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Wednesday Hodgepodge – September 18, 2013 #grow4christ

I’m linking up again with Wednesday Hodgepodge because I’ll be doing a post tomorrow about our trip to a local historical park.

1. When did you last sing happy birthday to someone? When were you last sung to? Does that embarrass you or do you enjoy being the center of attention on your special day?

We sang it to my FIL but we’ll be singing it on the 29th again for my daughter’s birthday.  I have no idea, honestly I don’t like the whole birthday song but I also don’t relish being in the limelight either.

2. Name a famous or ‘infamous’ person who shares your birth month and day. Is that someone you’d like to meet in person if it were possible?

Well the ones I could find are:  Roger Federer, Meagan Good, Dustin Hoffman, Bradley McIntosh and Connie Stevens and since Dustin Hoffman is the only one I’ve ever heard of and still don’t know that much about but I don’t think I’d want him around my children?  The movies I’ve seen him in aren’t family friendly. 

Since I’m a history buff I went in search of another person who shares my birthday and while this person is dead I think it’d be neat to hear his tales of adventures of traveling with Matthew Peary as the first people to reach the North Pole in 1909 – Matthew Henson.

3. Someone hands you a box tied up in a lovely bow…what are you hoping to find inside?

Hmm…not sure there really isn’t much I need although I would like a new sewing machine so that would be nice but so would money that I could use towards funding either an adoption or mission trip or both.

4. What is something you can guarantee about yourself?

I can guarantee I’m a Christian – I will follow Christ till the end of my days.

5. Talking about art and beautiful cities here…’The Last Supper’ in the Santa Maria della Grazie Abbey in Milan, Italy or ‘The Mona Lisa’ in the Louvre, Paris…which would you most like to see up close and in person?  Why?

Well, not sure because I have no desire to see Italy or Paris and I’ve seen replicas in books and such – I know the real art lover will say a replica isn’t good enough – it is for this person.  If I had to chose one of the above it’d be The Last Supper – because I feel such a connection of the sacrifice of Christ and His fellowship with the disciples before His death that just overpowers me with the majestic-ness of this piece of art.  However, I’d rather see some of art in Germany or Ireland – those are on my list of places to see.

6. Your favorite dessert?

I like an iced capp from Tim Horton’s but also anything with chocolate and peanut butter.

7. This coming weekend marks the official start of autumn (in the northern hemisphere)…what is something you do to get ready for fall?  What is one thing you’re looking forward to on your fall calendar?  Spring or fall-which do you prefer?

I don’t do anything to get ready for fall – honestly all the ghastly decorations and costumes creep me out – which is bad since my husband likes them.  Usually I look forward to all the festivals that occur in our area in the fall but this year it’s going to be harder to make those so I’m just going to enjoy getting out in the cooler temps that I can finally enjoy.  I’m definitely a fall weather person – I like spring and all the flowers but spring here has been so hot and humid so fast it’s not enjoyable for me.  I love fall’s colors, smell and temps.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

These are some pictures of two of my children I took a couple weeks ago but haven’t found a way to incorporate them into another post so I’m posting them here.  Enjoy!

It’s a bit grainy, sorry about that – but we were doing something with those googly eyes and she got the bright idea to do this – we were all laughing…..

My son thought it was a great idea as well, not sure which one looks scarier – but he is missing a tooth so I think he wins???















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Wednesday Hodgepodge – 8/28/13 #grow4christ


1. Labor Day (in the US of A) is approaching…what’s something you’ve labored over this year?

My weight for one, I lost quite a bit then when I began getting sick from eating eggs, my protein filled breakfasts which was helping me lose weight had to go away and now with steroid treatments for a severe case of poison ivy the weight is coming back on.  I’ve recently also began laboring over the fact we are preparing for my oldest to have major back surgery which is going to throw the whole house into a bit of chaos as well as working on my son with his behavior.


2. What is one word to describe your ‘job’ or career?


While my first career will always be as a mom and wife my job now is just beginning – I’m an Independent Thirty-One Consultant.


3. What was your worst or least favorite job ever?


Well I’ve had several but I’d have to say my least favorite was the time I spent in the United States Navy.


4. How do you measure contentment?


Hmm…..not sure – if I can go through a day without raising my voice or yelling I’d say I’m content but honestly I’ve had to become content with the fact our house doesn’t sell and we’ll be crowded, one way I can measure contentment is by me not nagging my husband about how tiny our house is or how cramped we are or the fact we don’t have a private bedroom.


5. Pickles-like or dislike?  What is something you eat that requires a pickle?  Dill, bread and butter, sweet gherkins…what’s your favorite kind of pickle?


It truly depends, there are times I love a good kosher, crisp, dill pickle but there are other times the smell alone turns my stomach.  I do enjoy the sweet little gherkins though.


6. In your current house-town-state, what is it you like living close to?


In my current city, honestly there isn’t much here – usually we have to go outside our city to find things to do as a family – either because things in our city are so expensive (the new ice rink here is going to offer $4 and $5 discount tickets, they won’t release regular ticket prices yet, but at $4 per person times 5 for a single income – well it’s not affordable) or don’t have things for the family.  I’m glad that we live in driving distance (40 minutes to 1 1/2 hours) to several museums and zoos that we can visit.  There is also two great libraries within 20 to 30 minutes that I frequent, our own county library isn’t homeschool friendly.


