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.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Gathering Summer Moments

Summer 2022
  was a busy, event-filled summer.

For us, "summer" began a little early this year (in May), when Bekah finished classes, Maddie graduated from high school, and we took our trip south to visit Kati and family

It was a summer of change (or "James") as we prepared for Ryan and Sarah to move to a new state at the end of summer, and we started being greedy for time with them. 

It was the summer of the new sunroom

This summer held opportunities for Bekah to gather with other young adults from our church. 

Of course, summer is always birthdays, as we have twelve summer birthdays in our family. 

It was also a summer of illness and treatments and struggle for several dear friends and relatives and those things are never far from our hearts and our prayers. 

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June was filled with moments with the local grands, including our Annual Grand Summer Sleepover. It was also Father's Day and homemade ice cream and house hunting (Ryan and Sarah) and home inspections (Ryan and Ron). 

From the faraway family: Kati's family flew down to visit Andrew's parents in June. All four got Covid and had to extend their stay. Ellie celebrated her first birthday while they were there! 

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July was Sunday gatherings (x 5) and a little trip with Maddie and Bekah. And more house hunting and home inspections. And more homemade ice cream. It was hanging out with grands, playing games. The annual Summer Birthday Celebration was the month's finale. 

A little peek at the faraway grands . . . 

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August was a whirlwind!

Antiquing with Bekah and then with Barbara. (I'm planning a separate post to tell you about some special finds!)  Adoption Day, at long last! A Grand Game Night. Seven birthdays. Three anniversaries. A move. Ryan and family spending about a week with us between the movers packing up their old house and settlement on their new one. (What a gift that week was!) And then to finish off a crazy month, Covid came to our house. 

A few more precious moments from Adoption Day:

As I said, the week that Ryan, Sarah, and children spent with us was such a gift.
It was a precious time of transition between them being just a few minutes away 
and being a few hours away.
Ron worked at the office. Ryan worked from our house. We ate, played games, drank iced coffee (Sarah brought her homemade concentrate . . . mmmmm), went to the playground, and listened to music. We sang/kissed/hugged babies to bed, had a family shrimp feast, and the cousins created a music video. We celebrated a couple of birthdays, had an afternoon of our own music, singing and playing instruments, drank coffee and tea, talked and talked and laughed and told stories and gave Bekah life advice. 

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Celebrations are low key when there is sickness in the house. 

Poor Bekah was pretty miserable, but there are many reasons to be grateful.

1) She did not get sick while Ryan and family were here.
2) Her scratchy throat began just before she was going to visit Gammy for her birthday, so she played it safe and did not go.
3) She was sick before her college classes began.
4) Both Ron and I stayed well.

I thank the Lord for all of those things!

An August peek at the faraway grands . . .
I grin every time I see this picture that Kati sent me.
She said they had been in those cubbies for several minutes! 
Oh, the cuteness of those four chubby little baby legs!

I am going to close this (very long) post with a quote by Elisabeth Elliot.
It has been on my mind lately and has brought great comfort and stillness to my soul.


  1. What a perfect quote to end such a lovely post. I do enjoy seeing your family and hearing about all their ups and downs. So sorry that Covid caught up with you.

    1. Thanks so much, Barbara! I always appreciate your visits here and your kind words.

      My blogging break went longer than anticipated, but it was a full summer. I will be over to catch up with you later today . . .

  2. You do such incredible blog posts Cheryl! God is indeed in all the little details! There is a lot of joy in your family, and that won't change. I forsee frequent road trips back and forth!
    I love seeing all the happy faces!

    1. Thanks so much, Deanna! (I take a ridiculous amount to create such a long post, but it is kind of a family history for me.) Indeed, we are blessed! Can't wait for our first trip to see them at their new place!

  3. That was a wonderful overview/synopsis of your summer. So many great family photos and fun happenings. I am sorry that any old sickness had to creep in. Boo hiss. Still, I see you praising God for the timing, if it had to happen at all. My favorite photo? Those four little legs sticking out of the entertainment center. 😁
    If Ryan and family are just a few hours away, that is much better than when they were in Maine...way too far away. Hope that everyone is making good adjustments. Thank you for sharing your family with us!

    1. You are so right! As lovely as Maine is, and as much as we enjoyed our trip there (including our meeting!), I am grateful that they are much closer than that! And those little legs . . . I can't tell you the number of times I have looked at that photo and smiled! Thank you, Vee, for visiting and for your kind words!

  4. I loved your post - this gathering of wonderful summer moments. My goodness, I enjoyed all the pictures, although I'm with Vee when she says her favourite is those sweet little legs hanging out of the entertainment center. Too cute!

    Life so often comes in a mix of sweet and bitter, and I hope those who've been ill are recovering.

    Wishing you a beautiful September ahead, Cheryl!
    Brenda xo

    1. Thank you, Brenda! It was a delight for me to pore over the photos and relive those memories (even if it did take me a long time to do it), so I am glad that you enjoyed them. Oh my goodness . . . those little legs!

      Those with short-term illnesses have all recovered, thankfully, but there are those who are suffering more in the long term. Indeed, that mix of sweet and bitter . . .

  5. What a fun-filled summer you had (other than Covid coming for a visit). Such wonderful memories. Those sweet faces and happy smiles! My favourite is adoption day - what a joyous celebration of a sweet little girl.

    Wishing you a most lovely month of September, Cheryl!

    1. Thank you, Lorrie! Oh yes, we have made many happy memories over the summer! Adoption day was truly joyous! From little Katrina's family to the judge, lawyer, and social workers . . . the atmosphere was joy-filled!

  6. Well...that was a very packed summer for sure. Great job recapping all these moments. I do love that photo with Kati's babes hanging out in the cubbies!!
    Congratulations to all on the adoption being final. Fun to see her sweet face!
    Your house is used so well for your loved ones. Hopefully by now we all have a nice stash of antibodies to guard us from further assaults on our bodies. Hope any who are still sick will heal well and soon. Onward and upward. Before we know it Fall will be here. Glee!

    1. It was a whirlwind, for sure! Thank you, Ellen, for all of your kind words and sharing our joy! I am delighted to be able to show Katrina's face now! And those baby legs melt me every time . . .

      Fall is in the air, and I am ready! I know you are too!

  7. I think I lost my comment. Please forgive me if it goes through twice. I enjoyed this breakdown of a summer and all the lovely things there were to make it a memorable time for you all. I hope your fall is just as happy!

    1. Thank you for visiting, Terri! (And sorry for the comment snafu. I am clueless about how to fix such things.) We did have some wonderful moments over the summer and I am so grateful for them all!

  8. Sweet pictures of summer. Wonderful memories.

    1. There were some wonderful memories! One of the reasons that I blog is to have a place to record those memories . . . a family history of sorts.


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