Hodgepodge Wednesday~ Risks, Fears & Carolina skies

Welcome to this weeks Hodgepodge Wednesday questions. =) 
 Always so much fun! Be sure to visit the lovely Joyce at From the Far Side Of The Pond, by clicking the above hodgepodge linky. Join in the fun! =)
So here goes… 
1. Under what circumstances do you do your best thinking? 
Either early in the morning or late at night after the children have gone to bed.  I love to read my Bible in the early morning and before bed, so that I begin the day with good thoughts and end it with good thoughts. =) 

2. Are you a risk taker? What’s one big risk that you have taken?

It depends on the type of risk we are talking about.  I am not a thrill seeker, but I will lay my heart on the line any day of the week for the people I love and care about.
I think probably getting married at the tender age of 17, is the biggest risk that I have ever taken. I was so young and so in love with my sweetheart, that at the time it didn’t seem like a risk at all! But now, looking back, I don’t know how my parents managed the stress of ‘letting go and letting God’ watch over me, as I took that big step! I moved away to a new town and a new life. It has not always been easy. But it has always been worth it.  I have never looked back! This August we will celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. We had the simplest of weddings, but also a very special one. I couldn’t be married to a sweeter man. Life has been very good to me.

3. Some of the most common phobias according to the National Institute for Mental Health are – fear of spiders (arachanphobia), snakes (ophidiophobia), heights (acrophobia), fear of spaces from which escape is difficult (agoraphobia), fear of thunder and lightening (astrophobia), fear of dogs (cynophobia), injections (trypanophobia), social situations, flying ( pteromerhanophobia) and fear of germs and dirt (mysophobia). True phobias affect only about 10% of adults, but of those listed which would you rate as your greatest fear? 

Ohhhh! That’s a tough one! I would say it’s a tie between spiders and heights. Neither is something I like to think about. I have too many dreams, where I am falling off a cliff or a tall building. Falling into endless oblivion. =( 

4. Are you settled or do you feel the need to move somewhere new?
Oh, I am fairly content right where I am planted. I love the balmy south. =) Although, I must admit the hubby and I do have random late night conversations about moving somewhere near the coast. A little house by the sea would be nice. Maybe when the kids leave home? 😉

5. What is something you find annoying when dining in a restaurant? 

People on their cell phones. I don’t need to hear your life history, medical problems or relationship issues while I eat my salad. No offense, but take it outside please. 😉
6. Daffodil yellow, sunset orange, spring green, or sky blue…your favorite color this time of year?
I love all the colors of spring. I do love our Carolina blue skies. One of my favorite things in this whole wide world. I love living in the sunny south.

7. If you were going to take a holiday all by yourself, where would you go?

I’m not much of a solitary traveler. If I am going somewhere special, I would much rather have my sweetheart along. But, if I had to go alone, it would probably be to our Carolina coast. Just to walk the beach and drink in the sunshine and solitude.
Ocean Isle, NC =) Love this place!
8. Insert your own random thought here. 
Wedding planning is exhausting. I am both happy and sad that there are only 8 more days before my daughter’s wedding day! So excited, so “weepy”, and SO tired.  I have laughed, cried, and had every emotion in between for the past month. This precious little girl is all grown up and moving out to start a life of her own. I am blessed that she is marrying such a precious young man. I love him just like my own sons. 
Enjoy this day, or what is left of it. By the time my bloggy friends read this, it will be Thursday! Sorry it is so late this week. 
Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

12 Responses to Hodgepodge Wednesday~ Risks, Fears & Carolina skies

  1. Joyce says:

    8 days! That is exciting! I hope everything goes as the bride has dreamed and planned.

    I was almost 24 when I got married, and also moved far away. Sometimes I think that our parents generation didn't drill down into the smallest detail of everything the way we do now. They assumed you'd marry, there would be some struggles, you'd work together to make a life. And that's what we did. I feel like this generation wants life to be set before they marry, but as we all know you can't predict life : ) Best wishes to the soon-to-be-marrieds!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Another lovely post, Valerie 🙂 Your wedding photo is simply beautiful and speaking of weddings, how exciting for your precious daughter!

    I was 21 when I got married and this Sunday will be our 7th anniversary.

    Thank you for sharing more about yourself – it truly is a joy getting to know you. Sending hugs your way!

  3. Valerie says:

    Dear Joyce, Thank you so much for dropping by for a visit. I agree I don't think my parents generation viewed life quite the way we do. It was a different world 20/30 years ago. Now, there seems to be so much more to worry about! The cost of living is atrocious! I know they will be fine, even though like you say…you can't predict life. =) Thanks so much for the well wishes I will pass them along. Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  4. Valerie says:

    Dear Sweet Stephanie,
    Thank you! You always write the sweetest comments. Happy anniversary! =) Hope you get to do something extra special. I truly do enjoy your beautiful blog. Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  5. Wow, so enjoyed your post today! Seventeen is young, but it looks like you made it. 🙂 And now to see your 'little girl' going off to her own life. Wonderful and sad at the same time. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

  6. Barb says:

    Hi Valerie!

    Oh my goodness, we have so much in common! I was married when I was just 18, I hate spiders and heights, cell phones in restaurants drive me crazy and I love all spring colors!

    Eight days will go by so quickly! Good luck with the wedding, your daughter's picture is just adorable – what cute grands you will have!


  7. Sylvia says:

    Your grown up "little girl" is so beautiful. I know you'll have an emotional day, but enjoy it. My heart flipped when I saw my daughters walking down the aisle. I was 18 when I married and this past Dec. was 50 years now.
    I enjoy reading your post.

  8. Enjoyed your post. It is nice to know more about you!

  9. Valerie says:

    Dear Judy,
    Thank you so much for dropping by! Yes, 17 is very young. But we have just taken it one day at a time and are so happy just being together. We have been blessed with a happy life. I hope you had a lovely Memorial Day. Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  10. Valerie says:

    Dear Barb, Thank you for your sweet comment. =) We DO have a lot in common.
    Only two more days till wedding time. I am getting nervous. 😉 Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  11. Valerie says:

    Dear Sylvia,
    Congrats on 50 years! What an inspiration. =)
    Thank you so much for your kind words.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  12. Valerie says:

    Dear Weekend Wind up,
    Thank you for dropping by and for the sweet comments.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

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