*Thank you to Joyce for hosting the weekly Hodgepodge. She provides the questions, and the participants share their answers. Feel free to join in!
1. The Hodgepodge lands on June 14th this week, Flag Day in the US of A. Do you fly your country’s flag at home? Sometimes, often, or every single day? Have you ever visited the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia)? Did you make a point of seeing The Betsy Ross House? Have you ever made a trip to Baltimore? If so, was Fort McHenry on your itinerary? (where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write The Star Spangled Banner)
I hang an American on my front porch on special holidays, but I don?t have one displayed on a pole in my yard all the time because I do not have a means of keeping the flag lit at night. I think if the flag is going to be displayed at night, it should have a light shining on it, according to flag etiquette. I haven?t been fortunate enough to visit historic landmarks in Philadelphia or Baltimore, although my state borders both Pennsylvania and Maryland.
2. Red flag or white flag? Which have you encountered most recently? Explain.
I guess I have encountered a few red flags recently. My kids have finished up another year of school, and our church wrapped up a week of Vacation Bible School. I’m also having to wait for answers on a couple of things, and that’s hard for me to do.
3. Are you a stay-in-the-car listen-to-the-end-of-a-song kind of person? What kind of person is that?
If a favorite song is playing, and I don?t get to hear it very often, I will turn off the engine (or leave it running if it’s super hot or cold outside) but still sit there listening to the song. Music seems to bring out my nostalgic side, especially songs from when I was a teenager. I love satellite radio!
4. What are some of the traits or qualities you think a good dad possesses? In other words, what makes a good dad?
There are too many important qualities to name here, but I will list a few that my husband possesses. He’s not a perfect dad, but he is the best one I could ever have dreamed of having for our kids.
A good dad shows unconditional love and support to his children and their mother. He has a good sense of humor, is dependable and trustworthy, and is a good provider. He’s a man of good character and integrity. I think the most important quality would be that of having a personal relationship with Christ and having a desire to see his children come to know Christ and serve Him.
5. What’s one rule you always disagreed with while growing up? Is that rule somehow still part of your adult life? Is that a good or bad thing?
When I was growing up, I wasn?t allowed to spend the night at my friends? houses. I can count on one hand the number of times I went to a sleepover. It used to make me so mad! In hindsight, I?m glad that my mom had this rule. It definitely kept me from being exposed to things that would not have been good for me. Ironically, I’ve carried this rule over into my parenting. My four teenagers can also probably count the times they?ve spent the night with a friend. They don’t like it any more than I did.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
I mentioned that our church hosted VBS last week. Because we schedule VBS during the evening, a team of ladies prepares supper for all of the VBS attendees each night. This year?s decorations had an ?Under the Sea? theme. One of our talented ladies created these watermelon sea creatures. I thought they were so cute!
I love having Sirius/XM too! Of course, this means I can avoid new music if I want to and when my kids are shocked I don’t know some new, popular song, I tell them it’s because all my presets are old. We’re about 4 hours from Legoland but I used to live in/around the Orlando area too. So glad not to live there anymore!
I agree with your description of a good dad, especially that our kids would know and serve the Lord. The sea creatures are so neat, I am sure the kids loved them. I didn’t know that light should be on the flag at night, but thankfully our street light shines enough, I think. I’ll have to check on that. Thanks for the tip. Have a great week 🙂
Great answer about a good dad! Love the watermelon sea creatures.
Those watermelons are FANTASTIC! The amount of talent in this world is just incredible!
I agree! I wish I had more creative ability.
A friend of mine, who is a pastor, has been posting pictures this week from her church’s VBS. Apparently, they are using the same program your church did. I don’t think they did meals since it’s a morning VBS, but wow, how cute are those fruit trays! I bet the kids loved them.
The fruit trays were definitely a hit. We’ve been used an evening VBS format for several years, and it’s worked well for us. We even have a class for adults, so all age groups are being ministered to.
Pam@EmptyNest (@PamLofton4) says
The watermelons are amazing! My girls didn’t spend the night out much and neither did I when I was growing up. The big difference, however was I allowed other kids to spend the night here. As the girls grew up, we were the go to house and I liked that because I knew everyone and what they were up to. LOL
Suzanne Gunter McClendon says
Oh wow. I want to go to your Bible school. haha All ours ever had was those cheapy cookies and punch. 🙂 But, it was always great fun to go to Bible school. I loved it. It was one of my very favorite parts of summer. I still remember one of the crafts I made at one of my earliest Bible schools. We painted ceramic bookends. Mine was a dog with a picket fence behind it. I can still smell the paint. 🙂
As a child, I often spent the night with my various cousins and most of the time loved it. On very rare occasions, I spent the night with friends. We didn’t let our kids spend the night at others’ homes, with one exception. I had to let others care for them while I was in the hospital and when I went to Florida to get my brother’s children after their mother was killed. There are just too many risks and it is our job to protect them. Some would say I overprotected them. I don’t think there’s any such thing. We have to do what we think is best in any situation that we’re given. Hopefully, some day they appreciate our efforts to keep them safe.
Have a blessed day!
My mother used to tell me, “When you have children of your own someday, then you will understand.” How right she was!
Suzanne Gunter McClendon says
Motherhood is a real eye-opener, that’s for sure. 🙂
Have a blessed day.