It’s the last Wednesday in April and here’s a peek into how our backyard is shaping up. We see lots of green growth. I mowed the lawns on Monday and soon perennials will fill in much of the bare spots. We bought some solar lights that Dear installed around the shade structure. What’s fun about them is that we have a remote to turn them on and off.
Thank you to Joyce From This Side of the Pond for asking all the volumes of questions for the Hodgepodge!
1. What does the word values mean to you personally?
Something worthy and true that will guide me on the right path.
Where did your values come from?
My values initially were instilled in me by my parents, shaped by God and then deepened by the Word of God.
What are some of the values that have guided you throughout your life?
This verse I read at the end of Ecclesiastes sums it up:
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
2. Your favorite vanilla flavored something?
Haagen Daz Vanilla Swiss Almond Ice Cream.
3. What’s something you’ve seen/done recently that you found to be very difficult, very confusing, very helpful, very interesting, or very special. Elaborate.
I’ll pick very special.
On Easter day after church and lunch we traveled to the Kettle River for a very special baptism. You can read about it here.
4. Something you own and love that is violet in color?
Love is a strong word for what I own that is violet. This is the one display in our home that has some ‘violet’ items on it and it’s above our master bathroom toilet. The photo of me and Dear from 1973 is something I love.
5. Do you have vacation plans on the calendar this summer? Tell us more.
Nothing set in stone of any kind but we are toying with the idea of making it to England come September.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
Speaking of the word value, I value good relationships that are tried and true. The kind that even when you haven’t seen each other for a long time you can step into easily and be in sync.
I value my role as a parent.
They are adults now and our relationship has changed as it should and it’s good to see them in loving relationships.
I value my role as a grandparent ‘baba’.
So thankful we only live 8 miles away from these two and that we have regular interaction with them.
I value my relationship with God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, three in one. The sacrifice Jesus made for mankind on the cross opened up the door of peace with God and through repentance and calling on the name of Jesus I was born again to a new life in Him. This is the most foundational and important relationship in my life. It’s value cannot be exceeded.
Well here we are in the last few days of April. Our April was filled to the brim with good things and some sad things, too. Looking forward to May flowers.
17 thoughts on “A Valuable Hodgepodge”
Great answers and Hodgepodge post. The photos are wonderful, I like old photos of you, hubby and your children. Take care, have a happy day!
…you sure have a wonderful collection of family pictures.
Thanks for sharing that valuable (pun intended) Bible verse. That ice cream sounds delicious too!
Lovely Hodgepodge Ellen, super photos 🙂
Lovely hodgepodge Ellen, and super photos 🙂
It is such a blessing that your family has such loving relationships! That is incredibly valuable! Interesting and thoughtful hodgepodge today . . .
As always, I enjoyed your answers and love your pictures!
Ellen, I always enjoy your Hodgepodge answers. Your random hit my heart, well said.
I so enjoyed this post about value, Ellen, especially your wrap up with number 6 at the end. That ice cream sounds delicious.
Enjoyed reading all your answers today, and especially reading about your special baptism. What a great friendship and history together.
Your back yard looks so inviting.
Lovely family pictures.
I’m all about a welcoming, inviting, relaxing outdoor space and yours looks lovely. How fortunate you are to live so near your grands. That is extra special.
Great post as ever…Greetings.
Your back yard looks amazing!
Your yard is going to be a lovely place for reading your scriptures. Always I like what you share about yourself.
Your outdoor space is indeed beautiful!
I loved reading the baptism story (and backstory). What a wonderful blessing!
And your random … was anything but random. A beautiful way to wrap up the post.
Ellen, I can’t help but say that you look especially happy when you are with the grands!