There are also descriptions of heaven having "many mansions."
Someone once described eternity as being a wheel wherein time was just the outer rim that we travel in this life. Once we leave this life we will be able to see the whole picture at once. I like to think that in that realm we will be able to see and appreciate all the beautiful things that we have missed in this life. Makes me feel good, anyway. :-) Think of all those flowers that bloom in the wilderness that are never seen by anyone. They will all be appreciated in eternity. (Just my speculation- not a Church teaching, btw.)