Thursday, April 26, 2012

What Do We Have In Common?

It’s always neat to find out that you have things in common with others. Recently, I was tagged by fellow-blogger, Janette Dolores, to answer a few fun questions. I enjoyed reading her answers, and am excited to add mine to the mix.

If you haven’t checked out Janette’s site, take a few minutes to do so! She writes about family and spirituality. You’ll always leave her blog with something to think about.

Sit back with your favorite coffee or tea of choice, and see how much we have in common! Here are my answers:

1        Book or movie and why?
Definitely a book! My daughter constantly makes fun of me because I read at least two or three books at the same time. I’m currently reading Love at Last Sight by Kerry & Chris Shook, and The Storehouse Principle by Al Jandl. Although both of these books are non-fiction, I enjoy fiction as well. My first choice in this genre would probably be historical fiction. Why books over movies? I enjoy being the one to visualize the characters and locations, rather than having all the blanks filled in by a producer.

2        Real book or e-book?
This is a tough one. I read both. I’ve found that I enjoy real books for the fact that I’m reminded of the title and author of the book, every time I pick it up. But the convenience of my Kindle Fire can’t be beat. When I’m going out of town, I can take multiple ‘books’ without having to worry about filling my luggage with everything I’m currently reading. On the downside, I often forget the title of the book I’m reading and the name of the author…

3         Funniest thing you’ve done in the last 5 years.
Had to consult my husband on this one! He immediately brought up the goofy dances I invent on different occasions. The most memorable one? Probably my ping-pong dance. Yes, you read that correctly. My husband, daughter, and I were staying at a lodge in North Georgia. We decided to go down to the game room and play ping pong. I’m not exactly sure why I felt compelled to dance while returning the ball, but there you have it! And fortunately for the other guests, we were the only ones in the room!

4        How would your best friend describe you?
Good question! I actually texted her to find out! Here’s her response, “A very godly woman.” Wow – how humbling. And something I definitely want to live up to!

5        Do you put yourself into the books you read/write or the movies you watch?
Hmmmmmm. No, I don’t think I do. There are definitely character traits that I can identify with – but I don’t put myself in the character’s shoes.   

6        Favorite kind of car and why?
I really enjoy our Land Rover. It’s an LR2 – small enough for me to manage, yet big enough for hauling things. It’s great in all kinds of weather and has settings for off-road excursions as well!

7       Would your choice of party be a catered meal or barbecue out back?
If I were hosting the party? Definitely barbecue out back! My husband smokes a mean pork shoulder! Add some cole slaw, baked beans,  s’more fixin’s, and good friends, and I’m a happy camper – or should I say a happy hostess! 

           What’s your favorite season and why?
Can I have two favorites? Fall and spring. In the fall, I love the changing colors of the leaves. The crispness in the air. And the promise of a fire in the fireplace. Spring is such a wonderful reminder of new life. Everything begins to bloom and I enjoy seeing the light green foliage on the trees in our woods.   

9        What specific lesson have you learned – spiritual, educational, occupational?
The Lord has really been challenging me to live out the life lessons He gives me. Most recently, I’ve been encouraged to trust the Lord as I move outside of my comfort zone. Relying on the Lord to open doors for me instead of trying to force them open, has helped me to develop patience! “Wait on the Lord: be of  good courage, and he shall strengthen thing heart: wait, I say, on the Lord,” (Psalm 27:14 KJV).

          Besides writing, what’s your favorite thing to do when you get some extra time?
I love reading and spending time with family (including our pets – Precious & Joe (retrievers); and our cat, Courtney).

1       What’s one place you can be found at least one time every week?
Church, and the grocery store!

Now that you know more about me, I'd love to know more about you! Simply leave your answer to any one of the questions in the comment section! In addition, I’m tagging seven other bloggers to join in the fun and answer all 11 questions (if you’re unable to participate, I totally understand!):


  1. Maria:

    I'm thrilled you answered these questions and kept the tag going. Thank you, also, for the kind words about my blog. I'm humbled. :-)

    We do share some things in common, I noticed. I read two and three books at a time, too. Maybe it's the multi-tasker in me. Currently, I'm reading a memoir-style spiritual book called Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top by Jeanette Levellie, a biography called Truman by David McCullough, and the Bible which I'm reading pursuant to a year-long study program.

    One more thing we share is our connection with Psalm 27. I've loved that psalm since a child. I have a verse from it hanging by our home's front door, so it's the last thing I see when I leave home.

    I loved getting to know you better! Enjoy the rest of your week.

    1. Janette - This was fun! And I enjoy your blog! I'm also a Jen Levellie fan and look forward to reading her book. I'm thoroughly enjoying my Bible reading plan this year as well - it's broken down into a different category for each day of the week (i.e. Sunday - Epistles, Monday - Law, Tuesday - History, etc.)

      Loved reading about the significance of Psalm 27 in your life! How neat that you've given it a prominent place in your home!

      Hugs & Blessings,

  2. I loved reading your answers to the questions--it's always fun to learn more about our online friends:)

    1. So good to see you, Terri! Have you settled into the TX lifestyle? Look forward to popping by your blog this week! God bless you, my friend!

  3. I enjoyed reading your answers and getting to know a little more about you Maria!
    I definitely love to read a book over the movie version too! It always bothers me when a movie changes things from a book I really loved.
    I think it's much more fun to use your imagination when reading too. :)

    1. Cathy - Great to have you stop by! Totally relating to what you said regarding the book/movie answer. Was there a particular book you were thinking of when you talked about the movie differing from it? Just curious because I had the same feeling with the sequel to Anne of Avonlea. I was really disappointed that the movie didn't follow the book series at all!

      Have a great week & God bless!

    2. I just watched 'War Horse' and thought it was a great movie but it left out some parts and characters that I loved from the book. I also just finished watching the new BBC series 'Great Expectations' and it left so much out from the book and completely left out one of my favorite characters, Biddy!

      P.S. Thanks for sharing that verse from Lamentations on my blog post, its a beautiful one. :)

  4. That was fun! I wouldn't mind seeing you do that ping pong dance!

    My favourite season is Autumn. Which I'm savouring right now as the seasons shift from Summer into the glorious colour and chill of May in Australia. There's nothing I don't like about the smell and feel of this season, but if I start... I may end up blogging here....:)


    1. Awesome to see you, my friend! The ping-pong dance is a classic! I think it all started with a funny dance my Mom called the Happy Dance. Somehow it morphed to include the ping-pong edition!

      I'm sure Australia in the fall is absolutely beautiful! And I hope you DO end up blogging about it. Have a fantastic weekend. Hugs & God bless!

  5. Hi Maria,

    I'd love to see that ping-pong dance!

    Since I was also tagged by Janette, I'll save my responses for another day.

    Susan :)

    1. Hi Susan! I did see that Janette had tagged you as well. I look forward to reading your responses and seeing how many answers we have in common! Have a blessed weekend, my friend! Hugs! :)

  6. Maria!!! Thank you so much for thinking of me! I'm so blessed. :)
    I want to answer your questions! Hopefully I'll get to it soon.

  7. Hi Cheryl! Would love to read your answers - there is no time limit, so feel free to answer at your leisure! Have a blessed weekend! :)

  8. I've enjoyed reading all your answers, Maria. Fun one about the ping pong dance! My favorite season is spring, which I find to be a season of hope as well as beauty, and with temperatures that my body is much happier with than either cold or heat.

  9. I wish I could have seen the funny dances! haha! nice post Maria!