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Coming back - a bit defeated

Monday, April 14, 2014

Of course, you know the story: Sparker does well for a while, then starts backsliding, and then quits for a while, and then backslides even more.

Case in point: me

BUT - it's time for me to come back and see old friends and get myself back on track.

Life has been SO busy, but I have to start taking more time for my own health. *nods*

I'm sending hugs to you all, and I'll try to catch up with everyone over the next few days. (((((hugs))))

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 4/15/2014 10:36AM

    WOO HOO..... Your BACK! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have missed you!

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TOPSBEAR 4/14/2014 10:08PM

    well, I will echo everyone and say I have missed you! Just when I came back, you left. Sowe still havent really connected again since I was left here. I am glad you are back!

Forgive yourself the backslides. We all do it, at one time or another. No point in beating yourself up over it. Just start over like it is the first time, We are all here to cheer you on, help pick you up when you stumble or fall. emoticon

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KATOFORNOW 4/14/2014 5:43PM

    Good to 'hear' your voice back here; it helps to be on this journey together.. when one feels a bit down,this site gets me up. I'm not the only one who is up and many ways!
today.. had a luncheon out with a group of women from a church; tonight have a supper out with a group of women from another church; eating out is just not good for me. Well, socially it is. But eating..oh my! So it I said up and down.

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SUGARSMOM2 4/14/2014 5:36PM

  without you here we have missed you and found a spot that was empty . happy to have you back .

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DSBRIDE 4/14/2014 4:40PM

    Oh, how I missed you and how happy I am that you are back!
You left but I stayed. We both are still in the same place! I have gained even though I kept trying, kept tracking and kept working. I didn't think this would be possible and so many times I wanted to just give up. I can just imagine where I would be if I wasn't trying.
So that's the past and moving on, let's beat this dragon together!

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Taking a Break

Friday, August 16, 2013

When life just gets too darn busy, something has to give. I figured I'd use this week as a test to see if I could find the time to Spark and here it's Friday and this is the first chance I've had to get onto the site. Between work and family, it's hard to find even a few extra minutes in a day lately.

So I'm going to officially take a break from Spark People - I do plan on coming back, but it probably won't be until sometime this winter. (Although I can't foresee a huge slow down in any part of my life at this point).

I'll leave my page up, etc., so it'll be easier to transition back when the time comes. Some of you have my personal email address - feel free to use it anytime. Everyone else, just drop me a spark message and I'll try to respond.

*hugs* to all!

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DONNAKOVAC 10/14/2013 7:30AM

    missing you, too. (((hugs!)))

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FEARLESSNOW 8/17/2013 4:44PM

    Good luck!

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JARBRITT 8/17/2013 11:28AM

    Amy - I hope things settle down for you and your family.

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POPSY190 8/17/2013 3:21AM

    I hope you make it back soon and will miss you until then. In the meantime, take care of yourself! emoticon

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WIZKEY 8/16/2013 9:54PM

    Miss you Amy!! I hope everything is okay and that things slow down for you soon so you can come back and check in with us once in awhile.

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LOOKINGUP2012 8/16/2013 7:25PM

    It's easy to understand. Have a great break!

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JESSYVIRGINY 8/16/2013 7:19PM

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NEWTINK 8/16/2013 4:40PM

    Hurry back but i understand that you need the time emoticon

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LGAR519 8/16/2013 2:22PM

    I had to do the same thing Amy. I just don't have time any more. I miss my Mom more than anything in the world. But I have managed to enjoy myself to the fullest this Summer. I spend lots of time at the YMCA. I love water aerobics. I have been attending card parties. I just love to play cards. And I am involved in Church activities too. Some of my new friends and I go out to eat in the many restaurants springing up in this area. My Brother was here for 2 weeks. Ben had surgery. My cat ran up a huge bill at the Vets. He's okay now. ( Ben and the cat! ) Tomatoes to pick and gardening to do. Busy, Busy!!! See you when you get back.

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TOPSBEAR 8/16/2013 1:22PM

    I, too, have already missed you and will miss you while you are gone.

You will alway be in my thoughts and I wish you and your family good health, and pleasant journeys through the roads that life is taking you along at the moment emoticon
big hugs, take care

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DSBRIDE 8/16/2013 10:53AM

    I miss you too! Don't forget to enjoy yourself in all this busyness! I'll be waiting for your return!

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MRSBETH99 8/16/2013 10:49AM

    I'll miss you! I've already missed you. :( I'm sorry things are so busy right now. I hope you find a way to make this new busy-ness work for you and your family. And I hope we see you back here soon.


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I'm still around - just not very vocal...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I'm still here, though I haven't been doing well on my program the past couple of weeks - between Mark's depression (he's better for now) and his graduation, it has been hectic and draining.

