Marriage Meme


Some of you may be saying…What the heck is a meme? I know I did the first time I saw it. Simply, a Meme is a series of questions passed around from blog to blog. There are a whole lot of other definitions to it, but we will leave it at that.

So my wife and I have a friend named Mandy. She tagged us yesterday to participate in this meme. Mandy is a worship leader a a church in New England. She is attending seminary. She authors two blogs, one personal and one that highlights the discussion regarding blended worship. Mandy asked me yesterday how I have time to read books…back at you πŸ™‚

Anyway, I am to tell you 8 things about my marriage. I am sure these will be quite profound and littered with depth and wisdom…or not.

1) I am married to my dream girl. I dated a few girls through my high school years. One I was very serious about. And let me preface, they were all wonderful women. When I met Tammy, and got to know her I had found everything I was looking for. I didn’t even know I was looking for it. When she and I got together, God blessed me. She makes me a better person.
(I could probably stop right here, but I will continue on πŸ™‚

2)Tammy and I met at church. When she walked in (remember this was 1989), she was an LA Gear ad. She wore a tank top with a high cut jean jacket, a jean mini skirt and LA Gear high tops. I melted.

3) Our first official date was in a car driving back from JesusFest in Riverside. We then went to In-N-Out and had dinner at like 1AM, after that we headed to her and her rommates apartment and stayed up all night talking.

4) We were engaged after 5 weeks of dating. I was not the one who “popped” the question. But my answer was yes! We didn’t marry for another 10 months.

5) Our favorite thing to do is to enjoy Friday mornings together. I have Friday’s off. During the school year when the kids are gone, we have nothing to focus on but ourselves. We may window shop, run errands or grab our computers and go down to the local WiFi coffee shop and relax. We may not even talk much, we just love to be together.

6) The best vacation we ever had was to Hawaii. One year we had a tax refund that allowed us to go to Waikiki and spend a week there. That was one of the most relaxing things we have ever done together. We have been back since with the whole family (In-laws included). it was amazing…but not as relaxing. It is my goal to spend our 25th there.

7) We will be married 16 years on the 18th. I our 16 years of marriages we have lived in 5 apartments and 6 houses. That is ridiculous!

8) The greatest thing about our marriage is that we are best friends. i have never once wanted to hang out with someone more than my wife. We love to talk, think through ideas, we are both dreamers, we both have a passion for our gifts and our relationship with God, we have amazing children that bless us every day and we love who God is making us into. Love ya Tam!


10 Responses to “Marriage Meme”

  1. 1 Tam

    Sweet! Now get home and pick up your stinkin’ socks!

  2. 2 Brent Hodge

    Whatever…I’m wearing flip flops.

    You have just experienced the extent of our fighting πŸ™‚

  3. 3 Tam


  4. 4 mandy

    lots of romantic overlaps here… but i LOVE it!!! brent, you should get ATLEAST 15 brownie points for this meme…… good job!
    and, for the “back at you”: i don’t really read books… i’m more of a skimmer. learned the fine art of skimming w/ my only semester of seminary. 3 months + 6,000 pages of reading = panic!!!!
    enjoy your friday am together

  5. 5 Brent Hodge

    I think school is what caused me to not read. I can only read something I want to read. that is something I need to get over.

    I am looking forward to our “Friday” night. I’ll be mowing lawns and going to Home Depot for some necessities so that I can be “Mr Home Improver” tomorrow.

    VERY Romantic!

  6. 6 Cheryl

    Busted Tam, I was wondering why Brent would be wearing socks when it is hot out! HA!

    You guys are very cute! Much love between you and it shows.

  7. 7 Tam

    Ahhh, Cheryl, Love/Tolerance, whatever! HEE-HEE! Lots of love thats for sure!

    B-Lawn??? Long??? Helloooo??? =)

  8. 8 Tam

    Oh Mandy! You rock! Have I said that somewhere else before? You do!

  9. 9 jennyhope

    okay all of you guys make me sick! Does this stuff really exist? LOL!! You guys are blessed! Did Tam really pop the question? Hilarious!

  10. 10 Brent Hodge

    She most definitely pooped the question.

    It was kind of a “When are you going to ask me?” Of course, I then asked…I mean I didn’t want to get beat up or something πŸ™‚

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