Wednesday Hodgepodge…February 8

1. What is something you are loving right now?  Not being a slave to a job eight hours a day!

2. Paris, Venice, New York, and Rome are considered four of the most romantic cities in the world. Which one would you most like to visit?   Since I’ve never had any desire to travel abroad, I guess my answer would have to be New York.

3. Are you a romantic?  Yes, and I’ve lived my dream for nearly 40 years…

4. What’s your favorite love story made for the Big Screen?  I have a lot of favorites, but the first one that comes to mind is “Pretty Woman”, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  Now there’s a love story with a happy ending!

5. Everyone loves Pooh bear and friends…which character are you most like and why? Click here for help in answering this question.   I love all things Winnie the Pooh!  My favorite character is Eeyore, but I took the quiz and it said I’m most like Kanga.  This is a good thing, since I’d rather be “motherly” than “depressed”!

6. What’s the best chocolate something you’ve ever eaten?  Shoney’s Hot Fudge Cake ranks right up there at the top of my list!   My mouth is watering just looking at the photograph…

7. Share a favorite quote about love.  

My favorite quote concerning love comes from the Bible– 1 Corinthians 13, verses 4-8 and verse 13.  Here’s the NIV , abbreviated version of what the Bible says concerning love:

Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails….And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 (NIV)

Random: Since this is the last Hodgepodge before Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share my Valentine’s Day tree, and a few of the ornaments that I made to go on it.

That’s it for me today. Now, let’s hop on over to Joyce’s place and visit a few more “Hodgepodgers”! As always, special thanks to Joyce for these questions, and for hosting…

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A Budding Romance…At Last

Our youngest son, Brad, is twenty-four years old.  I’ve been hoping and praying for a while that he would meet a nice girl, and make a “love connection”.   My prayers have finally been answered.  My answered prayer has a name..and it’s Jennifer.

When Brad was a teenager, he was the “good guy”.  He was courteous, thoughtful, smart, and he always knew how to treat a girl.  He took his dates places, and didn’t mind spending money on them.  He was always very accommodating.  I’d think to myself–wow, he’ll make some girl a great husband someday.  It seems that most girls these days don’t want a guy that will treat them nice–they prefer the “bad boys.”

Brad went through a series of girlfriends, and none of them worked out.  I think part of the reason was because Brad has always been mature for his age, and had nothing in common with most of the girls that he dated.  Brad got hurt really bad in a relationship once, and  I was beginning to think that he would be a confirmed bachelor forever.  I worried as his attitude toward women seemed to grow more bitter over time.

Weeks turned into months, and months went by…nothing happened.  Brad hung around with his buddies, and worked at his job.    Then, lo and behold, just when he least expected it….Cupid strikes!  It wasn’t our regular cupid, Michelle, this time(although she did try)…This time Cupid came in the form of Face Book.

It seems that Brad always enjoyed being around Jennifer when their group of friends got together– I think he even dated her once in high school, but then she became involved with one of his buddies.  I don’t know the specifics, but from what I can gather, while Brad was suffering his ill-fated romances, Jennifer was going through her own trials and tribulations.

As fate would have it, Face Book brought them together again!  Brad said he “just decided to send her a message and say hello”…That was in October of 2009, and they have been practically inseparable ever since.  I’ve never seen two people compliment each other like those two!  They go together like peanut butter and jelly, like salt and pepper, like …well, you get the idea!

Jennifer and Brad at Christmas

I don’t know how this romance will play out, but I know how I hope goes!  Jennifer is one in a million!  She’s sweet, smart,  caring, funny, and never meets a stranger.  (Brad has all those same attributes)  We first met her at our Halloween costume party, and she fit right in with our crazy family.  Imagine meeting your new boyfriend’s parents…and they greet you dressed as mustard and ketchup! LOL

Jennifer recently graduated from nursing school, and became a registered nurse.  She’s been in the process of finishing school, graduating, and launching her new nursing career–all while she and Brad have been dating and getting to know one another.  I don’t know how she does it!  (Brad has finished college, but works 4 ten hour days, so he’s busy, too.)   

I am so thrilled that Jennifer and Brad have made a “love connection” and I sure hope it’s a romance that keeps on blooming!  We’d be honored if we get the opportunity to welcome her into our family one day.  Happy first Valentine’s Day you guys!!!

