A Merry Hodgepodge to You

It’s Wednesday and time for the Hodgepodge. Thank you Joyce From This Side of the Pond for the questions!

1. What does Christmas mean to you? 

First and foremost that Jesus, the Son of God came to earth as a babe/man because we were all held captive and separated from God because of sin. Jesus was sent to pay the ransom for our sins so that we could be forgiven and freed from the bondage of sin. His death paid our debt to God in full. He could pay that debt because he was the perfect/unblemished/pure Lamb of God. Sin is the reason for the season and Christ’s worthy life and sacrifice is the solution and the amazing ransom gift of the season. This makes for the merriest reason to celebrate with joy and gladness and light. Be merry you who believe and have your sins forgiven completely and in full!! For anyone else believe and receive life in Jesus Christ the Lord, who was sent, who lived, who died for the sins of the world and rose victorious over sin and death. You can have new life in Him. The best gift of Christmas.

2. What’s your favorite cozy holiday activity? 

Dressed in my comfy clothes and having nothing to do but put together a jigsaw puzzle with Christmas carols playing in the background.

3. Is all your shopping-wrapping-baking done?


Tell us about your holiday plans. 

Our kids from the west will travel to the east opposite direction from the Wise Men. Our Colville kids and our Westside kids will all be together Christmas late afternoon and evening for stockings, a prime rib dinner (tradition) and all things jolly and bright.

4. If you were Santa what treat would you like to have left for you (it doesn’t have to be milk and cookies!) What sweet or savory treat do you most look forward to indulging in around the holidays? 

My mom’s Roolyet (Russian nut roll)

5. Next Wednesday is the first official day of winter (in the northern hemisphere). How does that make you feel?

It’s makes me feel like we’ve been way ahead of the game since Winter arrived here early in November.

Tell us what you love most about winter? 

I love winter clothing over summer clothing.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

This photo from 2017 shows our sweet granddaughter (her first Christmas) with the best dog around children, Rayna. We got the sad news that Rayna died on December 6th. We were on the road at our breakfast stop in Cle Elum. I shed a good amount of tears and the waitress was probably wondering what was going on. I tear up even now.

Rayna checking out the new human that came home to her house.

Such a wonderful gentle dog that our grandchildren were safe around. Our daughter-in-law, Jamie, rescued Rayna when she was 9 months old. Our son married Jamie in 2015 and Rayna came along with that union.

Rayna on our deck a couple summers back while we doggy sat her when our Colville kids went away for a few days.

I think Ember is missing Rayna, too.

Rayna found a way into all our hearts. This photo above was in September with the new puppy Ember. Rayna was able to give some good doggy training to the new young pup. Rayna will be missed.

Joy and sorrow seem to always coexist in this world we live in.

Merry Christmas to all my Hodgepodging friends since the next Hodgepodge will be the Wednesday after Christmas. Hope you enjoy times of wonder and love and joy!

From our house to yours Merry Christmas!

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.

11 thoughts on “A Merry Hodgepodge to You

  1. So sorry to hear about Rayna. The new pup is adorable, I am sure it brings some comfort. Sounds like you will have a wonderful Christmas with your family. Take care, enjoy your day!

  2. Wonderful pictures Ellen. Very sorry about Rayna. Steve and I hope you and Greg have a wonderful peaceful Christmas with loved ones. Hope you are both staying safe and warm. Love ❤️

  3. Oh what a wonderful explanation of what Christmas means! I love that the invitation is wide open—whosoever will.

    Praying for all who are missing Rayna. My tears are pretty close to the surface over such losses. My neighbor came strolling slowly around the corner a few weeks back, no Brinley in sight. Of course, I knew immediately and allowed my tears to drip into the dishpan.

    I like your idea of a lovely day…very similar to mine.


  4. Merry Christmas!!
    I am sending hugs. I enjoyed the tribute you shared of Rayna.
    I like your idea of comfy clothes, nothing else to do but work on a puzzle with Christmas carols playing in the background.
    xx oo

  5. I’m sorry for the loss of this sweet pup. A good dog who is gentle with children is such a gift. I’m glad they have another dog in the house as I cannot stand that empty feeling left when a dog is gone. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Enjoy that prime rib-sounds yummy!

  6. I’ve got Christmas music on while I am reading blogs. Not as much fun as doing a puzzle. Enjoy you time with them and the prime rib. The nut roll looks delicious. I love your photos and the family photo. That is a sweet memory of your granddaughter and Rayna. ((Hugs))

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