Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I Sense A Hodgepodge

I'm taking another break from the "Homeschooling" series to post another episode of.....HODGEPODGE!

1. What is something that bothers you if it's not done perfectly?

I have to pick just one?! There are many things that bother me if not done perfectly. I am working on that ;) One would be if I know that something is misspelled. I cannot just leave it spelled wrong. I HAVE to change it. It even bothers me when things are not spaced correctly, and with Blogger? Ugh! It will space things strangely, and even though I try and try and try and TRY to fix it, it just won't fix. THAT bothers me.

2. Do you think a 6th sense exists? Explain.

This is tough question to answer. In the way that I think it is meant, I do not. But.....and this is a BIG but....I DO believe that there is a "spirit world" that we cannot see, but that does exist. Some people are given the opportunity to see parts of it, but not everyone.

In the movie "The Sixth Sense" the boy can see "dead people". I have not seen the movie (nor do I wish to) but I have read about it. I do not believe that people's spirits can "wander" around. This is not biblical. Once a person has died, they cannot come back. Their spirit cannot come back. A person cannot become a "ghost" . There are such things as demons though, and they can take any shape/form that they want to. They can masquerade as a deceased loved one. They can offer to "help" people. They can "talk" to the deceased's family. The person who has died....cannot.

While I am on the topic, a person who has died also does not turn into an "angel". The angels are spiritual beings with spiritual bodies. Nowhere in the Bible does it talk about a deceased person becoming an angel.

I also know that God will sometimes speak to me. Call me weird if you want to....but He does. He has told me some things very clearly, and while it is not like an actual "voice", I have "heard" it in my spirit. Other times, He will sometimes impress upon me to do or not do something. Go or not go. Speak or not speak. Act or not act. I know that I am not the only one. He has "spoken" to me through dreams. Some of them have actually come true. I do not believe that this is some form of "ESP". It is simply the way He chooses to speak to some people.

3. Do you say your goodbyes slowly, quickly, or not at all?

I have had to say goodbye a lot in my life. Moving does that to you. I have had long, tear-filled goodbyes. Gut wrenching goodbyes. I-may-never-see-you-again goodbyes. I hate goodbyes. Where is the good in goodbye? If I am going to cry in public, I prefer the goodbye to be quick. The hardest goodbye was when I had to tell my Gram goodbye in the nursing home, and I was pretty sure it would be the last time I would see her on this Earth. It was.

I have to say goodbye to dear friends on Sunday. They are moving far away. Their oldest daughter and mine are "soul sisters". They spend lots of time together, and she is like a daughter to me. This is going to be hard. I am not looking forward to it...

4. On a scale of 1-10, with ten being hot hot hot, what level of spice do you like in your food? What's your favorite 'spicy' dish?

Maybe a 2? Ha! I am not a fan of super spicy dishes. I guess my favorite spicy dish would be enchiladas.

5. What is one of your all time favorite commercial jingles?

This was made the year I was born :) I will often catch myself singing this catchy little jingle.

6. Plane, train, boat or auto...your preferred method of travel?

Usually auto, but if it is going to be a super long drive, then I prefer a plane. I don't enjoy flying though.

7. What is something you take for granted?

I can think of many things, but one of them that hits home right now is medical care. I just had to go to the doctor's office today for what looks to be the start of bronchitis. I went, they prescribed antibiotics and cough pills, and I am hopefully on my way to feeling better. That is not the case in many parts of the world. In many third-world countries, people die from the simplest illnesses, that if they had been caught in time, could have been treated, or even prevented. It makes me feel blessed to live where I do, and have access to good medical care.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Today would have been my Gram's 84th birthday. She is celebrating it in Heaven. She was such a big part of my life, and her passing has left a giant hole in my heart. It has been two years since she passed away, and I still miss her every. single. day. I can still hear her voice. I wish I had taken more pictures and video of her. There is not enough. What I do have.....is priceless. I still can't even talk about her without tearing up.

