Behold the Hodgepodge

1. ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’  What’s something you’ve seen recently that you thought was beautiful?

Our new granddaughter born on March 20th is the latest most beautiful thing I’ve seen.

2. Our culture and beauty…your thoughts?

The nosiest people in our culture usually try to force what they think is beautiful upon us. Beautiful to me is someone who’s inner being is loving and kind and who stands up for what is true and what is right. Someone who will make a stand quietly yet forcefully not giving in to bullying. Being comfortable in your own skin is beautiful to me.

1 Peter 3:3-4 (ESV)

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

3. Age before beauty, beauty queen, beauty mark, beauty sleep…which beauty-ful phrase resonates with you today? Why?

 I’m going with age before beauty in the sense that as my outer beauty fades I will be content in my grey state because of all I’ve already experienced and learned and continue to learn.
Isaiah 40:8: The grass withers, the flower fades,
    but the word of our God will stand forever.

4. I read here a list of the top ten beasts animals that scare us the most-alligators, coyotes, black bears, birds (but pigeons in particular), sharks, bats, bed bugs, rats, rattlesnakes, and the black widow spider. 

Which ‘beast’ on the list scares you the most? What is the likelihood of you having an actual encounter with that particular beast? Did a movie contribute to your fear of this creature? Have you ever had a real life encounter with any of the animals listed?

Because they are so hard to get rid of the scariest on this list are bed bugs to me. I’ve never experienced them but just the thought gives me the creeps. I have had life encounters with bats, coyotes, a black widow spider and rats in the attic!!

5. Where were you when you last heard a bell ring? Was it alarming or musical?

At Providence Mount Carmel Hospital on Monday the 20th of March when our granddaughter was born the hospital played a lullaby over the loud speakers throughout the hospital letting everyone know a baby had been born. We were in the waiting room and we all cried when we heard the bell toned Lullaby and Good Night over the speakers. It was musical and beautiful.

6. What’s your favorite carb? How’s that for random?

Bread, all kinds of bread, plain, savory, and sweet. I’m so thankful I’m not gluten intolerant.

7. Let’s wrap up another month of Hodgepodging and life with an acrostic. Recap your month using the word MARCH.

March brought
Addyson May into our lives causing
Rejoicing in our family and putting
Colville on the map as our favorite place to visit for the joy of
Holding our precious little granddaughter

Addyson May was born on the 20th. We left our house at 4am to drive 5-1/2 hours to Colville Washington to be at the hospital when Addy was born.

Our son’s response for us when he came into the waiting room to let us know all was well with his fresh wee babe and her mama.

Rejoicing over our first grandchild.

Colville is going to be our favorite road trip so I can do more of this…

Holding her and just watching her breathe and listening to her baby sighs is heavenly.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

March 2017 is an epic time for us as we entered the world of grand parenting. Looking forward to getting back over the mountains and through the woods to spend some more time with Addy and her new parents! My blog posts have been all about this new time in our lives and hopefully everyone will bear with me as I share what I can’t keep under my hat. Rejoice with those who rejoice.

Linking up with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond for Hodgepodge Wednesday.

17 thoughts on “Behold the Hodgepodge

  1. Isn’t it just the best thing, being a grandma? We became grandparents in July 2016 and I’m still over the moon! I remembered they played a lullaby in the hospital when Marcy was born, too. So sweet! Congratulations! She is beautiful!

  2. Don’t apologize for baby pics. This is the best time of your life. Addy has made you grandparents, now you are grandparents for life. No matter how many follow her, this moment will never be repeated. The joy increases.

  3. I loved your answers to the Hodgepodge questions, Ellen. So many of them I would have answered the exact same way…and I appreciated the Scriptures that you used.

    NEVER apologize for talking about Addy and sharing pictures of her and the family. She is a beautiful little girl and I truly understand your excitement. Our grandson was born in Mexico City, as his parents were missionaries there. He was three months old before we were able to go to visit him for the first time. I think I would have stopped strangers on the street to show them pictures of him if I hadn’t been afraid of getting arrested for disturbing the peace. 🙂 When I would take pictures of him to church with me our pastor would always ask, “Is there anyone here tonight that has not yet seen the pictures of Mrs. McBride’s grandson?” Someone raised their hand and he said, “Well, just wait…you will before the evening is over!” 🙂

  4. I absolutely rejoice with you Ellen. I enjoyed your wise words that you shared in the hodgepodge as well!

  5. We are all rejoicing with you on the birth of Addy and we will NEVER tire of seeing photos of her (fair return for all the photos of my grandkids).

  6. Oh, I am certainly rejoicing with you!! And, hey. All grandmothers talk about their grandchildren. It comes with the territory, so talk on! Keep sharing those photos too!

    Beautiful indeed!

  7. I just love seeing each and every picture of your sweet little Addy!!! Don’t stop sharing them. I got to hug my little love again today for the first time in a month and I can’t even put into words how that feels! Suddenly she is talking – how did it happen? I rejoice with you on this amazing experience. Your answer to #5 just gave me goose bumps – what a wonderful thing for the hospital to do when a baby is born. I would have cried too. This whole blog post is “beautiful” inside and out!!!

  8. Ellen, Addy is beautiful! And what a sweet way that hospital had of announcing a birth! I’ve never heard of that anywhere. You’re going to be a wonderful grandmother and make so many beautiful memories for Addy and others to come.

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