7. What is one thing on your ‘want-to-do’ list before summer draws to an official close?


Honestly, nothing – summer just makes me naseious and hot so we don’t do much or celebrate it much – but we are glad to see it go.  The children would say they did miss out on going to an amusement park but I don’t care for roller coasters either 😀


8.  Insert your own random thought here.


Please feel free to visit my Thirty-One website and check out the online party I’m hosting now through the end of August.


Wednesday Hodgepodge – The last day of July!!!

I think I missed last week so jumping in this week as I needed some inspiration – visit all us bloggers over at From This Side of the Pond.

1. Share one way you think the world has changed for the better since you were a kid?

Hmmm….this is a hard one…..because I can remember being able to walk 6 blocks to the candy store with my brothers, to get penny candy – my children can’t do that anymore because I can’t trust they’d make it home.  I guess I’d have to say the world has changed for the better because we can access the internet for our studies, which enables us to ‘visit’ places like the Taj Mahal.

2. How ’bout one way it’s changed for the worse?

Like #1, I can’t really let my children be outside by themselves.  As long as I’m in the living room and can see all I am okay but honestly I can’t allow my children to even walk toward the end of the block without thinking of all the predators that are in our area.  Not to mention there are so many laws affecting the way we parent – during school hours we try to stay inside because we are watched much more closely than when we are out while other children are allowed out.

3. Starlight, starfish, starling, Starbucks…your favorite ‘star’?

Well I don’t like Starbucks.  Won’t get into that though.  I’d have to say it’s a tie between Starlight and a starfish – both remind that the Lord gave us beautiful things to look at whether high in the sky or deep down in the ocean.

4. Name a song that’s overplayed, but you love it anyway?

Since I mainly listen to K-love I’d say it’s probably anything by TobyMac, which is unfortunate because he has so many great songs but they only play Eye On It (which I like) but not 5,000 times a day 😀

5. When did you last have home made ice cream? Your latest favorite flavor?

When I was a child.  Even the ‘homemade’ place’s ice cream isn’t truly homemade anymore 😦  My favorite flavor anything with chocolate and/or peanut butter.

6. What do you think is the best way to inspire or motivate people?

Not really sure.  Being optimistic helps and can motivate some but I’ve also met people who get more depressed and unhappy but others optimism and try to bring those people down like them.

7.  When was the last time you were without power?

It’s probably been about 11 or 12 years ago – but it was only briefly and any storms we’ve had recently we haven’t lost power in our area, thankfully.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

One thing I’ve learned is that we need to listen to each other – someone may know something or have more information and if you don’t listen you may miss out on important information and continue passing along bad information to others.  On the flip side, even if you think you have all the answers you still need to listen because someone may have another valid point of view.


Wednesday Hodgepode – 7/17/13

1. Picture postcards were first printed back in the mid 1800’s and deltiology is the official name for postcard collecting. When did you last send a postcard? Receive one? Do you save postcards sent to you?  Do you collect and/or send postcards when you travel?

I think the last time I sent a postcard was when I visited British Columbia while on an off day while being in dry dock in Bremerton, Washington while in the Navy.  I mailed one to my family as well as myself – I have it somewhere.  I received one a few years ago when a friend of mine went on vacation.  Yes, I save all postcards and cards sent to me but I don’t usually mail them when traveling.

2. What treat do you most like to indulge in while on vacation?

We like to find a great steak house and my husband and I will order the largest, boneless steaks we can get.

3. Are you good at hiding your feelings?

Towards my husband and children, yes, my hubby has probably seen me cry twice in our 12 years of marriage.  I can be real with my friends but I’ve been taught that feelings can be dangerous – although I have gotten better at trying not to hide.

4. Does your town/city/county still deliver phone books to your home?  Do you check the yellow pages when searching for a local business number or has the Internet replaced the phone book in your house?

Yes, they give us one or two a year and we do use them but since they don’t include menus anymore or coupons usually we go to the internet to find a place or menu, depending on what we’re in search for.

5. Would you rather be first or last?

Totally depends on the situation – I’d rather be last if anyone ever got me to jump out of the plane, if their chute doesn’t open I’m not jumping but I’d rather be first in places like public bathrooms because I have no idea who used it before me.

6. July is National Park and Recreation Month (in America, but everyone can still play along)…where and when were you last in a park? Did you participate in any recreational activities while you were there?

I was last in one in April, when I did my first 5K.  So I guess you could say I also did recreational activities.  In the summer because of the heat we stay inside mostly opting to go to the parks in the fall when it’s cooler and not busy.

Oh, no wait – we did visit Cade’s Cove in TN on vacation but it was mainly us driving through and looking at the historic buildings since it was storming.

