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Happy birthday to my favorite 25 year old niece!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

For my nieces 25th birthday, I wrote 25 things that I wanted her to know! What are some words of wisdom that you impart to your children and family members? I would love to hear them!

25. You will make mistakes in life. That's okay. Just own up to them, admit them and learn from them. Simple as that!
24. Read something every day! ( Of course, I had to throw that one in!)
23. Recite your favorite bible verse to yourself daily and lean on those words.
22. Eat some form of chocolate every day! That is very important!
21. Learn how you like your eggs! (Watch Runaway Bride to understand that piece of advice.)
20. Try a new food each month. You will be amazed at your changing taste buds.
19. There is no such thing as a bad piece of pizza!
18. Try to walk 10,000 steps a day. I know, seems a bit crazy, but it's a great habit to get into.
17. Always remember you can do anything you set your mind too! (Except go into the boys' bathroom!)
16. Cereal isn't just for breakfast!
15. Think outside the box!
14. Read John 15: 1-17 and live your life accordingly!
13. Know that friends can be family and family can be friends.
12. If and when you do have children, Dawn will make a great middle name for a red-headed girl and Nigel is a perfect name for a chubby-cheeked boy.....just saying! LOL I can see my family rolling their eyes at that one!
11. Always have a song in your heart and sing it LOUDLY! Sing in the shower, sing at work and sing in the car!
10. Smile when you answer the phone. The person on the other end can hear it and it will make their day.
9. Never, ever, never, ever wear your glasses in the ocean and bend down to pick up something shiny when a huge way is coming! The wave will knock your glasses off and you will never see them again and will be blind for three days until you can go home and wear your old pair of glasses! Or so I have been told!
8. I will be cheering the loudest of anyone when you graduated from college! You can and will do it!
7. If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything! (Saw that on a T-shirt once and just loved it!
6. Continue to make those candy mints! Enough said!
5. Budget for emergencies. Budgets are hard but I know you make them work! You rock!
4. It is okay not to know what you want to be when you are 18, 21, 25, 30, 35, 40 or even 80. I have my dream job but someday I would love to have a career as Jeff Gordon's gas man! LOL!
3. In the ever-changing world of technology, remember to go old school every once in a while and write someone a hand-written note! It will tug at their heart strings to be remembered that way!
2. Remember to know that I love you, pray for you and will always have your back! I will never judge you (that's not my job) and will always listen to you! You may not have grown inside of me but you grew in my heart! I remember the first moment I held you, I promised you I would always be there for you! I love you!
1. Even though I love you more than words can say, Our Heavenly Father loves you even more! Remember to seek His guidance as He will never fail you!

Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  
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YMWONG22 9/18/2014 1:48AM

  This is so beautiful, witty and funny at the same time. Thanks for sharing.
Happy belated birthday to your niece.
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2DAWN4 9/17/2014 9:02PM

    Thanks for the post Jibbie 49. Most of that fit her to a T! I plan on showing this to her next time I see her! Thanks for taking the time to post that! Happy sparking!

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2DAWN4 9/17/2014 9:01PM

    To ZRIE014: Happy birthday to your wife! Square dancing is a great way to celebrate a birthday! Enjoy the evening! Happy sparking to you!


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2DAWN4 9/17/2014 8:59PM

    Thanks MELYROD18. She did enjoy it and cried when she read it! Her brother has a birthday in the spring and already asked me to post something like this on his! Guess I better think of 30 little nuggets of wisdom! Happy sparking!

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MELYROD18 9/17/2014 1:57AM

    It's great that you did this for your niece. I'm sure she loved it! Well done! :)

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JIBBIE49 9/17/2014 1:04AM

    emoticon Happy Birthday to your 25 yo niece. The Virgo child is born to a mother who wasn't happy with the money the father made, so the Virgo child learns to be frugal because she will always worry she doesn't have enough. She is self-critical and the shy girl, needs to learn to talk back to her inner-critic. She is very intelligent, but often has problems "turning her brain off" at night. She has few children, but makes a good teacher or nurse. She loves to show others how to live right. (Dr. Phil is a Virgo.) The Virgo girl can have problems with her intestines, and she needs to take care of her feet, so no tight fitting shoes. Health is important to her, so practicing Yoga or Pilates is good for her. Virgo never has an easy life. She needs to have quiet time to herself in order to rebuild her strength each day.

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ZRIE014 9/17/2014 12:51AM

  Wednesday is my wife's 69th birthday. We are going to celebrate squaring dancing.

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A stitch in time........

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saves me from embarrassment! I am taking care of my cousin's dog while they are on a mini holiday. Tonight I was taking my cousin's dog for a walk in their backyard so the cute piece of fur could do its business. Three things happen at once! It starts to pour, Frankie escapes from the collar and takes off and my pants fall down. No, I have not lost that much weight. My button had fallen off earlier in the evening and I had not sewn it back on! Luckily, no one saw me, I grabbed Frankie and we made it back on the porch with only a mild drenching!

Moral of the story: A stitch in time may save time and embarrassment but sometimes being stitchless makes a better story!

  
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2DAWN4 9/17/2014 8:56PM

    What a great idea IMUSTLOSEIT1. I am now dong that also! Thanks for everyone else that commented on this blog! Happy sparking to you!

