Free to be Me Hodgepodge

1. When and where were the best fireworks you’ve ever seen? Speaking of fireworks…do you know your hot buttons? The things people can say and/do to set you off? When was the last time someone pushed one of your hot buttons?

The collage above is taken at Disneyland with Josh and Dan in the early 80’s before Katie was born.

Disneyland puts on a great fireworks show every night.

My hot buttons are pushed when someone who is outspoken speaks out including me in their opinion and then because it’s so against my principles I have to speak out. Those kinds of scenarios make me sweat uncomfortably. I could keep quiet generally and not make a scene but I can’t stay silent when someone includes me in their convictions that are totally against my own.

2. Have you hosted any outdoor summer parties this year? Attended any? What makes for a great outdoor party?

Just hosted our first summer party on the 4th of July with 14 people we love. Some family and some dear friends. The weather was right and the food was satisfying. For me an outdoor party is perfect when the weather, food and people align well. I like an outdoor party with a close home base where the food can be set out inside and people can gather outside with access to the food and facilities close by. Another key to a great party is when everyone who comes contributes to the food table.

3. What does freedom mean to you?

I am so grateful to have been raised in the Home of the brave and land of the free. I love the U.S.A. I am even more grateful for the freedom that I have in Christ.

Galatians 5:1  “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”

2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Galatians 2:4 “…our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus…”

John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”

4. July is National Cell Phone Courtesy month…what annoys you most about people’s cell phone habits?

I don’t appreciate how loud people are when talking on the phone in public places. The worst thing is looking in your rear view mirror riding down the freeway at very high speeds and realizing the person behind you is texting! Yikes, if the traffic stops will they notice in time before crashing into me? I have changed lanes to get away from these scenarios.

5. What’s your current summer anthem?

God Bless America

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Can’t get enough of this little smiley face! She has rolled over from her tummy to her back and now she just rolled over from her back to her tummy! She will be 4 months on July 20th!

Thank you Jo From This Side of the Pond for coming up with the questions and prompts for us to react to on Hodgepodge Wednesday. Click over to read more responses.

12 thoughts on “Free to be Me Hodgepodge

  1. Hello Ellen, Disney does have a great fireworks display. Great hodgepodge answers. You little one is just adorable. Great photos. Have a great day and week ahead!

  2. I like your thoughts on outdoor parties! Here in the Mid Atlantic, bugs would be on the good too quick to talk about if it were not set up inside. I also like to be able to move in or out if the weather is too hot. (I am a weather wimp.)

    I have thought that Addy favors her dad, but she sure looks like her mom in the photo on the right!

  3. That was a specific pet peeve. (I hope that I haven’t been guilty of doing that, but it is possible.) I think perhaps too many things are my pet peeves. Ha! Addy is adorable!

    • No, Vee, no thoughts of you on my pushed buttons. I’m generally nodding my head in agreement with your thoughts.

  4. What a wonderful 4th of July party! I zoomed in on that delicious looking food. I agree totally with Cheryl that Addy looks like her mommy on the right side picture – wow! She is so sweet. Enjoyed, as always, your hodgepodge answers Ellen.

  5. She is so cute! I know you’re enjoying her : ) That pie looks delicious! I’m with you on being included in an opinion I don’t hold. I felt like that was rampant during the election, as in ‘all women’ feel a certain way. It got me worked up.

  6. I have to say Vee, I smiled at the opinionated people in conversations part… and I fully agree and beg your forgiveness if I have ever been that crazy person in your life.
    That Addy! Such a little doll!

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