7. What was one of your worst ideas?

I think it was doing a 5K, especially my first, the day before we left for vacation.  Even though I had been training to walk the 3.1 miles I was stiff and sore the next morning and 6+ hours in a van isn’t a good thing and having done that 5K also had us miss out on getting our rental.  Although in my defense the rental company said they’d be open till 5p.m. and they weren’t, only open till noon!  Our van made it and we did save a little bit of money and got 4 new tires on our van so it could survive.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I enjoy the book Les Miserables, has anyone else read it?  Anyway one of my favorite songs is I Dreamed a Dream and I just checked out the Susan Boyle CD from the library and it was a wonderful rendition of the song.  I’m posting both the Susan Boyle one and the Ruthie Henshall from the Royal Albert Hall production.

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Calling children by the dog’s names – Wednesday Hodgepodge


I don’t think I’ve ever participated in this link up so after seeing a friend of mine at Guiding Light Homeschool I figured I’d hop over to From This Side of the Pond and see what was going on.


1.  What’s something people might ask you for help with?


hmmm…. that’s a tough one.  I do get quite a bit of questions regarding curricula and what I think about such and such – so I’d have to say my opinion on curricula is something that others ask me to help them with, and I can be very opinionated on that.  Breastfeeding, I’m a lactation counselor, especially when I’m actively breastfeeding I’ve had people come to me for help with their breastfeeding issues.


2.  What’s something you might ask people for help with?


I ask my friends who have several children for ideas in how to get my children to behave, how to school several children of different ages together.  I’ve also gone to friends with help in getting my kombucha and kefir going as well as quilting and embroidery.  I go to my husband for help when I’m stumped with a math problem.


3.  Did your family take summer vacations when you were a child?  If so, where did you go?  If you’re a parent, did/do you plan summer vacations for your own family?  Did/do they resemble those you took as a child?


Yes, we took some very memorable vacations – two really stand out to me though, the first was our trip out West where we saw the Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest and visited some family that lived in Wyoming at the time.  One of my brothers was saved from going over the canyon by a Chinese woman who quickly grabbed him and then started yelling in Chinese (this was before all the barriers were put up, and we had no idea what the lady was saying but were very grateful to her – and it’s comical now).  I was also very sick when we got to Wyoming – somewhere I had developed a severe ear infection and by the time we made it to my Aunt’s house I was vomiting and sick – this also happened over my birthday, not fun.


The other was when we went to Disney World (the one in Florida) in 1997 after I graduated high school but before I entered the U.S. Navy.  That was fun but I had never flown before and developed a migraine in flight and I had to make use of the complimentary bags provided – and the attendant refused to let me discard on the plane so I had to hold it the entire flight!  Thankfully I was better the next day and able to enjoy the parks with my family.


Yes, we take vacations as a family.  This year we took ours in April and went to Pigeon Forge, TN – it was a great time.  The only difference in the ones I took as a child to the ones we take now as a family is that they usually are shorter lengths and not as far from home – which is okay with us and the children have some great memories.


4.  Pool-lake-ocean…which one is most appealing to you on a hot summer day?


Gonna go with pool on this one.  We don’t have one but we are far from an ocean (and I don’t like heat) and the nearest two lakes are so filthy I wouldn’t let my worst enemy swim in them.  I loved Cocoa Beach though when we went on that vacation to Disney in 1997 (see above) and also when I was stationed in Cali I had the pleasure of sitting on a beach in the shallow area and being surround by manta rays.


5.  Have you ever justified using the expression ‘you gotta be cruel to be kind’? Was it really necessary or were you rationalizing?


Not that I know of and I can’t really think of a situation I’d have to use it for either necessarily or rationalizing.  Cruelty, for me though, is never an option.


6.  The Journal of Psychology recently mentioned the results of a survey identifying the ten most hated foods as-liver, lima beans, mayonnaise, mushrooms, eggs, okra, beets, brussel sprouts, tuna, and gelatin. Of those foods, how many do you actually hate?  Any you’d add to the list?


People hate mayonnaise?  Really????  I like liver and onions, or I used to, my mom made it quite a bit when I was young and I always ate it but I haven’t had it in years.  I enjoy mayonnaise and it can actually be very good for you, I like mushrooms, I liked eggs up until recently when they decided to not like me.  I’m not big on lima beans, brussel sprouts, beets or okra – though I’ve heard they’re good.  I’m on the fence about gelatin, I do like Jell-O with some whipped topping but knowing what’s in gelatin makes me ill.  There’s not many foods I hate – although I do hate when I order well done steak and the waiter brings it to me with blood still dripping.  Ewwww……


7.  What’s your favorite book or movie set in a beach or lake town?


Honestly I don’t usually read books or watch movies set on a beach or in a lake town – they don’t appeal to me as they tend to remind me of heat and humidity or they are too lovey dovey.  I did just read two books in a series called Postcards From Misty Harbor Inn which does take place in a beach side community and they were good books.


8.  Insert your own random thought here.


I think I just realized how to get my children to respond to me without me yelling for them.  It seems every time I call the dogs my children come running – so I’ll start calling for the dogs and my children will come.  While this is true, I wouldn’t actually use this method but it’s funny to think about.


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