Wednesday, May 12, 2021

It's Hodgepodge Time

Joining up with my mom on this week's hodgepodge. Head on over to her blog to join in the fun! 

From this Side of the Pond
1. It's like my mama always said, "______________________________________________." 

My momma says a lot of things, she's definitely one with the words. If you read her blog you know this and she often says it herself. She likes words. So choosing one thing seems hard. I'm not sure why this was the first thing to pop in my head, and truthfully I'm not sure my momma says it "always" or even often for that matter. But she said it at a time when my life felt impossibly difficult and unfair and while that season of my life is long past, I periodically think of her saying this to me, when I face struggles or things just don't go the way I thought they would. I hear my momma with her arms around me telling me that "This is not a surprise to God."  And I'm immediately comforted with the knowledge that God is in control and that I have a momma who reminds me of it. So even though she may not say it out loud always, she says it in my head and that's a good place for a momma's words to stay don't you think? 

2. May 11th is National Eat What You Want Day. What will you be having by way of celebration? 

Well we'll be having the Home Chef meal I ordered this week.... but if I WAS having an "eat what I want" meal it would definitely involve french fries- super crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside fries. There would also probably be a super cheesy dish, perhaps a cream-based pasta and there would be some yummy dessert too, preferably cheesecake! And I would end that meal oh so satisfied but certainly with a stomachache as well. 

3. Describe your idea of a perfect spring day.

SUNSHINE! That's really all I'm looking for these days. If you read my blog yesterday you'd know that it was a high of 42 and rainy this past weekend here... But once I've got some sunshine I also want to be able to sit out on our porch with my husband and have a drink while we listen to some music and just relax while getting some vitamin D. 

4. Success, fulfillment, growth, achievement...pick one and tell us how it relates to your life in some way, either currently or in days gone by. 

I'm going to go with growth. And specifically for today spiritual growth.  I decided that this year would be the year I would read through the bible. I've attempted it several times- reading it cover to cover in a year and always get lost somewhere along the way. I get behind and give up and lets be real it usually around Leviticus. BUT this year, I've been reading through it with the help of "The Bible Recap" which provides a reading plan along with a short podcast that "recaps" each days reading. And I cannot tell you how much it has helped with my spiritual growth. I learn something new about the Lord every day. Even on the days when I think...what could this passage really show me? There is always something. And there is definitely something to be said about reading the bible every single day. With purpose. And yes, I've definitely missed a couple days and had to read double other days but I'm committed and the growth I'm feeling in my own heart fills me with joy. 

5. I saw this going around on various social media sites and thought it would be fun to answer here. The last thing you bought on Amazon is your weapon in battle. How will you wield it?  (if you're not an Amazon shopper, then the last thing you bought online anywhere)

I had to go back and look because we order so many things its hard to keep track. But the last thing I ordered was a book- titled "Growing Boldly". And I suppose if I needed to use it in battle I would whack people over the head with it! (It's a decent sized hardback) .

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

A shower update...we're having our master shower tiled for a more updated work and the tile part finally started today! So exciting to see it start to take some shape. I already love it!


  1. Maggie,

    Your momma is right about nothing being a surprise to God. He sees all, knows all! Mmm, french fries do sound like a good eating indulgent. I haven't had restaurant style french fries in more than a year. Not that we're big eaters of fast food, especially deep fried foods but it's really nice to splurge once in awhile. Your walk-in shower progression is coming along nicely. I'd love to have one. We'll definitely get one in our next house. :) Have a wonderfully WildWednesday!

    Curious as a Cathy

  2. We have learned a lot these last two years, and God has been so good. I am loving the tile! It will look so pretty with your cabinet and counter. Pouring rain and blowing wind here today, but a sunny weekend on tap.

  3. I could see how that saying would be comforting; when things seem like a total surprise, it's nice to know it perhaps was not.

  4. yes! French Fries -- ALL OF THE French fries!! I don't even remember the last time I had real "fried" French fries - yum!

  5. Your shower is looking great, Maggie! Your answer to #1 brought some tears to my eyes. I really needed to read that today and, by golly, I will be "hearing" your mom say that in my head often. Thank you and thank her!! The Hodgepodge is always fun!! xo

  6. Great answers. We are in the process of a home addition and boy is it a lot of work when you do it yourself. Phew. Right now, just so many decisions.

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