We’re in the process of making our new place a home.  There’s plenty of projects and little time.  While we’ve agreed to do one thing a day–it will be wonderful to be further along with it all.

At the end of the day, our home has always been about blessing family and friends.  We decided to make it more of a home by instituting our new tradition of birthday breakfast with the little ones–despite the projects needing attention.

Sydney was first on the list, which ended up being a big deal. Big sister, Madelyn, is used to being the first.  Madelyn told me it seemed out of order.  All of us first-borns understand the angst of it all.  And, yet.  Sydney made reference to the fact she was first on the list throughout the morning–it mattered to her.

Even so, she was not in the mood for pictures.  We only took a few.


Madelyn loved the fact that we thought everything she did was picture worthy–I have a camera full of pictures of her from this past Saturday morning.

In the last few years it’s become more clear to me:

Pay attention to what matters in life.  Let go of the things that do not matter.

And, what matters is filtered through the meaning of life–relationship with God and one another–

You shall love—”love the Eternal One your God with everything you have: all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind”—and “love your neighbor as yourself.”  Luke 10: 27, Voice

This God-word is key to living the best life.

Though the projects are high on my to-do list–nothing compares to keeping the gift of relationship with God and one another as the top priority.

It’s what matters –Kerrie

These two . . .


We have our table set up.  But some construction projects to be completed before setting up the rest of the furniture in the main room.
IMG_1526One of the bedrooms is reserved for our little joys–with a nook for reading.  The chest belonged to Gregg’s mother.
IMG_1524Sydney had to try my work boots on–yes–red!

Sydney and papa at the playground 2 - 1Papa and Sydney.

IMG_1577Both of the girls requested pizza and macaroni & cheese for breakfast.  We complied. IMG_1589Madelyn wanted to explore everything!IMG_1602Madelyn and Gregg June 25b - 1 Madelyn and Kerrie June 25 - 1Porch-time with Madelyn.


(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2016 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

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