Tuesday, April 9, 2013

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY

1.  Share one fun thing you did last week while the Hodgepodge was on "spring break".  Well I think the most fun I had last week was the time spent with my grandson Jeffie on his ninth birthday.  You can read all about it in my previous post, so I don't want to bore my other readers with a repeat story, but any "one on one" time I get with any of my grandkids is ALWAYS a fun time well spent!  

2.  April 10th is National Sibling Day...do you have siblings, and if so are you close?  Share a favorite story featuring one or all of your siblings.  If you don't have siblings, did you ever wish you did?  I come from a large family.  I have 2 brothers, and 3 sisters.  I am really pretty close with them all, but probably closest with my sister who is only 18 months older than I am.  I could tell sooo many stories it might be hard to pick out just one.  Lets see....I think I might want to tell about the time in my life coming up on 3 years ago now (come June) when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, moving out of our home of 25 years, and completely remodeling the one we had just bought to move into.  It was all happening at the exact same time of course and to say I was overwhelmed would have been putting it mildly.  But two of my sisters stepped in and really just made it all happen for me.  Spent hours and hours literally packing up my life from one house and helping me arrange it in the new one, driving me around, going to doc appointments with me, hashing things over and over and over with me, praying with me, laughing and crying with me.  They were truly God's hands and feet while I went through all of that, and I will never forget it.  They have been with me through all of life's big moments (both the joyful and the sad) and there is really no one who could ever take their place.

MY MOM, DAUGHTER, DIL, SISTERS, AND SOME OF MY NIECES.  I MADE US ALL THESE THANKSGIVING APRONS TO WEAR ON THE LAST THANKSGIVING IN OUR OLD HOUSE...SUCH A FUN TIME!  I AM THE FOURTH FROM THE LEFT AND I WAS WEARING ONE THAT I RECEIVED THAT YEAR FROM SUE AT TO LIVE, LOVE AND JOURNAL OUR DAYS!  I LOVED IT!


3.  Is it important to you to buy American?  Why or why not?  How much of an effort do you make to buy American?  If you're not American, insert your own country in the blank.  I guess I do whenever I can, or whenever it is best.  It isn't something I have ever been very militant about though.  If someone else has a superior product at a better price I have usually gone that way to be honest.  Maybe I should give this more thought....

4.  Besides The Bible. what book has impacted your spirituality in some way?  Oh goodness there have been MANY over the years.  Many devotionals over the years including recently Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  What Happens when Women Pray by Evelyn Christenson was another one that greatly effected me.   The Strong Willed Child by James Dobson was another (I had a few, haha).  But even some fictional ones have made quite an impact.  Several of Karen Kingsbuy books have been wonderful.  But the most recent fictional series was The Chronicles of the Kings by Lynn Austin.  They were so powerful, I could barely put them down.

5.  April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes.  Do you find rainy days calming or depressing?  When were you last caught in a rainstorm?  What's blooming in your neck of the woods today?  Living in So. California there are not really many rainy days at all, so I usually find them calming.  I enjoy being inside and listening to it fall.  If I lived somewhere where it rained frequently, I think it would end up depressing me.  We were caught in a HUGE rainstorm in the desert on our way to Melody's last spring.  It was amazing.  The lighting flashed and the thunder roared and the rain pounded down, and the wind whipped it all around.  I enjoyed it.  What isn't blooming would be more like it?  Everything is in FULL bloom around here.

6.  What's your favorite yellow food?  Does yellow cake count?  Just kidding.  I LOVE yellow squash.  Steamed and lightly seasoned, it is hard to beat.

7.  April is National Poetry Month....what's a poem that holds special meaning for you, and why is it special?  I think it would be The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson.  haha.  I think it is because when my children were growing up they had a speech meet every year at their school during the month of April.  3 of my children won a first place ribbon saying that particular poem.  To this day I can repeat it word for word, and I bet they could too.  It just always brings me back to those days.


How do you like to go up in a swing, 

Up in the air so blue? 

Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing 
Ever a child can do! 



