How About the Hodgepodge

So I thought I'd link up to the hodgepodge this week since I've basically been missing in action on the blog front... blame this guy:

Here we go...

1. Do you believe in miracles? 
Absolutely. What I don't believe in is coincidences. God is in everything, and the smallest chance encounter, or the answered (and even the unanswered) prayers, are actually miracles if you open your eyes. God is still healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, and raising us from death to life. It's just harder to recognize all the wondrous, miraculous sights through the chaos and noise these days.

2. What's a recent fad you admit to trying?
Snapchat. I guess it's not that recent but I'm pretty new to it. I'm still not sure why getting a picture that disappears in 10 seconds is worth my time but I'll admit it's pretty fun to use. It's fun to have conversations with images and I totally wish my mom would use it. Plus I can send pictures like this to my sister and not worry about them showing up on the internet. oh wait...
3. Peppermint-are you a fan? If so, what's your favorite food or beverage containing peppermint? 
Yes! Especially in the form of a candy cane. My roommates and I hung some on our tree this year and let's just say there are now a few bare spots on the tree....

4. Break the ice, on thin ice, as cold as ice (emotionally, not literally)...which phrase have you run into most recently? Explain. 
Well, as a Young Life leader I often find I have to break the ice when new high schoolers show up at "club." I want them to feel welcome and like they are a part of something even if it's their first time and their mom made them come. It can be really weird to walk up to someone you don't know say hi and I've been totally rejected before. I've had high school girls look at me with a stare that says: "who is this girl and why is she talking to me? Is she in high school? She doesn't look like she's in high school. Please stop talking now so I can talk to people cooler than you."   I tend to be completely awkward about it all, but actually sometimes that helps. People put a high price on looking "cool" and fitting in. But really people just want to be included, no matter how thick the ice they put around their hearts. So break that ice. Fall through it.

5. Have you ever broken or spilled something in someone else's home? Still friends?
Many, many years ago when I was just 4, so you can't hold this against me, I "broke" all the fish in this aquarium at someone's house. The owner had let me feed them and I ended up dumping way too much food into the tank. So to compensate for all the extra food, I decided to take cups of water from the fridge to pour into the tank, thinking maybe no one would notice.  Yeah, they all died and I haven't ever been back to that house but not for that reason, I think...

6. 'Tis the week before Christmas...are you feeling more like Buddy the Elf or the Grinch before his heart grew? 
Definitely Buddy the Elf. And even though I have to work until 1pm on Christmas Eve (sucks) I am not going to let that dampen my Christmas spirit! I cannot wait to get home to my family and eat all the cookies and see all the snow that my parents have been accumulating just for me... And I'm also really excited about the gifts I picked up this year and that I just can't wait to hand out. I have almost spilled the beans so many times!

7. Share a favorite quote relating to Christmas.
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  1. I got a little Buddy the Elf-like when I saw your name in the Hodgepodge : ) Love your quote! Ahh, the fish. No we've never been back, but I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with you killing the beloved fish.
    I can do Snapchat. Soon as you show me how : ) When you're home in 6 sleeps!! Yay!

  2. i also put peppermint candy canes on the tree-- not my brightest idea. the dog ate them all. some how she got them off of the tree-- the whole thing almost come crashing down. i caught the tree in mid air lol
    Happy holidays

  3. I love your Christmas quote! (I may just have to steal it... not literally.) MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  4. I don't get Snapchat at all. My daughter tried to introduce me to it a few weeks ago but it seems more trouble than it's worth! Definitely a younger person's fad methinks :)

  5. That is a good reason to not be blogging much :) Sorry about the fish but that is really funny! You are right about people wanting to be included- well said.

  6. Glad to see you joining the HP this week. And I know your mama is glad too. :) I loved your breaking the ice answer. Good thoughts. And I'm sure those HS girls love talking to someone as cool as you. :) Have a wonderful Christmas!

  7. Great reason to be missing on the blogosphere for sure. :) I'm with your mom, I just don't get the snap chat thing. I'll have to try harder. For my kids sake. :)


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