Wednesday, November 12, 2014

RSVP-ing to the Wednesday Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! It's nice to be back here today after last week's break. If you've answered the questions add your link at the end of my post. Be sure to hop over and say hi to the blogger who linked before you, because everybody needs somebody, right?

Here we go-

1. We celebrate Veteran's Day in the US of A on November 11th. When did you last interact with a member of the armed forces (either currently serving or retired)? Have you ever written a letter to a soldier, bought a meal or coffee for a soldier, said an unprompted thank you to a soldier you encountered out and about somewhere? If you're not in the US, comment on a similar holiday in your own country.

I suppose my last interaction with a member of the armed forces would have been with my future son-in-law who is in the U.S. Army. We are proud and excited he is joining our family in less than two months.   

As to the other pieces of this question, my dad was a career Marine and growing up I wrote him lots of letters while he was stationed in Okinawa, and also in Vietnam. More recently hubs and I sent a care package to the son of a co-worker who was stationed in the Middle East, and we often approach servicemen to say thank you, mostly in airports which is where we tend to see them.  

2. You can have fifty pounds of anything at all (except money)...what would you choose?

I'm thinking something I can give away. Coat drives are happening in our area, so how about 50 lb of coats? Or groceries? I'd love to pack up 50 lb. of turkey dinners for some people who are hungry this holiday season. 

I can't think of anything I need for myself in that quantity. 

3. When did you last receive an invitation in the 'real' mail? What was it for and did you attend? When it comes to RSVP-ing, are you an 'early responder' or a 'last minute, barely-under-the-wire' kind of guest?

Whoohoo! I received an invitation at the end of last week, to my daughter's wedding. Yes I did indeed mail one to myself. 

I wanted to experience the full effect of all that prettiness, plus I was curious as to when they would arrive. I did not stamp my own RSVP card because that felt like a little much, even for me. I don't need to tell you I'm going do I?

In general I'm an early responder. I've heard some interesting stories about wedding RSVP's, but we've already had some returned and so far, so good. 

It is super exciting to see that little green envelope in our mailbox.

4. What's something you really don't like to waste?

Halloween candy?

5. Cheers, Friends, MASH, Seinfeld...of the ones listed, your favorite long-running sitcom?

Such a hard question, but I'm going with MASH. Friends would be a close second. 

6. What decision are you glad you made?

So many, but having children ranks right up there at the top of the list. 

7. In this month of 'Thanksgiving' what is one thing that's different today than it was a year ago that you're grateful for?

I'm going with the obvious answer here.

You know what that is, yes?

So grateful for the wonderful boy my daughter1 is marrying. In November of 2013, we had no idea we'd be adding a son-in-law to our family.  

In something like 50 days in case you've lost track of the time.  

We couldn't be happier.  

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I know people rant about the dark and depressing side of Facebook, but I have to say I loved scrolling through posts there yesterday. How touching to see so many pictures of dads, grandparents, uncles, siblings, sons and daughters who have served our country well. 

Years ago, this wasn't neccesarily something I'd have known about my friends. That they had a father who flew a bomber or a grandfather who died in WW2. It might not even be something we as 'children' took the time to reflect upon too deeply, or to say aloud to our fathers and grandfathers while they were living. In the age of social media we scan our crinkled black and white photographs onto a page and honor them now.  


  1. I too was so touched to see all the honoring of veterans on Facebook yesterday. I needed that ... after all the political "ads" all over Facebook prior to the election. ;-)

  2. I agree with you about the wonderment of Facebook. I too enjoy learning more about my friends and their families. I love sharing pictures and connecting around the country - and sometimes around the world! Wow! You are getting RSVPs back now! Yes, an exciting time!

  3. I loved all the Veteran salutes yesterday from facebook. I really loved all the people posting pictures of their dads and other family members.

  4. I agree...Halloween candy is hard for me to waste, too! Yes, FB can be a very positive form of media, especially when honoring all our country's vets. Your daughter is just the cutest...I know what an exciting time this is for all of you. ENJOY!

