May, the Present and Past Hodgepodge

At the end of April and beginning of May in 2014 me and our daughter were on a journey from Seattle to Jacksonville North Carolina to set her up in an apartment before her husband returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. On May 3rd we were at the Biltmore Estate and Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina. Talk about beautiful May flowers!

Speaking of May flowers Jo From This Side of the Pond has some timely questions for Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. May Day! May Day!…last time you shouted for help? Or maybe just asked? 

I was shouting for help the whole month of April and mostly from my spouse. There were others I called into service to help me but the best help by my side for huge functions is Dear. We can depend on each other for good consistent effective help in getting an event ready and done. If my sisters lived nearby I’d call on them. There’s a level of good help that comes instinctively. People who walk into a situation and know what needs to be done without asking a million questions. Someone who doesn’t have to ask but sees and gets the task done. When I can’t depend on that kind of help I’m learning to write out detailed instructions and steps to execute an event. I tape those instructions on the kitchen cabinets at church so all can follow along and get things done step by step.

2. What’s something you may do this month? 

I may schedule myself a massage.

3.  ‘April showers bring May flowers’ this true where you live? What’s blooming? What’s your favorite springtime blossom?

The daffodils have bloomed and are waning with the Lily of the Valley starting to sprout. The Johnny Jump Ups are showing. The first harvest of rhubarb is just about ready. The peonies are sprouting but won’t flower for a bit yet. The most healthy blooms right now are the dandelions! By the end of May we will see lots of beautiful blooms.

Some of my favorite Springtime blossoms are lilacs, azaleas, peonies, and wisteria.

4. What’s something you learned at your mother’s knee?

That the Bible is the book to cherish.

5. Share a thought about motherhood. 

Motherhood is a privilege to cherish and not take for granted and grandparenthood is one of the rewards for enduring, the cherry on top!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

More beautiful blooms from the Biltmore 8 years ago…

A very Happy Mother’s Day is wished for any mom who visits here!


May the fourth be with you! 🙂

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 “May, the Present and Past Hodgepodge

  1. Hi Ellen! I read a book about the Biltmore Estate. Fascinating! It looks so HUGE! I like detailed instructions when I help with things. I’m not one of those people who just knows what to do! LOL! God bless you, friend.

  2. Love your thoughts on motherhood . . . and grandmotherhood!
    I had one child of the four who instinctively knew what to do to help and just did it! Her help was invaluable. I am not that person; I love when there are detailed instructions. Glad you got the help you needed!

  3. I recognized the wisteria as soon as I saw it. Theirs is something to behold! There is a little town in England with the most amazing vine that runs almost the entire length of a row of cottages-Denham Village if you’re ever there in May. It’s stunning! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  4. What a wonderful trip that must have been with your daughter. Gorgeous photos! I went to Biltmore a few years ago but it was a time when the gardens were still asleep 🙂 Looking forward to another time when they are like this. Thank you Ellen!

  5. Baltimore is such a beautiful place. I’ve been there but not in May.
    All your photos are gorgeous.

  6. All your flower photos are amazing.I love peonies. I need to schedule a massage. I have a gift card and haven’t used it yet. Loved your answers.

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