Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Forgive me but I seem to be lost in the random dozen

So glad we didn't put any plants outside got down into the 30's last night. brrrr. But the sun is shining this morning and the plumber is on his way and its random dozen day so all is good. Join in the fun and link your answers over at Lid's.

1.Have you ever been so lost that you were really afraid?

No. Annoyed yes, but afraid no.

2. Have you ever been to an island?

Many times. Starting with the day I was born in the city of Honolulu on the lovely island of Oahu. And we’ve taken lots of island holidays… Aruba, St Thomas, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Capri.

Then there is my most favorite island of them all. England. Course island is not the first thing that comes to mind when you say Great Britain but still…it is an island.

It’s maybe not your palm tree, sipping something tropical thru a straw in a coconut while watching waves delicately lap the white sands kind of island... I'd say that England is more of the sipping a pint in a cozy pub on a damp and chilly gray sky day variety... and that's good too.

3. Are you more of a thinker or feeler?

I think this is the hardest question. I am a thinking feeler.

4. Do you tend to see issues or situations in life as black and white or shades of gray?

There are some issues I do believe are black and white. But there are many issues that are shades of gray and I make room for the gray.

5. If you were stuck on an island, what book would you hope to have with you (Let's pretend the Bible is already there, so you can't say that.)?

Anne of Green Gables. I never get tired of reading this one.

6. What are you most afraid of?

Not making a difference in the world.

7. Would you rather lose all of your old memories or never be able to make new ones?

Ick. Don’t like this one. I’m going to say no new ones. But ick.

8. Pretend I'm looking at a scrapbook page about you. There are three spaces for you to drop in individual pictures. What are those pictures of, and why did you select them?

A picture of me with my sibs… because we shared our growing up years and they know all my strengths and failings and still love me. They'll even forgive me for posting this picture.

A picture of me with my hubs and girlies on a holiday in Italy somewhere in the world….because we all love to travel and we've laughed and explored and loved being together in places far from home.

A picture of my little family in England…because those were years that changed us and that bound us to one another in a way I really can't describe.

9. If you were re-doing your wedding, what would you do differently? (If you're single, tell me one thing you would do if you were planning a wedding OR huge party.)

Well, I’d love to have it recorded on videotape. When we married videotaping your ceremony was a fairly new concept. But I would so love to be able to watch it now and also to share it with our girls.

10. Tell me one thing you know/believe about forgiveness.

Wow…I’m pretty sure entire books have been written on this topic so its hard to choose just one thing. Hmmm…I know this: Because of God's indescribable grace and mercy, I’m forgiven.

I like this little blurb-

‘Forgiving is love's toughest work, and love's biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. Forgiving seems almost unnatural. Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do. But forgiving is love's power to break nature's rule.’ ~Lewis B. Smedes

11. You're waiting in a doctor's office. What is your favorite way to pass that time?

Read. That’s pretty much my favorite way to pass the time anywhere.

12. If there were a clone of you in a parallel universe what is one way you hope she/he would be the same as you and one way you hope she/he would be better?

I would hope she would mother like me. And she would definitely hate carbs and love to exercise.


  1. I love your description of what England is not, very good #6, #8....we're supposed to share the pictures?, and great forgiveness quote. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

  2. We did not video our wedding either and I do regret that also. I don't think I would have been comfortable having it done professionally, with all of the "interviews" and having someone follow me around with a camera the entire wedding, but I wish we had some friends do it for us.

    I know the girls would love making fun of my hair and long puffy sleeves! I hate that I stole that moment from them!

  3. #3-ha! you so funny!

  4. Nice family pics...Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love all your pictures and I love your answer on Forgiveness.

  6. A thinking feeler. That´s a good answer. Loved the pictures too. As soon as I saw the question about the island, I was thinking of you and England. :)

  7. Can I get your parallel universe gal to talk to my paralell universe gal and give her the secret to no carbs and exercising?...then maybe she might share it with me. That seems way easier than just doing it yourself, cause clearly that isn't working for me.

    Good answers!!

  8. Okay, it's almost scary how alike we are. I totally would have said a thinking feeler!

    I'm also impressed you have your pictures handy and ready to use!

    Have a great day.

  9. As usual, I always looooove reading your answers, Joyce! :-)
    I, too, wished we had videoed our wedding! *sigh* Oh well....we do have wonderful pictures and memories, hm? :-)
    I love the quote about forgiveness. Beautiful.
    I envy your travels. *sigh* BUT, I am trying hard not to. You's that "love does not envy" I Cor. 13 thing. I think He meant it. :-)
    Loved the pictures and hope your week is going wonderfully!!!

  10. Joyce,

    I love your pictures and your description of spending a day in a pub on a gray day sounds like my kind of heaven over white sandy beaches.

    Thanks so much for my virtual vacation with you today. Love the castle in the background.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  11. Enjoyed your answers as always! Loved the pictures. If you have never done it you need to write your travels down in journals for generations to come. You have been so many places and have experienced so many different things. It would be something your grandkids or great grandkids would treasure years from now. Thanks for sharing your travels and your thoughts!

    until next time... nel

  12. I felt like that with #12, that my clone would be better at keeping her weight down. I don't know, don't you think you will get tired of the book? Great answers, this is so much fun each week. #6 is my favorite answer of yours!

  13. Wow!
    Born in Honolulu.
    If that were my case I think I'd wear a tee shirt with that printed on it. Something about that sounds so romantic!...You have a lovely family and I always enjoy your photos!

  14. Such a lovely post, enjoyed it very much. Yes videotaping comes up in most of our answers! Noticed your family dress

  15. I've been trying to get my husband to go to Puerto Rico for Christmas for a couple of years. Hopefully we'll go someday! :D

  16. If it makes you feel any better, our wedding was not videotaped either. Loved reading all your answers. Great family pictures! I know you are getting excited about the graduation. Love & blessings from NC!

  17. I LOVE all the pictures of your beautiful family! And Siobhan is gone (sigh of relief). Sorry, but that girl is from another planet :)

  18. Love that passage on forgiveness. I enjoyed reading your answers and your pics. Beautiful family.
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