I was pretty emotional leading up the graduation. It breaks my heart that Mark missed out on his whole senior year and the graduation ceremony. But his mental health comes first.

Anyway, sorry for being so silent lately - when I'm feeling less brittle, I'll be more vocal, I promise.

A couple of pics from the grad party:

The two grads - Mark is sitting down, his cousin Brandon is standing:

And this is what happens when an 11 pound puppy tries to party all day with the big folks:

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PAULAAUTUMN 6/30/2013 9:09AM

    So sorry things have been rough for you it is always hard to keep things going when things are going well. emoticon

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JMCADE 6/28/2013 3:05PM

    Glad to hear that things are doing better. Keeping your family in prayer.

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LJR4HEALTH 6/27/2013 7:19PM

    emoticon sorry its been a rough spot for you You were missed

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MRSBETH99 6/27/2013 4:48PM

    (((HUGS)))...wish I could give you a real hug and not just a virtual one. Hang in there and take care of yourself, please!

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HAZELFRUIT 6/27/2013 2:32PM

    Wow, I just listened to the bandcamp link you posted on a previous blog, and that kid has talent AND creativity. I hope he keeps working on new stuff to share. Creating is tough work but he's clearly got a lot of potential.

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LV_MOM1 6/26/2013 6:37PM

    Congrats to Mark for graduating! One of many great milestones, with many more to come. Enjoy the moment, they grow up way to fast! emoticon emoticon

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WIZKEY 6/26/2013 6:27PM

    Glad you're back on here and congratulations to Mark!! Devin had to come home to school for the last 3 years of high school and so we had a party for him when he graduated, but also no ceremony. He didn't seem to mind, though. I know how hard it is for us as parents when our children do not do the things that we considered part of our growing up, but they are making progress as strong young men in their own time. emoticon

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 6/26/2013 5:35PM

    YAY! Your ALIVE!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 6/26/2013 5:29PM

    Amy - no need to be sorry - you have a right to your feelings as Mom . I understand completely of coarse that is sad. But it is what it is at least he graduated and is dealing with entire situation. Mark looks handsome , cuz also - Love the sleepy pup!! Amy you are an awesome Mom and I am very proud of you for being as strong as you are as a person with all that you have dealt with I the past year. Their 's no right or wrong in this just friends that love you !! Hugs K emoticon emoticon

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SIRENSONGS 6/26/2013 4:15PM

    I've missed you here Amy, but totally understand why you haven't been around as much. What you have been dealing with have definitely been priorities! I am glad to hear that Mark is doing better, and hope he remains so for a long time! It is sad that he had to miss his senior year at school, but you're right: his mental health definitely comes first! He will have plenty of time to form new memories. Congratulations to Mark on his graduation! After all he's been through, I know how proud you must be! Your pictures are lovely, and I want to give the puppy a nice big cuddle! :)

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LGAR519 6/26/2013 4:01PM

    Amy, I missed reading your blogs. I'm glad Mark is doing better. I sometimes think that parents miss important activities in their children's lives more so than the kids do. At least he graduated and has his music. You will get back into your healthy life style soon. I know you will.

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TOPSBEAR 6/26/2013 3:41PM

    i am glad that Mark is doing some better. It is unfirtunate when these things interfere with their school years but there is not a lot to be done about that.He has other accomplishments to be proud of, namely, his music! It will take him places if he chooses to let it!

Glad you are still around, after a long haul through all these events and troubles. You will turn around and be back on track when your heart and mind are not so distracted from the things that life throws at you. We all have those times one way or the other, sooner or later. All we can do is be there for those that need that helping hand or friendly ear to listen.

Any time, email me. Big warm hugs to you

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TERESA159 6/26/2013 1:11PM

    Good to hear from you and thanks for sharing your family's celebration. I'm still around too but have not had time nor energy for blogging or keeping up with people. Am trying to figure out how to "do it all".

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Asking for a favor....

Friday, June 14, 2013

Younger son, Mark, is going through a depression episode again (He's never really out to depression, but sometimes it gets worse). This time it's really scaring me - he says he's not suicidal, but he just feels like there's no point to life anymore.

He was supposed to go talk to the doc today, but doc got sick and rescheduled until Monday.

Anyway, on to my request: I believe in the power of positive thinking and the energy that comes from good wishes. So, if you would, please take about five and a half minutes - go listen to some of my talented boy's music, close your eyes, and just send him good wishes/love/prayers/energy. It might not be the 'cure', but it can't hurt, right??

Here's the link to his newest guitar mix - it's relaxing, not metal (this time)

Thanks so much. It's been a heck of a rough time...

