Thursday, January 24, 2008


My pastor uses this term a lot in his sermons when he wants to talk/teach/preach about several different things in the same sermon. It's funny, he all but apologizes when he tells us that he has a hodge podge (which means jumble) for us; but I must admit, I love it. He'll finish up his first point and then he'll say, "Now, we're going to put a period right there, and move on." Something about that appeals to my little (huge) bent towards organization. Not to mention, that when you have several different things to say, you have to choose your words carefully....there's no time to beat around the bush, and there's no time to sugar coat. So, Dewey, if you're reading this (which I know you're not) I happen to love the hodge podge and I feel it's definitely time for another one; but maybe you should clear that with God first. By the way, in the off chance that you are reading this, let me recommend some good reading material to you. :)

Anyway, in true Dewey style I have one heck of a hodge podge for you!! This post is just going to have a little bit of everything, so brace yourself.

First order of business: Most of you know (all 3 of you) that we are in the process of adopting a little girl from China. We have been in "the process" for 3 years now. I had planned to set up a blog when we got closer to travelling to bring her home so that everyone could see pictures and read of our travels (you know, 'cause we're so interesting and the writers strike may just be still going on then). Well, the wait time has grown and grown and we've just been waiting and waiting and there really isn't a whole lot of news to share, but I've been reading a lot of adoption blogs in my spare time {read while I'm neglecting the laundry and dishes} and I just thought I might go ahead and set it up. Then, one day, when we have our little Malley home she can go back and read just how much we longed for her and waited for her.....and it will give me an outlet as well. So, our adoption blog is; I will post to it as things happen. When we finally have her home, I'll just have it as a reference (like Sara Kate's E coli. blog) and we'll have all the other family business on this one. And, yes, it was the extreme need for organization(mine) and understanding(yours) that I felt like I had to share that last bit with you.

Moving on (notice the period).

Order number two: Fun Fact Friday. If you remember, in my very first post I stated that I was going to try to keep with the tradition of a real almanac by giving 'useful and practical' facts. Now, I use those terms very loosely because while some of them may have been useful and practical, others have been anything but. Others...maybe even most, were just down right silly. Hello? I didn't name it "FUN" Fact for nothing. Anyway, I digress. I confess that I have done a grave injustice to my faithful readers, because most of the time I just down right forget to include one. So, in the spirit of Works for Me Wednesday from (which, by the way, if you haven't checked out you should) I am going to do Fun Fact Friday. I know I know, so corny, yet so fun. But, it actually serves two purposes. Believe it or not, there are times when I just don't have a lot to say to you folks. This will give me something to post every Friday. Now, I'm not saying you're going to get life changing facts here. I'm just saying, you'll (hopefully) have something to read.

Order number three: Then and Now. This is just another idea to give us amateur bloggers something to post. I came up with this in the wee hours of the morning when I couldn't turn my brain off long enough to sleep. The sad part about that is, I wasn't worried about anything (mom, I'm serious, you can pick yourself up off the floor; I hope you didn't throw your back out). I really wasn't, I just had all these thoughts about nothing roaming around in my head. That, coupled with the fact that Brad snores like a freight train makes for one sleepless night. Anyway, one of those random thoughts was that it might be fun to post "then and now" pictures of the kids.....and maybe even of us (or maybe not). We all have them on our computer and they are just sitting there. So, we might as well post them and enjoy them together. It will be fun to watch them age digitally, don't you think? But, here's the catch. I can't be alone here. Because, I can compare pics of my kids anytime I want to; but I can't see yours. So, when you find yourself at a loss for words, post pictures. In closing, I would like to know why my "wee morning hour" Epiphanies couldn't be something a little more original and an invention or something.

So, behold my first THEN and NOW:

THEN: BRYCE on 8.28.02 at 9 lbs. 14 oz

THEN: SARA KATE on 11.22.04 at 8 lbs.

NOW: BRYCE (5) and SARA KATE (3)

December 2007


Tammy Hildebrand said...

OK, I have decided that you need to co-author mine and Eric's book. You are a gifted writer! Great post!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Tammy, you not only have the gift of gab,, ---at which time you are never at a loss for words, but you are gifted at writing. I think that comes from Nanny, if you remember when she would send a note it always ended up as a book,but it was fun anyway. I'm just glad to hear you are using those sleepless nights for something constructive for a change. Keep up the good work---love the pictures!


Jess said...

How exciting... fun facts, pictures AND updates on your new addition (hopefully soon!).
(Don't be so sure about the pastor not reading your blog. My sister's friend, Amy (from church) got completely put on the spot at church one Sunday morning, because she had posted in response to a sermon he'd had and he came across her blog through 'google'! He was both impressed and flattered, while she, of course was MORTIFIED!

Anonymous said...

I think that it was actually your dog snoring. Don't blame your husband.

Anonymous said...

Your mother is no stranger to the gift of gab.You didn't have a chance from eather side of the family . love seeing the pictures of the children . Love you auntie Barbaea

Steven, Meleia & Libby Bridenstine said...

I agree with Tammy. I think you would be a great author. The kids look so cute. I love the Hodge-Podge sermons and blogs! Maybe Steven doesn't snore after all, and it's just your new dog!!! Haaa haa