Grow Old With Me Hodgepodge


If it’s Wednesday, it must be Hodgepodge. Thank you Jo From This Side of the Pond for gathering the questions.

1. Tell us a little bit about the best birthday you’ve ever had. 

My 60th and 70th birthdays were over the top wonderful. Filled with face to face time with friends and family. Delightful surprises planned with love. Delicious food, beautiful flowers and precious gifts. So thankful for the time and energy and travel my dear friends and our family honored me with. The bonus on my 70th were the addition of one more daughter, son and two grandchildren.


2.  In what way(s) have you changed in the last five years? 

Four years ago I became a country mouse after being a city mouse for 66 years! My role as a Baba (grandmother) is a change in the best of ways. My body is letting me know I’m aging. The mirror is confirming that fact.

I’m becoming more reformed in my faith concentrating on a Biblical world view that is shaped by a better understanding of the Providence of God and the Sovereignty of God coming from the belief in the inerrancy of scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Truth Matters!

3. What’s your favorite thing about the street on which you live? 

It’s mostly flat and I can make it to town when it snows.

4. The Hodgepodge lands on National Beer Day…are you a beer drinker?

Dear bringing our pints at the Castle Hotel in Conwy, Wales.

I’ve been known to enjoy a pint here and there. Soon I’ll be enjoying half-pints in cozy pubs. Reminds me of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Pippin’s exclamation when Merry sits down next to him with a pint of ale, “it comes in pints?!”

What’s that?

This, my friend, is a pint.

It comes in pints?

I’m getting one.

Buttermere Ale IPA at the Bridge Hotel in Buttermere in the Lake District 2006

What’s a recipe you make that lists beer as one of the ingredients? If not beer, how about yeast?

We have used beer in some marinades or in a stew here and there.

5. As I grow older I would like to be a woman who __________________________.

loves my God and Savior more, with the proof in the pudding…

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

This is our granddaughter’s drawing of me at my 70th dinner celebration. She was so enamored of the crown and the birthday sash.

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.

32 thoughts on “Grow Old With Me Hodgepodge

  1. Won’t be long before you’re enjoying those pints again. One of my favourite meals is beef in beer. Braising steak slow cooked in pale ale and onions and garlic. Yummy. B x

  2. I am so glad to read of your concentrating on a Biblical worldview and the true sovereignty of God. Our church has recently hired a new staff member to work directly with our school who is an apologist, Dr. Jerimiah Johnson. It is imperative we teach this to our children and adults as well. May God continue to bless your walk with Him.

  3. Hi,
    I just loved how you answered question 2 and 5! I was just sharing with my husband this morning, we have to continue to press on modeling TRUTH.

  4. We have a little picture in our master hallway that is embroidered with the line from the Robert Browning poem: Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be. Not long ago, I told Ron that I was going to take that down, but he said, “No, not yet.” We both had a laugh out of it because getting older is tough, but he’s not willing to give up on it yet! (As I deal with aging parents, those words seem a bit optimist. But I know that God gives grace for the day . . . )

    Since I took a blogging break for several weeks, I am playing catch up and read back through some of the posts that I missed. A lot of things happen in just a few weeks! I am sorry to read that you were under the weather, and I am assuming that you are well now. I am excited with you about your upcoming trip! How wise of you to condition yourselves for the walking that you will be doing! Of course, it is always fun to see your grandbabies and all of their activities. I loved the water hose pics and I had to smile at you allowing them to soak you . . . such a good grandmother! The first day of school pictures warm my retired-homeschooling-mama heart! Happy times!

    • Cheryl, we are so grateful for our daughter-in-laws resolve to do what is best for our Grands. Not easy but so rewarding. Thank you for your visit and I appreciate you and your thoughts.

  5. The roses in that table setting are gorgeous! I love the sweet drawing your granddaughter made for you. I hope there’s a trip in my not too distant future to the land of the pint : )

    • Jo, a dear friend from Canada arranged to have those roses on our table for my birthday, such a special and thoughtful surprise it was to see them there and to see who they were from. Hope you can get a trip in across the pond, soon!

  6. So happy to read about your great 60th and 70th birthday celebrations. I’m also glad you’ve changed in some significant positive ways, most notably with respect to your faith.

  7. Ellen, I enjoyed this post very much. Lord of the Rings is one of my favorite movies, and I love the scene you cited. I like to share a beer with my son now and then. Not surprising, since my heritage is Belgian and German. My late husband was Irish/English, so more reason to share a beer. 🙂 Happy belated birthday! xo

  8. Love the photo of you. How sweet to be celebrated like that. A country mouse sounds really nice. That’s good about your street being flat, especially for driving in the snow. Cheers on the beers! What a sweet drawing. Happy 70th Birthday to you!

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