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SIRENSONGS 6/16/2013 2:40PM

    I'm at work now, but I'll listen as soon as I get home, and I don't need to start listening to start sending out those healing and positive vibes. I'll keep you and Mark in my thoughts, and I know it might not be comforting to hear this now, please know that this WILL pass. I can speak from personal experience.

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MSGO72 6/15/2013 9:13PM

  Keep fighting Mark! emoticon

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JMCADE 6/15/2013 5:35PM

    Keeping you both in my prayers and I am headed over to listen.

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WIZKEY 6/15/2013 5:24PM

    Prayers and hugs to you Amy and many positive thoughts for your son!! Mine has been better the past two or three days. It's a one day at a time thing, isn't it? I pray they will both be able to overcome this and reach their full potential.

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RACEWELLWON 6/15/2013 2:22PM

    You can count on me Amy -- wish I was lived by you to be more help !! But - nothing but Positive thought to you - book suggestion - Intuitive Self - Healing - by Marie Manuchehri , RN it helped me a ton - Hugs K - Thanks for stopping by !! emoticon

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 6/15/2013 9:49AM

    Very pretty music Amy. He has been gifted with the ability so sooth and the spirits of so many people that he will probably never meet or hear from in his life. You must be so very proud of his ability!

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 6/15/2013 9:41AM

    Sweet Amy...... You, Mark, and your family were all lifted up in my prayers this morning. HUGS! emoticon

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LGAR519 6/15/2013 7:12AM

    I'm so sorry that you and Mark have to go through this. I am learning now, through the death of my Mother, that Depression is a very real problem. And dealing with it is so very hard. I will listen to his music and send prayers for you both!

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TOPSBEAR 6/14/2013 11:25PM

    Sending big warm hugs for both of you, positive thoughts and prayers of recovery and healing
take care

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CIROHIO 6/14/2013 11:16PM

    emoticon I loved it! What a talented young man he is. Blessed to have such talent. I posted it to my facebook page so others may listen to it. Hopefully he will see the post.
Sorry you both are going through this rough time. Saying prayers for you both!
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FISHER011 6/14/2013 10:58PM

    Very Nice!
Prayers are with you both!

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AKATHLEEN54 6/14/2013 10:55PM

    I did listen... it has a very nice quality. I will pray that your son finds his inner peace. emoticon

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SILVERWITCH59 6/14/2013 9:53PM

    On my way to listen.. sending positive thoughts. I understand .My son is often in a very scary place too. xo

He is a very talented young man :)

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LJR4HEALTH 6/14/2013 9:47PM

    He is Good

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LV_MOM1 6/14/2013 9:42PM

    His music is great - I kept going on to the next one & the next one ... My positive energy is on its way - feel the warmth emoticon

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DSBRIDE 6/14/2013 8:15PM

    I understand, sending hugs and prayers and lots of good vibes!

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RAPUNZEL53 6/14/2013 8:03PM

  Good Luck!

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The Aggie Chronicles

Monday, June 03, 2013

Yep, I'm going to be one of those people who show off photos of their pet (and one of my sons... emoticon) .

The first photo is a couple of days after we adopted her - she was eight weeks old. The second photo, she was about 12 weeks, and the third was the other day - just under seven months old. I get a laugh out of the ears and tail. The ears go from floppy, to semi floppy, to straight up. And the tail, well it goes from skinny to feather duster. LOL

(That's her boy, Mark, holding her in all the photos)

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RACEWELLWON 6/11/2013 8:20PM

    Awesome - Both look well - wow really can see the changes - incredible !! emoticon

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TOPSBEAR 6/11/2013 10:54AM

    what a sweetie, and it's clear that Mark adores her emoticon great pics!

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PAULAAUTUMN 6/6/2013 9:22AM

    So sweet and such a lovley dog your son is a good looking chap as well. I spy guitars in the background does your dog like the guitar being played? My cat Dylan hates it and when DH gets his guitar down Dylan heads for the door. emoticon

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TERESA159 6/4/2013 12:27PM

    I think Mark's growing too! ha ha.
That is a really cute dog, you are lucky to have such a love muffin around.

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STR458 6/4/2013 10:48AM

    emoticon yippee

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SIRENSONGS 6/4/2013 9:13AM

    Awwwww, too much cuteness! I almost can't take it! I hope you post many many more over time. I love pet pictures, can never get enough of 'em!

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LGAR519 6/4/2013 8:14AM

    Love the puppy. Mark looks like he is doing well!

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DSBRIDE 6/3/2013 10:16PM

    Oh so cute! Nice to see Mark too as you talk about him a lot.

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 6/3/2013 8:59PM

    Now that's adorable!

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ANGIEN9 6/3/2013 8:50PM

    Great pictures!

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