Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dashing Through the Snow Hodgepodge - Vol 57

Welcome to the Wednesday glad you took the time to stop by and leave me a comment. It is not too late to be part of this so just head over to Joyce's blog and leave her your link so we can all come and visit you.  Remember sure to add your link at the bottom of her post and in the spirit of Christmas go visit around and leave some comment love. Here are my answers for week 57-
1. Do you put Christmas decorations in every room of your house? If not, what rooms do you decorate?  I have gone all out in the past.  Last year there was a decorated tree in every single room.  This year it is pretty much limited to the living room where the one and only tree is standing.  I have put a small tree 12 inch metal tree in the guest bathroom.  My dining room has a centerpiece and a glass jar of balls.  

2. If you could visit one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) which one would you choose and why?  I am not going to lie.  I would like to go to all of them.....but since I have to choose I would love to do to Denmark.  I would love to see the scenery, eat the food, listen to the music,  and take pictures.

3. What does the word faith mean to you?  Faith is what allows there to be humor in the presence of someone dying.  Faith is what gets you through the really tough times.  Faith is knowing that the chair I am about to sit in is going to hold me up.  Faith is what has gotten me through the last two years.  I cannot imagine how someone who has no faith deals with death.  Faith is knowing it is well with my soul.

4. You can go back to your childhood for one day...what day and age would you choose?
January 5th, 1963 and I was 8 years old at the time.  If I could go back I would stay in our back yard with my brother so he would not have died.

5. When did you last have 'punch'? If its not too much trouble share your favorite punch recipe.
The first one was at Kat's Cookie Swap - this punch was simple - She used Cranberry Sierra Mist, limes, and crushed ice.  It was yummo.  The Cranberry Sierra Mist is least it is around here.  The second one was at Amanda's Open House last Saturday night.  I am not a big punch drinker but this stuff was amazing.  
Banana Punch
6 large rip bananas, 3 1/4 cups sugar, 5 T lemon juice, 12 oz can frozen orange juice thawed, 1/2 can of Dole pineapple juice, Water to fill, Ginger ale.
Directions:  Break up bananas in small pieces and place into a food processor with sugar and lemon juice.  Blend until the lumps are gone.  Add thawed orange juice and pineapple juice and blend well.  Pour this mixture into a gallon container and finish filling the container with water.  Stir well and freeze.  When ready to use, take out of freezer and thaw until slushy.  Add equal parts of mix and ginger ale when service in a punch bowl over crushed ice.  Will keep months in the freezer.  If too sweet, add more ginger ale.

6. Do you fill stockings at your house? Are stockings opened before or after the bigger gifts?
I did when my kids were little.  It was fun then.  I haven't since Kat and Brian got married.  

7.  What takes your breath away?  Newborn babies, awesome views where you have no doubt that God is there, squalls before a storm at sea, sunsets and sunrises.

8. Insert your own random thought here. - Mine for today is:  When do you take down your Christmas tree?  Usually it is around January 6th for me.  I wait for Epiphany.  That is when my mom always took hers down....and it stuck.  Now let me hear what your tradition is.  Happy Wednesday!


Anonymous said...

I've talked to so many people who aren't putting out "all" their decorations this year. As I look around my neighborhood, I don't see as many trees and lights in the windows as I used to. This holiday season came upon us quickly this year (it seems) and I don't think many of us are ready for it. Heck-we're still having our lawn mowed here in Massachusetts and its the third week of December. We've never done that before! Stopping by from Joyce's Hodgepodge.

Joyce said...

Oh your childhood day really made my heart sad. Hugs to you today!

Tami said...

I'm sorry to hear about your brother. Please don't feel guilty... you were only 8! {{HUGS}}

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

A tree in every would just blow my mind! What energy and decorate a tree for each room. I'm in awe. And your memory of childhood made tears well in my eyes.

As for when I take down our tree, it usually begins the day after Christmas. I have the whole house decorated and it takes me about a week to pack things away and get the 'every day' stuff back up along with cleaning and dusting.

ATCHAFALAYA SWAMP PHOTOS is my link for today. Hope you can find time to visit with me.

Sweet Tea said...

#4 is loaded with regret.
Things unfold because it is simply part of the big picture of life. God doesn't look at death as we do. I KNOW that you know that, but I just wanted to remind you.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Beautiful answer on Faith. Very emotional answer about your brother and going back to a day in your childhood. ((HUGS)) My tree will be up until mid January. I usually try to get it down before my sons birthday on the 20th.

Mary said...

I take mine down on Epiphany (or right after!). I was really disappointed that I couldn't find the diet cranberry mist this year; it's my favorite.
I felt sadness at the day you would go back. Such a lot of pain to put on a little girl.