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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Good Sunday Sparkfam! Its gonna be a scorcher in Chicago today but have no fear, I've been to church & stopped by Walmart & meat market & dinner is almost done. I wanna be done by the time the heat hits. I had family here from Mississippi and we just kept repeating how hot it was? They were like this is perfect weather to get outdoors & have fun. That comment made remember our summer 2 weeks vacations in Alabama & Mississippi every summer since I was about 9years old. The heat was unbearable & the sun baking done on top of your heade & the bugs. Don't get me started on the snakes & the black bulls, which terrified me every time I wore red & was in the pasture. lol Another story for another time I guess. So we here in the midwest are semi-baking....YIKES.

Sunday service was outstanding & my oldest son thought that pastor was hysterical. I think all pastors should share humor cause I think we will commit that more to memory. Today, I am cooking, baked chicken, beef short ribs, mac & cheese, turnip greens & sweet potatoes. They won't eat much since its too hot but then again they are greedy. lol

My workout will tae bo & walk dvd. I wanna purchase a pilates dvd? We'll see....
So what are you doing to stay cool?

God bless Sparkfam!

Enjoy everyday!


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GODZDESIGN95 7/19/2011 8:36PM

    I have sweated so much I may not have any left. LOL. Drinking my green tea and water. Those greens look devine.

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CIERAPOET 7/18/2011 9:03PM

    Hello Dee! That sounds like a great meal you prepared! We have been in triple digits for over 15 days and hoping for rain. lol But I'm not complaining. I'm cold in this library hot spot and when I get back home I'll be cold with the thermo on 75. You said it's age. lol So I'll believe you. I used to be so very hot natured that I had to run a fan during the winter. But I was able to do a pretty good walk last evening. Thank God for His Strength! Blessings to you!
I have relatives born in Batesville, Miss. Well my mother and her siblings and a whole lot of other relatives. It's too hot there for me. Don't like that country. lol Enjoy the week sis! Many Blessings!
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NISSANGIRL 7/18/2011 12:49PM

    It's baking here as well Dee, I am staying indoors as much as possible, I try to get out early b-4 the heat gets real bad. Keep up the great work and stay cool! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANTWO 7/18/2011 1:00AM

    Hot in Texas too!!!!

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BECKYANNE1 7/17/2011 5:12PM

    It's really hot here in MN also. I ran some errands and did laundry and I put dinner in the crockpot to avoid heating the kitchen up. I don't mind the hot weather we're having. I don't like the bugs we've been having though. You can't walk without having bugs flying all around your head.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/17/2011 4:28PM

    Tasty!! The heat is crazy here too. We walked in the mall a bit to cool off.

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Happy & Sad at the same time. . . .

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Good Tuesday Sparkfam! Today is a rather warm day here in Chicago. Not as hot as yesterday but the humidity & heat kinda sneaks up on you. I am enjoying this day today & I am saddened too. Well, I got up to take my oldest son to the train for his college orientation & tour. We have been fighting about this day since he was 16yr young. I mean, he wants to be out with his friends but the streets are no place for you. Regardless of what your friends do you are not hanging out. Here in Chicago with gun play the innocent are the ones that are usually hurt or killed. I refuse to believe God has brought us all this far to let us falter. So I stay the course, he may mumble or in his mind say ďI canít stand her or my parents make me sickĒ (sound familiar) but he will go to college & do something positive with his life. Anyway, I could not believe I am letting my baby go?! I am happy that he has reached the pivotal stage in his life. One to celebrate & also feel sad about not knowing what lies ahead. I have prayed for him & with him that he would do what is right in life bottom line. His friends can laugh that he is a mommaís boy but he is pressing toward the mark! WOOHOO!!

I asked him if he wanted me to go in the station with him, for he has never traveled on train, he said no. He got in line, purchased his ticket & got on the train. He didnít fuss at me for calling him 2x while in line & then once he got on the train. He even called me once he got there & checked in. I could hear the elation & he was a little apprehensive, like he didnít want to say goodbye. Wanting to share more of what was going on with his life. He is surprised at all his hard work has gotten him but now he really is going to have find a way to work while playing. Iíve told him he is in charge of his future by the grace of God, donít let anyone sway you in the wrong direction. Now is he not going to do things that are not in line with what we taught him? Of course he will but I pray he is strong enough to stay the course. So you have a proud, sad & happy momma. lol

In other news, I painted my paws light blue. Meaning,

Me in my outfit.