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 9:43 am  Comments (5)  
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The Road of Love Can Be Rocky Sometimes…

Our oldest son, Brett, was the midde child, and our most difficult child to raise.  I always hoped and prayed that he would meet a nice girl, settle down, and become the man that we knew he could be.  God answered my prayers in the fall of 2003, when Brett was 20 years old.  

If you read yesterday’s post, you may remember that our daughter, Brandy,  met her future husband on a blind date set up by a friend and co-worker.  That same co-worker played cupid for our family again!  Our cupid’s name is Michelle, and at the time,  she worked with our daughter, our son, and Brett’s future wife Christina.   

Michelle is very social, and decided that Brett and Christina would make a nice couple.  Michelle worked a little magic, and soon Brett and Christina were emailing each other at work.  One thing led to another, and by November they started dating.December 2004  

I loved Christina the first time I met her.  She was shy, sweet, and pretty.  She was easy-going, and patient…just the   kind of woman I had hoped Brett would meet.  She came from a family of nine children–six boys and three girls–which is probably how she learned to be easy-going and patient.     

 After a while, Brett and Christina became engaged…later broke the engagement…then became engaged again!  I don’t know all the details, but I do know that Brett was still growing up and changing during those times which probably had something to do with it.The happy couple...just married  Eventually, things worked out, and Brett and Christina were married on May 6, 2006 in a beautiful ceremony.  The couple rented a tiny apartment in town, and began their lives together.  The apartment was cute, and Christina fixed it up so pretty.  I laugh as I remember…when we came over to eat, we had to bring our own chair! 

Next came the hardest part– settling down into the marriage–two people coming together and living as one–being in sync.   Marriage is not always easy, especially the first year, but some couples have a little more trouble than most.  Brett and Christina turned to out be one of those couples.   

They’ve had their share of ups and downs–a bit of a rocky road, and at one point they were separated for six months.  What should’ve been the happiest time of their marriage–the impending birth of a child–turned out to be their most stressful time.  The couple came back together, commited to give their marriage another chance….and so began the second chapter of Brett and Christina’s love story.  A month later, God blessed the couple with a beautiful, healthy baby boy named Caden.  

..And baby makes three

When things go wrong, people automatically think “divorce”.  After all, it’s a quick and easy solution…much easier than staying together and working out the problems.  I admire Brett and Christina so much for having the courage and determination to come back together.  

It’s been almost a year and a half  since Brett and Christina began the second chapter of their marriage–and nearly four years since they got married.  God bless you guys…I love happy endings!

Published in: on February 10, 2010 at 11:29 am  Comments (2)  
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The Third Time Is The Charm… A Valentine’s Day Love Story

For years, it seemed that our daughter, Brandy, was going to always be “unlucky in love”.  She’d spent nearly five years of her life dating “G”, her highschool sweetheart,  got engaged to him–only to have him practically leave her standing at the altar without an explanation. 

Next came “R” who was a good-looking, smooth talking guy, who came in and swept her off her feet.  “R” was originally from South Africa, but  moved over here with his missionary family several years ago.   He  had the cutest little “British” accent, but after about a year into their serious relationship–Brandy soon found that most everything that came out of that “smooth-talking” mouth was a lie.    

Scorned twice by love, Brandy was almost afraid to try again.  Finally,  she agreed to a blind date arranged by a friend and fellow co-worker.  Like her mother before her, Brandy was cynical, and didn’t think too much would come of the blind date, but just like her mother–she was wrong! 

Brandy and Clint had a love connection from the beginning.  Brandy was surprised that things could move along so quickly, but I explained to her that sometimes you just know–immediately.  It was apparent, almost from the beginning, that Brandy and Clint were meant to be together. 

Clint has the sweetest “southern country drawl”, and the personality to go with it. I’ve never seen someone “court” a woman like he “courted” Brandy.  He was a man in love–and he wasn’t afraid to show it.  He’d leave romantic phone messages, he sent flowers, and every weekend he showed up bearing lots of gifts–lots of gifts!  It was a true southern courtship! 

