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, October 29, 2021

October Birthday Celebration

October is usually my favorite month of the year. The cooler temperatures, the gorgeous colors of leaves and pumpkins and gourds, fall foods and drinks . . . all speak my name. I echo Anne who said, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!"

This October? Not my favorite.

But we are all well and there is much to be thankful for!
 God is gracious and merciful! 

Before October rolls into November, I want to record this month's birthday celebration in which we celebrated our grandson Ben and my dad with a fall fΓͺte. 

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My inspiration for this party was a package of fall napkins that my friend Barbara had given me. I loved the sweet and simple acorn design and I loved the fact that they were a little different from the usual fall offerings. (Although, don't get me wrong, I love colorful fall napkins too! #givemeallthefallthings) 

Playing off the green and cream in the napkins, I gathered a few pumpkins in those colors. When I laid the napkins and plates on my off-white tablecloth, they blended in, so I grabbed a wooden plate and cutting board to supply some contrast. Then I got out my faux acorns and scattered them on the table. 

Another grand is a teenager! It seems such a short time ago that Ben was this age and this age, but now he is THIRTEEN! 

This birthday boy, my dad,  turned eighty-four in October! 

Instead of a party game, this time we had a discussion. I posed two questions and each guest could answer one or the other (or both).  1. What was your favorite age or the age you look forward to being?  2. What was your most memorable birthday? 

I love discussions like this! You learn new things about your people! 

Peter gave one of his acorn creations to Gampy (my dad's grandfather name). This acorn man has a camera, a throwback to one of Gampy's hobbies.

Dessert was a sweet feast! Bekah had made a carrot cake which is one of Daddy's favorites. There was vanilla ice cream. Mom brought Sweetzels Mini Ginger Cremes. And Owen had made Candy Corn Cookies! 

We had recently had a protracted discussion (including a poll!) in our family group chat about Candy Corn Cookies. Feelings ran strong! So Owen decided that he would make some so that everyone could speak from experience. Feelings still ran strong, but some people who said that they would "never" eat such a thing tried them. (Some didn't.) 

How do you feel about candy corn? Are you a lover or a hater? (I'm a hater.) 

The older I get, the more aware I am of the brevity of life. One never knows when things will change in big or small ways. I am more convinced than ever that we should take the moments to celebrate the people we love! 

I am thankful for the day we had to celebrate Daddy and Ben!

Friday, October 8, 2021

Replacing the Kitchen Island


We brought our kitchen island from The Farmhouse when we moved to Pineapple House five-and-a-half years ago. Ron had made it  from wood that came from a chicken house on his parents' farm, so it had special meaning to us, but it didn't really work well in this kitchen, as much as we wanted it to. 

The island in The Farmhouse kitchen.

The island in the Pineapple House kitchen.

Happy ending for the island: Kati and Andrew had the perfect spot for the island in their kitchen, so Ron and Bekah hauled it down South when they came to meet Baby Ellie! (Kati plans to paint the base another color to better blend in with their own things, but she's been a little busy the past few months. ~wink~) 

The island in its new home: Kati's kitchen.

In July, I came home from my weeks at Kati's to an empty space in the kitchen and there were plans for Ron to build a kitchen table. But a few days later, I found this antique pine hutch table and the four ladderbacks on Facebook Marketplace for an amazing price! I texted Ron at work and he texted back, "Go for it!" 

It is the table I have always wanted! I loved a hutch table the first time I ever saw one in Country Living magazine. When we were raising our family, we needed a bigger table and there was nowhere to put a smaller one (just because I liked it). But now we have the perfect space for it, and it suits our needs here much better than the island did.
  • The three of us eat many of our meals here.
  • There are comfortable places to sit for those who want to hang out with the cook. (We had a couple of bar stools for the island, but there was nowhere to put your legs.)
  • At Pineapple House, the main function of the island was serving (mostly hors d'oeuvres), and I can easily serve from the table.  
  • It actually feels more spacious at this end of the kitchen.

I am head-over-heels for this table! And I thank the Lord for this gift! 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

September Glimpses

Here are just a few peeks at our September, the month that begins full-on summer and ends . . . well . . . actually still plenty summery but with the hint of change.

🍎 We had a second Grand Summer Sleepover! We all had so much fun at the one we had in June. And look at how old these kids are getting! We need to take these opportunities while we can! 

They are a creative group of kids and presented us with another original musical before they left on Saturday. There are a few inside jokes, but if you are so inclined, it's here for your viewing. 

🍎 We had an ice cream party with Ron's siblings and their spouses. 

🍎 Peter (10) spent hours making little acorn people and animals and houses for them. He gave us a "Gran and Papa" set. πŸ₯°

🍎 I was eager to begin my Bible reading program again this September. This is my second year with this program in which you read through the entire Bible from September through May. Sound daunting? It isn't really! Maybe I'll do a separate post about it if anyone is interested. 

🍎 A little more autumn, inside . . . 

 . . . and out.

🍎 Ron worked on an outdoor project. More on that later . . . 

🍎 There were peeks at the grandbabies. 




🍎 Our homeschool book club began a new school year. 

🍎 I made apple butter in the slow cooker with some apples we brought home from our anniversary trip.

(I am probably late to the party, but I have recently discovered Half-Baked Harvest. Her food photography is the best! She makes me want to cook all the things!)

🍎 Mom and I took a little trip to visit my sister. We also stopped by my niece's home and visited with her family for a short while. Here is Mom with her great-granddaughters, such sweet and pretty girls! 

🍎 And Bekah purchased her first car! Thus ends our constant game of vehicle switcheroo! (No one will miss that game.)

Glimpses of our month . . . all graces from His generous hand! 

What were some graces from your September? 

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