Up in the air and over the wall, 

Till I can see so wide, 
River and trees and cattle and all 
Over the countryside-- 



Till I look down on the garden green, 

Down on the roof so brown-- 
Up in the air I go flying again, 
Up in the air and down! 


8.  Insert your own random thought here.  Well as usual I could just go on forever with my "random" thoughts, but the main ones floating around in my head today are....first, the message we heard at church on Sunday by my son James.  It was just soo good, and brought with it conviction and REAL thought.  I am still pondering it all and asking myself this question everyday (and more than once a day!)  IS Jesus REALLY King of my life?  I think it is soo easy sometimes (at least for me) to claim to be Christian, believe it deep in my soul, and wonder why others are missing out on this way of life.  And yet, DO I REALLY live it out?  In EVERY way.  If you would like to hear the message for yourself, you can click here, and follow the link under sermons for April 7th.  And then, I am thinking how grateful I am that mom has FINALLY been released from her hard neck brace!!  YAY!!  It was a LONG 4 months!  She will wear the soft one for a couple more weeks, and she is completely finished.  And finally, I am looking forward to getting back to my sewing tomorrow.  I have some PRECIOUS fabrics and I am itching to get at it!  I just had to add this...soo true!





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15 comments:

  1. Ah, James Dobson. I had a few of the 'strong-willed' variety myself! Love the picture of you all in the aprons. Have a great Wednesday!

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  2. Siblings are so wonderful to have around during the hard times! My mother's health isn't good, and I am so extremely thankful I have my brothers to lean on. We all help support one another, which is so important. :)

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  3. Lovely poem. I had not heard that one before.

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  4. The ways that we are alike is moving rapidly to the level of "freaky". We are SUCH soul sisters in so many ways. The question you have been pondering is one that regularly bubbles to the surface here too. Is He really and truly LORD of my life is the way I ask it.

    And that poem! It's one of my all time favorites too. I can not sit on a swing without feeling the need to recite it. What is really sad is that if my mother is near me when I do, she ALWAYS chimes in. Mom gets the credit for making me a lover of poetry.

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  5. It's always fun to see the answers to these random questions, and especially when so many of my blogging friends think like I do! Somehow it is comforting to know that there are so many friends in blogland that are really heart mates. You are certainly one of mine Debbie!

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  6. I LOVE, love, LOVE the Thanksgiving aprons. So cute. And festive and fun.

    BAD 'Hair' DAY

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  7. We are so fortunate to be survivors who had love surrounding us in the dark hours, aren't we? Makes me sad that some people go through it all alone...

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  8. I enjoyed reading this Debbie! I remember vividly, when you were going through your difficult time, moving, cancer treatments, etc. I prayed for you daily. You are so lucky to have your sisters! And they to have you!!
    I also remember and loved, those aprons!!!
    Have a great rest of the week.
    Kris

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  9. Debbie
    Your sisters are so special! I have two older sisters too.
    You've been through a lot and it's wonderful you could rely on them to help you.
    I read RLS to our children too. O can still resite The Land of Counterpane-my favorite!

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  10. What a beautiful group of women! Your mother must be so very proud of you all! (Glad that she'll be saying goodbye to that neck brace.)

    These Wednesday posts are delightful because one learns so much about you and yours.



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  11. That picture is so cute along with the adorable aprons!!! Spaghetti Squash is one of my newest favorites.
    Like your random. I'm pretty sure I don't live it out in Every Way but thank you for the reminder. Have a wonderful week.

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  12. Jesus Calling is such a gem. It seems everyone who reads it says they feel like it was written just for them. I know I do : )

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  13. I love your family photo. sandie

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  14. So very interesting to read new facts about you. I see we enjoy some of the same books, including "Jesus Calling" and " The Strong Willed Child". I think the picture of you and the women of your family with aprons on, is beautiful! What a great looking group! Debbie, I feel like a know you a bit better after reading these latest posts. Thanks so much for sharing your heart.
    Happy Monday!

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I am so glad that you would take the time to comment on my thoughts and feelings, it is such a blessing to me!