The Merry Month of May Hodgepodge

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Is there a flower you associate with a particular memory? Explain.

We live in the Rhododendron state. Every May these beauties in the photo above bloom all over our state. They come in different sizes and colors. We have five different plants in our yard. They grow with extra care and they grow wild with no care. The yellow one below is our newest one. I’ll always associate Rhodies with our move to Washington state way back in 1988.

2. Last time you helped someone? Tell us how.

These two just attended the Aeronautical Engineering “Space Ball” last weekend. Andrew will be graduating soon and he has been offered an intern to hire job after graduation. And yes, Katie’s hair is a rich shade of purple. They needed to search for a new apartment and I helped them by driving them to five complexes to check them out. These two brilliant young adults hate to drive. I like to drive so I was happy to help them in this small way. I also needed to be out of the house since there was an open house going on at our home so it filled the time nicely.

3. It’s National Salsa Month (the food, not the dance) so tell us, do you like salsa? Hot, medium, or mild? Homemade, store bought, or from your favorite restaurant only?

We like the salsa at our local Mexican restaurant. It’s medium. Other than good restaurant salsa we enjoy homemade.

4. When I was twelve years old…

This is the junior high school I was attending when I was 12. When I was 12 I attended Hume Lake Christian camp. What I learned at Bible Camp was that the only connection I could have to God was through Jesus Christ and what He did for me on the cross. Being Russian and being a part of my father’s religion did not give me a direct link to God that I believed I had. In 1963 at Hume Lake while listening to a speaker talk about Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross to save sinners I was moved to step out and become a follower of Jesus. God’s plan of salvation was exclusively through his perfect son Jesus, who is fully God and came to earth to live a perfect life among us and be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. I knew I was one of those sinners and I needed a Savior. This decision began a journey of ups and downs, highs and lows, but a journey forward with my God and Savior.

Nestled close to Kings Canyon National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada is the Youth Camp that I was able to attend in 1963, 1965 and 1967. I was 12, 14, and 16 during these wilderness adventures.

5. It’s the first of May so let’s run with it-first things first, don’t know the first thing about it, first dibs on something, first impression, first rate, first cousin, first string, first come first served, at first light-which phrase can best be applied to something in your life currently or even recently?

Currently I’d have to choose at first light. Seems Dear and I are up before first light each day. We should have been farmers or milk deliverers.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
It’s the Merry Month of May and I’m happy that it’s here.
Joining Jo From Across the Pond for Wednesday Hodgepodge.
 

19 thoughts on “The Merry Month of May Hodgepodge

  1. I love hearing the story of how you found Christ! What a Savior!

    I am fascinated by young people who hate to drive. I thought that was for older folks (like me) who have been traumatized by car accidents (like me). Anyway, I’m sure it was a blessing to them to have you as chauffeur while they apartment hunted! Congrats to your son-in-law on his upcoming graduation and job opportunity!

  2. Time flies! I can’t believe that your son-in-law is preparing to graduate. It seems like only yesterday!…… Open House at your house? I have obviously missed something, so I am going to go back and look……

  3. Congratulations to Andrew for his hire as an intern to hire! That speaks well of him. Katie is so beautiful it wouldn’t make any difference what color her hair was. 🙂 Praying that the open house that was going on at your house brought some interest and maybe even a contract or two?

    Christian camps are so wonderful! Thankful that the Holy Spirit was working in your life and you came to know Jesus as your Saviour.

  4. I went to a Rodie garden near Federal Way on one of my visits to WA. I loved it! I couldn’t believe the variety. I am such a fan of Christian camps for kids and teens. I was a camper and later a counselor at a camp on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. So dear to me still.

  5. Oh such pretty blooms there. I’m so very thrilled for Andrew’s new position! Also, I’m hoping you two can soon sleep in a little bit. You could also be a chicken catcher… they do that at night too!

  6. I enjoyed reading this and looking at the photos. Andrew and Katie are a sweet couple and I love her hair. I have never seen yellow rhododendrons before, they are gorgeous as are the more familiar colors to me, and I am a whimp, I like mild salsa 🙂

  7. The flowers are gorgeous. Don’t you just love brilliant young adults! How nice of you to help them. You have a great memory from your childhood.

  8. I’ll tell you a secret–I also hate to drive! I do have my drivers license but most of the time my husband drives. Your yellow rhododendrons are so pretty! In Brooklyn, I had pink ones.growing in my yard. I don’t see any here–probably too dry or the deer eat them. Katie’s hair looks very modern with its purple shade. Congrats to your son-in-law!

  9. What a wonderful post for May, Ellen! I love the Rhododendrons and their colors. What a great thing that you could drive for the kids. I love to drive, but not in the city. When I pick up Branden in suburban Boston I don’t like it, it’s out of my comfort zone but I do it anyway…for him. Happy days to you!

  10. I so enjoy childhood memory stories and so neat to read your testimony. God’s been good. How fun to spend the day apartment hunting with your kids….and I love that photo of Andrew and Katie…and she’s darling in purple. Pretty blooms!

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