  5. I noticed all of the old pics of veterans pasted on Facebook, too. I have a different view though. Both of Ed's parents were veterans, but they were quiet and humble about their years of service, as is Ed. I didn't think they would want their pictures posted on Facebook, so I didn't.

    As for the wedding, it's drawing nearer, isn't it? Just a few more weeks and you'll be a family of five :)

  6. I believe I might be sensing a little wedding excitement here. I too enjoyed seeing all the military pics yesterday. I never wast Halloween candy either!

  7. Yes, yesterday Facebook was full of wonderful photos and touching memories of the Veterans in our families. Our servicemen and women deserve more than one day of accolades. It is so important to recognize the sacrifices they make, as do their families.

    Another great Hodgepodge, Joyce. I always enjoy your answers (and those of everyone else!).

  8. I feel the same way about the Facebook posts. The majority of my friends on FB are encouragers and fun. I loved your answer to the 50 pounds questions. What a giving heart you have.
    So exciting having a new son-in-law - your family will be made even more complete.
    I socked away lots of Halloween candy for little treats for the littles who visit.

  9. I agree with your last post especially. The blogs and Facebook were full of tributes. So nice to see the patriotism in these.

  10. Oh I totally agree about enjoying Facebook yesterday...actually put a big smile on my face. I have a hard time wasting any food that's been put on my plate. Even though I DO believe that food I DO NOT need is wasted rather I put it in my mouth or not! Enjoy your day!

  11. Loved your 50# answer, so much better than 50# of coffee. :o)) Wow, the time is drawing near for the wedding. Can't even imagine all the excitement at your house. Such a fun and special time!

  12. When I got married, me & my LOVED getting the mail waiting for the RSVP cards :)

  13. So glad you are counting down to the wedding. We don't get much mail these days so I will enjoy yours vicariously.

  14. Every photo of your daughter just radiates her happiness :-)

  15. I like your thinking on the 50 pounds of something! I agree with you about Facebook, it was wonderful seeing those who are serving out country and those who have served to keep us safe. God Bless America......

  16. How cool to mail yourself an invitation.
    The time will be here before you know.

    My nephew is a career Marine.
    We have many relatives who have served or are serving.

    Thank you for hosting another hodgepodge!

  17. It's so nice to see your excitement about your daughter's wedding and your joy at who she chose! I hope you enjoy all the moments, because they fly by!

  18. I absolutely LOVED getting the written invitations to the wedding of each son. It was the thing (after the bride's dress fittings) that made me choke up and say, "Wow . This is really happening. They are really getting married. SOON!" Love your girl's radiant face.

  19. I LOVE that you sent yourself a wedding invitation to the Wedding. That is awesome.

  20. I totally would have mailed an invitation to myself too!

  21. There were lots of posts on my facebook not only about parents but also the people themselves that I didn't know were veterans. Amazing what we learn that way.

  22. Your random was so interesting. I'm glad to hear that you're planning to attend your daughter's wedding;-) 50 days is not long. What a busy Thanksgiving and Christmas you'll have!

  23. I am enjoying the updates about your daughter's wedding. So glad it's all going well. Love it that you sent yourself an invitation!

  24. Nice to know you you plan to attend the wedding. Glad you like you're future son-in-law..

  25. I'm glad Friends is your 2nd choice. Your #4 answer cracked me up, yea i dont like wasting that either. Which is probably why my parents taught me to hand out one piece per kid. ;0)

  26. I was fairly impressed with the tributes to veterans on Facebook as well. I am so glad that you like your new son in law to be. Sounds like your daughter chose well. God bless your family during this joyous time. Thank you for your kind words re:SWMBO's remission.

  27. 50 days will be here in a heartbeat!!!
    Enjoy all the anticipation!

  28. Congrats to your daughter and future SIL! How exciting!