Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge



1. How will you celebrate Easter this year?
Well Sunday is my boy‘s 5th birthday so we will be celebrating him.  As far as Easter, I used to do Easter baskets and changed that in recent years to a scavenger hunt before Easter so our Sunday was focused on Jesus.  We usually do an egg hunt with church friends, but since that can’t happen a couple from the church are having a “drive thru” egg hunt to give the kids treats.  The Bible storybook we read at night is to the week of Jesus’ crucifixion. I love that I didn’t plan that to be this week, it’s just where we are in our reading.  We will watch our service online Sunday morning.

2. Is it easier for you to receive grace offered or extend grace to another? Explain. It probably depends on the situation. Reading this question caused a lot of questions to come to my mind actually!  I feel I usually feel appreciative of the grace offered and sometimes feel I shouldn't  accept it.


3. Do you say grace before meals? If so do you have a standard dinnertime grace or is it more 'off the cuff' ? Do you say grace when dining out? Do you have a favorite grace? Any special memory associated with 'saying grace'? Yes, we most always do.  We take turns for who says it.  We usually say a prayer when we are eating out.  We don't have a favorite one, I said "God is great" when I was little.  We always prayed before eating in my family.  I always like to hear my father in law pray before meals, especially at holidays.  


4. What are some challenges you think the next generation will face? (Generation Alpha-born between 2011 and 2025) They may not be good at waiting because they’ve never had to wait for things in their life.  They haven’t had a time without being able to order something online and it show up at their door in a day or two.  They have constant access to information and have never had to do research in the same way other generations have in a library with books.  


5. Share a favorite quote or lyric featuring the word faith.



We walk by faith and not by sight we know it’s true
We say it and sing it and love the way it sounds
But none of us can even begin to truly understand
What it really means ‘til all the lights go out

The song "Take Another Step" by Steven Curtis Chapman meant so much to me back in 2013 following my miscarriage.  Lyrics here.  

This line always meant a lot to me because the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 5:7 had been showing up over and over to me and then I heard it in this song when we saw him in concert.  

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

My irises in bloom make me smile!  And purple is my favorite color.


Have a day of blessings!

Bethany 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Thankful Thursday

Happy April!  It felt very strange to erase my March calendar on our markerboard.  It is where I color code our activities and meetings.  So April is pretty empty except this Sunday we have our final Financial Peace class and Easter which is also Titus' birthday.  All that we have this month is zoom meetings!  Strange!

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband calling our internet provider to get some answers and change up our internet slightly.  I believe the changes have helped him and our son be able to do their work at the same time.

~ watching the 5 year old birthday video for my big boy....it made me cry to see him so little and remember all those memories and how fast that time has gone since he was that age.

~ doing a birthday countdown chain with my little guy.  He cut the strips and I wrote the date and a message for him on each one.  He likes to take one day each day after lunch.

~ getting a WHOLE bunch of cards/envelopes.  It makes me smile! I'm excited to sort through them all.

~ my allergy troubles clearing up.  I typically don't have an issue so I know it is pretty bad out when I do!

~ talking with the clerk at the post office.  It was something simple, I have known her for some time and knew her name from her name tag.  She asked my name since we see each other so often.  (I go in there a lot!)

Have a day of blessings!
Bethany

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge



1. Has spring sprung in your part of the world? How can you tell? Did March come in like a lion where you live? Going out like a lamb or something more ferocious?
Yes I believe "Spring has sprung."  It makes me smile to see the robins around the yard and seeing the irises starting to bloom.  I love when the bluebonnets come out alongside our Texas highways.  March left like a lamb.  I sat on our deck and enjoyed the sun and solitude with the chirping birds.  The temp was perfect. (I don't really remember what it was like at the beginning of the month!)

2. The last thing that caused you to spring to your feet? The first thing that came to mind was when I had just sat down on the couch and Titus asked me to come help him hold the lid for the crock pot because he wanted to stir it.  :)  So I jumped up to do that.

3. Do you have a spring clean to-do list? What's one chore on the list you've already managed to accomplish? What spring clean chore do you most dread?
I did make a list of things to do while we are all at home.  Caleb helps with things in the yard and in the house so that is nice and helpful.  He cleaned out the freezers and helped me organize them, throw out stuff that was too old and sort it all.  The one "chore" I want to get done the most is to fix our bedroom.  We have wanted to redo it for some time.  I guess I dread getting the garage and shed cleaned out but know it needs to be done!  I want to get rid of stuff.  

4. Tell us something you've learned about yourself or the wider world as a result of social distancing/the virus crisis.I miss our regular routine and the conveniences.  I realize I have taken it for granted that the store will have sugar, eggs, toilet paper.  I've realized that even being able to go to the grocery store when I want is not a convenience that much of the world even has.  
5. Something you love that's the color pink?Starbursts!

6. Insert your own random thought here.


We are counting down the days until Titus' 5th birthday.  He helped me make a countdown chain this morning.  He will be 5 on April 12.  We watched the birthday video I made for Caleb's 5th birthday which made me cry.  Oh the memories!  And how fast it has gone since he was my 5 year old! (He will be 16 in August.)

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Thankful Thursday

Hello, we have had a pretty good week. I miss my regular routine but it hasn’t been bad being home.  I have had some allergy issues and my back was hurting for a little while (muscle related I think) so I didn’t feel like doing the things I could be doing. But I’m hoping to do some of that this weekend.

Here is my thankful list today:

~ my husband working hard even though he has to be working from home and it has changed a lot of stuff for him.

