Old School Hodgepodge

Thank you Jo From This Side of the Pond for asking the Hodgepodge questions for us.

It’s always so wonderful to see all the little quail show up with their parents. They are hard to capture with the camera through the windows. They react to any slight movement and they move a lot.

1. Is school back in session where you live? Is everyone in person or does your system still offer a virtual option? Are kids wearing masks? 

School starts August 31st here in Colville. As of yesterday, Washington State is back to requiring face masks indoors for all people 5 years and up so school aged kids are required to mask up.

2. Something you still do ‘old school’? 
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I asked this out loud while Dear and I were sitting at our desks in our office. His answer was “Go to Church”. Then he said “Believe the Bible”. I’ll say keep a paper calendar. I still have calendars around the house and in my purse.
3. One lesson you’ve learned in the ‘school of life’? 
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God is in charge and I am not. This is an ongoing lesson in my life.
4. When you were in school did you pack a lunch or buy a lunch? Your favorite thing to see on the lunch menu or inside your lunchbox back in the day? 
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Our mother packed lunch for each one of us everyday and she also made breakfast for us before we headed off to school. In the 6th grade I was a student cafeteria worker and I got a free hot lunch everyday. I loved the fresh rolls those cafeteria ladies baked. I can almost smell the aroma of them coming from the ovens.
When our sons were in high school and I made cold cut sandwiches for them on sandwich rolls I found out they were able to sell those home made sandwiches to their friends for $5!
5. August is National Family Fun Month. Tell me something fun you’ve done this month.
Any day we spend with our grand kids is a fun day. August was less active around here because of smoke and fires but we’ll make up for it in September!
6. Insert your own random thought here.
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Today, August 25th is our son Josh and our Laura’s 20th wedding anniversary! We could not have asked for a better helpmate for our son. They make the best team. Those who are fortunate to be part of their lives and generosity will all give a hearty amen to my assessment.
2013-09-16 Alton to Cotswolds20
Happy 20th Anniversary Josh and Laura! Wish we could be celebrating in Jolly Old England. We love you individually and together. May God give you many more years growing closer to each other and to HIM!
The photo above was taken in Wells, England while we were traveling with Josh and Laura in 2013. We would all love to return someday to visit.
About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

15 thoughts on “Old School Hodgepodge

  1. I always remember Josh and Laura’s anniversary since it is on Nick’s birthday so it is very special for me. Love them both so much. They are such a great example of God’s love.

  2. “His answer was “Go to Church”. Then he said “Believe the Bible”.”

    Sad. For all of us, the whole world.

    “I’ll say keep a paper calendar. I still have calendars around the house and in my purse.”

    Me too!

  3. I like your husband’s old school idea. We, too, still go to church! Did you know that pre-covid, people considered themselves “regular” church attenders if they attend once a month?

  4. The quails are darling! Enjoyed your hodgepodge very much Ellen. I also have a paper calendar I hang up in my kitchen. I’ve had one for more years than I can remember and will never stop getting them. Happy 20th Anniversary to Josh and Laura. I love their beautiful home in the UK. It reminds me of my grandparents home with that lovely old stone.

    • Oops, sorry I didn’t make it clear about the photo of Josh and Laura. It was taken in Wells but it was at a small inn we stayed in. They actually live in Washington state. Thanks for stopping by Denise.

  5. I always enjoy reading the hodgepodge questions and your answers. So cute that your sandwiches were sold for $5 – I bet I know why – they were delicious! Happy Anniversary to Josh and Laura. How can it be 20 years?

  6. Hi Ellen, I had a nice visit here today. We always use wall calendars! We have them in several rooms. Our city has lots of churches. Our church had 3 full service prior to Covid but we are down to two. We had online services prior to Covid. We just started going back a few months ago. I am happy to see all my grands back too! I do monthly Bible studies with my grandkids. That is great how your kids sold sandwiches!

  7. Pretty sure the kids go back to school here too Aug 31.
    I lived close enough to school to go home for lunch.
    I went to a small high school and we had to bring our own lunch.

  8. Those are good answers that your husband gave you. Me too, I have a wall calendar and one in my purse. That was nice having breakfast in the morning. I don’t remember my mom doing that. I agree 100% with a day with the grand kids is the best. Happy Anniversary to Josh and Laura.

  9. Your kids sold their sandwiches!! I don’t know if I’d be upset… or a little proud! “My sandwiches are going for $5 each?!” 🙂

    I’m using the calendar on my phone more and more but I still have a wall calendar too. I check it every day!

  10. Anniversary blessings to Josh and Laura!! I laughed out loud when I read that your boys sold their sandwiches for a handy profit!! Moms never know what happens in the school lunch room. 🙂

  11. Several people mentioned the cafeteria rolls but I don’t think we had those. Happy anniversary to your ‘kids’! I look forward to a return trip to England too.

  12. Happy Anniversary to Josh and Laura!
    I love your “old school” answers.
    None of the schools I went to had cafeterias so we brown-bagged it and my Mom always had to make my sandwichs in elementary school and I made them when I was in high school. Your sons were clever entrepreneurs selling their sandwiches for $5 each!
    My grandchildren are already back to school for one week. They are also wearing masks in class although some other counties in Colorado are not requiring them. Praying they all stay healthy!

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