Moving Up Hodgepodge

1. Last time you moved house?

Our last move took from April through September of 2018 from staging and listing and loading containers and selling off stuff and taking several weekend trips over the Cascade Mountain Range in a noisy truck pulling a trailer, accepting an offer, moving in with our kids until we found a house to buy, then finishing loading up the shop with more trips across the mountains with a trailer and finally having the containers arrive at our new home, unloading all the containers and organizing a new home and still having our son’s shop filled with a lot of our things that will finally be moved into Dear’s new shop at our new property once the new shop is done. 

Something you’ve learned in moving house?

It’s not easy and we have too much stuff. Thankful to God for giving us the strength to do all that and survive. 

Love this professional photo of our kitchen in Kenmore for the real estate listing.

2. Move mountains, move along, make a wrong move, moved to tears, get a move on, move up, move over, move out of the way, move the deck chairs on the Titanic, move it!…pick one and tell us how it fits your recent circumstances.

I guess I’ll choose move up because more and more I’m ready for our move up to heaven. Many of these days I catch myself saying, Come Lord Jesus and take your church home. 

3. What have you been doing to make yourself move (aka stay fit-active) during these strange times?

Nothing regular which is a problem. I do have to weed and mow and run after my grands but those things are more random and not everyday activities. 

4. This week’s calendar includes celebrations for the following foods-

National Coffee Milkshake Day (Sunday), National Creme Brûlée Day (Monday), National Milk Chocolate Day (Tuesday), National Chicken Wing Day (Wednesday), National Lasagne Day (Wednesday), National Cheesecake Day (Thursday), and National Avocado Day (Friday)

Which one on the list would you be most inclined to celebrate?

National Avocado Day. I love avocado toast, guacamole, avocado on eggs, avocado in a burrito, avocado in pica de gallo, etc. etc. 

Which would you be most inclined to skip?

Milkshake day. Unfortunately milkshakes don’t agree with my digestive system these days.

5. Next week’s Hodgepodge lands in August! I know!! Raise your hand if you feel like July flew by in the blink of an eye? Now bid farewell to your July acrostic style. If you don’t know what that means click here.

Just when we got
Used to you, you are
Leaving us behind and it still feels like
Yesterday when we celebrated the red, white and blue, adieu.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I’ve been thinking about the Rapture in regards to all our stuff. I’m formulating plans in my head for scaling down what I have and am not using. Giving away stuff that others might need or enjoy. Do you ever wonder what the aftermath of the Rapture will be like? I’m thinking I should write an explanation of what happened to us with a clear Gospel message and leave it in the entry of our home. I’m also wondering about telling a friend or two who are still rejecting Christ that if we are all missing they can salvage whatever they want from our home especially our Bibles! No one knows the time or the hour when Christ will come and pluck His followers out of the world but it would be cool to experience it in our lifetime. If not, we know when we die we’ll be with our Savior, Jesus Christ. God is gracious and patient in His timing so that all who are His will come to faith before He returns but be forewarned…after that comes judgement of those who will not believe. 

Thank you Joyce for coming up with the questions each week for Wednesday Hodgepodge!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

16 thoughts on “Moving Up Hodgepodge

  1. Hello, moving can be such a pain. The last 2 years went by quickly. I know you are happy with your new place.. Enjoy the happy times! Take care, enjoy your day!

  2. Hello,
    I enjoyed your story and photos about your move. 😉
    And I appreciated your random.
    xx oo

  3. The aftermath of the rapture! Now that’s a thought that had never occurred to me. I’ll be doing some pondering on that..

  4. Love your poem! Well done.

    I have just such a letter on top of all the stuff I have NOT gotten rid of in my grandmother’s Hope Chest. In the meantime, I find myself becoming more vocal. Now is the time for sharing and pushing back. Trying to do this in love because, otherwise, what’s the point?

    Though I have too much stuff, I have zero energy for dealing with it. It’s going to have to be done by those who care a lot less about it than I do. Just a thought. 😉

    Sorry about the milkshake woes. I’ve been drinking Lactaid milk for a few years now and find that I can enjoy a milkshake once in a while.

    You’ve got great kids!

    Stay cool!



  5. We don’t have much clutter. Neither of us like a lot of bits to dust and hubs especially loves a clean surface. I find myself longing for heaven more these days too. I am not sure how people without any belief in God are navigating these uncertain times. Take care!

  6. That’s a beautiful kitchen! No, you’re not going anywhere. My dad asked God for that everyday but he was 96. Now I have a taste for avocados.

  7. Next month we will have been in our new house for 2 years too. Time sure moves on quickly.
    Like your thoughts about the Rapture.

  8. Ellen – as we like to say to our kids: the only move we are going to make from this house is in a wooden box! I am so glad we have no “planned” moves for the rest of our lives, but only God knows what is really in store, so I try to make the most of every day. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  9. Ellen, I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to come to your place here tonight and be encouraged GODward!! It seems to me that so many are ME-focused these days . . . my rights, my perspective, how everything affects me. And, while I have had some feeling-sorry-for-myself moments of my own, I feel that the trials of this life ought to cause the Christian to look upward while continuing to live a quiet and peaceable life. Longing for Heaven is what we ought to do!!

  10. Wow that moves sounds like it was a lot of hard work! Ours will be done in a day but of course before that we have a lot of stuff to shed still and then there will be the unpacking lol. Avocados are actually very popular here in the UK but just not something I like. I think it’s partly the taste but also the texture. A lot of the foods I don’t eat are linked with texture – for example I don’t like nuts. Yes weird I know. I hope God’s not coming for you yet. Thought provoking post.

  11. Wow, where did that time go? Has it been that long since you moved? You’ve reminded me I really need to do another declutter. One good thing about this whole COVID thing, I guess, is that it has curtailed my shopping habits back to nothing.

  12. So interesting your ponderings about the Rapture and the aftermath. So much unknown about how to prepare (what if you were driving cross country, what if you were on a plane, what if…). “Come Lord Jesus, come” must be a prayer rising up more and more these days.

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