Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mother May I Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge. I've got a houseful here pretty much all month long, but I squeezed in the HP this week because priorities people. If you've answered the questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for the blogger linking before you. Wishing all the Mamas reading here today a very happy Mother's Day!

1. What are your ingredients for a perfect Saturday?

Spectacular weather. After that I'm good with leisurely coffee and lake time. If my children and grandson are in the house that will be the cherry on top. 

2. What skill do you wish more people took the time to learn?

Which lane is the slow lane and which lane is the passing lane. Also why it's important not to confuse the two. 

3. What's something you ate as a child you can't stand now as an adult?

There was a short period of time where my sister and I put ketchup on our rice. Obviously I don't do that anymore so I'm not sure it qualifies as something I can't stand, but it definitely does not appeal.  

4. Something parenting has taught you? If you're not a parent tell us one important lesson you learned from your own parents.

Parenting has taught me so much about how God loves. It's given me a glimpse into how God feels about me, his child. Honestly I'm overwhelmed by it sometimes. Motherhood lets us see in part, understand in part, the depth and breadth of the love God has for His children. It's a love that is forgiving, sacrificial, and not dependent on our response to it. 

5. Share a favorite quote or saying about mothers or motherhood.

'I have so much of you in my heart.' 
John Keats

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

My grandson is here visiting and I could post one or ten pictures of him in this space, but instead will save those for a post of their own. Another post of their own. ahem. See Tuesday. 

How about a true random? We added stone to the columns on the back patio at the end of last week and we're really pleased with the end result. Technically 'we' didn't add the stone, but rather the stone people worked their magic and voila-

Also, my peony bloomed and there are few things in a garden that make me happier than a peony in bloom. 



  1. Joyce, I love your answer #2.
    I wish more people would figure that out :)
    And your flowers are beautiful!

    Happy Mother's Day!

  2. Love the peonies and the stone on the columns. Very nice!

    Your thoughts on lessons learned from parenting are wonderful. Wish I had thought more deeply about the question.

    Love your recipe for the perfect Saturday, too! Have a great week!

  3. Enjoy your house full of company, Joyce, and have a Happy Mother's Day!
    Kathy (Reflections)

  4. Enjoy your time with your precious grandson :) I love your parenting lesson.

  5. Yes! If only people could figure out the passing lane and the slow lane.
    Yout answer to four is perfect. It's true.
    Your peonies are beautiful and mine don't seem to be coming up as they have in the past. Usually, by this time, mine are looking like yours. I absolutely love peonies.

  6. I like your quote. And I am glad that your daughter and grandson are with you for Mother's Day.

  7. Jo,

    Yes, parenting does give one more of an insight of how God loves us. I almost went this way with my answer but choose a different direction. Flowers always make me smile. Your peony looks beautiful. What a spectacular view over the lake! It must be beautiful to gaze across with a cup of coffee or tea anytime you want. :) Thanks for hosting the mid-week fun!
    ~Curious as a Cathy
    Angel in the Clouds + Hodgepodge Q&A

  8. The stone looks great!! Love those peonies! Enjoy your family visit, Joyce.

  9. I love your answer to Nr. 4. So very true.
    And the slow driving in the fast lane, drives me nuts too. Ha!

  10. I certainly agree about understanding a bit better, since becoming a mother, God's love for us. The stone looks nice! Happy mother's day!

  11. Enjoyed reading your answers. Have a wonderful time with your family and those pillars are perfect!! Happy Mother's Day to you. God has blessed you deeply.

  12. I enjoyed the questions today. I look forward to reading the answers to #4 particularly. Your stone looks very nice, nice addition.

  13. I agree with you about fast lane/slow annoying! And I feel just the way you do about learning unconditional love by being a parent, just like God shows to us, His children... mothers even love their children differently than fathers do. Enjoy that sweet Tommy boy!

  14. My grandpa, dad and brother all grew peonies and loved them. I don't grow them, but I think they are beautiful.

    Have fun with that little grandson!

  15. Motherhood is definitely a steep and deep learning curve. You expressed it very well. Beautiful peony. Enjoy your family time.

  16. Your pink peonies are beautiful and the stone on the columns is perfection. I can't wait to see more photos of that sweet little man and hear about the fun you guys are having this week! Thanks for the Hodgepodge!!

  17. Yippee for grandson being in the house! I can imagine the fullness of joy and activity going on. I forgot about putting ketchup on everything. LOL. Happy Mother's Day week/weekend to you!

  18. I absolutely love that quote. So true.

  19. Becoming a mother means a completely new life too ! Ketchup on rice ? yikes !