This is the best picture I have of her and I together. I think we have the same smile :)

Happy Birthday, Gram. I'm glad that you are no longer in pain, and you can see all of Heaven's beauty perfectly. That not only can you walk again.... you can run! That you can eat all of the sugar-filled treats your heart desires. I miss you so much, but I know that you are in a MUCH better place than I could even imagine. And I know, that I WILL see you again someday. I love you, Gram. Save a place for me...


  1. Sweet picture of you and your grandma. I had a special grandmother in my life who is also in heaven now.

    The care and treatment my niece is receiving is amazing. As hard and horrible as it is I can't imagine living in a third world country with no access to even a simple pain reliever, let alone the life saving drugs and treatment she is getting.

  2. The pic of you and your grandma is beautiful. What a blessing to have such a wonderful relationship with her!

    Oh, and that little Oscar Mayer kiddo is a cutie!

  3. It also bugs me when things are misspelled.
    I rely on spellchecker.
    The more I read, especially books, the more I see words that were misspelled.
    I am trying to get used to it.

    I also put a 2 for spicy.
    I don't mind a bit of spice, but that's all.
    Lately I have made a Taco Salad that I like.

    I like the Oscar Mayer jingle.
    I put `Life Cereal: Mikey likes it!`

    Happy Birthday to your Gram.
    The picture of you two is beautiful!

  4. Very nice picture of you and your grandmother!

    (I am very relieved to know I'm not the only one being slowly driven insane by Blogger's strange spacing.)

  5. What a sweet remembrance of you and your Gram. I pray that one day one of my grandchildren will feel the same way about me.

  6. Happy Birthday to your gram who is in heaven. You two looks sweet together and I agree, you have the same smile!
    I hope your cough gets better!

  7. Love what you said about God speaking to you. You put it so eloquently!! I have heard God speak very directly to me at times, and it is amazing...especially when I've compared notes and discovered just how important His words were at those exact moments!

    Lovely picture of you and your Gram. One day you two will be reunited. What a time of joy that will be!

  8. Enjoyed your answers. And I totally agree with you about the God speaking to you. And yes the spacing drives me crazy when you are posting.
    Thanks for stopping by my corner!
    until next time... nel

  9. Nice answers! Great picture of you and Grandma! Love what you said about God as well, He talks to a lot of us so you are not nuts.

  10. Health care. I take that for granted as well. Such a sweet mention of your grandmother. Made me miss mine! Grands are just the BEST!

  11. Prayers coming your way as you recover from bronchitis and as you prepare your hearts, and your daughters' hearts, for the goodbye this weekend... I know how hard that is... and you're right, there's no "good" in "goodbye" (unless it's someone you really don't care for!) :-) Loved the pic of your gran... both of your smiles are truly beautiful!

  12. Loved the birthday tribute to your Grandmother!
    My beloved Grandma has been gone for almost 20 years and my Mom for a year and a half. It gives me great comfort to know that I will see them again in heaven.
    I remember that jingle!!!

  13. I am so glad you feel that way about medical care. People like you make my job so worth it!! Thank you so much!!!

  14. In the sixth sense he is dead, that is why he can see them. Love the Oscar Mayer jingle. I don't care to fly either but sometimes you have to. Happy Birthday to your Grandmother. ((HUGS))

  15. What a beautiful picture of you and your grandmother. It's obviously how much you two loved each other - it made me tear up looking at it.

    Totally agree with you on #2. God has spoken to me - and I don't say that lightly. There was a time in my life that I would have scoffed at the idea of a big booming voice coming out of the sky - but he showed me good and now I know he talks to us - he's talked to me a few times and buddy I know now to stop, fall on my knees and LISTEN.

  16. How blessed you are to have such a godly heritage! And to know that your grandma will be there in Heaven to greet you with open arms!

  17. Love that jingle! ((Hugs)) to you as you are missing your Gram.