed me.
They were eager to meet Ellie and be with the rest of the family.

And so began one last week with Kati and family.

There was so much to do!
Visit, talk, hold babies, love on babies, help with babies.
A couple of projects were planned.

Did I say that I ran during my time at Kati's?
Probably more than I have run in years!

I had kind of gotten into a routine in my care of Caleb. But the first morning after Ron and Bekah arrived, the routine went caput! I was in the kitchen getting Caleb's bottle. Ron went in to get Caleb out of his crib, but didn't close the baby gate in the nursery. I hadn't closed the gate into the kitchen because it wasn't part of my morning routine. (I had not been getting Caleb out of his crib until after I had prepared his bottle.)

So Caleb, very bright and busy boy that he is, bolted from his room and straight to the kitchen and straight to the bowls of dog food and water. Even though I ran as fast as I could, I was a nanosecond behind him as he dumped the bowl of water onto the floor. 

Ron ran into the bathroom to get some towels to mop up the water, laying his coffee cup on the console in the living room.

While I was mopping up the water from the floor, Caleb discovered Ron's coffee cup, which was just barely in reach, and pulled it off the console, spilling the coffee on himself and the floor.

Ron ran back to the bathroom to get more towels and while I was cleaning up water in the kitchen and he was cleaning up coffee in the living room, Caleb saw the bathroom door open and darted in there.

And all of this happened in just a couple of minutes!

After we put everything back to rights and restarted the morning routine, we started laughing at how funny that whole scene must have been! When Kati and Andrew came out of their room with Ellie just a little while later, they had been unaware of the whole fiasco and we all laughed again. 

Yes, there was plenty of running during my days with the babies!

Caleb: *picks up Aunt Bekah's phone she has laid on the sofa*
Aunt Bekah: Caleb, what do you have?
Caleb: 🤷🏻‍♂️

This scene: Kati is showing some isopods and springtails 😮 that she and Andrew have found in one of their habitats while Bekah is holding a sofa pillow as a shield (in case one of them springs from the box? 😂).

Ron and Andrew unloading the kitchen island from our van . . .

. . . to bring it to its new place in their kitchen!
(More about that ~here~.)

One day, we took Caleb to their neighborhood pool.
We felt like "typical" grandparents as there were three of us fawning over Caleb and smiling at his every move. 
(We haven't always felt like "typical" grandparents as there was only 20 months between our youngest child and our first grandchild and the children have always grown up together. But here we were, being very grandparentish.)

~ waving at Gran who was taking photos before getting into the pool ~

When we went out for ice cream, I got no photos of ice cream, but some sweet photos of grandbabies.

See that sweet baby waving at me as his daddy takes him the long way around the steps?

One of the projects was painting their front door.
Caleb really wanted to "help" Papa and tried his best to squeeze his little self past the coffee table that was temporarily serving as a blockade.

Aunt Bekah and Ellie in their LBDs.

On our last night, we all lingered in the nursery before Caleb went to bed,
soaking up the moments with the babies.

Well, it took me a long time to tell this story, but I wanted to document these days before the summer gets away from me entirely. I always regret when I don't record a major event on the blog, because I love to look back on this online "journal" and relive the memories. 

And if you, dear reader, got to the end of this photo-laden post with me, then bless your heart! Thank you for coming along with me as I have gathered the moments of my days with Kati's family! 


  1. Loved seeing all the cuteness overload and hearing the stories of curious and quick little toddler! How nice that Ron and Aunt Bekah could come for that last week. I'm always happy to hear that husbands can cook and will cook. You are so right about keeping track of things because of our blog posts. We've had to also settle some disputes with blog posts. :) Happy day to you!

    1. Thanks for enjoying it all with me, Ellen! Yes, blogs become kind of a historical record for the family, don't they? :)

  2. Doting grandparents are the best kind. Doting aunties, too.

    Beautiful family Kati has.

    1. And doting is such joyful work!

      Kati is blessed with her family!

  3. I've been looking forward to this sweet post. You and Ron are in your element as loving grandparents! This post brings back sweet memories of times spent when my own grandchildren arrived and I spent time away from home to help mama and daddy and bond with grands and our forever love of each other. Kati and Andrew are blessed to have such a loving family. I'm sure you are looking forward to seeing them again.

    1. Your words go right straight to my heart, Martha Ellen! I love that this brought back sweet memories for you too. Those special days are treasured forever! We certainly are looking forward to seeing them again. We are brainstorming ideas even now . . .

  4. Such precious times together. Love the baby cuddles and happy faces.

  5. Caleb seems so big next to Ellie! And yet he's still full of baby sweetness. :) Your story of chasing Caleb around rescuing him (or maybe the house) from his curious exploits was delightful - especially since it only resulted in some messes. And taking progressive selfies of you holding Caleb is a great idea. So many precious pictures here - every one of them brings a smile. Oh, and I've got to say... I love those aspen trees (are they stenciled or painted?) on the nursery wall.

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comments, Becki, and for enjoying the babies and our escapades through this post!

      Caleb is a big boy, which is exaggerated when he is posed next to a newborn, and, yes, he is so full of baby sweetness! The babies' nursery is charming, I think. The trees are decals.

  6. What wonderful photos and stories that you'll remember. Love the continuation of the kitchen island/table. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Melissa! Yes, this post will be a memory aid! We were so happy that Kati and Andrew wanted the island!

  7. Too much fun! I’m so glad you had that time together! So special.

    Caleb will never remember life before Ellie! That’s so sweet.

    1. Thank you, Deanna! Our time was truly a gift to be treasured!

      I have said that same thing . . . that Caleb will never remember life without Ellie. I remember when we brought 20-month-old Gavin back to his house after his baby sister was born. As we left that evening, I was feeling a tiny bit sad that this boy who was almost a baby himself was going to have to share his whole world with this new baby. But then I thought of that very fact . . . that he would never remember his world without Maddie. I went from feeling a little sorry for him to being happy for him to have this special sister-friend in his life!

  8. i smiled my way through your account of life with your daughter's family. what a blessing. so so so thankful you ALL were blessed. hugs.

    1. It was a blessing indeed . . . and I thank you for smiling with me, friend!

  9. I agree w Sherry - smiled all the way through! Thanks for sharingall the sweetness. Congratulations to all of you!

    1. Awww . . . thank you, Denise! You ladies are making me smile all over again!


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