Face-Off with Helo Matzelle!!

Helo’s new book is an incredible memoir of her incredible journey with a rare brain tumor. Review to follow on April 3rd!

But for now, we play!!!

It’s time for another epic Face-Off!! Let’s not waste another minute!


The rules are simple. I ask Helo some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Favorite summertime activity?

Helo – Splashing in the water (a lake, river or sprinkler) with my family. I love watching everyone giggle!

Charity – Fun! I love just sitting out in the green grass soaking up the sun while the family runs all around throwing a football and laughing. ahhh

— tie

2. Favorite fast food?

Helo – Chipotle—Fresh, fast, and a Matzelle family staple!

Charity – Oh, we do love Mexican food! But, Chick-fil-A and Panera are hard to beat!!!

— tie

3. Have you ever had a food fight?

Helo – Yes, I did, once—and once is enough. A group of high school friends and I worked at a chain restaurant. We collectively “won” over a dozen hot fudge sundaes during a contest. After eating a few, we were full, and needed to find a purpose for the additional sundaes. OH NO! They flew! We spattered each other with ice-cream and fudge. That was a messy and fun to do!

Charity – ha!! So fun!!!! I did an epic, all out food fight in college. Other than that, sometimes when my son has a friend over, I’ll start pelting them with marshmallows. Always time for a food fight!

— tie

4. What ingredients make up your favorite smoothie or juice?

Helo – Raspberries, strawberries, bananas, spinach, and protein powder.

Charity – This is very difficult! It’s hard to pick a winner because your answers are so similar!! You are supposed to say that you either had a food fight on top of the Empire State Building, or none at all (;

I like a green smoothie: Cabbage, Spinach, Green Apple, Cucumber. mmmmmm

— tie

5. Biggest book you’ve ever read?

Helo – “Biggest” because it is the most beautiful love letter ever written—The Bible

Charity – Ok, now, there you did it. You went and pulled the Bible card! I have no chance to give a better answer. That’s how it’s done!!!

— Nothing I could do!

Charity 0 / Helo 1

6. What countries have you visited?

Helo – I was born in Delft, Holland. I’ve visited Canada, Germany, France and Denmark. I’ve lived in the United States for almost fifty years.

Charity – Ok, you have proven your point.

I have been to The Dominican Republic, Israel, Canada and America. Not too fancy!!

— Obvious

Charity 0 / Helo 2

7. How do you bring God the most glory in your life?

Helo – I tell Him that I love Him everyday—sometimes minute by minute—and then I realize that He loved me yesterday, loves me today—and will love me tomorrow. Then I can’t seem to get enough of Him!

Charity – Beautiful!!

— God wins!

8. Have you ever swam with a dolphin?

Helo – If you asked anyone who knows me well, they’d say, “One day, Helo hopes to swim with a dolphin!” I’ve wanted to, for as long as I can remember, but never have.

Charity – Wow! What are the odds I would ask you that? (: I haven’t either. It would be so fun!!

— tie

9. Favorite Starbucks drink?

Helo – A Grande Decaf Vanilla Latte. Starbucks is my favorite coffee! In my memoir, “Halo Found Hope,”  the chapter titled, “Changes, Changes and More Changes,” features a scene at Starbucks during my inpatient rehabilitation hospital stay. “…My tilted double vision made the straight staircase look spiral instead. A black patch was put on one of my eyes, and that helped straighten the staircase for me. I was physically drained, but determined to get to Starbucks… At the bottom was my reward: a Starbucks Grande Decaf Vanilla Latte and a Cake Pop. I sat again and rested, reminding myself that someday, I would be released from the hospital and enjoy Starbucks closer to home.”

Charity – lol! Oh my goodness!! That deserves the win!!!! I love the Salted Carmel Mocha. It is only available FOR SURE in the Fall. Otherwise they run out of salt.

— Hands down!!

Charity 0 / Helo 3

10. Any funny stories around how you and your husband met (or while you dated)?

Helo – We met the in a Psychology 101 course at the University of Washington our freshman year. A week later, we sat together again. I was impressed that he “remembered” my name. Actually, he read “Helo Dawson” off of my Pee-Chee folder—but I was still enamored! We stopped “dating” six years later, when he took me out for Chinese food. I couldn’t figure out why he got up and left the table for so long. I guess it’s hard to pull out fortunes from fortune cookies, without breaking the cookie and ripping the paper—and finding the “right one.” Rich came back, blushing. He asked, “Helo, would you like a cookie?” I opened it—and it said, “You will be awarded a great honor.” I thanked Rich and smiled. He asked me to turn that pink strip of paper over. On the back, he had written, “Helo, will you marry me?” I don’t think I’ve ever jumped that high before! “Yes!” I exclaimed.

Charity – That is so romantic! What a wonderful proposal!! (took him long enough! ha ha) I love it!

— You are leaving me in the dust!

Charity 0 / Helo 4
11. Target or Wal-Mart?

Helo – Back and forth. Target is just down the street from my home. Walmart is close to where my kids go to school. Target – Walmart – Target – Walmart

Charity – bahhh. No!! Target must be #1. Besides, they close on Easter and Christmas (;



Charity 1 / Helo 4

Thanks so much, Helo!! I had a great time getting to know you a little better (: Looking forward to reading your book!

In the meantime, you all can go to my “Giveaways” section (on the top of the page) and click on it. You’ll find plenty of them there, including a copy of Helo’s new book: Halo Found Hope and a chance for a Kindle Fire!!

Here’s the link for ya!!

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