Could not rotate the picture. Sorry......
walking, step aerobics & strength training

Early morning: cashew w/sea salt, cranraisins
Breakfast: oatmeal orange juice toast & milk multi-vitamin
Lunch pb&j on honey wheat w/side salad with cucumbers, 2 bites of a buttery biscuit,
Baked boneless chicken thighs, mustard greens & white rice
2servings of red vines
Blackberries & strawberries
So I pray you guys are doing what is healthy for you today by 85% & naughty by 15%. Then go & playÖ.

God bless & enjoy everyday!

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GODZDESIGN95 7/19/2011 8:34PM

    oH GIRL i feel you. My 20 year old did not go away to college. he attended our local college. But he is dating someone whom I nor my hubbie approves of. She is much younger than he is. We worry and pray and talk to him often. You never want to see your babies hurt and make a mistake and end up paying for it. We both are Christains we have taught him to honor God with his life and decisions. We have shown him the way. Now it is up to him to follow what he knows is right. Kids these days have so much more the deal with. He attends college full time, and works part time. We pray and fast over him. Now we have another son who graduated this past June. Local college is his choice. We know we can not be with them all the time and watch their every more. We trust Christ to lead and guide by faith. Prayers for your boy! I feel your pain. Be blessed and trust in God!

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VISUALLYRICS 7/15/2011 5:43PM

    Love ya!!! emoticonblog!! Your food intake sounds yummy and refreshing.
I like your 85 to 15 ratio! LOL!! emoticon

....praying for you as you let your bird soar on his own now. emoticon

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SPARKROZ 7/14/2011 6:24AM

    It takes a village to raise children. I don't have children of my own but I've invested much love, life lessons, discipline, sweat, etc...into my nieces and nephews---it's as if I'm their 3rd parent. Train up a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it.......sounds like that's how you have raised your son. Continue to pray for him and God will continue to guide him. Bravo to you and your hubby for a job well done!!!!!

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NISSANGIRL 7/13/2011 4:46AM

    I know it was hard letting your baby go Dee, have faith in him. You did a great job raising your son and I know your lessons have sunk in and he will do you proud. There are a lot of bad people out there, just trust in the man above and your son. I love your outfit, sandal's, and blue toenails! I did mine Tuesday and wore my saddles , love the look of freshly painted nails! God bless Dee. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JGAL8123 7/12/2011 7:31PM

    Awww - sending a big hug your way - I'm sure saying goodbye today was bittersweet. I will be where you are in a couple more years - my stepdaughter is starting her junior year in high school soon...yikes! Your son has your DNA, so he has the smarts, heart and strength of mind to manage this new chapter in his life. He'll make his mama proud :-)

Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

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4THELOVEOFDOLLS 7/12/2011 5:25PM

    Congratulations on staying the course! Your child will take your teachings with him. Believe it or not Parents are the most influential people in a child's life. Good parents work themselves out of a job. You go girl! emoticon

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Lions, Tigers Pitbulls oh my!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Good Saturday Sparkfam! Its a hot day here in Chicago but I have gotten lazy & don't wanna do anything. I got up early, took Shadow on a walk. It was moist at 7am but I was determined to walk him before it got any warmer. So I went on our normal tour. He was panting but we journeyed on. Stopped & chatted with a neighbor about the problems going on in the community & told me to "be careful." So Shadow & I went down a block we normally do go down after 7am. So I saw 2 pitbulls chained on a fence & went to the other side of the street. I should've turned around but I thought they were tied up. Well the white & grey pitbull broke free & crossed a major street to get to me & Shadow.

Well at first when I am faced with a dog I don't know, I try to keep myself between the dogs. I was so trying not to let him get his chops on Shadow's neck but that wasn't his intentions. He just wanted to smell Shadow. Well the owner was trying to call the dog but he was busy with me & Shadow. He finally came across while I ran interference. He pulled the dog's collar & began to hit the dog. I was like oh don't hit the doggie & don't make him go across that busy street he might get injured. I was out of my rabbit mind cause this dog could tore me to pieces trying to get to Shadow. I just couldn't let anything happen to him. He is a boxer & he doesn't know about fighting. He would've done his best to protect himself but I don't know if he could've done much more than that. Especially when some people train these dogs to mame & kill. I think he was a dog for protection more so than fighting. Thank God for that! That could've been my last walk for a while. God was protecting us. I believe that with my whole heart! Somebody prayed for me, maybe not by name but the collectively included a prayer of protection. Shadow was shaken but he has no clue or maybe he does how he was saved today.