Brandy and Clint had their first date on October 7, 2000.  Just four months later, on Valentine’s Day, Clint showed up with his arms full of gifts.  I am not exaggerating–it was a bag full!  The bag was filled with an assortment of stuffed Valentine’s animals, and other things.  Among the things  was a “Merry Moo” figurine of  one cow proposing to another cow, and it said “Will you marry me?” (Clint loves all things John Deere) A little further down in the bag was THE BOX–containing a large diamond engagement ring!  Clint asked the question, Brandy said yes, and the rest is history! 

Valentine's Night 2000--the contents of the bag are on the couch & on Brandy's finger!

The two of them wasted no time in planning their wedding.  They were married on July 7, 2001–exactly 9 months from the day of their first date.  The friend and co-worker who played “cupid” was their matron-of-honor!  It was a beautiful wedding, and we’ve never felt like we lost our daughter–instead we gained another son–and a granddaughter, five years later!!! 

...And they lived happily ever after

So I guess it’s true what they say, “sometimes a person may have to kiss a few toads to get to the prince.”  Brandy went through a few toads, but finally found her prince!  For her, the third time was definitely the charm.  I just love a happy ending….

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Published in: on February 9, 2010 at 1:00 am  Comments (4)  
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…I’ll Wait For You…

Valentines Day is just around the corner, and I love it!  I’m a romantic, so it’s one of my favorite holidays.  In honor of Valentines Day, I’ll be posting some love stories–beginning with my own.

When I was young(and I mean young) and dating, I tried to fall in love with everyone that I dated.  I’d only been dating about a year when I met my future husband, but I’d had my heart-broken a couple of times already–at the ripe old age of “just under 15”.  I think back now, and realize that I was just a child, but I believe love knows no age limits.

So I was already a bit cynical about love, when I met Ed on a blind date.  He was five years older than me, and had recently signed up to serve in the army.  I didn’t really see a future there…but was I wrong!   We met on August 3, 1969, and by October–or maybe even before then–we knew that we were meant to be together.  Around this same time, I remember telling my mother that we were planning to get married, and she laughed.  To this day I don’t get the humor.

I was young, and still needed to finish high school, but I promised Ed that I would “wait” for him while he did his tour of duty in the army…and that’s what I did.  Oh how I wanted to quit school, and go with him, but he would have none of that!  He gave me an engagement ring on August 15, 1970–just over a year after we met–and just prior to his deploying overseas for 20 1/2 months.  I was still only 15 years old when I became engaged to my future husband.

Time passed, sometimes slowly…all we had back then were letters, and cassette tapes.  He called twice during the 20 and 1/2 months that he was away (it was very expensive to call).  I completed eleventh and twelfth grades while he was gone.   We withstood the test of time and being separated, and  married three weeks after he returned from his army duty.  Our wedding was on June 18, 1972…I was 17 years old, and he was 22.  We married  quickly because I couldn’t stand the thought of being apart any longer!The Happy Couple--Together At Last

Ed found a job about 60 miles away from where our parents lived, and we moved there to begin our marriage.  Looking back, I realize now how difficult it must have been for my parents to see me move away so quickly.  Ed and I came “back home” every weekend for a long time though.  I remember my mother sharing with me how difficult it was for  her  the first few times Ed and I slept in my old bedroom together.  She said that she wanted to “jerk Ed out of that bed” (ha) .   I could appreciate that thought once I had a daughter of my own!

…And so began the love and marriage of Ed and Kathy.  A very unlikely couple, it would seem, but who knew?  Our love has withstood the test of  3 years of separation before marriage,  raising three children(whew), our illnesses, the old age and death of our parents(except his mom),  and now as we are entering our golden years it will have to withstand the ravages of  our own old age. 

We are different in some ways than we were forty years ago when we began our journey together.  We are no longer those two young people.  We talk about old age all the time.  The graying and loss of hair, sagging skin, wrinkles, aches and pains, extra weight..we grumble more than we used to about any and everything…a sure sign of getting old!  However, one thing hasn’t changed, and that’s our love and commitment for each other.  He’s still the one…and  always will be… I know he feels the same way about me.

***Congratulations to Autumn@ for being selected at the winner of the weekend giveaway!  She won a pair of Bath and Body Works lounging socks.  There will be another giveaway on Friday! Blessings to all…

Published in: on February 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm  Comments (5)