July 12th, 2017

jim

Wednesday Hodgepodge: 12 July 2017

After several months on hiatus, I'm trying this once again ... we'll see how this whole blogging experiment goes ...

(I was about to say "back by popular demand", except that I don't think anyone's been demanding it :) )

The Wednesday Hodgepodge appears courtesy of From This Side Of The Pond.

1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)

I can't honestly think of a time.   Our house is situated in a strange lot ... no neighbors on one side (other than a swamp), and the neighbors on the other side are so far away physically that we never see them, much less have the opportunity to talk to them.

2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why?

River, perhaps?   Always in motion, yet somehow always there.

3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?

No, I've never been to Delaware.   At least I don't think I have.

Michigan has several nicknames, though the most common is "The Great Lake State".   Given Michigan's location touching four of the five Great Lakes, the reason for the nickname should be obvious.   It's a decent nickname.

4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?

My wife loves taking homemade desserts ... lately, bread puddings have been her go-to for potluck contributions.   They're easy to make, and most people enjoy them immensely.   For an entree, my wife has an utterly simple recipe for a chicken & stuffing casserole that is usually received quite well.

5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?

The advice I was given as a new father was this: trust your wife's instincts.   She's going to spend more time around your child during the early days, mostly as a biological necessity, so she's going to be tuned into your child's needs at an intuitive or subconscious level that she won't be able to explain, and most dads won't be able to understand.   That's okay; understanding isn't required at this stage as much as trust.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

The new semester has started.   I am trying to be conscious of living in the moment, and finding the joy and peace in where I've been called to serve.   It feels ... uncertain.   I don't know how long I can maintain this point of view, but I'm certainly going to try.