Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Another Successful Hodgepodge

1. How should success be measured? Using that as your standard, who is the most successful person you know? (Or one of the most successful?) 

I think success should be measured not by man's standard but by God's standard and that is found in His Word.  Perhaps it could be simplified in this way:
1.  Am I fulfilling Gods calling and purpose for my Life?
2.  Do I love God with all my heart, my mind, my soul, and all my strength?

Based on this standard, the most successful person(s) I know would be my parents.  This was what their whole lives were built upon - Seeking to know and do God's will.

2. Have you ever been to a hot air balloon launch/fest/party? Ever taken a ride in a hot air balloon? Is that on your bucket list? According to Frommers the ten best hot air balloon adventures in the world are-

Loire Valley (France), the Serengeti (Tanzania), Napa Valley (California), Lake Champlain (Vermont), Cappadocia (Turkey), Istria (Croatia), Gstaad (Switzerland), Yarra Valley (Australia), Muelle (Costa Rica), and Albuquerque (New Mexico). 

Which one on the list would you most like to experience? 

I have not been to a hot air balloon anything and have never ridden in one.  Furthermore, it is not something I want to do.  I have seen pictures of and heard wonderful stories of the show in Albuquerque, NM.  I think this would be my choice so I could also include a visit to Santa Fe.

3. May 25th is National Brown-Bag It Day. Did you/will you pack a lunch today? When did you last pack a lunch for someone and what are your go-to ingredients for a brown bag lunch?

If you call eating chicken salad and crackers at my desk while working on this blog post a brown-bag lunch, then I got a day's jump on the celebration.  I guess the last packed lunch would have been while Hubby and I were still working.  That would have been five years ago.  Ingredients would probably have been something left over from dinner the night before or a quick salad.
4. What's one of your favorite dance scenes from a movie or television show? 

I really don't have one.

5. John F. Kennedy made famous the line, '...Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." So what can you do for your country?

That is a good question and one friends and I have been discussing.  We are frustrated that social media seems to be where most are able to express themselves.  And we acknowledge the futility of that.  We agree that voting for the best candidate is our duty and responsibility, but after that, how do we hold our elected officials accountable?  I still don't have an answer to this ever growing frustration.

However, as parents, we must set the example of patriotism - love for and respect for our country and its history.  Understanding that we are a nation under God, regardless what others might think, and to pray for His direction and intervention in the affairs of our country.

We must be willing to be the difference in someone's life; whether an act of kindness, or assistance, a smile, a word of encouragement, or job where God has put us to make a positive contribution to mankind.

6. Weekends are made for __________________________________.

At our house Saturdays are made for Hubby preparing to teach a Sunday School class on Sunday.  Sunday is made for assembling ourselves with like believers for Bible Study worship, prayer and fellowship.

7. On this last Wednesday of the month, bid farewell to the month of May in seven words or less. 

May's good memories overshadow the bad.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Sister Time 
Tomorrow I will be meeting my two younger sisters at a mid-way point in our state for lunch and some much needed time together.  We try to do this at least three or four times a year.  It doesn't take much to entertain us, because we just enjoy being with each other.  We are so grateful our parents instilled the importance of family in us many years ago.
16 Quotes About Sisters That Celebrate 'Last One Home':   
Happy to be joining Joyce @ From This Side of the Pond
for the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  


  1. Safe travels tomorrow...enjoyed your post and totally agree with Patriotism. smiles

  2. Sister time is the best. I had dinner with mine last Sunday and we needed the catch up. I liked your answer to #5. Enjoy your long weekend!

  3. How fun to be meeting up with your sisters! Sure wish I had a sister, but God blessed me with two wonderful brothers, instead.

  4. I enjoyed reading your answers today, especially #1 and #5. I hope you have a wonderful time visiting with your sisters. I always enjoy getting together with my older brother, about twice a year.
    Kathy (Reflections)

  5. Loved your answers. Our Sundays are the same :) Enjoy your special get together with your sisters.

  6. Excellent answer to the measure of success. Your answers reveal that we are kindred spirits! Enjoy your visit with your sisters.

  7. Just catching up on my blog reading. Loved this post and your answers to the questions. I'm an only child; but, I love it when my daughters get together. There's nothing like that sibling love, especially when there are lots of common interests. Just seeing them together makes me happy! Hope you enjoyed your time together!


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