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KINGDOMBOUND317 9/12/2014 11:59AM

    2 funny! Thanks for the advice and the encouragement !! emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/2/2014 10:06AM

    That is what I call "the snowball effect". Thing just keep happening. Every day I write to someone that is not on my friend list that is on the massage board, and this morning it was you. And what a great choose. Got one laugh in for the day already. Hope you have a great day, and get that button sewed back on. lol

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JIBBIE49 9/1/2014 12:51AM

    Make SEPTEMBER a great month. Use all 30 days.

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Ice Ice Baby!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Last week, I was challenged by a good friend to do the Ice bucket Challenge for ALS. I did a little research and was shocked to find out how little I know about the disease and how much those affected by ALS suffer.

I was honored to take part in the fundraiser and wanted to help raise awareness. So I decided to hold the challenge at work and invite the patrons to watch me. I had four different containers ranging in size from a solo cup to a 5 lb. bucket. If less than 5 people showed up I would be dunked with the cup and if more than 20 showed up, a 5 gallon bucket would be in my future.

I am pleased to announced that I was splashed with water from a five gallon bucket. The ice had melted since it was 90 degrees plus out but it was so much fun. Although the ice bucket challenge was fun to plan and carry out, ALS is no joke or laughing matter. To stress that fact, I wore a jester's hat and I clown nose and necktie. I would upload a picture if I knew how!

I also had a display of books on the subject of ALS, along with a fact and donation sheet. i also read a children's book on Lou Gehrig.

I am curious to hear from my fellow sparkers your experiences with the ice bucket challenge.

  
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JIBBIE49 8/24/2014 12:39AM

    A million people have Parkinson's and 30,000 have ALS, so it is no wonder it has received little attention.
ALS and Alzheimers are on the same pathway in the brain, so the research for ALS will benefit 5,000,000 with Alzheimers who cost the health care system 244 billion dollars last year.

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GEMINICHIK 8/23/2014 1:07AM

    One of my staff dressed up as Captain America - he had so many people contribute to ALS for 2 days.- very ingenious stunt to great this disease publicity which on turn = $$$




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Another year bites the dust!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Today is the day that I celebrate being another year older. As I reflect on the past year, I am amazed at how blessed I am.

I have accomplished several goals, some large and some small, and have checked some things off of my bucket list. I still have more that I want to achieve in my lifetime so I have a lot of living left to do!

My new goals for the next year include: continuing on my weight loss journey, take time once a month to scrapbook, write actual letters to my friends and family, learn how to drive a stick shift, and geocache more, learn to play guitar and laugh loud and often! Not too many goals is it?

I will keep everyone posted!

Happy to birthday to me!

  
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MRSRIGS1 8/31/2014 10:51PM

    Happy belated birthday!!

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NASFKAB 8/28/2014 12:47AM

  Happy belated Birthday great for being on spark mail

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FABISERVANTES83 8/18/2014 2:01PM

    I know it's a couple days late but emoticon and congratulations on your achievements.

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FREESPIRITME 8/18/2014 10:15AM

    I hope you have a blessed upcoming year.

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MAYBER 8/17/2014 6:52PM

    emoticon Best wishes with you goal and bucket list
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JSEATTLE 8/17/2014 6:16PM

  Happy Birthday to you!! We are all so blessed.

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NONNAOF2 8/17/2014 5:15PM

  Happy birthday and enjoy crossing those things off of your bucket list!! Have a successful year ahead! :-)

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/17/2014 4:17PM

  Oh wonderful!! Blessed,, Inspired, Grateful, Happy Birthday!! Good to have goals.

Tell us what you got done this year...

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LCRUMLEY81 8/17/2014 12:52PM

  happy birthday

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EMMACORY 8/17/2014 12:27PM

    Life is a precious gift! Continue to celebrate your life to the fullest! emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 8/17/2014 11:44AM

    Happy Birthday!

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JERICHO1991 8/17/2014 9:03AM

    Good goals, and reasons to keep living life. Happy birthday!

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DJSHIP46 8/17/2014 8:21AM

    Good goals... Hope it was a emoticon Keep up the good work!

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SUEARNOLD1 8/17/2014 7:54AM

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Hope it was a great one!

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PENOWOK 8/17/2014 7:02AM

    Happy belated birthday! Love your goals! I just got a stack of photos I need to scrapbook and hopefully will get to do that today and tomorrow! Enjoy!

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CHERYLHURT 8/17/2014 6:34AM

  Any may you have many, many more!

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MARYJOANNA 8/17/2014 5:28AM

  Feliz Cumpleanos!!

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JIBBIE49 8/17/2014 1:24AM

    emoticon The Leo woman loves to set the standard for others to achieve. That is certainly the reason she needs to be slim and fit, as she hates to have anyone criticize her about her looks.

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    Happy Birthday !!

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Starlight, Starbright!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Tonight on my walk, I saw a fallen star! Haven't seen one of them in years! Must be my lucky night! It happened very quickly but was a sight to behold! So glad I got to witness one. Now I want to research fallen stars!

  
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STITCH4EVER 8/8/2014 4:28PM

    MY DAD USED TO TELL ME THAT FALLEN STARS WERE ANGELS OUT FOR A JOY RIDE.
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