Today I had grits, scrambled eggs, hash brown, honey wheat toast, sausage & orange juice. Still full right now. Will have yogurt & nectarine for a snack. PB&J for dinner, I think. Walking, weights & yoga are my workout for today.

What fear have you conquered lately? LOL

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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CIERAPOET 7/11/2011 9:14PM

    Praise the Lord! Those chains weren't strong enough for that dog. But Praise the Lord. I believe angels were holding that dog back. years ago when I was in college I use to walk to the bus stop. There were dogs always barking. But one day it was a whole gang right in front of me as I walked. They didn't touch me. Later the Lord showed me that the angels were between me and those pack of dogs as protection. I was still a babe in Christ but I thank God for that! I always think about the angels are here for protection as well as other things they do. Praise the Lord for You! Thanks for sharing! I'm always praying for my friends for sure!
Many Blessings to You!
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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 7/9/2011 10:41PM

    Pit Bulls aren't bad. Some of their owners are. Same goes for ALL other breeds of dogs too..

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NISSANGIRL 7/9/2011 4:19PM

    I am happy to hear that you and your dog were not injured Dee, You can't be too careful anymore, there are so many irresponsible pet owners that don't take the time to tie up or take care of their dogs. We have been attacked several times (including in my own yard) so I have taken the law into my own hands and started carrying pepper spray with me, My boyfriend got me the one that U use for bears so that will take down any big dogs that want a piece out of my dog. I have used it twice already and these dogs now run if they see us! I am sorry that the neighbor hit his dog, it was his fault for not being responsible! Glad that u and your dog are safe. You got me hungry for breakfast after I read what you had! Great job today Dee! and PS..... I took Casey out early today as well, too humid to do it later. God bless Ann emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Helping Others....

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Good Tuesday Sparkfam! I like this quote but some times find it hard to help others. Especially when I know they have spoken ill against me. So how do you help those who have rubbed you the right way? All advice & tips are welcomed. I am at a difficult crossroads these days MIL. Would like to help but knowing what I know holds me back from being the sweetheart I KNOW I am. lol

Today is going to be a big workout day with kickboxing w/Cathe & Ripped in 30 Days Jillian burning plenty of the holiday calories. What are you guys doing to offset the calories you have taken in?

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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VISUALLYRICS 7/8/2011 1:16PM for me, the Lord Jesus has given me the ability to love the other person...because truthfully the ones who love daily drama are the ones who live lonely lives....they are full of pain and in need of love so badly.
It is amazing how God truly can cause you to love your enemies, but I testify that He can and does!! I Praise Him....He keeps me tickin'.

I'll be praying for you to have fellowship with His Spirit and that He gives you a word for the person that has injured you. emoticon

....Fantastic Fitness, Dee!!!

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JANTWO 7/6/2011 12:19AM

    Great quote!!!!

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NISSANGIRL 7/5/2011 3:43PM

    For me it's very hard to help someone who has spoken against me, I take things very personally , especially if I am good to them and they talk about me to others. Hope You had fun with you son @ the movies! Keep up the great work Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/5/2011 11:00AM

    Personally, I use Ho'oponopono. I say it to myself everytime I get a negative thought of any kind. I try to say it to myself all day, but of course sometimes I have to focus on other things. It has really helped me achieve a more positive attitude and it is very simple. You simply say to yourself "I'm sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you."

You are speaking to the divine, whatever you consider that to be. Here is what it means.

Whatever it is in me that contributes to this situation, I'm am sorry. Please forgive me for my part in it. Thank you for taking care of it for me. I love you for always being there and taking care of me.

You are not accepting blame or guilt, simply accepting that you are responsible for your life and can change it. It really works mirracles. If you want more information let me know and I'll send you some links.

Whatever it is in me that causes you to hang onto your negative feelings, I'm sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.

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KESHIAG 7/5/2011 10:49AM

    Good quote!!

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Happy 4th of July....

Monday, July 04, 2011

God bless America! It has its flaws but thats why I love it!

Enjoy a safe & happy holiday today!


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JANTWO 7/5/2011 12:11AM

    You too!!!!

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CIERAPOET 7/4/2011 9:02PM

    Thank You Dee! Happy 4th to you too!
Many Blessings!

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/4/2011 9:00PM

    Happy 4th of July to you from a Canadian! :-)

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