on the way back from harlan after celebrating thanksgiving and christmas with the mathiasen family, we stopped at a tree farm south of home and cut an eight-foot balsam, got it baled and tied on the roof of the jeep, and headed for forest city. it now stands quietly and fragrantly in the corner of the living room, strung with white lights and a host of ornaments from years past, most of which have some memory attached to them from their particular year of our lives. mare thinks it looks a little hodgepodge somehow. and i agree, but i also think it looks a little like how our lives have been. scattered with all kinds of experiences and situations, all kinds of people and moments. and it all adds up to the storyline of our lives. you who are reading this and many others have been and continue to be a part of that storyline. and as such, you help to add to the depth and richness of the hodge-podge of our lives.

for some reason, this hodgepodge style of storyline is how it plays out for us. people come in and our of our lives. sometimes for brief moments. sometimes for season after season. although hodgepodge is not always used as a positive descriptor, i think there is something deeper going on in our lives. something with more purpose and beauty than just a quick glance perceives.  i believe that God orchestrates it somehow…in some way. mare and i, jonathan and maggie, are grateful for the ways that you have added to the richness, the depth, the joy in our lives. and we wish you the most bless’d of Christmases this year. we wish you a new year full of adventures and new discoveries. discovering or rediscovering the Christ child, who once showed up in a stable outside of bethlehem. may you see see him in ever surprising places and ways in the coming days, in the coming year…
“What keeps the wild hope of Christmas alive year after year in a world notorious for dashing all hopes is the haunting dream that the child who was born that day may yet be born again even in us and our own snowbound, snow-blind longing for him.”                                      – Frederick Buechner


~ by fourfeetsixinches on December 22, 2012.

5 Responses to “hodgepodge”

  1. Scott, Mary and kids,

    Merry Christmas to you as well. May the beauty of the season become more radiant in your lives and ours too. Your family has been such a blessing to ours and we so enjoy your company, your book (BTW, got it this morning – Yay) and your thoughts on this blog. Really enjoyed your visit last fall and we have to do that again. Blessings to you and the family for a great, healthy, God-filled 2013.

    Bob and Victoria

  2. Again with the great verbage. Wishing you and your family the best of all that is out there.

  3. So glad to be a part of that hodgepodge life of yours. What a great adventure it’s been and will contine for a long time to come yet!! We love all of you so much and wish you a
    Merry Christmas and a Christ- filled New Year!!

  4. Blessed to be part of the Hodge- Podge!!! Merry Christmas, dear brother and family!! We love you and pray for God’s richest blessings in the new year ahead!!
    Love you forever,

  5. Very touched to be part of your “Hodge-Podge”! Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas! May it warm your hearts and home with much joy and laughter!

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