Stars and Stripes Hodgepodge

Time to celebrate the Hodgepodge again. Jo From This Side of the Pond asks the questions and we ponder them for answers.

1. It’s been said the best things in life are free…are they?

There has been a price that has been paid for the best things in life like salvation in Jesus Christ.  We didn’t have to pay for that but Christ did and our new life in Him costs us. “Take up your cross daily and follow Him.” When we are faithful and obedient to the Word of God there will be a price to pay.

On a National note there is a cost that has been paid for our freedom. It is good to be free but we can’t forget to be grateful for the sacrifices made for our freedom.

What are some of those things? The Free Things…

*There are good things that are free like hugs, a sunset, smiles, lovely views, etc. etc.

2. Stars or stripes?
Mostly stars but I do enjoy stripes, too.
Red, white, or blue?
How about all three…
Apple pie or home made ice cream?
I do enjoy ice cream but unfortunately it doesn’t like me anymore so I’ll go with apple pie!
Do you like hotdogs?
Yes, give me a good Hebrew National Hot Dog, Nathan’s or better yet a Chicago Dog!
I love a good Chicago dog (see above) and all the things they put on it but can’t get one of those locally, sigh.
If so, what do you like on yours?
I enjoy hot dog relish on mine. Side note: Hot dog relish has been scarce in my area grocery stores.
3. One thing on your summer bucket list?
To make it to the “Coast” for some visits.
Any plans to make it happen soon?
No…people are way too busy right now.
4. What’s your summer anthem? Yes, you need to have one
A few came to mind like Summer in the City and Schools Out for the Summer but since I don’t live in the city and I’m not in school anymore I’ll go with, You Are My Sunshine.
5. What’s something you love about America? If you live outside of America, tell us something you love about the place you call home.
So much to love about America if you ignore the crazy politics going on and the absurd redefinition of basic biology.
I love how you can travel from shore to shore, north and south and see so many different topographies and enjoy small and large towns, seashores and deserts, mountains and plains, regional dishes, amazing architecture, historical sites, iconic landmarks, etc. etc.
We are in the middle of planning a road trip from Washington State to North Carolina for a wedding in early October. So far some of the diversions along the highways we will travel will be Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore, Wall, Badlands, The Ark Encounter, Kentucky Bourbon Trail, A Shaker Village, Pigeon Forge, and Asheville. After the wedding, Lord willing, we plan to journey to Dallas to visit my brother’s family. We’ll go through Nashville and Memphis on our way to Dallas. From Dallas home we are waiting to see weather patterns before we make those plans.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
Hope you all have a good 4th of July weekend here in the States and to our Canadian neighbors, Happy Canada Day on the 1st.
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.

11 thoughts on “Stars and Stripes Hodgepodge

  1. Our daughter is a teacher and her daddy calls her every year on the last day of school and sings, “Schools out for summer!!” — just that line . . .not the whole song :-). Happy Fourth to you!

  2. We have a busy October with two weddings and hubs pheasant hunt but I am not that far from Asheville so keep me posted. It would be fun to meet in person : ) Happy 4th to you! I hope you get to the coast before too long.

  3. I like your answers to the hodgepodge questions Ellen and the accompanying photo images. The planned road trip sounds as if it will be fun. Meanwhile have a good Summer and 4th July weekend.

  4. Happy Independence Day, Ellen. I agree, there is so much to love about America. Your trip sounds wonderful. Enjoy the planning–always exciting in my opinion.

  5. Your fall road trip plan sounds great! We have been to many of those stops…not the Ark Encounter though (and I hear it is great!). Happy 4th of July to you and yours!

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