Thursday, June 30, 2011

The best day

Tuesday Amber woke up very excited. She said, "It's VBS and the park play day today!"

I said, "It's the best day of your life!"

Amber quickly informed me, "No, the best day of my life will probably be when I go to heaven."

This is my mother-in-law's doing, and I am so grateful to her for it. Myrna Hodge lived her life well. She died well, too, never complaining of her cancer or wishing she were healed. Two months before she died, Myrna said, "I feel like I have one foot on this earth and the other in heaven."

Myrna told her grandkids about heaven, what it would be like, and she taught them how to get to heaven. She made it so exciting that when she died, Amber's cousin, Sarah, said, "I'm jealous of grandma. She's in heaven with Jesus!"

I know--without a doubt--that when Myrna crossed over the threshold from this life to eternity with Jesus, God said, "Well done, thy good and faithful servant."


2 Timothy 4:7-8:
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."

Autumn's Loose Tooth

On Monday, Autumn--rather tearfully--informed me that she had a loose tooth and it hurt. It was her first loose tooth and the reason it hurt was probably because she was constantly wiggling it.

We told her all about the Tooth Fairy and she got excited. Tuesday morning, she lifted up her pillow and said, "I didn't get a dollar!"

We had to explain to her that she doesn't get a dollar until the tooth falls out. And so the wiggling began again!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Was it the gleam in my eye?

Yesterday, after the memorial, Eric's dad gave me a teapot belonging to Eric's mom. It matched the tiered server and the tea cups/saucers that Eric's mom had given me years ago. Tonight I was starting to find a place for the teapot in my china cabinet. I opened the lower cabinet doors, saw the contents, and the wheels of my mind started turning and going in a very familiar direction. I'll call it "the land of organization." It doesn't take much for me to venture into that land of fun and adventure.

Autumn walked into the dining room, looked at me and the open doors and said, "Are you re-arranging mom?"

I hadn't even told anyone what I was thinking of doing. Was it the gleam in my eye? Or does my daughter know me that well?

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Yesterday I had explained to Amber that "on the house" means that you don't have to pay for your purchase.

Later, the girls and I were playing "restaurant" for lunch. I asked Amber how much the pizza cost. She said, "Nothing, the manager said it's on top of the house."

Even at 8 years old, Amber still manages to say the most adorable things.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

In Memory of Myrna Hodge

After battling cancer for 17 years (and I mean battling), Friday night my mother-in-law, Myrna, went home to be with the Lord. I just finished writing the obituary, and so I thought I would just copy it onto here, as it tells a little bit about the person she was.

Myrna Louise Hodge, 76, died in Santa Barbara on June 17, 2011. Myrna was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania and grew up nearby.

At the age of 9, Myrna accepted the Lord as her savior at an evangelistic meeting. She attended Philadelphia College of the Bible and taught Bible clubs in the inner-city of Pennsylvania. In 1968, Myrna married Robert Hodge. A year later, they moved to Santa Barbara, California, where she spent the remainder of her life on this earth with her husband and three children.

Myrna attended Santa Barbara Community Church and Shoreline Community Church. She taught Bible studies in Santa Barbara, worked in the loan department for Great Western Bank and was a bookkeeper for 12 years at Hill and Gaeden.

Myrna’s favorite thing to do was spend time with her family.

“She just loved seeing us all together,” said her daughter, Amy Tolsma.

Other things Myrna enjoyed were cooking, crossword puzzles, cross-stitch, playing the piano, writing letters and sharing God’s love with others.

“She was a cook, homemaker and spiritual mentor to her kids and many others,” said her husband, Robert.

Myrna is described by her family and friends as a woman who touched people’s lives everywhere she went.  Even a few days before she went home to be with the Lord, Myrna was sharing His love with one of her caregivers.

Myrna was preceded in death by her father, George Bomboy; her mother, Mary Bomboy; and sister, Emma Jo McGill.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Hodge; daughters, Sonja Hodge and Amy Tolsma; son, Eric Hodge; son-in-law, David Tolsma; daughter-in-law, Christine Hodge; and grandchildren, Pieter and Rachel Tolsma, Sarah Hodge, and Amber and Autumn Hodge.

A memorial celebration for Myrna will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Shoreline Community Church, 935 San Andres St., Santa Barbara.

In lieu of flowers, Myrna requested donations be made to Food For The Poor,
6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Graduations, Anniversary, Reunion

A lot has happened in the past 12 days. May 31 I picked up my sister, Deborah, from the airport...June 1 Deborah cut everyone's hair in the Hodge Lodge...June 2 Autumn graduated from preschool...June 2 (right after the preschool ceremony), Eric and I went to Avila Beach for 5 days for our 15th anniversary...June 8 I took my sister back to the airport...June 9 I did lots of laundry...June 10 I did lots of laundry...June 11 (today) we all went to Santa Barbara to celebrate Eric's cousin Grace's graduation from UCSB--and to have a huge Hodge family reunion! Whew! I need another vacation!

Kindergarten, here I come!

The happy graduate & mommy!

Auntie Deborah gave the girls new looks!

Anniversary dinner at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, where we stayed.

We biked or walked almost everywhere!

Congratulations, Cousin Grace!

The Hodge family (most of them)!

Eric and his sisters, Amy & Sonja. I can never get a serious picture of those three!

Cousins: Amber, Sarah & Autumn. I can never get a serious pic of them, either. Hmmm...I wonder why?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

15 Wonderful Years!!!

Today is the 15th wedding anniversary for me and my sweet husband, Eric. Tomorrow--after Autumn graduates from preschool--Eric and I are going to Sycamore Mineral Springs (near Avila Beach) for 5 days! My sister, Deborah, will be entertaining the girls while we are gone. She's been here only 24 hours and has them spoiled rotten! Ha ha!! Words can not describe how grateful I am to God for bringing me and Eric together. After our first date (15 3/4 years ago) I knew Eric was "the one" for me. He was--and still remains to be--my knight in shinning armor.