Wednesday, January 4, 2012


What are three words you would use to describe your 2011? Well the first one that pops into my head is BLESSED....just so many things that I felt were direct answers to prayers.  (see post below)  The second word might be BUSY...the year flew by and I had so many things that kept me blessedly busy, haha... all the sewing I did for the new grand baby, the trips to Texas and New Mexico, and then there were the parties, showers, and celebrations that seemed to fill this year.  The third word could be CONTENTED...It took me a while to settle into my life as an empty nester I am not going lie.  A while to work into my daughter living so far away from me, a while to feel like this new house was home.  A while to accept that I had indeed had cancer and to know deep in my soul that these kinds of things can and WILL happen to me.   But I can say now that the Lord has truly helped me to understand that true contentment does not come from circumstances or from simple things that can and do happen every day, but from a relationship with a living God that fills your heart with a peace knowing that He is always there for you, and meets your every need.  That through Him, I truly can do all things.  Even those things I felt impossible.  I don't know what trials 2012 might hold, or how I might react to them, but I do know that He is sufficient for whatever that might be.

Phil 4: 11- 13  Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.  I know how to be abased, and how to abound.  Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

2. Do you like shrimp? What's your favorite way to have it prepared? Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE shrimp!  I am not sure if there is any way this delicious food could be prepared that I wouldn't like it.  I love coconut shrimp, grilled shrimp, shrimp cocktail, garlic shrimp, fried shrimp, shrimp salad.  I could sound like Forrest Gump's friend here really easily, haha.   I guess my favorite would be barbecued shrimp.  Did I mention I like shrimp? 

3.  Is your house de-Christmased? If so when did you tackle that job? If not, when will the decorations come down?  Yes, it is all down and put away.  Always a BIG chore, ALWAYS somewhat dreaded, and ALWAYS glad when it is done even though it makes me feel somewhat sad at the same time.  We took ours down on the Friday before New Year's this year.  We usually tackle that job New Years day for some weird reason, but this year New Years fell on Sunday and what with church and all didn't seem like a good idea.  It took us ALL day.  My hubby finished up taking down the outside lights yesterday afternoon, so we are all packed up and stored away for another year;  ALWAYS a good feeling.

4. Do you like to watch scary movies?  NO!!  Though I guess maybe it depends.  I don't mind suspense, but I STRONGLY dislike anything Satanic, bloody, or heart stopping.  I guess maybe I just plain old don't like them. 

5. ice skating~sledding~skiing~snowboarding~of the four listed which wintertime activity do you most enjoy?  Well, this California girl doesn't really do ANY of those things.  We did have a cabin in Big Bear Mountain when I was growing up though, and then I LOVED sledding; couldn't ever seem to get enough of that.  Ice skating was fun, though I have only done it a handful of times.  And now?  Don't do any of it...   : )

6. Did you have a childhood hideout? Describe it.  I guess I had to think about this for a while and the answer is I didn't really have a hideout.  Didn't even really have my own room most of my growing up years.  I escaped occasionally in a good book.  I could transport myself almost anywhere that way.

7. What's a place or space that motivates you?  I am motivated I think primarily at church.  It challenges me to DO something worthwhile for God and for others.  I am also frequently motivated visiting many of you here in blogland.  It just seems like soo many of you are on so much.  Creating things and spending your time on such worthwhile endeavors.

8. Insert your own random thought here.  2012 is here and I am excited to see what the Lord has in store.  I am praying that it finds me AGAIN busy and blessed.   I want to do soo much more for Him this year.   

I soo enjoy doing this hodgepodge posts.  To view the other hodgepodgers, click HERE and enjoy!


  1. Sometimes if feels like we did get a bit ripped off with no snow and stuff but I guess we had beaches and suntans so that was better I think, well except now for all of the sun damage I did. I am glad I could finally see what those pictures of food were. I thought maybe fried chicken. Are you still doing Jenny Craig? you haven't mentioned it in awhile.
    Isn't this weather wonderful? I have been outside on my patio so much in Jan.
    I am glad you know empty nest was hard for you. I know that as I see it coming to fast for me, it is coming and I am afraid.
    I know God will get me through but it is still looming.
    I am glad you are off to a good start.
    I enjoyed your answers this week.

  2. Yes, I like shrimp! Let's see, I like...coconut shrimp, bbq shrimp, grilled shrimp, shrimp creole, shrimp salad, shrimp and steak, shrimp and lobster, shrimp kabobs...Heheh...

  3. Very nice list of hodgepodge answers! I don't like any seafood at all! And I love your three words. Enjoy your day and hope all continues to go well with your dieting!!!

  4. You're the 2nd 'hodgepodger' who mentioned books as your 'hideout'. I guess I could add that one to mine as well. Love reading!
    Happy 2012!

  5. Oh I loved your beginning...I was just nodding and nodding...because you had shared your year with us and I would sum it up the way you did...God is good and faithful and yes, you are blessed, busy and content.

    Enjoyed the other answers always shares more about you.

    Have a great first week of January

  6. Maybe I should have put reading blogs as my motivational place. This blog is very inspirational to me. So glad I stopped by!

  7. Wow, Debbie, 85F is pretty warm. I don't know what I'd do in temps like that in Jan. Actually, we're going to warm up to near 50F this coming weekend and that's going to seem weird for Jan.

    Thanks for your sweet visits. I appreciate them. Oh, I'd hate to have to answer this hodgepodge with the tree still up and us still enjoying Christmas right through the 12th Day on Epiphany. There aren't too many of us Epiphany people.

  8. Shrimp lover here, too. Love the verse Phil 4: 11-13-thanks for reminding me. My husband was diagnosed with colon cancer-doing good and has his check-up January 24th.

  9. I really loved your answer to that first question. There were some things in there I needed to read today.

    Hope your new year is happy and healthy!

  10. I like the hodgepodge posts, too. I feel as if I get to know you in them.

    I am the same about scary movies. I "might" do a suspense, but it's still not my favorite.

    I really believe that the curiosity for the demonic, slasher, or ghostie movies opens doors that God doesn't want open. The older I get, the more convinced I am.

  11. Hi! Debbie, hope this finds you doing well!! Thank You for your prayers for my granddaughter, Hannah; she will be 9 in Feb. Looking forward to sharing with you in 2012!! Happy:) New year!!


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