The Friday Five: Random!

kjarla of RevGals offers this week’s Friday Five:

Wow, how is it that it is the second Friday of October, already??
I don’t know about you, but this fall has been incredibly FULL, and time is flying faster than I can keep track of it!

So, first things first.
Take a moment, and take 5 deep slow breaths…

Well, I feel more centered now.
So, let’s get on with a Random Friday Five.

1. Tell us a moment of blessing that you have experienced in the past week. It’s a blessing, but it’s also been sad. I have been remembering a wonderful woman of God who has finally been released from pancreatic cancer. Her life, her impact, her joyous celebration of family and God’s work in the world have blessed and comforted. Funny how blessing comes through the peaceful work of the Spirit in times of grief.

2. Share the first thing/story that comes to mind when you read “When I was a child…” Geez. That’s hard. There are so many things I could tell you. Instead I’ll share a photo of a house that we lived in when I was in elementary school. Reedy Girl and I drove by it during our summer college tour extravaganza.

Interestingly, it looks pretty much the same as I remembered, with some minor changes in the kind of trees growing beside the driveway, and the absence of woods behind the house.

3, 4, and 5. If you were the host of a t.v. talk show, what three people would you like to interview on your first show, and what would you ask them. (I’d like to say this was harder that it first seemed!)

3. Ryan Gosling: How do you like being the face of “Hey Girl” memes? (BTW, if you haven’t had a good laugh today, go see the Hey Christian Girl tumblr page for “Christian pick up lines.”)

4. To any President of the United States, past or present: Who was your worst advisor? Your best? (I figure I’ll open the door to anyone, any party.)

5. To my great-great-great grandma, Ellen Brown Hickox Stewart: Can you tell me more about your life in Kansas? Because you didn’t leave much in your writings about your move there and I’m curious. (This is strictly selfish. I’m trying to write a historical fiction novel about her life, and it’s hard to find out this information!)

So play along if you’d like. It’s just random enough to be fun. 🙂


  1. The childhood house is so nice! I love brick homes. Oh yes, I know those women on the prairies…they didn’t write much back then, and it would be soooo interesting.
    Thanks for the play!


  2. What a wonderful tribute to a woman who mattered to you. As I get older grief I find that grief is full of surprises, most of them good.

    I can “see you” in that house. Lovely!

    Great interviewee choices and questions! I totally get wanting to now more about the lives of your ancestor(s). Me too!


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