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Easter 2013 Hodgepodge

It’s Joyce’s Easter-y Hodgepodge.  She’s taking a break next week to spend time with her daughter, and I am so happy for her.  My own kiddos are coming home this weekend, so I completely understand.  Join along and link back up with Joyce!

1.  What are your plans for Easter? Are you cooking a big lunch or dinner?  Dyeing eggs? Attending a sun rise service?  Eating too much chocolate?

My plans will include attending church as a family.  Both kids are coming home this weekend.  I imagine we will eat lunch out.  Chicky is bringing a friend home, and she’s requested an Easter egg dyeing kit, so I’m thinking maybe we’ll hunt eggs?  We shall see.  I’m up for whatever the kids want to do.  I won’t be eating chocolate.  Aside from my Starbucks hot chocolates, which I’ve just about given up after someone swiped the soy for real milk (I am lactose intolerant and had a bad reaction), I don’t do chocolate any more.

2.  What is something you feel too young to do?

Hmmm…this is actually tougher to answer than I thought when I first read it.  I’m in my early 40’s, which means I’m too old for a few things but not really too young for much.

I guess I’m too young to be crochety about life, fart in public and get away with it, and ask for a senior discount.  Those are things reserved for the *ahem* older generation.  heehee

3.  “Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…”  

Of the characteristics mentioned in the biblical definition of love which do you find most difficult to live out and why?

There used to be a Wee Sing kids song that had these words.  That’s actually how I learned these verses.

Tough question, Joyce.  I guess I’d have to say that not keeping a record of wrongs is the most difficult part for me.  I’m your typical female who has a long memory, and I find it very difficult to let go of the things that people have done, purposely and not, to hurt me.  Memories of hurt feelings and injustices creep in, souring opportunities for reconciliation.  This is something that causes me great angst because it lies at the core of a Believer’s faith…that God sees the blood of Jesus covering my sins and forgives all since I’ve put my trust in His redeeming work on the cross.

4.  What’s a springtime flower you associate with your childhood?

Are there certain flowers that only bloom during Springtime?  A gardener, I am not.

What I always associate with the changing of seasons and, more importantly, Easter, is the Dogwood tree and the beautiful story behind its blooms.  Dogwoods are just about my favorite tree ever because there were a couple in my backyard when I was growing up, and the blooms were gorgeous each year.

5.  Ever sung karaoke? If so, what’s your go-to song? If not and you’re given the opportunity, would you?

I have never sung karaoke, and you will never find me doing so.  I once listened to the playback of everyone singing happy birthday to Chicky, and my voice was loudest because I had been the person recording the singing.  AWFUL.  It took me years to be brave enough to sing aloud in church after that.

6.  What is something you keep in a basket?

Yarn.  In many baskets.  In many places around the house.  Though I don’t get to knit much these days because teaching takes up ALL OF MY TIME (grrr), one day, I will once again touch my precious yarn and empty those baskets.  I’m even going to buy more yarn tomorrow when I go for my traditional shopping excursion an hour and a half away to my favorite yarn store.  I might have to pick up another basket along the way.


7.  When was the last time you felt foolish?

Just a few days ago, I was feeling aggravated because someone had promised to do something for me, and I still had not heard from this person.  I even complained to the Mr. about it and planned to do it myself during Spring Break.  About the time I’d closed my mouth, my phone rang.  Yep.  It was the person calling to meet up with the thing that had been promised.  Sigh.  How quick I can be to judge sometimes.

8.  My Random Thought

I thought I would update you on Aubie.

She continues to hold on, bless her heart.  She’s had a good few days.  I know that this doesn’t necessarily mean she’s getting better, but the Mr. and I are so thankful for each day we are given.  She’s not fully cognizant of what she’s supposed to do, but she seems happy most of the time.  I’m just happy that she’s still wagging her tail and is able to get up and go outside, even if she forgets what she’s supposed to do while she’s out there sometimes.

I’m especially grateful for Spring Break and being home with her.

Please continue to lift us all up in your prayers.  I don’t know what each day will hold, but I continue to trust in God’s will for all of our lives.

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