~ my big boy being diligent in his school assignments. He has made up his own routine for the day and is doing a good job keeping up. He is doing his workouts in the backyard too that his coaches sent him.

~ seeing the ways my little guy has adjusted to having both Daddy and Caleb working from home.  I explained to him they were not able to go to school and work right now so they are working here and we will continue to have our days at home like usual when it’s me and him. I told him they have work to do so we won’t interrupt them.  He’s done good with all this!

~ hearing the birds and seeing robins hopping skeins the yard.

~ being able to deliver our Meals on Wheels.  I know these seniors need this interaction as well as the nutrition. I’m glad it hasn’t been stopped yet.

~ having food in the freezer to feed my family. Also, our school district is passing out sacks of meals for all children under 18.  We have gone and picked those up. Titus thinks it is fun to see what is in his sack.  It has been nice to have this available!

Take care. Be safe.

Have a day of blessings!
 Bethany

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge



How nice to join back in with the hodgepodgers today!  I’ve only been posting Thankful Thursday’s on my blog. I do have a couple book reviews to do.

1. Howdy Hodgepodgers. It's kind of fun to be back, isn't it?  Last time we met was September, 2018. Tell me something big-important-happy-or sad that's happened in your life since that date. Just one thing. We don't know how long this current isolation situation is going to last and we might need to dole out our news bit by bit.
My husband had shoulder surgery last March so that has been on my mind this week as it was teh one year anniversary. He had physical therapy through July.

2. Might as well get this out of the way early on...COVID-19. On a scale of 1-5 how serious are you about keeping your distance? Explain. fyi-I didn't create the scale but have seen it several places online. Also fyi-we won't only have virus related questions each week, but for this first one it feels right.

1-Not at all, living normally
2-Cautious but still going out
3-Going out as needed, mostly home or working from home, still seeing friends/family
4-Extremely limited, only going out when unavoidable, minimal contact with people
5-Full lockdown, no one in or out
3... Contact is minimal.  I’ve been to the grocery store and drive thru at the bank. My husband is working from home now. Church is online as well as our FPU (Financial Peace Universtity) class.

3. Raise your hand if you think you might run out of steam in the cooking department before it's all said and done? What's something delicious you've cooked or eaten in your own kitchen in the past week?
My son Caleb went through the freezers for me.  We have two, one is smaller and the other a little bigger.  He sorted it, threw out stuff that was old, and then we got it organized. It’s been nice to see what we have and come up with meal ideas.  Since he is home and not busy with tons of school in the evenings he cooks sometimes.  We had mini pizzas made on English muffins. I have a roast I’m looking forward to cooking in the crock pot....I had to get potatoes first to go with it, and our grocery store had some Monday.

4. What's a television show or movie you've seen recently (it could be an oldie) that you really liked?
My husband surprised me at the beginning of February with tickets to the playing of Titanic.  It was our first date we went on back in 1998.  It was special to see it again with him. It seemed there were several parts of it I didn’t remember.  I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite movie, but it was fun seeing it together again.

5. Share something funny you've seen or heard this week.


6. Insert your own random thought here.

Two things my little Titus said that made me smile (He is 4, he will be 5 on April 12, we are trying to decide what to do for his birthday. He wanted a monkey party with a piƱata and banana splits!)

Earlier this evening Titus came out of the bathroom and told me he had filled up the soap dispenser because it was getting low. 
I said “Well way to stop that corona virus Titus.”
He said "I can't stop the corona virus but God can."  
Then he told us to get those big bottles of soap and put it on our hands.
—-—
Also tonight I told him we need to think about how to do his birthday party this year. I told him they may still have the limit of not meeting with more than 10. He said, “Well, we will just invite 9.”


Have a day of blessings!
Bethany
me he had filled up the soap dispenser because it was getting low.  
I said “Well way to stop that corona virus Titus.”
He said "I can't stop the corona virus but Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thankful Thursday

It has been a week of changes for all of us. It doesn’t seem real even at some points. In some ways I’ve had a typical week, but in other ways everything is off.  I keep saying I just don’t understand.
First they said we would have no school Monday and Tuesday, then they changed it to the full week, and today they said we are closed indefinitely.

This week I am thankful for...
~ celebrating my husband’s birthday last week on Friday.  I’m so thankful he was born!

~ the projects my big boy has worked on as he’s been out of school. He’s helped around the house and gotten to work on his driver’s ed lessons.  He planted some flowers in the yard and mowed the grass.

~ my little guy’s honest questions and how he is just going with the changes.

~ getting to see my Mom on her birthday today.  We had pizza and angel food cake!

~ being able to deliver Meals on Wheels.  Deliveries have not been stopped yet, I know our seniors need this service. I’m thankful I’m well and can do it.

~ freezer and cabinets with food and having toilet paper....I’m not sure I ever put that on my Thankful Thursday list! I’d just ordered some though in my Walmart order before this all started.

Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Thankful Thursday

It is Spring Break week for us!  Here is my thankful list:

~ my husband taking off work a couple days so we could go camping.

~ having my big boy at home this week. He drove us around to our errands Tuesday.

~ hearing my little boys laughter and humming. Sweet sounds of contentment.

~ seeing family as we celebrated my mother-in-law’s retirement last weekend.

~ hearing and seeing birds, roasting marshmallows and looking at the stars.

~ having WalMart grocery pick up.  It made it easy to get all we needed for camping. Love this service. I have been pleased for the most part.

Have a day of blessings!
Bethany